Joel Friedlander tells us about the formatting mistakes that make your book look like you made it in your garage. You CAN Format Your POD Book: The Beginner’s Cheat Sheet for Formatting with Adobe Indesign™ shows you how to fix these mistakes. Check it out!
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Here’s a post from last fall that I swiped from Jean’s Writing! Now that I’m about to epublish my “Beginner’s Cheat Sheet” on formatting your own Print-on-Demand book using InDesign, I’m going to need all the help I can get on formatting ebooks with graphics! What I like in Jean’s video is the idea that you can force text and image to stay together. Does anyone have any experience adding graphics to Kindle ebooks? Does this look like a good process to you? Any help will be WELCOME!
These tips from Don Massenzio may help you make formatting decisions. I particularly like the idea of using 1.5 line spacing instead of single spacing in print books. Maybe I’ll try that next time!
Check out my Beginner’s Cheat Sheet for formatting your hard copy book in InDesign!
This blog post is designed to help fellow independently published authors improve the quality of their work, but most of the tips here apply to the formatting of any book. I’m speaking of the formatting of books for the consumption of readers, not formatting your manuscript to send off to an agent or publisher. There are a whole other set of rules for that exercise.
I’ve put together a list of ten tips that you should consider when putting your book together. They are not in order of priority, but together, they can make your book stand out from the millions of others available through your favorite sales channel.
1. Put Some Thought Into Your Cover
I have to admit, this was something I didn’t waste a lot of time on when I published my first book, Frankly Speaking. I just went ahead and used the Kindle cover creator and cranked…
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Check out these software tools from Jean. Do you use any of them? What was your experience like? Do you have others to recommend?
And boy do I make a lot of them. Or so it seems.
I hope by sharing with you, these posts will stand as a reminder to myself, not to repeat the same mistakes over again.
Why? Because mistakes are costly.
Mistakes cost when you have to do something over and over, not just in time but often in money too.
How you can avoid my mistakes…
- Use the right software for the right job.
I tried to use “workaround” software but that only make the job harder and take longer. You know what I mean like using a shoe to hang a picture instead of hunting down that long-lost hammer in the garage.
- A little investment is worth your time and sanity.
No one software does everything. Pick the one that works best for each task.
Listed at the bottom are some of the ones I discovered and love.
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