We've created this Forum Thread with some workarounds and advice to assist you in publishing you ebook.
Anyone else have this problem?
I know this has been discussed briefly, but I have not found a solution.
Please read all of my question before dismissing it as already been discussed, as I still have problems that I could not find a solution for in other discussions.
I have printed two books with Lulu, each a paperback for sale, and have made one hard cover of each for myself, with no problems.
I want to convert one of the books to ebook
I am new to styles, but read what I could and I was able to reformat, and use styles as instructed, and the book was converted to ebook format.
As I reviewed the book, there was a blank page before each Heading 1 and Heading 2 Styles. Looking over my Word DOC, I could see the Section breaks and Page breaks that I added manually, however the breaks before the Styles did not show up on my Word Doc. I even went through the process of deleting all page and section breaks from the document, yet when converted there is still a blank page before all Headings and Chapters. (anywhere I used Heading 1 or Heading 2)
I contacted Lulu Support. Glenda has been very helpful, but we still have no soulution
Here is how this all progressed through our emails, and I hope I can be clear on this.
I stated the problem.
She said it was the section breaks and removed all the section breaks in my Word file and converted it.
The blank pages between chapters disappeared, however, with all breaks removed there were places I needed to add breaks back in.
I made the changes, saved the document and converted it through Lulu. Again there were blank pages before every chapter and heading.
I explained my problem again, again she took my Word Doc, removed the Section breaks which left many places squeezed together that needed breaks..
Using the same document that she removed the breaks from, II was careful not to mess with the Styles, and only added a couple of breaks as a test. After saving again and converting, the places I added the section breaks were correct, however the Chapters and all places with Heading styles were back with a blank page before each of them.
Going through my Word Doc and showing all the“nonprinting characters”, I can find Every place I manually added a section break, but the ones before the Headings Styles do not show up on the Doc. I can’t remove what I can’t see.
I have made short documents on blank unformatted documents, I still get blank pages before each Heading style.
I have gone through the modify on the Heading Styles and unchecked the “page break before” box, as some have suggested, still to no avail. I have tried everything I can find on the internet to correct it, to no avail.
So basically, whatever I do, when I save something to my Word Doc and convert it to ePub through Lulu, blank pages will always appear before the Styles. The breaks do not show up on my Word Docs, yet the places I manually add breaks do show.
I use Word 365 for Mac.
I have Word 2008 still on my computer and tried that too, yet the blank pages are there also.
I feel I am left with two choices, either publish my ebook with a blank page before every chapter, or publish it with no blank page before chapters, and having things like the copyright, and dedication all squeezed together on the same page.
If someone has experienced this same problem I would like some advice
I am adding a screen shot of my Doc. to show what I'm looking at.
On this shot of my document, the only section break that shows up on ths page is after the Dedication. That is a section break that I added manually. Yet when converting to epub there is a blank page added after the ISBN and before "Dedication" There is also a blank page between, "danny the teenager 1969" and "Author's Intrusion."
So there are breaks there, but they don't show up nor am I able to remove them. Yet Gilda at Lulu can both see them and remove them.