If you are a fiction writer, author or self-publisher this course is for you!
Learn how to format your own Word (or similar) manuscript, easily and painlessly, using FREE software, into a fully-validated and functional Kindle ebook. No HTML, CSS or other 'techie' knowledge required.
Create Your Beautiful Kindle Ebook From Start To Finish With This Step By Step, Easy To Follow Tutorial For Fiction Writers
You will learn how to:
These Easy To Learn Skills Will Enable You To Format Your Fiction Book With Complete Confidence
If you know nothing of HTML and other geekery, don't worry, you're in the right place, because you don't need to know any of these things.
In this course am going to take you by the hand and show you, step by easy step, the painless way to format your manuscript and ebook files properly.
You're going to learn every step you need to take to get your book formatted the right way. I'll show you where to get the FREE software you need, how to download and install it, how to use it, and how to validate your files.
Included also in the course is a downloadable style sheet which you can just copy and paste into your epub files to make your book behave as it should.
Again, don't worry, I'll show you exactly where to put the styles and how to modify them if you want to. But you don't have to, they are perfectly designed to use as they are, 'straight out of the box'.
All you then have to do is upload your files direct to Kindle's publishing platform and within 24 to 48 hours your book will be published and available on Amazon worldwide.
It will work properly and look great. And you will have done it all yourself. