I know, a very odd title to a blog post. But that’s one of the big things I’ve learned in this E-Book formatting journey. Without food for the brain, you’re brain stops working!
I recently breezed through a Kindle Content (prc) format for a client, perfect book. Then tried to do the same with the Epub version…didn’t happen. I had to edit the format 5 times, try to validate it on ThreePress.org 3 times, re-link all the web and interior links twice. Finally after 3 hours (boy did I loose money that day) I had a book I was proud to send off to the client. The moral of this story is that I ate breakfast that day about 7, and then didn’t eat again until 6 that evening. If I had stopped for lunch I probably wouldn’t have had to re-do that epub so many times!
What happened, you ask? Well, it seems the more you copy or save a doc, the more those weblinks can get just slightly wonky. So my tip for today…edit links very carefully in HTML, look at every one, if you see something odd, edit it! Actually the best thing to do is to re-link everything every time you save a doc OR don’t link until you know your Word doc is perfect! Also, when someone sends you a weblink, don’t use it. Instead go directly to the linked site/URL, copy and paste that into your Hyperlink function in Word. It may look exactly the same, but believe me you’ll be surprised sometimes when you get the doc into HTML how different it really is! I wish I had done this, gone back to my base Word doc and re-linked everything. Would have saved myself tons of time on this book!