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About Cyberscribe.eu

Helena Mulkerns, originator of Cyberscribe, holds an MA in Publishing from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Print books: Even though an author may be fond of their original cover, the important thing to note is that a new cover distinguishes your new version as a new edition – so that the reader will be able to purchase the latest version, ensuring that the royalty gets to you and not a re-seller. Cyberscribe can create a new cover for you with custom or stock photographs, giving you a choice of three drafts to choose from. If you want to retain your old cover, you will need to clear copyright on the original book and cover design and you may be charged for the files – depending on your former publisher.  E-books: An e-book cover is in fact a re-formatted version of the front cover of your book. Again, we can create one from your original book's cover, using your former publisher's files, or create a new one for you. [...]

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We work in the professional Adobe publishing suite, and use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop to create the interior of any Cyberscribe-assisted book. We use templates that correspond to the standard book sizes available in print – whether the smaller size of 5.25 x 8 inches or the larger 6 x 9 inches, but we always make a custom-designed interior to the author’s preferences. From this master, we then re-format the file to create the E-book and Kindle version. Print Books: We can advise you which format would suit the kind of book you are publishing, and also on the price differences involved with page counts, papers, cover stock etc. We can advise on design options such as font choices  and sizes for chapter headings, and styles used for the body text. While we currently don't work with highly illustrated interiors, we are able to format and place a modest number of [...]

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Proof reading of manuscript:  This is the essential finishing touch to be carried out on a final draft before placement into design software for print or converted to e-pub. Here, the editor is checking for spelling, grammar, typos, etc. This is essential for all manuscripts before their placement into the public arena, and is usually done by an external professional who has not previously worked on the manuscript.  When the book has been placed into the design template, the author will need to check through themself and sign off on the final version. Proof reading of a scan:  After a document is scanned and converted into text, it must always be properly proofed and checked, since the optical recognition of the characters from the scan (which is an image) will never be 100% accurate. Depending on the condition of the original book, it may be a straightforward job, or it may [...]

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Editing is basically the same for both e-pub and print books.  It  can be broken down into two categories: Substantive editing: as we work with artists whose work is usually already edited, his service is only availed of if the writer is publishing new material and requests it, in which case we would engage an appropriate literary editor for you, depending on the nature of the work. Copy editing: if the writer provides a final, finished work (for example, the publisher’s final PDF files), this step will not be needed. However, if the writer has made changes to the original, or only has old text files they can’t confirm to be the version that was actually published, a thorough copy edit will be necessary.

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A printer’s PDF file: Print version: This is the easiest process, since this file is basically "print ready" and can just be checked and sent to the printers. E-book version: The text needs to be extracted from the PDF, proofed, checked and then formatted into an E-pub. Original text or WORD file:   Print version: This is the second best option, as the book will already have been edited and proofed, and its text file is ready to be placed into a design programme. Cyberscribe simply takes the text file, checks it, formats it into a new book design. E-book version: as above, except that we format the text into the "e-pub" format to facilitate its conversion into the various e-reader formats and uploading to Amazon in their "Kindle" format. Hard copy of book to be scanned and converted: When scanning a book for the extraction of text (and any [...]

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An author who has received written confirmation from their former publisher that their rights have returned to them can go straight ahead with the re-publishing or e-publishing process. If not, it’s usually just a case of writing to the author’s agent or publisher and getting an e-mail or letter back with this information. If the writer has lost touch with his or her agent, or the publisher has been taken over by a conglomerate, or was published more than, say, 30 years ago, the process of reversion of rights, or confirmation that the author holds the rights, can take longer, but Cyberscribe will advise the author on this. If published in the last 5-8 years, you may also want to check that you didn’t sign a contract giving your former publisher electronic publishing rights, or if so, that they have also reverted to you.

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Bailey (click for full info)

Bailey is a novel by Joan Hawkins, a New York author whose first book, Underwater, was published by GP Putnam in 1974.  In 2012, Cyberscribe assisted Joan with the set up of her own imprint, Landon Books, and then with the editing, book and cover design and e-book conversion of her second novel, Bailey. Joan opted for a Cyberscribe-designed profile website www.joanhawkins.net  and an additional site for her imprint, Landon Books. Cyberscribe also set up online sales and distribution accounts for Joan, assisted with the publishing of her second book, Trespass, and will be helping her launch her original groundbreaking debut novel, Underwater, in time for its 40th anniversary in 2014.   A moving and often harrowing account of one young woman's struggle against her childhood demons, "Bailey" explores the idea of self, and how the psyche can lose its way in a labyrinth of memory, fear and desire. [...]

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