Format a Book with Word: Formatting for Smashwords #3

By Colin Dunbar

Special thanks to Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords for his permission to use material in this post.

Centering Text

If you use Word’s button to center text (e.g. the title and copyright page, or “***” separators), you will notice that the centering is not preserved in your RTF version of your ebook.
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Format a Book with Word: Formatting Your Word Manuscript for Smashwords #2

By Colin Dunbar

Special thanks to Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords for his permission to use material in this post.

Introduction

We’re about to get started on the good stuff… actually formatting your Word document. I sure hope you’re as I excited as I am? I’m always eager before I start a new book formatting project. In this post we’re going to look at the fundamentals of formatting your Word file.
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Format a Book with Word: Formatting for Smashwords #1

By Colin Dunbar

Special thanks to Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords for his permission to use material in this post.

Overview

Smashwords now offer the option to upload the .epub format. In the posts on this blog I cover the option for Microsoft Word, as this is “the best option for most fiction and narrative non-fiction authors because it’s the easiest method.”
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Format a Book in Word: Kindle Formatting

By Colin Dunbar

In today’s self publishing world, it’s a good idea to have your book available in as many formats as you can. Now we’re going to look at the Kindle.

Formatting for the Kindle is really plain formatting (just like typing on a typewriter, if you’re old enough to remember those days ).

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Format a Book in Word: Footnote, Index & Bibliography

By Colin Dunbar

Footnotes are common in many non-fiction books, and are notes or references found at the bottom of the page. You can add these as you write your book, or you can add them afterwards. Endnotes are found at the end of the book, listed consecutively.
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Format a Book in Word: Text Boxes & Links (ebooks)

By Colin Dunbar

Text boxes can be added to a non-fiction book to add aesthetics, they can be used to help with the layout of your information on the page. You can also use the text wrapping option to have your body text flow around your text box.

Text boxes are useful for adding sidebar information in a non-fiction book. One word of caution though – don’t overdo it – too many text boxes can make it confusing for your reader.

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Format a Book in Word: Graphics

By Colin Dunbar

Although graphic images will mainly be used in non-fiction books, you may want to add a graphic in a fictional book, e.g. a line illustration at the start of a chapter.

You can use graphics with many formats in your book. These include JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
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Format a Book in Word: Tables & Columns

By Colin Dunbar

In a non-fiction book, tables are an aid to making information and data easier to read. Columns can also be used to help with readability, although it’s not common to have columns in a book.

If you do have tables in your book, the use of color will make a table more appealing for your reader, and help with readability. But color printing can be expensive, and could make your book unviable. Instead, you can use shades of grey in your table; this will still make a plain table more appealing, but won’t raise the cost of your book.
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