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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: 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: Pagination, Page and Section Breaks

By Colin Dunbar

From here we start getting to the good stuff. You will now really begin to see your book taking shape as you format your book in Word.

If you have a fictional book, it’s not necessary to make the pagination changes. The Widow/Orphan control is selected by default, and that is suitable for fiction. If you have a non-fiction book, I recommend making the other changes as detailed below.
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Format a Book in Word: Base Font & Line Spacing

By Colin Dunbar

Naturally, the quality of the content of your book is the number 1 priority. But when you format your book, the layout of your content, structure and readability is just as important as the content itself.

Readability is an interesting topic, and there are a number of readability formulas that can be used to test the readability of text. You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability.
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Format a Book in Word: Page Layout & Margins

By Colin Dunbar

With our page size set, we continue with the global settings, and in this post we cover page layout and margins.

Open your saved Word document. If you didn’t save it, create a new document. I suggest you save your Word document as we’ll be adding formatting features, and it’ll be useful to do them all in the one document.
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