On March 26th 2012, I received an email that said the following:
"Before we can submit your content to ebook distribution channels, our quality assurance process has identified a few more guidelines your ebook should meet.
Our technical review team noted:
Please add your middle initial from your cover to your author metadata. Your title should be at the very first line of your MS Word document, styled as Heading 1. This prevents creating an inaccurately named link in your NCX."
I sincerely appreciate your staff letting me know that there was a problem immediately before distribution, but there's a few issues on my side that prevents me from making the aforementioned changes:
1) What's metadata?
2) Why does everyone assume I write in MS Word? (I don't)
3) I know nothing about the creation of the epub format since there's no 'creation software' out there that I know of to walk me through the process and create the proper file needed.
I've downloaded the eBook Creator Guide from lulu.com as your email suggested and that just confused me even more.
So I've come to ask... Is there an epub creation app that I can drop my document into and add whatever necessary information you require? Something that's not Microsoft-centric. Unix (Solaris 11), Linux (all flavors), OSX... I can do them all, just not Windows (I don't allow it in my home).
Thanks for your assistance!!
03-27-2012 03:07 - edited 03-27-2012 03:08
I'll answer your questions in the order you provided them.
1. Metadata is the who, what, when, and where of your eBook. Items such as your title, author name(s), description, etc. are all types of metadata and are what most retailers use to appropriately list and categorize your content. Inconsistent metadata is also one of the main reasons eBooks get rejected for distribution. It is crucial you provide consistent information in the metadata and description entered using the eBook wizard that matches any details proided in your book or on your cover.
All eBooks submitted for retail distribution must meet the guidelines, here:
2. We offer two types of eBooks on Lulu - PDF and ePub. If you want to create an ePub eBook, you can either upload an existing ePub file, or you can use our Word-to-ePub tool (if you do not wish to purchase one of our paid ePub conversion services). This is why we provide authors with the eBook Creator Guide; to help them format their Word document for conversion to ePub using our tool.
3. If you have uploaded your own ePub file that you created, we cannot help you with correcting the formatting; that will depend on whatever software you used to create the ePub. We can only support and provide instructions for authors who are using our Word-to-ePub tool, or who purchase a paid ePub conversion service.
Here is a list of free tools and resources to help you convert files to ePub format:
I hope this helps!
Thanks for the quick reply. I was looking through your EPUBS for Lulu book you offer and decided to buy the PDF. $3.40 isn't a bad price at all ^^
I purchased it, but am still waiting to receive it. It's been a few hours now. (What takes Lulu so long to deliver a PDF?)
"You can download it immediately. Go to your My Lulu, My Downloads."
I did that and go this message: There are no eBook downloads available.
I attempted to create a revision of my ebook to make changes to it and Lulu's page became unresponsive and never loaded. Now, It will not allow me access to that revision nor do I have access to delete it and start again.
Please forgive me, Lulu's book management page is a bit frustrating to me. It's cryptic options are not straightforward and I can't make heads nor tails of what I can and cannot do.
I'd love to delete the ebook option, but apparently I don't have that option.
What am I doing wrong? This many things going wrong all at once is beyond unnatural. It has to be me.
How do I make an E book? Everything is perfect so far problem is...I can't seem to put it into an E book yet I have an ISBN number /General can see and buy my boodo?k... what to