Sorting your Content

Copywriting and Editing

Sorting your Book or Ebook content is just as important as great cover design. What you present in your book or ebook must communicate effectively to your reader. A good plan is to decide who your reader will be. This will help in marketing your book effectively.

Splitting into logical sections or chapters is the usual way to create order within your book or ebook. Often photos, illustrations, diagrams and charts can enhance your ebook and make it much more stimulating to the reader. I can source images from photo libraries and produce graphics which will help your text jump off the page into your readers’ imagination.

A good tip is to make sure you have a well-written manuscript which has been professionally proofread BEFORE the book/ebook is designed and formatted. I can give you a free assessment of your project which  saves lots of extra expense. For writing and editing I work with an  experienced copywriter who can help you with the words you’re looking for if your manuscript needs a little polishing – or will proofread the words you’ve already written to make sure you’re word perfect.

Ghostwriting

Writing is not everyone’s strong point, so consider getting someone experienced to write your ebook for you to ensure continuity and accessibility. If you supply a rough manuscript we can edit and re-write it yet still maintain the ‘voice’ and personal style of the writer if required.

Editing & Proofreading

ebook Editing and proofreadingOne of the main factors in sorting your Book or Ebook content is to have it professionally edited and proofread. It’s money well spent to use a professional. They will make sure your book communicates effectively, enhancing your product and generally making it a ‘good read’. Readers hate grammatical and spelling mistakes and if this is a business ebook, errors will seriously harm your brand. Conversely, if it communicates effectively, it will do wonders for your reputation. Even though you may think you or your partner can proofread, it’s a professional job. Many people come back to me when they discover mistakes after publication.

Copyright

Always include a copyright and/or disclaimer clause within your book or ebook. The content depends on your subject matter but are generally very similar. I can help you find something suitable to include if required.

Other Considerations

Do I include a contents page? Do I have chapters or headings? Do I include author details? The answer to these questions depends on your ebook and what you are going to use it for. The golden rule is to keep your potential reader happy by making your ebook as efficient and easy to navigate as possible.

Ebook or Printed Book?

If you’re thinking of producing a book and thinking of print as well as in ebook format, bear in mind that some of the  files can be used for both with only a few changes. This can be very cost-effective and can not only increase potential readership, but also give you more credibility as a writer.

When I design a book cover I produce it at a high resolution so that it can be used for both print and ebook. The only difference with the print book cover is that it has to have a spine and back cover generally with some blurb and a barcode. The barcode can be supplied free from Amazon or alternatively you can buy your own ISBN.  The spine width of the print book would depend on the number of pages and paper type. For KDP print-on-demand you can determine the spine width by creating a cover template. You just fill in your book size, page count  etc. This print cover is output as a PDF for KDP or other publishers. Note that some publishers require the artwork in CMYK colour. In fact it is best to use this colour option to get a better idea of how it will look.

The interior of the print book will be very different to the ebook format. I produce each in different software. The ebook has to be designed to work on all devices from phones to desktop computers. The reader can choose both type sizes and fonts. The text will therefore below on different devices. On the other hand, a print book can be created with specific styling as everything is ‘nailed down’. 

Other issues to consider:

  • Pages are in spreads (two pages together) in a printed book whereas ebooks usually have one page at a time.
  • Ebooks can have hyperlinks, interactivity and navigation systems.
  • Ebooks can be sent electronically by email and easy to store with a long shelf-life.
  • Printed books can be very expensive to publish especially with colour images and diagrams. Ebooks on the other hand can be printed out but the print-outs are not really practical for storage. They also can consume lots of ink especially on pages with overall colour backgrounds.
  • A printed book will require an ISBN number. These have to be purchased in bulk. KDP and Lulu print-on-demand offer a free one.
  • Do you have a publisher for print? If not you may consider having your book printed yourself. If this is impractical there are several print-on-demand publishing systems where books are only printed as they are purchased. I always recommend Amazon’s KDP as it is the market leader.

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