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#21 Paul Dillon

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:08 PM

Oh ok. I'm going to have to look into that. I'm not really sure how to fix the tabs and make then first-line indents.



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If it's in Word, delete all tabs with search and replace (all ^t with nothing) Then edit the normal style (if that's what you used for the body text) to have a First Line indent of about 0.25".

#22 Robin Breyer

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:14 PM

I'm looking forward to finally taking the time to read it myself. :blush: Snippets have scrolled past my eyes dozens of times as I did the formatting, but I haven't read any stories all the way through yet (except BBC's, which I gave her feedback on before she submitted).

Oh, and Robin, what file format did you look at it on, just for the record? Thanks. :smile:

Epub in Adobe Digital Editions, same format I'll be reading it it, but on a Nook.

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#23 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:17 PM

I created an epub version of The Kewpie Killer using Sigil. Sigil verified the epub format and I used the final file to upload to Amazon KDP. Then, I uploaded the same file to Smashwords only to have the autovetter balk that the copyright page was not up to their standard.

 

I modified the copyright page to match Smashwords requirements and once again the autovetter made the same complaint. Of course I fiddled with the file and resubmitted it 4 or 5 times before I gave up.

 

Since  the emails I received from Smashwords after each attempt reported that "We have run EPUBcheck on your file, and it has passed!" I wrote to customer service.

 

Their reply was "It looks like a glitch.  The vetters can override the error."

 

Now, I'm waiting for the "vetters".

 

 

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#24 Robin Breyer

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:04 AM

Mark, sounds like their uploader didn't like the epub file. I think I'll stick with their method of formatting for doc files.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:14 AM

Robin,

 

The odd thing was Smashwords sent me an email that said, "We have run EPUBcheck on your file, and it has passed!"

 

I wonder if the problem was simply a matter of their autovetter being unable to clear the initial error I made. I wonder if I still would have had this problem if had included the correct copyright language the first time.

 

I'm not familiar with Smashwords' Word formatting requirements and find Sigil easy to use. Sigil seems to suit Amazon KDP fine so I might give it one more try before switching to Word.

 

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#26 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:52 PM

Well, I finally learned my lesson. After tweaking and resubmitting my Kindle ready epub file more times than I'll admit to, I gave up and created a simple Word document. The Smashwords Meatgrinder was happy to accept it.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

The epub creator Jutoh is an excellent software to create files ready for smash words or Kindle.
I wrote my book in Apple's Pages software and then formatted in open office and created pubs using Jutoh. Best $40 dollars I've spent.

 






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