Creating ePub like a Pro with Sigil
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Creating ePub like a Pro with Sigil

Learn how to build professional looking epub that is compatible with different ebook readers (Kindle, iBook, Nook, etc)
4.5 (2 ratings)
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Created by Richie Salvador
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create professional looking epub using a Sigil as a FREE tool
  • Create bundles and box sets easily
  • Develop a theme for your brand and pen name
  • Insert Images and text into your epub
  • Export your content from MS word and other word processing program
  • Create HTML and CSS files
  • Add links and images in your document
  • Format your epub like a pro
  • Validate your ePub to make it compatible with different Platforms like Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Nook, etc
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Requirements
  • You should already be familiar and have done self-publishing. A little knowledge about HTML and CSS is a plus but we'll cover it in this course. Don't worry, we'll only use what we need!
Description
Great to have you in this course. These are the things we will cover in this course:
I created this course because I've seen a lot of authors and publishers disregard the design of their ebooks. There are just very few tools that supports creating epub and most of them have a high learning curve to use.
In this course, I will guide you how you can create professional looking Amazon Kindle Books, Apple iBooks or Google Books and Nook books with the use of a FREE tool - Sigil.
Most publishers just use plain MS WORD to create their books but the problem with that is when it is coverted into a digital book like epub or mobi format, it messes up a lot and it DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!
I have developed my own way of creating these epubs like a pro using SIGIL. I have even created templates which I will share to you in this course! 
So if you're ready to step up your publishing business and make professional ebooks, then click the ENROLL in this course button on the right! Let's do it!
Who is the target audience?
  • I created this course to help self-published authors and publishers to build professional looking Kindle books. The ePub that you are creating is also compatible and has been the format of choice for most publishing platforms like Amazon KDP, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Books, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, etc.
  • I have seen a lot of publishers publishing their books and uploading them online and not providing much attention to the formatting. This course is not for you if you're looking for a drag-and-drop content and everything is formatted for you automatically. Although this is possible by creating a template. But if you want more flexibility in your design, this course is for you!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 32 Lectures Collapse All 32 Lectures 02:44:21
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Intro
1 Lecture 02:03
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Let's setup your Tools and Software
3 Lectures 13:49

Installing Calibre - A Digital ebook Library and Previewer
05:05

Installing Amazon Kindle Previewer
04:49
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Getting Started with Sigil
3 Lectures 17:53
The Sigil Interface
07:38

Understanding the HTML View
07:46

Why Error Validation is Important
02:29
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Let's get it on - Working with Sigil
6 Lectures 28:20

I know you're excited to paste your already-formatted document in MS Word. I would probably disappoint you because we won't copy the formatting from MS Word. Believe me, there is a benefit of doing that. I will discuss it in this video.

Copying your Contents from MS Word or Other Applications
08:55

OK. Here's an easier way to create new pages based on the text you copied from MS Word.

Here's the shortcut: CTRL+ENTER. Probably CMD+RETURN on Mac?

Splitting Pages - A shortcut to automatically create a new page
03:21

Renaming the HTML files
02:52


Adding Internal and External Links
02:26

Adding Images
02:40
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Let's Make Beautiful ePubs - Using CSS and Images
4 Lectures 16:53
Creating and Linking Stylesheets.
09:52

Adding Margins and Text-Indent
03:57

Adding Paragraph a Text-Justify Alignment
01:01

Padding - Adding space between paragraphs
02:03
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More Stuff you can DO
7 Lectures 47:53
Creating a Well-Designed TOC
10:15

So you want to rise above the competition? Here's one way to do it - embed a lovely font! I'm pretty sure most of the self-published authors and publishers don't know how to do it. Other tools and applications doesn't allow you to do it. But here in Sigil, I will teach you to EASILY do it!

Embedding 3rd-Party Font
05:37

Most self-publishing platforms like Amazon KDP allows you to upload a cover for your ebook separately. This cover is added automatically as your book cover. Most of the time this is displayed in the sales page of Amazon. But when people are buying these ebooks, the cover isn't showing automatically. Well, we can add our own interior cover so it will be like part of the book itself. This is optional but it's a good addition to make our epubs looking like a pro!

Adding Interior Cover
07:59

So we want to replace our Title page by an image. The problem is, we don't want to remove it because we are going to use it in our TOC. Well, here's a solution for you, hide that text so the TOC generator would still be able to detect it and display it!

Adding hidden text in the TOC
04:47

Adding Image Headings and Quotes
05:41

You think this is only possible in paperback? You're MS Word can create one but it seems messing up after uploading it in KDP? No problemo. I'll teach you how to create a dropcap correctly.

Adding Dropcap
08:49

Adding a Publishing logo
04:45
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Reporting Feature
1 Lecture 03:33

This section will give you a summary about your epub - from the word count to the file sizes of any files (images, html, css) you have included in your epub. This is a powerful feature!

Reporting
03:33
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Let's Fix some Errors!
3 Lectures 19:04
Easy Fix for Common Errors
05:51

Copying content within Sigil and another Sigil file
03:43

My Best Strategies in Fixing Errors in Sigil
09:30
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Some Extra Stuff You'll find Helpful
4 Lectures 14:52
Setting up a start page location
03:48

10 - Extracting Individual files
06:27

10.1 Extracting the Whole Epub
04:35

Sample Template
00:02
About the Instructor
Richie Salvador
4.5 Average rating
107 Reviews
6,805 Students
4 Courses
Freelance IT support analyst and Top Kindle Publisher

Hi!


I have been working with large US-based companies as Technical Support for the past 5 years, I developed a customer-oriented skills that helps businesses provide a better customer experience.

I have been involved in Zendesk setup and customization, integration and building documentation and knowledge-based articles.

I also worked as a software tester and wesite QA. I have been working with various project management and development tools such as Attlassian-Jira, Basecamp, Zoho Projects, Asana and various Software Testing tools. Using these SaaS tools, I was able to work independently and increase my productivity.

Now I am ready to go for a next level success with Kindle Publishing which I do on the side. It has never been this easy. This business can run on auto pilot once you already have a system setup.