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.
Parts of a book. You need to know what the parts of the book are:
1) The symbol ©
2) The year of first publication
3) The name of the copyright owner
© 2015 [Author Name or Publisher]
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.
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)
Body of the book (the story)
Promotional blurbs about other books
Excerpts from other books
A lengthy acknowledgment section
Notes on any research you did
Links to your website, etc.
In nonfiction, appendices and the index.
Formatting Word Doc for Kindle
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.
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.