Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Reblogging this from last year, since I’m about to embark again on the process for my new novel, Wish I Were Here. If you formatted your own book, let us know how it went. Or, if you hired someone who made the whole thing a piece of cake (freeing you up to worry about a host of other things that come up in self-publishing), drop names and links in the comments.
At this moment, I’m inclined to hire a pro again, though I wasn’t particularly happy last time through. On the other hand, as Guido says, there’s only one way to make sure your book looks the way you want it to…
Ebook formatting. Huh?
Believe it or not, it never occurred to me that you can’t just upload your pretty .doc file onto Smashwords or Amazon and expect it to come out the other side as a perfect ebook. The .doc file is to writing as fresh water is to civilization, isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be the Perrier of self-publishing?
I know, Amazon says you can just upload your Word file and they’ll take care of the rest, but according to David Gaughran, author of Let’s Get Digital: How to Self-Publish And Why You Should, you open your ebook to unpredictable coding errors when you do that and risk coming across to readers as unprofessional. Anathema to us, right?
Gaughran recommends Guido Henkel’s guide, “Take Pride In Your Ebook Formatting,” a free resource on the web, which takes the neophyte through a foolproof formatting protocol that will work with…
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