Moving from screenwriting to novel writing was a big enough change creatively, but formatting proved to be an unexpected nightmare.
With my first book I blithely assumed: "Well obviously some smart person has a program that will take my text and output it to any format needed." Wrong! No guide I found online resulted in "clean" typesetting (let alone digital formats), no matter how diligently I followed directions. It took forever, and I truly dreaded formatting my second book.
But then I found Bookow! There it was! The program I'd dreamed of! On my very first try, my new book had only one glitch, and Steve responded almost instantly with the fix I needed.
This is the way it should be.
- S.S. Wilson, Author of Fraidy Cats!
I cannot say enough good things about bookow.com and Steve. I had hired a local editor to do the layout of my book but it looked "self-published," and I had several professionals at a writers' conference point out rookie typesetting mistakes to me.
I searched the community on CreateSpace for a solution, and they directed me to bookow.com, and boy, am I glad they did! Steve replied immediately to my questions and concerns. He helped me work out glitches in my format and was there for me every step of the way.
This guy is a saint! His patience and kindness went beyond the call of duty. I love all the choices he offers on his site. My book now looks amazing and I have Steve to thank for that.
Bookow will be my first and only stop for layout and formatting services from now on.
- Jo Malizia, Author of Wands and Wings
I came to Bookow for help in converting my book, which I had typeset myself using Adobe InDesign (for self-publication through Amazon's CreateSpace portal), into an eBook - I felt very confident in my ability to format a hard copy book, but never having owned a Kindle or other eBook viewer, I wanted expert help to ensure my eBook readers would have an equally polished and professional-looking product.
Steve was very helpful in talking me through several beginner's questions and explaining the basics of eBook formatting, and he did an excellent job in addressing each of my queries quickly and efficiently. He also flagged up a standard typesetting convention which I had violated in formatting my hard copy book and helped convince me to change the design, a change about which I'm now very happy.
So I can say that Steve provided me with well-designed .mobi and .epub files, great advice regarding the layout of my hard copy book, and the promise of free updates to the eBook files should I need to make any future changes - all for a flat fee which was very reasonable and competitive.
What else could you want?
- Darren Kilfara, Author of Do You Want Total War?
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Steve at bookow.com for his excellent work in converting a book project to ebook format.
His fast responsiveness and eager willingness to go the extra mile to ensure our complete satisfaction were uncommon but very welcome when dealing with the fussy ebook formatting requirements that had me baffled.
I would certainly return for other work in the future.
Thank you, Steve!
- Janice Taylor, coordinator for A Primer for Ascension by Pierre R. Dubois
Like many newcomers to the world of e-publishing I spent a while (OK, too long) researching how to convert a Word document into a format suitable for Kindle devices. All the information you need is out there - but assimilating it and putting it into practice is another matter.
I wanted the conversion of my father's book to e-reader format to be done to professional standards and I didn't want to have to spend months learning how - that's where bookow.com came in.
Thanks to Steve's friendly and efficient service I received the text back in a Kindle format within days of discussing my requirements with him. Not only that, but he had tweaked the formatting to accommodate some eccentric layout features of the original book. The e-book version was submitted to the Kindle review panel, passed first time, and was immediately put on sale. (I wish life could be like that more often).
The service provided fully lives up to the billing and it saved me a lot of head scratching.
My advice for first-timers is simple: - don't hesitate, use Bookow's automatic formatting service, or get in touch with Steve. You won't regret it.
- Stuart Burling for Wennington Press, publishers of the novel Sasquatch Man by John P Burling
Buying a service on the internet can be a frightening experience, so I wanted to share my experience with Bookow to help put some minds at ease. If you are looking for a true partner to assist you with your data formatting for electronic books, you have come to the right place.
I was very new to the whole process of converting a paperback into any type of E-reader format. Steve @ Bookow was incredibly patient with me and worked extremely hard to make sure that everything turned out just right.
If there is one way I universally judge all service providers, I judge the type of service they provide after the sale. Steve was so supportive and helpful from start to finish, there is no doubt I will continue to use his services for my future formatting needs.
I highly recommend Bookow to anyone looking to make the conversion from paper to digital as painless and simple as possible.
Thank you, Steve!
- B. Thomas Harwood, Author of Eternidad - Cimmerian Rising
This was the easiest process I have ever used.
I had almost given up on ever getting my book formatted correctly to submit and Steve's amazing software did it instantly. Any changes I wanted to make were effortless. And the best part was that Steve answered my questions promptly so I could keep moving forward with my edits.
I truly wish everyone offered this kind of service with their online products.
- Tina Kitchens, Author of Death, Diamonds and Dirty Socks
I can't say enough how impressed I am with bookow.com. Getting your word.doc file made into an ebook does not take very long at all. My ebook even had 2 complicated maps that Steve was able to take care of in a timely fashion.
My favorite part of the website is that if I find a typo, I can fix it myself and not have to pay another $100-$200 to have someone remake the entire epub file.
