eBook creation for indie authors: get that professional look
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eBook creation for indie authors: get that professional look

Learn how you must format your Word document to create a professional-looking eBook instead of an unreadable wreck.
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Last updated 2/2015
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Spot common mistakes that will wreck an eBook
  • Use little-known Word features to fix those mistakes in minutes
  • Format a Word document to pass a publisher's validation tests
Requirements
  • You will need to be familiar with MS Word
Description

Thousands of indie authors self-publish their books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and many other platforms, and there are many courses out there that teach you how to self-publish an eBook. But eBooks differ from traditional books in many regards; many indie authors struggle with putting their novel into a format that is suitable for eBook conversion, and very few of the self-publishing courses give detailed instructions on how to go about formatting a manuscript so that it will produce an eBook that looks great. This course aims to remedy that by showing you, step-by-step, what you need to do to your Word manuscript to create a professional-looking eBook instead of an unreadable wreck.

Learn the little-known techniques that allow you to create a truly professional looking eBook from your Word document.

  • eBooks vs. print books - things you must know
  • Quick removal of markup that ruins any eBook
  • Styles - your secret weapon for professional formatting

In this course you'll learn, in a series of hands-on exercises, how to fix the issues that get documents rejected by Amazon and other online bookshops. You'll get to try every step of the process with exercise documents designed to show you the most common mistakes that indie authors make when creating their work. By the end of the course you will have a well-stocked toolbox that allows you to find and fix those mistakes.

Content and Overview

Suitable for anybody with a basic knowledge of Word, this course will guide you, step by step, through the process of formatting a document to make it suitable for eBook creation.

First you will learn about the challenges involved in converting a Word document, which has a fixed layout, to an eBook, which does not.

Following that you'll find out how to use Word's tools to identify, find and fix anything that will cause issues with your eBook conversion - in a matter of minutes. You'll be able to follow each lesson with the practice documents provided at the beginning of the section to give you proper, hands-on experience on how to use the tools and techniques described in the lessons.

After you have mastered these tools, the course will introduce you to one of the most powerful and under-used feature of Word - styles. You'll learn how to use styles to change almost the entire look and feel of any Word document instantly, and how to use styles to create the eBook layout you want for your novel. Again, you'll have the opportunity to put each lesson into practice with the training materials for the section.

After finishing the course you'll be able to take your existing novel and format it to create a great-looking eBook.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for indie authors who want to self-publish their novel. At his point it's probably not suitable for authors of non-fiction books, or authors who didn't use Word to create their novel.
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 01:30:17
+ Formatting your document
13 lectures 29:17
Important information about this section
00:44
Removing headers and footers
01:08
Removing text boxes
03:56
Removing unwanted markup
02:29
Removing tabs that were used to separate paragraphs
03:20
Removing all remaining tabs
02:55
Removing unwanted line breaks
05:25
Removing multiple spaces
02:46
Removing leading spaces
01:17
Removing multiple paragraphs
03:51
Homework!
00:33
Homework Solution
00:29
You are not alone in this!
00:23
+ Styling your document
9 lectures 35:22
Important information about this section
00:07
An introduction to styles
03:59
Making the styles toolbox visible
01:30
What your finished eBook should look like
01:29
Removing unwanted styles
06:25
Customising normal text
06:31
Customising chapter headings
07:53
Creating the style for first paragraphs
06:35
Congratulations!
00:52
+ Resources
3 lectures 11:31
Epub validation
00:26

If you want to sell your book through your own site, here's how you can create it for free using Calibre. Most e-readers need a .epub file, except for Kindles, which need a .mobi file.

Preview 03:31
Creating a table of contents
07:34