Author Archives: athirstyblog

About athirstyblog

If you're a published author and are sitting on a basement full of backlisted books, then you've found the right blog. Although I formerly filled these pages with book reviews, they will now be filled with tips on eBook formatting, talk about the current technology of eBooks, and other stuff that interests me and hopefully interests you. I'm currently an eBook formatter, formerly a bookseller, archaeologist, illustrator and lover of all things historical and scientific. And I'm now a permanent citizen of DownEast Maine with my own beach and 175 year old house and everything! Come along for the Journey!

Conquering Word to PDF conversion… Finally!


Well, after years of carefully constructing a Word document within a Create Space template (which isn’t necessary I found… don’t bother with the template, just make sure your page layout conforms to the Create Space book sizes) and then converting … Continue reading

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Those pesky optional hyphen characters


Well, like a good little formatter, ever since I started making eBooks for clients I have started this way… if my clients sent a print copy for me to scan. (1) Scan the print with a sheet feed scanner. (2) … Continue reading

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Goodreads campaigns


After the Countdown deal at Amazon for Stone Bay by Min Edwards, we decided to see what an ad would do to increase readership at Goodreads. The campaigns are interesting. For a set fee (we chose $50) and a set … Continue reading

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KDP Countdown Promotion


My first promotion beginning Thursday, July 17th. For one week our author, Min Edwards (who is actually me), will have her novel, Stone Bay, on sale for $0.99. This promotion is in celebration of the sales she’s gotten, the reviews … Continue reading

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KDP and Reconversion


The new Content menu on the Kindle is no longer the Table of Contents… I blogged about this recently, but I’m still upset by it.  On the iPad (Kindle app) that content menu shows the TOC that I construct manually … Continue reading

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The Table of Content view on New Kindles


Since I use my Kindle Fire all the time for previewing clients’  work, I need to be able to see what readers who buy that book will see. Previously when I had a First Generation KindleFire… but it died an … Continue reading

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Inserting links in an ePub with Sigil


Lately I’ve been asked to get back into books that I’ve formatted and change text and links. Authors often update their websites or construct new ones, and if they have links in their eBooks then those must change too. Of … Continue reading

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