I've gone through a couple different sites that have formatted my word.doc into an ebook, but none have been nearly as efficient as bookow has been. I will go through bookow for my upcoming books and I would highly recommend them to any author.
Thank you Steve for all of your hard work and being easy to work/communicate with. You saved me time, money, and headaches.
- Tony Johnson, Author of The Story of Evil: Heroes of the Siege
Once in a great while, a company shows up on the radar screen of life that delivers what it promises. Then you run into a company that delivers more than it promises.
That is the case with Bookow.com.
I'm technologically fairly savvy, but formatting, uploading, proofing, finding errors, fixing errors, uploading and repeating was making me crazy. I've turned my book formatting over to the pros before and, let me put it this way, I have spent a lot more on book formatting and received far less than full value. Far, far less.
This time, I submitted an MSWord .doc file to Bookow, followed the simple instructions and got exactly what I was looking for. No, seriously - I fed the file in at one end and in a matter of a couple of minutes it shot out the other fully formatted and ready for upload.
I made a few changes to the original document a few days later and sent it through the Bookow formatting engine again (no charge of course). This time, I mucked it up. Badly. Steve stepped in, set things to rights and I was back on the road. This guy is a lifesaver.
Use Bookow for your book formatting needs. You may regret a lot of decisions in life. This won't be one of them.
- K. Francis Ryan, Author of Echoes Through the Mist
I am an idiot. People don't get any more befuddled by technology than my good self. I am, however, a pretty good writer. So, I do what I do best and let other folks do what they do best.
The trouble is, Steve at Bookow takes "best" and pushes it by a factor of 10 to produce stunning, fully formatted documents ready for upload. His chronic overachieving is ruining the formatting business for other companies who try to compete with him.
What they don't know is, they are not in the same business. While they are busy trying to provide a service, Steve is delivering perfectly formatted books every single time and doing it in minutes.
For me, Bookow is the way to go - this time and every time.
- Aaron Aalborg, Author of They Deserved It
As the founder and CEO of a small publishing company, I needed a typesetter and format specialist who could create a professional product in a short amount of time. I asked Steve Passiouras of bookow.com to complete a publication project for me, and the result was excellent.
Steve's typesetting was beautiful--there is no other word for its elegance of form. The formatting changes that he implemented enhanced the entire layout of the book, and its professional quality surpassed that of the larger publishing houses.
Steve has my highest recommendation for book formatting, typesetting, and cover design.
- Dr. Norene Moskalski, Divinity Press
Steve of bookow.com saved my book from an early death and me from many more weeks of misery. Friends and fellow writers have spoken about how easy self-publishing was for them. Sure, writing was not difficult, but formatting was beyond my grasp, especially because I needed to insert images. CreateSpace community did help me learn to re-size images for my book, but the formatting kept me stumped.
I saw bookow.com on CS forum and emailed Steve. He has worked with me, answered my many, many emails and even caught a few errors in my document. The care and concern he took with me and my book were fantastic. I wish I had emailed him months ago and saved myself the agony of trying to format.
I recommend bookow.com to anyone struggling with the self-publishing process. Spend your time and energy on writing and let Steve handle the rest.
- Diana Amann Cruze, Author of A Life in the Day of a Lady Salesman
At a time when customer service seems to be sorely lacking, I feel like I struck gold in finding www.bookow.com. The help you provided me went above and beyond.
The software you created for formatting and page numbering is brilliant and now that I'm more seasoned (thanks to you), I know the process will be even easier the next time around.
Using your service has saved me time AND money.
Thanks again, Steve - you're the best!
- Maureen Barberio, Author of Gettin' Out of Bullytown
In today's daily grind of poor products, lousy service and exhorbitant prices, it is a pleasure to find a gem such as Steve's incredibly easy and powerful ISBN barcode creator. The only thing that I've found to be even better is Steve himself! First, about the ISBN barcode creator: It allows pricing information in the barcode which is a real plus; it's very simple to use; the barcode shows up instantly for easy download; it's crisp and sharp; allows scaling within the allowable limits of 80 - 200 percent, and if you need help (which you won't) Steve will personally walk you through it. Oh yeah, the price: it's free. No strings at all.
But I did see where Steve offers ebook formatting services, so I contacted him by email and uploaded my book design. He got back to me immediately and thoroughly answered all my questions plus gave me loads of valuable advice. We exchanged a few emails, and I enjoyed our conversations as much as using his wonderful barcode creating tool. What really lead me to contacting Steve were all the glowing testimonials. Well, here's one more.
Thanks for putting some enjoyment - and efficiency - into my daily grind.
- Chaz DeSimone, graphic designer
I will probably be the only testimony that doesn't talk about how easy this is. I went with the automated service after considering Createspace's Kindle formatting service which was about the same price but would take a month to get around to doing it for me. The price and the idea of having a file in minutes vs a month had me. However, being the Bermuda Triangle of book problems that I am, the only thing that happened in minutes was Steve's email responses to my many issues.
