So you have your manuscript prepped with each functional unit saved as a separate file. The next step is designing the book. As a reminder, the tutorial will be written with Adobe’s InDesign in mind (ID4 & ID5 export reasonably clean files to .epub). We are curious to know if the steps will work equally well with QuarkXPress, so please be sure to comment if that’s the program you use.
The exPRESS print to e-book workflow actually begins with the accepted manuscript. Whether you read print submissions or electronic, you will need a .doc (or .docx) version of the manuscript to work with. Ask the author to email you a copy if you don’t have one already. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using a .doc version of Mel Bosworth’s When the Cats Razzed the Chickens and Other Stories (referred to as RAZZED for the rest of the series). If you’d like to do while you read, a manuscript file is located in our public Dropbox. Please save a copy to a new folder on your computer so that any changes you make will not change the original in our Dropbox.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be documenting our process of converting a highly formatted literary book from print to .epub to .mobi in one smooth workflow. Why? Because we don’t want our weeks of headbanging to be repeated needlessly by our fellow indie publishers.