Back in January, I wrote about converting your Word document for e-book upload here. When I finally got everything wrapped up on this latest manuscript, The Soul’s Shadow (including having it professionally edited), I contacted EBook Architects to work with them to have the document converted.
Well, there were a few hitches this time (as you might expect).
1. I emailed Ebooks and got a reply saying that the owner was out of town at a conference and would get in touch later. He didn’t.
2. A couple of days later I went on their website and found that they’ve moved to a new process where you upload your manuscript into a form and then get a quote. Great! I uploaded.
3. And waited. And waited.
4. Two weeks later I received an email saying the form wasn’t working and could I upload it to a safe storage site? I did.
5. Two days later I received a quote saying that it would take 11 weeks to convert the document.
Wow. 11 weeks? That’s starting to sound a lot like a publisher. Turn in the manuscript and wait, wait, wait for its eventual release.
So I started digging around again and found this online free converter called Calibre and downloaded it. Wow–did it really work! I was able to do my own conversion within an hour.
I saved the Word doc as a RTF file.
Then uploaded and converted it to EPUB and MOBI formats. The MOBI looks better but both are excellent.
Then straight to Amazon.
All in less than 2 hours, plus it cost me nothing. Can you believe it?
So if you are looking to convert your manuscript–or any document, for that matter–for upload to your e-reader or Kindle, consider this new approach.