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Help with Ebook Formatting

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I’ve had several folks ask me about ebook formatting. Since I either a) pay someone to do it or b) use the Smashwords Word-to-ebook converter (I didn’t want to pay with my free Ice Cracker II short story, since that price tag was going to make earning back my expenses tough), I’m not the person to write the post answering these questions. However, there are some great resources out there already, so allow me to point you to a couple…

Ebook Formatting Help:

  • Take Pride in Your Ebook Formatting by indie horror author Guido Henkel (this link goes to Part I in what is a very thorough nine-part post)
  • If you’re daunted by the idea of a nine-part post and want the super simple version, Derek J. Canyon’s $0.99 ebook may be more your speed: Format Your eBook for Kindle in One Hour – A Step-by-Step Guide
  • If you want mobi (kindle) and epub (everyone else) files all in one (relatively) simple swoop, you can use the Smashwords meatgrinder to upload your ebook to their site, but make sure to read their formatting guide, as anything funky in your Word document will cause problems. You can download copies of your own ebook to use wherever you want afterward.

If you come across other resources I should list here, let me know in the comments. Thank you!

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Comments (3)

Thanks for plugging my book, Lindsay!

I’ve blogged about how I did it here: http://lexirevellian.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-publish-for-kindle-on-amazon.html

There are many different approaches, but mine worked for me and is relatively simple.

Thanks for the heads-up, Lindsay, and for mentioning my series. I hope it will be helpful for people who really want to dig into the subject matter.

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