Frequently Asked

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About Editing Service

How do you deliver editor's notes?

All inline notes and suggested changes / corrections are entered via “Track Changes” within the manuscript. In this way, you can accept, reject and or alter any changes at your discretion. No permanent changes are made to your content. Additional documents from the editor may be delivered as well based on the type of editing service(s) you ordered.

ATTENTION: All edited manuscripts are returned in DOC and or ODF format. In this way, you can review Track Changes in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice and or LibreOffice.

Can I see an example of your editing?

In general, No. Distributing another's copyrighted content is illegal without signed (not emailed/­verbal) permission. If content is under contract to a publisher or other entity, another signed permission from an authorized representative may be required.

All contrary claims elsewhere are false, including in the general self-publishing community.

If interested in a sample based on your content, then consult with us. Have a 5 page sample ready in standard manuscript format (see “I.A.” in the Bookshop). Either proofreading or line/­copy editing can be applied, but usually not both. Structural analysis is not possible with an excerpt.

ATTENTION: Editing will not be done on a homemade “layout.”

Do I need MS Word to work on my edited manuscript?

No. All FOSS (Free Open Source Software) office suites recommended by NDAS can open / save / save as / create / convert all MS Office files. (See also “Resources: Office”).

If you encounter a problem in an old(er) version of MS Word, then contact us. We have procedures that may solve your problem.

What if I encounter a problem in opening / viewing my edited manuscript?

Close the file; if you made changes, then ”Save As” (see ”File” menu) and enter a new file name, so you might save work completed so far. Contact NDAS immediately. Address the email by name to the editor who worked on your manuscript. We have procedures that may solve your problem.

Your editor or qualified staff will assist you as quickly as possible. We also archive edited manuscripts for 30 days against complications.

About Cover Service/Products

For a cover's text content, why not have me send it in an online form or email?

There are two reasons:

  1. Online forms are limited. In some cases, you may need to use optional characters and/or text formating (bold, italic, small caps, etc.). Most online forms cannot handle all of these, if any.

  2. Email—plain or WYSIWYG—often has the same above limitations.

An attached word processor document gives you the freedom and ease to show us formatting and special content you require for any part of your cover's textual content. It also provides a document of verifiable record specifying your exact instructions.

About Mock-Up Service

Is spine thickness adjustable for print mock-ups?

No. Mock-up templates do not contain 3D objects; they have 2D linked layers with editable areas in a PSD (Photoshop) master file. In general, spine thickness cannot be changed.

I cannot find a mock-up for my print format; do you have others?

Provide your format's front facing dimensions (height x width). While spine thickness cannot be changed in general, slight re-dimensioning of editable layers (in some cases) might be possible. We may also have mock-up templates pending that are not yet in our online gallery.

About Fonts…

Can I choose fonts for my layout, cover, ebook, etc.?

Yes. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web URL address as a way to see it in use. Do no send a font image sample until requested.

If we do not have the font in our library, we may be able to acquire it or suggest a close match. We recommend FOS [Free Open Source] fonts wherever possible; NDAS specializes in this.

WARNING: Free and/­or public domain fonts are not the same as FOS fonts; this is a widespread misconception. The former may have limitations on commercial use. Here are sources; some may not be FOS (especially at Google). We will help you with the difference:

Fonts used in the NDAS site are from [Open]

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another book?

Perhaps. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web URL address as a way to see it in use. Do no send an image sample until requested. If it is a commercial font not in our library, we may recommend a close match in a FOS [Free Open Source] font.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. It is illegal to redistribute commercial fonts. This may include ones pre­-installed with Windows or OSX, which are generally neither FOS nor Public Domain.

If the font is public domain or FOS [Free Open Source], then we may already have it. Supply the URL where you found/­acquired the font, so that we can verify its licensing by the current version.

WARNING: All fonts have versions and licensing can change by version like any other code/­software.

About Images / Graphic Elements…

Can I include graphics in my print and/or ebook edition?

Yes, with requirements. We need graphics specifications from your press and the intended print mode: B&W, grayscale, or color (CMYK or RGB). All graphics must be separate files at a ppi necessary for area coverage by print resolution. Consult with us by supplying the name/­URL of your chosen press.

About ePUB / eBooks: vendors have differing limits on imagery count, size, total file volume, etc. Consult with us about your primary ebook vendor and others you plan to use.

Do you have images that I can use in my print and/or ebook edition?

Yes. NDAS maintains its own growing library of stock imagery. Before purchasing products or services, supply upto five keywords for an image search, which must be run overnight. Pertinent results will be provided in a thumbnail preview PDF.

Use of 1 NDAS stock image is included in most cover orders. NOTE: you will not receive a copy of any image files from the NDAS stock library.

Can you purchase images I pick out online and add the cost to my invoice?

No, and you do not want this. If NDAS purchases an image, the purchased rights of use list “N.D. Author Services“ as the controller; such rights of use are not transferable by re-sale unless purchased at a higher re-sale price. Billing you for the image—even at the original price—counts as re-sale, which is illegal.

All contrary claims elsewhere are false, including in the general self-publishing community.

Exception: when working with orders through third party systems which offer imagery internally for purchase, such are from the third party system by its own arrangements.

If you wish to retain purchased usage rights to the image, then you must purchase and deliver the image(s) for designated use. We will assist and advise you.

Can I provide image elements to use?

Yes, with requirements. Provide verifiable documentation that you own and/or licensed correct rights for use in a commercial product. A PDF print copy of your purchase receipt or signed letter of release from a photographer/illustrator or purchase through a third party ordering system will be enough. This is for your legal protection as well as ours.

You must also provide image(s) at suitable resolution / size for the designated work. Consult with us first before purchase—either from a stock vendor or artist—and we will advise you. We have an “upscaling” process superior to “resizing” useful in some situations when an image is not available at the necessary resolution.

About Something Else…

What if my question is only partly answered here or not at all?

Please contact us, as we are available to help you. Your question and the answer may be something to share herein with others.