The manuscript battle

I just finished one of the most irritating undertakings I have done in quite a while–the editing of a manuscript for publishing. First let me say the Microsoft Word 2010 is a real bitch to work with! With both eBook and digital printing formats Word 2010 tends to have little hidden things like embedded fonts and hidden bookmarks and blah, blah, blah, that will drive you nuts. 
I published my first book “Apples of Gold” with Word 2007 (I think…who knows…I know it wasn`t 2003…oh well–whatever) and it was a breeze as I remember it. Hell, I had the manuscript formatted for an eBook in about two days and–BOOM–I was done. 
I had submitted my finished manuscript for “Voices from the Heart” and it was rejected from the smashwords.com “premium catalog.” What does that mean? Well, it means your book will not show up in the major eBook retail sites and catalogs: Barnes & Noble, Sony, iTunes, Kobo, Diesel, etc. Now, smashwords.com gets a fantastic amount of exposure; however, as an indie author you want your book in the premium catalog for sure. So, back to my story, I set out to get the job done.
I had went through a rather tough time this last month with some personal issues that basically vanquished my creative abilities for about three weeks. Nothing like exposure to neurotic assholes for a week or so to wreck your ability to think logically let alone creatively *laughing*. When that garbage was all over, and the shit quit hitting the fan, I finally got to work. 
When your formatting an eBook it is best if you create a table of contents that has hyperlinks to the various chapters in the book. This is not mandatory but highly recommended for a really professional eBook. I had received a message from the review team at smashwords.com that my T.O.C. hyperlinks were not working properly and my chapter dividers were a little over done (I had used Word`s solid line template). Both of these issues were an easy fix, or so I thought, and so I began to edit the documents. 
I quickly realized I could not remove the embedded solid line from my page, not that it can`t be done, but that I–me–cold not do it. I finally decided the best option for me was to copy and paste the entire eBook onto a new Word document and get rid of the solid lines that way *laughing*. That worked. Now, if your out there reading this and your saying something like: “Good grief William, all you had to do was…” then all I can say is “#$%^^&&.” 
So, I began the process of hyper-linking the T.O.C. to the different chapters. This is also a fairly easy process normally–not this time! It seems there were some hidden bookmarks and no mater how many times I deleted them they would not go away. I finally decided to call a psychic friend of mine to perform an exorcism of the document–not really but it sounded good. In the end, I was able to get the hyperlinks done and get the manuscript submitted, but–man oh man–I wonder what it`s like to be Stephen King, or some other author, who pays to get these things done. 
Having said all that, I am proud to announce that my second eBook, “Voices from the Heart,” is now available at smashwords.com, and I am bias of course, but I am proud of the poems and stories in the book. The book has some of my previously published stories and poems but is also full of new stories and poems as well (about 10,000 words worth). All of these stories and poems, although mostly complete fiction, are based on true stories or real life experiences–both my own experiences and other people I have known in my life. I set the price at $1.49 in the hope that the book would be available to as many people as possible at any income level. God bless–WP
 
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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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