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Format Book In Word – What Do You Need?

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Hello

There is a slight delay in getting the post for Self-Publishing to CreateSpace, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to check in and hear if there’s something that you need with the formatting of your book in Word.

Something I’ve done in between publishing these posts is the updating of my site to be mobile-friendly (www.ColinDunbar.com). If you haven’t heard, as from 21 April Google implemented their new algorithm to check mobile-friendliness of sites. According to Google they will rank mobile-friendly sites better than those not mobile-friendly. Is your site mobile-friendly?

Let me know in the comments if there’s something you need that hasn’t been covered in this blog.

Thank you for following, and reading these posts.

Colin

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Format Book in Word: Publishing to Smashwords

By Colin Dunbar

Self-publishing your book to Smashwords is very easy. It takes a few minutes to fill in your details and upload your files. Your book is then immediately available in the Smashwords store. To have your book available at the retailers, Smashwords says: “We ship to most retailers seven days per week, and many receive multiple shipments daily. Once we ship your book to a retailer, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a week before it appears on their digital shelves.”
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Format a Book in Word: Self-Publish Your Kindle Ebook

By Colin Dunbar

Self-publishing a Kindle ebook is really easy. It takes a few minutes to fill in your details and upload your files. Then within 12 hours (English language books) your Kindle ebook is live in the Amazon Kindle Store. Easy-peasy.

Before you open the Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) site, you should have the following readily available:

  • Your formatted Word file (see Kindle Formatting)
  • Book title and sub-title (if you have one)
  • Your cover image
  • Your book description (400 characters or less, including spaces)
  • Know the category for your book (or have a good idea)
  • Keywords (choose up to seven); two words count as one keyword, e.g. self publishing is considered one keyword.
  • Your financial information (for your royalty payments)

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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: 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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Book Design Basics II

By Colin Dunbar

In this post we continue with our book planning, and at the end I’ve included the items you can include in your Book Design Checklist. Having a completed checklist will save you time when you start formatting your book in Word.
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Format a Book In Word – Book Structure: Body and Back Matter

By Colin Dunbar

Body Matter

The body matter is the meat of your book – the main content.
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Format a Book In Word – Book Structure: Front Matter

By Colin Dunbar

Front Matter

When you format your book for hard copy printing, you should follow the structure as shown in the diagram below.  As I said previously, there are no hard and fast rules that dictate how a book must be structured, but the structure discussed here is one that’s been around for a few hundred years.
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