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A How To Guide To Prepare Your Manuscript For E-Book Conversions

Updated on December 20, 2015
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Mr. Matthew Q. Dawson is a native Texan. He spent his childhood and young adulthood residing in Austin, Texas.

As an author creating an e-book is what I consider to be one of the most difficult and challenging processes that a self-publishing author can face. Why; one may ask? Well because there are many e-readers out now that have different format versions that they operate by.

It is difficult to tell if your converted e-book looks good on each reader unless you test each reader out yourself.

So in this article, I am going to give you some tips to help you get the cleanest e-book that is possible for all e-reader formats. First; start with the cleanest possible input document. Leave out all the stylization, formatting and fancy text. Do not worry about indents and large or small text more than likely all of this will be stripped out when it uploads during the conversion process.

After stripping your manuscript of all of its fancy stylings; cut copy and paste your manuscript from your word editor directly into your word pad (This also helps assure that all stylization, as well as software code scripting, has been removed).

This minimizes the amount of processing that has to be done by the e-book converter itself. What's more, if you need to perform any manual editing on the file to get it to process correctly, HTML is a convenient format to do that: You have direct access to the source code via nothing more than a plain-text editor.

Be prepared to edit your manuscript in your word pad. Often times, when you strip all the software coding from your text errors, will appear. It is Ok do not stress this is normal and just requires editing though this may take some time to manually edit word by word the fact is the end result will be a top class e-book.

No, once you have edited thoroughly save you’re your word pad text as an HTML file. This type of file is what most conversion software requires. Once you save your file go to its location on your computer and double click. This will take you to your browser where you can preview what your book will look like electronically. If everything appears to look nice does this mean you have successfully converted your manuscript to an e-book? No. Because there are so many different kinds of e-readers the only way you can be assured that the conversation is ok is to simply try to read your book on as many e-readers as you can.

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  • B. A. Williams profile image

    B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

    Very interesting article, and I'd love to read more about e-readers. Also enjoyed your marketing article. Websites are important, I have a very expensive one which I am thinking of converting to another hosting company. When you mention Word Pad, can that also be done in Microsot word to be saved in web page format?

    Thanks again for this article and the others, well written.