Steve actually fixed a lot of my word.doc for me, several times I might add, and was quick and nice about it. He also made some adjustments to make certain sections display a little better. If you can follow simple directions and just do what he says, you will probably have a great file instantly. I kept messing mine up. Steve kept fixing.
What I really like, is that I can go back and fix and change and mess with it (and I am a big time messer) until I settle on what I want. Won't get that through Createspace! I uploaded and downloaded a zillion times. I'm very proficient at that part now. I feel a sense of relief that if a typo escaped my attention before, the fix is an easy upload, download, upload away.
- Seneca Schurbon, Author of Flower Power - Essences That Heal
Steve completed the conversion on time, on budget, and every last detail was covered. I would not hesitate to use his services again.
- Michael Boyink, Author of Building an ExpressionEngine 2 Site for Small Business
As the owner of an independent publishing company, using web-based software like bookow.com to format our available titles quickly and easily was wonderful. Within minutes, we had professional typeset books that were ready to be published in both eBook and print versions.
We highly recommend this fantastic automated service to Indie authors and other online publishers.
- Alexandra Crawford, Editorial Director of Moonlight Publishing
Steve was great to work with - formatting eBooks can be daunting to a first-timer like me, but Steve was there from start to finish with personal, considerate service.
I'd be happy to recommend Bookow.com to anyone who needs a quick, manageable approach to preparing their eBook. Thanks, Steve!
- Ryan Gielen, author of Love Bomb and the Pink Platoon
I highly recommend bookow.com for their service of formatting of PDF, Mobi, and EPub files for authors who wish to self-publish.
I struggled to do the basic format for Kindle and also for Smashwords. I was extremely discouraged by the experience. I then looked around for formatting services, most asked me to submit my document for a quote and then the job may take days to complete.
What bookow.com has is a software that automatically convert a word.doc file into the desired self-publish formats. The process takes seconds, not minutes, almost instantaneous.
After reading the PDF file, I discovered a number of errors in my manuscript, some were typos, some were just additional editing. With Bookow's service, all I had to do is make the correction on my word.doc file and upload it again. It was so simple that it was like magic. No painful back and forth that will both waste time and money.
The best part is the customer service. Steve was extremely patient with me. He answered my questions within minutes. I never had to wait for a response. And in the end every thing turned out nice. The typesetting looks beautiful. I am very grateful for bookow.com.
Thank you again Steve for all your kind help.
- Sheng-Shih Lin, author of Daughter of the Bamboo Forest
For the past few days I have been helping steveoz beta test and debug his website www.bookow,com and I have to say that it will be a godsend to everyone who hasn't a clue about preparing their manuscript for publication.
I think the most important feature is that you can take a single spaced Word document with no headers, footers, margins or formatting (except for chapter titles) and within seconds of uploading your manuscript have a fully formatted PDF file downloaded to your computer is all of the standard CS trim sizes.
And the end product is more akin to an InDesign than Word PDF. Don't ask me how he does it, I am only interested in the end result and it is fantastic.
It is truly unbelievable. Once a title has been listed, you can reload the source file with corrections as needed and create an updated PDF instantly.
Bookow.com is the "Why didn't I think of that" solution to the endless number of authors who are struggling to get their Word documents formatted and ready for submission to CS.
You can go to www.bookow.com right now and download the submission guidelines and a copy of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells to see just how fantastic this website is.
- Steven W. Johnson, author of Not Much of a Crime
I just wanted to thank you for your service, I cannot believe how easy it was to self publish my Seniors Travel Tips book using both of your services.
It was affordable and easy - if I can do it, anyone can do it.
The book looks so professional inside and out. The cover is great and the inside looks professional.
I highly recommend your services to anyone.
- Bronwyn White, author of Seniors Travel Tips
Michelle, as the author of that book Steveoz has just turned into an e-book, I agree, he did an amazing job. The book needed, and now has, 1,550 hyperlinks as well as challenging diagram and table issues.
Steve did the e-book conversion in 9 days, with about a dozen exchanges of emails as I progressively made life more difficult for him. This came after CS Services in effect turned down the job (they quoted, I asked them if they would be handling the diagram and table issues, and they just didn't reply).
Yesterday I ran Steve's epub file through epubcheck and received a tick, then uploaded the mobi file to Kindle without any queries or delays.
- Geoff Chamberlain, author of Understanding Strategy
I ran into problems trying to get my family history book in a file and format that was acceptable to CreateSpace. I contacted Steve and within just a few days, he provided me with a file that worked beautifully.
He redid my maps and pictures and designed a lovely cover for my book. I just got the proof and I couldn't be happier.
I'd gladly recommend Steve. You can trust his word and you can trust his work!
- R James Abbott
Thanks for a great service.
- William Horden
'Thank you' for your professional but kindly help over and above the call of duty.
We are looking at a reprint maybe in the next couple of weeks if the books continue to sell at the rate they are going!!
Have received soooo many compliments re format of the book.
Thanks for your previous help and looking forward to working with you again.
- Val Schache, publisher of Irene Gleeson'sDance of the Tragic Heroines
What great service!
- Judy Price, author of Sudden Deception