What you should do to your files
Here is a list of things that will make my job faster (and consequently, make your invoice smaller). If you have already done these, great. If not – maybe try it for your next book. Please don’t worry about these for this book if you are already finished with the document.
Things to do:
- use as few MS Word Styles as possible. Five or six different styles is all you really need.
- for eBooks keep it simple, save the fancy stuff for the print book
- hit the Enter key only once at the end of each chapter
- to put a word(s) in italics, just highlight the word or phrase and press the little “i” on the menu
- ask lots of questions
Things it is better if you don’t do:
- do not try to format your book for me
- do not use the Tab key (but do not panic if you have already used the Tab key – I’ll strip it out for you.)
- do not put a space at the beginning of sentences or at the end of paragraphs after the punctuation.
- never hit return more than once at the end of a paragraph. I’ll take care of that for you
Making changes, edits and working with revisions:
The faster I can find what you want me to do, the quicker the edit gets made. Telling me the page number (except in Print on Demand books) does not help, as page numbers do not really exist. The pages ebb and flow, depending upon font size, screen resolution and a myriad of other factors. The best way to tell me about an edit is like this:
… the quick brown fox jumped …
… the quick yellow fox jumped…
That way I can do a search and find it fast.
And remember – ask lots of questions.