HOW NOT TO FORMAT YOUR BEAUTIFUL MANUSCRIPT FOR AN EBOOK

  •   So you have your beautiful manuscript and your ready to launch it on the world in e-book format – before doing so, read some don’ts and do’s or suggested ways. Basically, I am only telling you this, because I personally made just about every mistake anyone could do when self publishing my first book. I hope it helps…

ARROW CROSS

  • DO NOT DO BULLET POINTS
  • DO NOT SET TABS FOR PARAGRAPH INDENTS
  • DO NOT DO DROPPED CAPS
  • DO NOT SET FANCY FONTS
  • DO NOT INSERT DASHES
  • DO NOT INSERT TEXT INTO TEXT BOXES OR FRAMES
  • DON’T EXPECT HEADERS OR FOOTERS TO WORK

ARROW CORRECT

  • Suggestions: DO KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)

note I did not put a comma after simple

  • FONTS Arial or Times New Roman
  • Under main heading (Change Styles) choose SIMPLE from ‘set style’ option
  • Layout such as centring, justified and left/right, line spacing and paragraph spacing all work
  • Manually set indents and/or tab positions
  • Make your margins as narrow all round as possible – don’t worry about gutters or other page settings. They won’t make any sense to e-book formats that work more like a web page
  • Tip: the text flows according to people’s electronic device ranging from a large computer screen to a small hand-held cell-phone – so all your efforts of making your book look a certain way will be in vein. More advance level will explain the type of layout I’m doing now if you’re really keen to have full control over your book and how people see it. It depends on your goals and what you would like to achieve…

How to format your ebook the non-migrane way by Catherine Ryan Howard – great post

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