Should I use Scrivener to format my book?

A lot of people love Scrivener – but then get confused when you talk about formatting a book with Scrivener. It’s nice for organizing a book, especially in the developmental stages, but not ideal for formatting. Sure, you can export as an ebook easily, which is pretty sweet and easy, as long as you don’t…

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How to add images into your print and ebook (and why you shouldn’t…)

Quick post to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot recently: many people want to add images into their ebook. IF you want to do this, you need to make them at least 1200px wide – because they need to stretch full-width, and some devices like the Kindle HD Fires are 600DPI. So if…

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How to write (and format) your Nanowrimo book

Nanowrimo is a great challenge that helps you focus on getting the words down… but where do you put them? I’ve played with a bunch of options over the years, so here are some choices. 1. MS Word A great standby, that most of us are already using. If you format your book correctly, it…

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Authors beware: don’t hire that book formatter!

I was checking out a book cover designer’s portfolio, he has some great stuff and amazing prices. Obviously not the best, but learning, and pretty good, and cheap. But he’s also offering book formatting services; he has a portfolio of only 5 images, and they had these problems: There was a header on top of…

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How to become a book designer

A lot of eager design students email me, thinking about starting a book design business. I tell them it’s a great idea. There’s a ton of demand. The pay is excellent. And it’s not that hard, if you know what you’re doing. Formatting is super easy, if you learn what looks good: you could use…

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How to add dropcaps to your Kindle ebook

If you’ve added dropcaps to your Word document and converted to ebook files, the dropcaps probably won’t display in the right places, because Word adds a special text box that will become misaligned after conversion. You need to redo your dropcaps in Sigil (free, open source ebook editing software). I added a video, it might…

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How to embed fonts into your ebook with Sigil

I made a video about some higher level issues, including what to do with DropCaps, pictures and embedded fonts after you’ve converted from Word (or other software) to ebook. Most mainstream publishers don’t embed fonts, because it makes the ebook bulkier and less easy to predict – it’s safer and easier to make a simple,…

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Should you pay for Createspace Formatting?

I’m a big fan of Createspace publishing (over other choices like Lulu or IngramSpark). They make it easy, and cheap. But the design capabilities aren’t great. You’d think for all their billions of dollars they could make a decent book cover creator or interior formatting tool. But they haven’t. Instead they make money on book…

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How to format a book (with FREE templates and videos)

After being a book designer for several years, and having hundreds of clients ask me if I could do their formatting, I decided to learn how to do print layout for POD books. Basically, I needed to use MS Word or InDesign to layout a book for print with headers, chapter headings, title info, TOC…

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How to format a book for Createspace in MS Word

Microsoft Word isn’t ideally suited for print formatting or book design; however if you do it well, your book will be of high enough quality that readers won’t notice. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to do well. Microsoft Word is a fickle program, and you need to learn how to do everything the right way before…

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