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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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to be familiar with MS Word

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Make your life easier with this free eBook creation software
Section 2: Stop Word from changing your document
How eBooks are different from Word documents
Turn off Auto Formatting
Turn off Change tracking
Revealing Word's markup
Section 3: Formatting your document
Important information about this section
Removing headers and footers
Removing text boxes
Removing unwanted markup
Removing tabs that were used to separate paragraphs
Removing all remaining tabs
Removing unwanted line breaks
Removing multiple spaces
Removing leading spaces
Removing multiple paragraphs
Homework Solution
You are not alone in this!
Section 4: Styling your document
Important information about this section
An introduction to styles
Making the styles toolbox visible
What your finished eBook should look like
Removing unwanted styles
Customising normal text
Customising chapter headings
Creating the style for first paragraphs
Section 5: Resources
Epub validation

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.

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Instructor Biography

Frauke Nonnenmacher, Renaissance woman: writer, cartoonist and tamer of computers

Frauke's love affair with computers started by drooling over the sheer awesomeness of a ZX81 when she was a child. Since then she has owned a Commodore 128, an Amiga, an Acorn RISC PC (would you believe it) and an assortment of more mainstream laptops and PCs.

Her love of computers and technology in general led her to obtain two Bachelor's degrees in engineering. She has worked both as a hardware and a software engineer, and has been the managing director of her own IT consultancy, Creative Cats, for 15 years now. She helps small businesses and entrepreneurs with their IT needs, providing hands-on support where needed and training where required.

She loves being asked why she decided to become an engineer.

To be able to go out wearing a red shirt and survive, of course.

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