Here’s the situation: Your book is sitting in a word processing system (such as Word), and you’d like to get that material translated into EPUB format without using the automated meatgrinder process of Amazon or Smashwords. Let’s assume you’re not a coder or programmer, but can figure out some some simple HTML. These are the options I’ve found that don’t involve purchasing software or going through coursework to learn code. Caveat: These methods will really only be helpful if your book is predominantly text, with few images.
For Mac Users: The TextEdit to Sigil Method
Sigil is a free, open-source editor for EPUB (ebook) files. It’s intuitive even for a beginner, especially if you know a little HTML from blogging. To use Sigil, you can’t start with a Word file—but it can handle basic text or HTML files. So what we need to do is appropriately prepare our Word files to import into Sigil while retaining our basic formatting. This process requires using Mac’s TextEdit software, which is installed for free on every Mac.
Open TextEdit preferences.
Adjust the HTML Saving Options as shown below. Select “XHTML 1.0 Strict”, “No CSS”, and “Unicode (UTF-8)” and check “Preserve White Space.”
Open your Word document in TextEdit, then save it as an HTML file.
Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program.
#AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.
Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.
There is no cost to apply for the #AmtrakResidency program. For more information, please read our Official Terms.
If you have created a website for yourself then you might want to consider a logo. Right? Well, it just makes sense that if you have a site already, then you probably have created a logo. Logo’s are great for branding yourself. They are a great start to getting your name and product to a target audience who will remember you.
Logo’s should be unique to you or your particular product. I just spent some time creating mine with the help of Photoshop. Of course, it could change over time but for now I really like it and hope you do to. Do you have a logo? How did you create it?
I write books because it’s in my blood. I can’t help it and I long to do it. This is a great posts and lists reason why writers write. Why do you write?
Nice. Here's the editor of The New York Times in this week's Times Magazine on the utter folly of writing books: So, why aren’t books dead yet? It helps that e-books are booming. Kindle and Nook have begun to refashion the economics of the medieval publishing industry: no trucks, no paper, no returns or remainders. But that does not explain why writers write th … Read More
Coming January 2011, two new books will be released. I am and I love. She will be highlighted at Kristi’s Book Nook , The Neophyte Writer, and Get Kids To Read.
Authors are an inspiration for each other as well as for their patrons. Reading is important for everyone and should be encouraged daily. Authors need and deserve promotion. Parents love an inside view of why authors write the books they do and how those books will get kids wanting to pick them up, “Author Highlight” serves that purpose.
Author Highlight is sponsored by Kristi’s Book Nook. This program is dedicated to help authors promote their books, inspire writers to follow their dreams and to assist parents with selecting the right books for their children.
Kristi’s Book Nook is a online source devoted to helping authors get the word out about their books. It’s aim is to get kids passionate about reading.