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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 #5

By Colin Dunbar

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

Front Matter and Back Matter

The front matter for your Smashwords ebook is simpler than the front matter for hard copy books, but is nevertheless important.

The following from the Smashwords Style Guide: “Try to keep your front matter brief. Most retailers only make the first 5-10% of your book available as a free sample, so if your front matter is long, it might prevent readers from getting a free sample.”
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Format a Book with Word: Formatting for Smashwords #4

By Colin Dunbar

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

Table of Contents (ToC) and Navigation

Smashwords offers three primary navigation elements for your ebook. In this post I discuss the linked Table of Contents, as this is the most common method of navigation (and it’s the easiest).

Also included in this post is the Non-ToC intra-book links.

A linked ToC will benefit your readers (making it easy for them to navigate your book), and I highly recommend including one in your book.
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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 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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