Nuclear Option Assistant for your Smashwords ebook .DOC

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Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer
Staying Alive - A Writer
Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF Anthologies, by Bud Webster

We at ReAnimus Press think Smashwords is great, and use it to distribute the ebooks we produce for our authors. However, we know (firsthand!) that Smashwords' formatting rules can be a bit challenging. Sometimes a .DOC file has tricky problems that require what Smashwords calls the "Nuclear Option" — wiping out all the formatting & styles and starting from scratch. This page is meant to help decrease the pain of that.

The biggest drawback we've found to their Nuclear Option is that it requires manually re-marking all the italics, and other formatting items, which can be numerous and really time-consuming to find and restore. So for our in-house use we've designed numerous tools, and this page gives you access to one of them:

It performs a Nuclear Option format removal, AND it leaves the italics in the output. (Updated: for .DOC files [not .docx! use the pre-2007 .DOC format>, it also preserves bold, underlines, headings, super&subscripts, and attempts to preserve images and footnotes.)

We've found that's a real time-saver. Here's how it works:

1. Browse to your .DOC file here:

(Optional: Check this box if you want to keep any advanced-feature "{...}" markup in the output; generally not needed.)

(Optional: Check this box if you want to retain other hyperlinks in the txt (normally removed to clean up possible problems.)

2. Then click:

3. Then, save the file as a .HTML file, go into Microsoft Word, open the .HTML file, and save it out as a .DOC using Save-As.

NOTE: If you want an even better result, see our Advanced Features.

NOTE: This will also automatically generate a Table of Contents for your document if your document has either "Heading 1" style headers for your chapters (or whatever should go into a table of contents) or if the desired ToC headings have "{{tc}}" at the start of those lines (example: {{tc}}CHAPTER ONE); lacking those, the software will make its best guess, but may miss the mark. FYI, Smashwords requires a ToC with at least three entries in it.

(And if you need any other help with your ebook production, formatting, covers, scanning, OCRing, proofreading, etc., please contact us. It's what we do, and we'd be glad to help you.)

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