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copyright 2013 by Sherry GarlandVoices of the Dust Bowl

First the good news:  my picture book, VOICES OF THE DUST BOWL, received an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award (Children’s Category).

Now the bad news: I had hoped to blog about my experience in converting an out of print title from 1982 into an e-book, but life got in the way. First, my husband had an ER trip and was sick for three weeks, then I got sick for a month (still am not fully recovered) and now the hubby is sick again. During the past two months we have had: one ER visit and hospitalization, three urgent care clinic visits, six lab visits (including MRI), three visits to our regular General Practitioner and five new prescriptions. In fact, one of the prescriptions is probably why my husband is now so sick he can’t stand up — don’t get me started on drugs!!

Needless to say, I had to postpone my work on the e-book. But I can say that it is turning out to be a lot more trouble than I expected. Since the book was so old, I did not have a digital copy. I mailed a copy of the book (very yellowed now) to an on-line company to scan in the text and put it in Word format. Well, actually I paid them for Word formatted, Word unformatted, PDF format and for Kindle format — about $35 in all. Since I wanted to update the text (for example people used to dial “O” for emergencies before there was 911), it turns out that the only one of those formats that I could actually use was the Word unformatted.

As I reread the text, I discovered several misspelled words (where was the editor!!!) and some scenes that needed tweaking and updating. Frankly, I didn’t know what I was doing and used the Word formatted version, only to later discover that I could not use that version for an e-book. So, I had to start revising all over again using the Word unformatted version. I was in the middle of doing this when I got too sick to continue.

I also experimented at designing book covers — that was lots of fun and deserves its own blog.

Hopefully, I will be able to report on the experience of converting an OP book to an e-book next month. Hope everyone stays well.

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