- Available in: Kindle
- Published: September 16, 2011
Keep It Simple Stupid (K-I-S-S) Guide to Formatting for ePublishing is a simple step-by-step guideline that I wrote first for myself then expanded to help fellow indie authors. It is by no means a comprehensive guide. Well, at least not at this time. I do have plans to expand upon it to include other operating systems and hardware, but that’s later and this is now.
You should know that this guide was developed using a PC running the following operating systems and software:
– Microsoft Windows XP (and later, Microsoft Windows 7);
– Microsoft Office Word
– Mobipocket Creator Publisher Edition 4.2
– A text editor or an html editor
That said, if you have purchased this guide and are NOT using (and/or have no intention of ever using) any of the hardware and software mentioned above, then please feel free to contact me at my website, request what operating system(s) and software you’d like to see included in future versions of this guide, and exercise your consumer right by returning this book (within the appropriate time frame, of course).
My website contact info can be found here: www.elijanakindel.com
Also, if you are the type of person who needs a step-by-step guide in a printed version (because I’m that type of person myself—visual and kinesthetic), feel free to contact me at my website and I’ll investigate what options are available to help you out.
Because, yeah… I really am that sort of person.
And now for a brief intro to the guide…
So you’ve caught the entrepreneurial bug and you want to publish your edited, revised, and polished manuscript? Great! Congratulations and welcome to your very own self-publishing adventure!
You’ve read the how-to-format-your-manuscript manuals at the ebook upload websites, scoured the web for articles, and still can’t figure out how to make those pesky, yet professional looking, Kindle (prc) and Nook (epub) files.
You’ve spent hours (or days as it was for me the first time) using the upload your document as a Word doc or as a Webpage Filtered html file on the self-publishing websites and still your Kindle and/or Nook files aren’t formatted the way you want. Argh!
If you’ve found yourself at that point, then you’re not alone. I’ve been there, too.
Not only that, but I’ve received emails, instant messages, and phone calls from other indie authors who ran into the same issues. When I turned to other successfully published indie authors for help, they suggested I either brush up on my html and master some Mobipocket Creator and Sigil, or embrace some low expectations on how an ebook should be formatted, or… hire someone else to do it.
Hire someone else to do the job? Can you do that? Yes, you can. But I couldn’t. For me, hiring someone else to format my manuscript would have been admitting defeat—something that I’ve never done well. And considering that I fully accept that I’ve got some OCD ways and means along with being (in my humble opinion—IMHO) the reason that the word anal is in analytical thinking… I opted to initiate a campaign for world domination (my world, not yours) by brushing up on html and mastering the software needed to make Kindle and Nook files.
The results from my endeavor are what prompted me to write this guide. Okay, well, there’s that and I needed to maximize my writing hours by minimizing the time I spent helping myself and other indie authors master a few ebook formatting skills.