Holly MontyHolly Monty has been a full-time freelance nonfiction book editor and self-publishing consultant for longer than a decade. Educated at the Johns Hopkins University (BA in nonfiction writing; MA in communication) and Rice University (MA in linguistics), Holly is also a certified editor with the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She is an expert in Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, and LaTeX.

Over the past ten years, Holly has edited more than 200 non-fiction books published by top university and academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, University of Minneosta Press, University of New Mexico Press, John Wiley, W. W. Norton, Sage, Springer, Elsevier, Routledge, Greenwood, ABC-CLIO, Praeger, Cengage, Teacher Ideas, and others.

For self-publishers of non-fiction books, Holly offers everything from developmental editing to copy and line editing to book design. She can provide custom print interiors ready for upload to print-on-demand publishers as well as fully functional and compatible Kindle e-book files and EPUB files for all e-book readers and devices. For non-fiction authors seeking a traditional book publishing route, Holly can provide full-service editorial and industry-standard file preparation for submission to publishers or agents. She also writes proven, winning book proposals.

Holly has extensive experience in peer-reviewed and scholarly journal publishing. She has edited thousands of published journal articles in all subjects and is currently lead or sole editor for seven peer-reviewed journals. Her specialty areas include physics and geophysics (tectonics, water resources, earth surface and systems), mathematics, and chemistry (and yes, she has been working in LaTeX for fifteen years); psychology and psychotherapy; philosophy; education and teaching; film studies; and medicine and nursing.

As an APA expert, Holly has edited and formatted a large number of dissertations and theses for a number of U.S. and international universities; a sample includes ETH-Zürich, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Berkeley, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of New Mexcio, Fordham, South CarolinaChapel Hill, Oregon State, North Carolina State, National University of Singapore, Texas Woman’s, Fielding, Capella, University of Phoenix, Nova Southeastern, Gulf Coast University, and many others.

MOBI versus EPUB: Things to Consider When Self-Publishing Your E-book


Self-publishing book authors are confronted with a wealth of information about how to self-publish their books. One decision a self-publisher needs to make is whether to self-publish an e-book version and, if so, where.

Kindle is a must for all self-publishers. Kindle books (in their corresponding MOBI format) are exclusively sold and distributed by Amazon. A self-publisher can upload a preformatted MOBI file through CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing portal. Alternatively, many services can distribute and sell your EPUB files for non-Kindle devices, such as Nook.

Although CreateSpace and many other e-book distribution sites offer a la carte publishing services, a self-publisher should consider hiring freelancers to edit the book, create a cover design, index the books (if desired), and format the books into MOBI and EPUB files that are upload-ready. A self-publisher will find that freelancers’ rates are often competitive with e-book distribution service rates for similar tasks, and a self-publisher will get more individualized attention from a freelancer than he or she may receive from a large-market a la carte service catering to hundreds of clients a week.

A good freelancer who specializes in self-publishing will be able to optimize your text for the e-book environment (which differs in many ways from preparing text for print). You can depend on a self-publishing freelancer to guide you through the process, but some things to consider if you decide to self-publish your book as an e-book include the following:

1. You will need to obtain ISBNs. These can be purchased individually or in sets. Keep in mind that you will need one ISBN for each version of your book, for example, print hardback, print softcover, and EPUB. You will not, however, need an ISBN for MOBI/Kindle-because MOBI is only distributable through Amazon, there is no need to assign this version a unique market identifier.

2. You should ensure that your MOBI or EPUB file is properly coded to allow for white and black background reading and will allow users to adjust spacing and font size. If your files are not coded to allow these user-directed changes, they may be rejected for publication or removed from distribution.

3. You should also ensure that your MOBI or EPUB file has a navigational table of contents. This is not simply a table of contents at the beginning of the book that is linked to chapters and sections, although such a table of contents is also important. Rather, a navigational table of contents will show up in an e-reader’s “Table of Contents” menu and is a feature expected by most readers these days. Again, an improperly created navigational table of contents may result in your book being rejected for publication.

4. Kindle/MOBI is more restrictive in design than EPUB. Kindle gives readers a choice between two fonts and only allows for certain serif/sans serif fonts. It is also more restrictive in displaying decorative elements. You should therefore consider having two different designs created for your e-books: one for MOBI/Kindle and one for EPUB, the latter of which can be a bit more “fancy.”

Of course, any freelancer you choose to help you in editing and formatting your book for e-book publication should also be able to produce beautiful and professional print layouts that are ready for upload to your choice of publish-on-demand service.



“Holly was FANTASTIC. She was SO thorough and submitted everything back to me earlier than I needed it! Even after she was done with the edit, I had some questions, and she was very speedy in her responses. I appreciate that she took time to answer my questions. She really went above and beyond! My paper not only needed to follow APA guidelines, but my university had guidelines as well. She did both perfectly.”
-Nicole Foster, Trinity International University.

“My scientific paper needed reorganization and editing. She presented a physics equation in such a natural way that I thought she had a Ph.D. in physics. Holly exceeded my expectations of the client-provider relationship, and she took care of the most important things such as maintaining meaning in the context of the paragraphs and elegance in presentation with easy flow, while developing the composition. I can go on and on “¦”
-R. Ortega, Unidad La Paz, La Paz, Mexico

“Holly did an excellent job with my book, and helped me to make it a finer work. There were passages in the book that seemed too long, and I was afraid the reader would get lost, but Holly helped me solve this problem by inserting some headings and polishing up some long paragraphs. She also made some very important criticisms (and suggestions) as a reader, which helped me to transmit to the reader what I wanted to say in a much clearer and effective manner. She also helped me greatly with the book proposal and was very patient and helpful throughout the process. As Ms. Lotman said: Holly is the whole package!” Ibis Sanchez-Serrano, “The World Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient’s Bedside,” Elsevier, 2011.

“Holly was very courteous and professional, giving me time for questions as well as a definite timeline for completion. The quality of her work proved to be superior. I would not only use her services again, but also recommend her highly.” Susanne Slay-Westbrook

“My paper’s numerous and long citations had to be transformed from meeting MLA specifications to meeting those of The Chicago Manual of Style. Holly exceeded my high expectations; she did a complete, accurate, and all-around fabulous, job, within the requested timeframe. I received great value for my money.” -Mary Zimmer

“Holly was very easy to work with. Her edits were comprehensive and accurate. Her edits were returned within the timeframe she specified at the outset. Where she had questions for me, she returned these as comments even in the clean version, which helped address them without bogging me down in the details of the edited version.” -G. Gorton

“Holly is a consummate professional. My project involved the editing and formatting of a submission for an academic journal. It was completed almost 3 weeks ahead of my original schedule! Great editing skills, and a thorough knowledge of style requirements. It’s refreshing to find someone who does quality work like this.” —P. Moroney, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada