Self-PUblishing Tip — 7

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Formatting Your Ebook

I get so tired of reading ebooks that are poorly formatted. Next to glaring errors in the book itself, bad formatting is another reason for me to stop reading. Even if the story is great, bad formatting annoys the hell out of me.

Here’s some helpful information for formatting your book in MS Word before importing to Scrivener to compile as an ebook.

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Parts of a book. You need to know what the parts of the book are:

Title Page

Copyright Page

1) The symbol ©

2) The year of first publication

3) The name of the copyright owner

Example:

© 2015 [Author Name or Publisher]

Or

Copyright

Copyright © 2015 by [Author Name]
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission
This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This eBook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Disclaimer

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Dedication Page (optional)

Table of Contents

Preface or Acknowledgments

Art (if you include a map for a fantasy world)

Prologue (Optional)

Body of the book (the story)

Epilogue (Optional)

Back matter

Promotional blurbs about other books

Excerpts from other books

A lengthy acknowledgment section

Notes on any research you did

Author bio

Links to your website, etc.

In nonfiction, appendices and the index.

Formatting Word Doc for Kindle

Paragraph setting:
Alignment – left
Outline level – body text
Indentation left – 0
Indentation right – 0
Special – first line
By – 0,50 in
Spacing before – 0 pt
Spacing after – 0 pt
Line spacing – single

Do not use the TAB.
Use fonts Times Roman Numeral 12 pt, Book Antique 12 pt, or Sylfaen 12 pt
Use 14 pt for headings.
Do not hit the ENTER key more than three times to create blank spaces.
Do not leave a blank space between each paragraph.

PARAGRAPH GAPS
Remove all double paragraph spaces.
Use the editing section in Home ribbon. Use ‘find’ ‘select’ and replace’.
Click on ‘replace’ button. On the bottom left side of box click ‘more’ for further options ‘find what’. Click
‘special’ button. A list will appear – click ‘paragraph marks’. A ‘^p’ has now appeared in the ‘find what’ box.

Do not indent the first paragraph of the chapter. Do not indent the first paragraph of a scene break.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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18 Responses to Self-PUblishing Tip — 7

  1. That was very helpful. If I ever get my ebook going, I’m going to refer back to this post.

  2. JackieP says:

    This helps so much as I’m about to format my first ebook. Thanks! I’ve bookmarked this page.

  3. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    I tend to agree with Anna on this…
    Even Veterans of publishing can forget to do some of these things 😀

  4. Without proper formatting I really struggle to get into the book!

  5. Thanks, Anne. Good information. I’m currently working on the formatting of both the e-book and paper.

    • Anna Dobritt says:

      Print layout is something I need to start learning and working on. 😀 I have my ebook formatting down to a science. I even convert my current wips to ebook, then read them on my kindle. It’s amazing what errors and other problems you find when reading that way.

      • I have conversion software that all I do is unformat a word doc and convert it to a Mobi, or any other type of e-file.This is good for ARCs and Beta reads.I will be interested to see how the PDF to paper goes and will actually format my e-book

      • Anna Dobritt says:

        I have Adobe InDeisgn for doing book layouts. Before I used it exclusively for doing the layout of rpg pdfs.

  6. Thank you for sharing. Outstanding information. 😀

  7. Remember that you have no guarantee your beta readers are representative of the average reader. Then remember that there s no such thing as the average reader. All your betas are individuals with individual opinions, and their responses to your work may not be typical of other readers responses. You might have a beta who hates a particular story arc in your piece, but that doesn t necessarily mean you should cut that whole arc out on the word of one person. If you have many betas, and they all dislike the same thing? You might want to consider changing it.

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