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FAQs:
What should I send to you?
What size should my cover be?
What if I don't have a cover?
Do you do editing or proofreading?
Do you supply a sample chapter?
What if I find a mistake in my manuscript after the eBook has already been made?
What if I want to make revisions to an already existing eBook that was made by a different formatting service?
Do you supply an ISBN?
What about Keywords?



What should I send to you?

Besides the manuscript, we only need your book cover and image files. However, make sure your MS has a title page and a copyright page inside it. The cover does not need to be embedded in the MS. In fact, we'll only take it out anyway. Typically the cover will be linked within the OPF file in the Mobi container while a separate HTML page is used for the cover in ePub files. You'll still need to upload a cover separately to most retailers because they'll use it for the book's retail sales page.

What size should my cover be?

Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks and others all have their own guidelines for covers. Its been my experience that a 600 x 900 pixel image will still work reasonably well on all platforms including larger eReaders such as the Kindle DX or iPad, and even though retailers keep suggesting you make your covers larger and larger, they don't require them to be any particular size. You can make it larger if you wish, but I certainly would not make it any smaller. Apple is the exception. They absolutely demand your cover be 1400px wide, so if you plan on submitting to them, consider that fact. Dpi (dots per inch) and ppi (pixels per inch) mean nothing to an eReader or a computer monitor, so disregard any info about that you might come across in formatting guidelines. Your cover will look the exact same whether your cover image is 1-dpi/ppi or 1000-dpi/ppi. The only thing that matters are the dimensions. I suggest 1400 x 2100px. Then you'll have all your bases covered. Make it a 24-bit RGB color jpg even if it's a B&W cover.

Generally, image files should be no more than 1200px wide, and honestly, that's wider the necessary. Images 1000px wide will still look just fine even on the largest tablet devices. Make them jpg unless you have some transparent gifs. The latter cannot be over 127KB in size or KindleGen will convert them to jpgs and strip out the transparency. Compress all jpgs to 75%. Anything larger like 85% or 90% will not look any better and will just make for a larger book size.

What if I don't have a cover?

Here are a few decent places to get an inexpensive eBook cover made:

Book Cover Art Webs

Cover Bistro

Custom Book Covers

Do you do editing or proofreading?

No, but I can recommend someone who's quite good and his prices are fair:

Ocean's Edge Editing

Do you supply a sample chapter?

After you send us your manuscript, we'll be happy to send you a formatted sample chapter from it upon request in either ePub or Mobi format.

Will if I find a mistake in my manuscript after the eBook has already been made?

You'll have one full week in which to make revisions free as long as they're minor such as spelling and grammar. Just don't ask us to recreate vast sections of your novel simply because you suddenly decide you want to rewrite it. After the week is up, we'll make revisions at $50.

What if I want to make revisions to an already existing eBook that was made by a different formatting service?

We can do that. Send us either the Mobi or ePub file and we can make small revisions for $50. If you want to make major revisions where you're practically rewriting the book, contact us first for a quote.

Do you supply an ISBN?

No. This is not something a formatting service can do, and you don't need an ISBN anyway to sell eBooks. Bowker is the only company in the USA who has the authority to make and distribute ISBNs. Yes, it's a monopoly and one you should write to your congressman about. As it is they can charge whatever they want. Currently their price for one ISBN is $125. The price drops to $25 if you buy ten ($250). And you must have one ISBN for your Mobi file and another for your ePub file. If you plan to sell in print form as well, then you'll need yet another. (Print books do require ISBN numbers.) But as I said, you don't need an ISBN to sell eBooks at any of the eBook retailers. Personally, I would simply not use an ISBN. They add nothing to your eBook and even large publishers are starting to get away from using them for their eBook editions.

Also, if you plan to sell a print version of your book through CreateSpace, they'll give you a free ISBN for that.

What about keywords?

Any eBook retailer will allow you to add a list of keywords to the retail sales page of every eBook. The keywords should be words that draw potential readers to your book(s). If you have trouble thinking of keywords, there are helpful sources out there if you just google them.

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