Michelle Isenhoff

For Authors

As an indie author who has published more than two dozen books, I love connecting with and helping other authors. Unfortunately, I can no longer spare time from my own writing to read and review on request, so I’ve closed my blog to submissions. However, I am now offering some of my indie skills to other others at low cost:

  • Custom EPUB files/fixes.
  • 3-D boxed set cover images. (See examples.)

As indies, we can “do it ourselves”, but sometimes we just don’t want to take the time to learn programs like Photoshop. And let’s face it, for many of us, the very thought of mastering HTML is overwhelming. If that’s you, let me help! I know well that publishing a book is an expensive undertaking, so I keep my rates fair per time involved:

  • $50 for a new, custom EPUB (If it’s lengthy or unusually involved and takes longer than 3 hours, I’ll charge an additional $15 per hour.
  • $5 to make minor updates (like backmatter) to an existing EPUB
  • $5 per book to combine EPUBs into a single boxed set.
  • $5 per book to create 3-D boxed set cover images.

If you’re interested, email me at misenhoff (at) hotmail (dot) com. I generally reply in a day or two. (If I don’t, it probably went to junk; try me on Facebook.)

A note on EPUB files:

If you’ve attempted to upload Word docs to the variety of online markets (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.), you’re very familiar with the formatting headaches caused by converters. Many sites have “style guides” to help make those bolds and centered images stick, but that just means a different version for every upload. An EPUB file is the only magic solution. HTML coding locks your formatting in place so it renders exactly the same every time it’s uploaded, on every device. It’s truly an indie author’s lifesaver.
If you’d like me to create an EPUB for you, I’d need the following:
A finished Word doc. Make it look like you want it to look. I’ll take styles, font sizes, alignment, justification, italics, bold, etc. from this document, strip it all out (along with all the other junk Word puts in), and rebuilt it chapter by chapter in HTML. Text font and line spacing don’t matter. Readers can adjust both on their devices, so don’t sweat those.
Images. Especially a decently sized cover image. I’ll need any images you want included in the manuscript, including front and back matter, sent to me separately. (I can’t pull them from your doc because once they’re in Word, the image quality goes way down, and nobody wants blurry images in their EPUB.) I’d advise images be at least 200 dpi. If you want chapter titles or your title page in a specific font, you’ll have to create those as images, as well. (If you’d like me to create them, I’ll charge .25 per image.)
A note on 3-d cover images:
Apple iBooks does not allow 3-d images at this time, so if you’re going to upload to Apple or any site that distributes to Apple, you’re better off with a flat cover image (like this example). Other major sites do allow 3-D. If you’d like me to create one for you, I’ll need all cover images in at least 300 dpi, preferably artwork only. Talk to your cover designer. Often they are willing to send just the artwork layers sans type. If you could get them to divulge what fonts they used, that’s even better, but not necessary.
That’s it! Contact me and let me know how I can help you!

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