Help! Where do I even begin with this process?
First, take a deep breath. After you write The End or To Be Continued, congratulate yourself on taking the plunge.
Second, have your book read by betas. These are people who read for the author in order to catch any major issues before the book goes to the editor. Make sure your betas are experienced. In other words, don’t choose a neighbor, friend, or family member to beta your book. You need people who will be brutally honest.
Third, have your manuscript edited—line-edited, content-edited, etc.—then proofread.
Fourth, send it to a formatter to make it beautiful.
That’s the simplified version. Really, there is a lot of work after finishing the story: there are cover designers, marketers, promotion. E-BookBuilders doesn’t do everything, but we have trusted service providers we are happy to recommend.
Why should I pay for a service all my friends and Google say I can do myself?
How is my price determined?
What files should I submit?
Text files: Provide your text in an editable format, ideally as a Microsoft Word file. If you have used an alternative word processing package to write your text such as OpenOffice or Pages, please make your file is Word compatible.
Images: To ensure your images appear vivid and crisp in print, please provide them at the highest quality possible. Images for print should have a minimum resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch). If your images are embedded in the Word file, please also send them separately because Word automatically downsizes them.
Charts, graphs, tables: Whenever possible, please provide these in source format such as Excel or Illustrator files. If we have to rebuild the chart/graph/table, there will be an additional charge.
Front & Back matter: This may be additional links for social media or websites. If not included in the text file, please send the author photo and any logos you want included.
If E-BookBuilders works on my book, does it affect my copyright?
When should I book services with E-BookBuilders ?
What are your hours of operation?
As a service provider with clients and authors around the globe, our work hours are fluid. One day we can be working at 4 a.m. to make sure a project is delivered to the author and another day we could be unavailable as early as 3 p.m. We are always available by email—usually with a 24- 48-hour response time.
Unless there is work scheduled for a deadline, we do not work on Sundays.
How long will the layout and formatting process take?
Who should I credit on the copyright page?
What programs does E-BookBuilders use?
Can I get my order sooner?
What is the work process?
After your book has been edited, polished, and sent to E-BookBuilders, the files will be cleaned up for consistency in smart quotes, apostrophes, italics, headings, ellipses, em dashes, and other characters. Then, depending on which service—print or e-book—the manuscript will either be imported into InDesign or an HTML editor for coding. A mockup of a design idea will be sent for approval or changes, then the actual work will be started.
Draft versions are then sent for approval by the author. After making any changes, the files are finalized and sent to the author to be uploaded to either the POD provider or online retailer.
Do I have to have a cover before you can start work?
What files will I get from E-BookBuilders?
For e-book service packages, you will receive one generic epub file to upload at Draft2Digital or any other online retailer other than Amazon/KDP, one epub to upload to Amazon/KDP, and one mobi file to use as an ARC or giveaway. A TOTAL OF 3 EBOOK FILES ARE INCLUDED AT THE SPECIFIED PRICE; THE ONLY TIME YOU ARE CHARGED FOR EACH FILE TYPE IS IF YOU REQUIRE EPUBS SPECIFIC TO AN ONLINE RETAILER WITH THEIR SPECIFIC LINKS WITHIN THE EBOOK. All files will be checked to ensure they pass IDPF validation.
For print service packages, you will receive one industry-specific, print-ready PDF for uploading to Createspace or any other POD printer. (Please let us know where you plan on uploading so we can run it through our test accounts to make sure it passes their specs.)
Do you proofread?
What if I find errors before the book/e-book is published?
What about front matter and back matter?
Front matter refers to the front non-manuscript body portion of a book and e-book. This usually includes the copyright, Table of Contents, dedication, acknowledgments, epigraph, forward, introduction, etc. A list of other books by the author can also be included as front matter.
Back matter refers to the pages in the back of the book such as a review reminder, about the author, contact the author, excerpt of another book, etc.
What if I find errors after the book/e-book is published?
Why are there blank pages in my print book?
How is my price determined?
How can I pay for E-BookBuilders' services?
Do you take payments?
Do you give refunds?
If for any reason you should need to cancel a project, a refund for the deposit will be made if notice is given at least two weeks prior to your booking date. If you cancel less than two weeks before your booking date, deposits are no longer refundable. Once final designs have been sent and shared, a refund will NOT be given.