Welcome to the Jungle

Chapter Two

I’m ready to publish my book. Now what?

Format BadDon’t you hate it when you buy an ebook and paragraphs run into each other, indents are all over the place and chapter headings are askew?

So do a lot of customers. They hate paying good money for these books and feel they deserve a higher standard of quality. Of course they do! I’m one of them and there’s something we can do about it.

Did you know Amazon added a link for readers to report bad formatting issues? It’s located at the very bottom of the Kindle ebook edition page for each book.

Amazon book format button 800

How embarrassing. The last thing I want is to be reported for bad formatting or screw a reader. I also want to be taken seriously as a writer and self-publisher, so I made the effort to learn how to format an ebook myself.

It wasn’t easy. It took me a week. I cussed a lot during the process, but once I figured it out, the time was worth it.

I found the simplest way is to customize the STYLES MENU in Microsoft Word with my preferred headings and paragraph indents and spacing. Amazon also provides a free guide – Building Your Book for Kindle – which is an excellent step-by-step tutorial, and I use it to set up the table of contents. There are minor changes I make to the Kindle formatting for Nook and the other epub files, but once I learned the process, it’s piece of cake to publish now. And it doesn’t cost me a dime.

Next up?

I must be the worst marketer ever

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