And those of you wondering what's happened? Well when turning a multitude of files into a single document (which I've done numerous times before in a number of different Word programs and operating systems) all of a sudden double columns became single columns; line spacing became what it wasn't and overall spacing and formatting no longer seemed to exist. Now, the original files were all double columned with proper formatting and line spacing and centered text where it needed to be - all as individual files. But when being copied and pasted, or even merged, the formatting was changed so that it seemed the original files as double columned, spaced accordingly etc. no longer existed. Double columns became single columns and so forth.
I do know how to troubleshoot to some degree and even loading and reloading files, the problems persisted. Loading backup copies of files didn't do any good as well. Even removing and reloading the Word program didn't do any good. For some reason nothing seemed to work.
Some of you might think, 'ah not that big a deal! Just go ahead and publish it!" Not quite. When you've over 4000 mythical creatures with their assorted names in a book, a good index is essential to finding creatures and/or their alternate names. And do you really want to read several hundred pages of an encyclopedia in a single column format with spacing all over the place? Didn't think so.
So the encyclopedia has been shelved. The art book has also been shelved as for pdf files that worked perfectly on previous proofs and a test upload to the publishing system - suddenly all of the pdf files are corrupted and won't load. Try to load the files as jpeg or png - well, they load but suddenly half of the uploaded files are too large to load event though the dimensions are well within the requested range.
So for now, no mythical encyclopedia or art book. Whether these problems can be resolved at a later date is pretty questionable and the author is more than a bit frustrated. If this status should change, I'll update everyone...