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October 27, 2014

E-book Formatter – CRAIG DOUGLAS

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Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas

CRAIG DOUGLAS has formatted and designed three of my books so far (under the pen-name Anonymous-9). He is located in the UK, and the faraway location has not made any difference to our excellent working relationship. I count him as a key member of my book production team. Unflappable, diligent, and more than reasonably priced, Craig formats e-books, designs chapter headers and more. Here’s a conversation with the e-book production expert himself.

ELAINE: Would you start by explaining what you do?

CRAIG: I take an overall look at a manuscript and from this I get a basic understanding how the author wants their work presented. I can help an author get their work published, step by step. I’ve formatted work so that it can be printed from Createspace. I’ve done Kindle Children’s books where the whole page is used up instead of a white border. It took me ages to work that out.

ELAINE: You designed beautiful headers and added graphics to my books. I love Craig Paul Brazill
those little touches and additions. How would someone approach you with a finished manuscript that they want to self-publish?

CRAIG: They’d simply email me and send their manuscript along, in .doc format preferably. I need to know any special formatting needs such as additional pictures needed or if there’s a special font they like for headers.  I’d need to know what outlets they want to use such a Smashwords or Amazon. If a client needs additional help publishing a formatted book online we can discuss that. I can take them through the process step by step.

 

Craig2ELAINE: And for the technically minded, can you explain a little of the nuts and bolts?

CRAIG: I begin by encoding and encapsulating all the bold and italicized words in HTML tags. I ASCII code all the symbols including the dashes. I used to work straight out of Notepad, but like to keep everything Chaptered and Versed in Scrivener.  From this I save to Notepad and check it all out on Amazon Kindle Previewer. The images are all chopped down to a respectable size and I turn the whole thing into a .mobi file.

There’s Smashwords too, which takes your work and batters it in its conversion process. I don’t like the feeling of being out of control, so this is my least liked process.  My favourite is the use of Sigil to create EPUB books – these can be used for just about all ebook readers including and are available to buy from Barnes and Noble and iBooks.

Sigil helps me get work into EPUB format.  You can then upload to Smashwords and Nook.  iBooks/ Barnes& Noble requires the use of an Apple Macintosh to upload. I don’t have one but I’ve thought about hiring one on iCloud… that’s a real possibility but at the moment I don’t have the custom to warrant that.

Here’s a link to my book which I designed and coded myself. http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00FGRER60

Craig Douglas was a Firing Sergeant for an Artillery Troop in Afghanistan

ELAINE: Any other “bookish” stuff you do?

CRAIG:  I’m the co-editor for an online Magazine ‘Near2TheKnuckle’ and have, along with my colleague Darren Sant released an Anthology.  We have another in the pipeline with a release date of 1st April 2015.  Oh yeah, we’ve formed a company called ‘Gritfiction Limited’ and on top of conversion services we will offer a Publishing Service to any author who wants the process hassle free.  You can check out our site at Gritfiction.com.

ELAINE: Thank you Craig! Please drop him a line at crdtdddcd@gmail.com

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8 Comments »

  1. This guy sounds wonderful! Thank you for telling me about him. david

    Comment by David Stansfield — October 27, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

  2. I also use Craig services. 100% recommendation.

    Comment by PaulDBrazill — October 28, 2014 @ 12:44 am

  3. Hi David, Hi Paul! The thought occurred that I might be crazy publicizing Craig because he might not have time for my books! But truly, Craig is a treasure. If you both are anything like me, once I get into the header design and formatting layout and all that is when little errors on MY part start popping up and I need more changes. I always pay for my extra time even though Craig sometimes demurs, but his patience is worth it. Plus, I want to be the kind of client that he jumps to answer when I call for assistance.

    Comment by ashedit — October 28, 2014 @ 5:36 am

  4. READERS: Please leave any questions here for Craig and he can answer you.
    –Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — October 28, 2014 @ 5:36 am

  5. Gotta go check out his site

    Comment by charlesgramlich — October 28, 2014 @ 6:53 am

  6. Hi Charles! Craig does have a site. http://www.gritfiction.com/ He’s also referral and word of mouth, plus he does some advertising in the UK. But he’s a low-key guy. Now that you have a thumbs-up review from me, though, feel free to drop him a line and inquire. –Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — October 28, 2014 @ 10:10 am

  7. Hi Everyone!

    I must say it’s a real pleasure working with the likes of Elaine and Paul Brazill. I get an enormous sense of achievement at seeing work published and in such fine condition on outlets such as Amazon. I hate to see work published in a poor and sloppy format. You deserve better than that and that’s where I come in. I have a website, just set up and in its infancy stage, I have on it some testimonials and prices that I charge. The prices are subject to negotiation! Please if you need any assistance and help in getting your work out there, or you’re just too busy, I can do it for you. Our website is : http://www.gritfiction.com and our fiction webzine is close2thebone.co.uk.

    I hope I’m not too commercial and I hate to use terms such as FREE and SPECIAL OFFER, it’s just not me. Drop me a line on crdtdddcd@gmail.com and query me.

    Best regards to you all,

    Craig Douglas
    crdtdddcd@gmail.com

    Comment by craigd777 — October 28, 2014 @ 11:54 am

  8. Hi Everyone!

    I must say it’s a real pleasure working with the likes of Elaine and Paul Brazill. I get an enormous sense of achievement at seeing work published and in such fine condition on outlets such as Amazon. I hate to see work published in a poor and sloppy format. You deserve better than that and that’s where I come in. I have a website, just set up and in its infancy stage, I have on it some testimonials and prices that I charge. The prices are subject to negotiation! Please if you need any assistance and help in getting your work out there, or you’re just too busy, I can do it for you. Our website is : http://www.gritfiction.com and our fiction webzine is close2thebone.co.uk.

    I hope I’m not too commercial and I hate to use terms such as FREE and SPECIAL OFFER, it’s just not me. Drop me a line on crdtdddcd@gmail.com and query me.

    Best regards to you all,

    Craig Douglas

    Comment by ashedit — October 28, 2014 @ 12:10 pm


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