Welcome back, everyone. Last week we talked about editing, and why it’s one of the most important steps to take before you publish. This week we’re going to go over formatting, for both print and ebook, and how this is an area you may be able to tackle yourself. Read more
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The time has finally come. You’ve just typed “The End”, and now your great masterpiece of a novel is finished. Time to upload that sucker onto Amazon and hit the publish button. You’re on your way to becoming a literary legend!
Whoa there, Next Greatest Living Author Ever. Get your cursor off that publish button. I hate to tell you this, but you’re not even close to being finished. There are three more steps that you absolutely must take before you hit the publish button. These steps are crucial to insuring that your book is a quality product that readers are going to want to buy. Not taking these steps is the equivalent of giving birth, then leaving that newborn on your front steps and shouting “All right, go out there and make your parents proud!”. You wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing to a baby; why would you do that to your book? Your book that you slaved over, that you poured your heart into for days, weeks, maybe even years. Your words deserve so much more than that, so take the time to polish before you publish. Read more
Our journey into self publishing began in late 2013, when the vanity press that Jay used to publish “Stumbling Backasswards Into The Light” informed him that they hadn’t ever done an eBook, and weren’t sure if they could find someone who could. I began researching eBook formatting services on the internet, in an attempt to find someone that could complete what seemed to be a very important task – with such a large amount of eReaders out there, not having his book in digital format was surely hurting sales, right? My search led me to several blog posts and websites about eBook formatting, and within a day I was convinced that we didn’t need to hire someone to format the book for us, we (well, I) could format it ourselves!
The series of blog posts that I’ve linked at the end of this post served me well as I formatted “Stumbling”, and again when it was time to work on “Demons & Angels”. A little HTML knowledge is helpful (basic HTML is a good thing for everyone to learn), but not completely necessary if you follow this guide step-by-step. DO make sure to check your results BEFORE putting your eBook out into the world – you want to be the one to take your eBook for a test drive, not one of your precious and valuable readers!
Our eternal gratitude goes out to Guido Henkel for taking the time to put up these blog posts and share his formatting knowledge!