Category Archives: Musings

General thoughts on a number of things.

iBooks, is there a change happening?


Just recently I’ve had two clients who have either had their books rejected at Apple without reason, or books have been taken down after they’ve been live for a considerable length of time. Let me start with the latter first, … Continue reading

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Vook, a new distributor and other ebook musings


So, I was reading my Publishers Weekly last week and ran across a big add for Vook. Have you heard of them? They’re a new company like Smashwords: you upload a Word doc or docx or an epub file and … Continue reading

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Identifying with the plot


Since I proof so many books, I try to be very academic about the texts, looking for scanning errors and  copy editing errors only (it’s surprising how many of those are found in already published books by first-rate publishers, but … Continue reading

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Raw Scans from a Formatters View


Probably most of you don’t know what a raw scan which has been run through OCR software (Optical Character Recognition) looks like.  Let me just list a few things that a proofreader has to look for: 1) Dropped punctuation, I … Continue reading

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Winter in Maine


Well, the weather is awful, not at all like a Texas winter, but it gives me the excuse to stay in  and work, work, work. I’ve learned so much about formatting and the changing technology of e-books in the last … Continue reading

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Simplify, Simplify, Simplify


OK, I keep running into problems with files that I have formatted months ago which the author is just getting around to uploading.  Things change, people! Upload them as soon as you get your file conversions, please!  Not only will … Continue reading

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Easy formatting guide at KDP?


Today I got a newsletter from KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).  I noticed that the left side bar had a list of clickable items and one of them was a Formatting Guide.  Well, I have read that before and found it … Continue reading

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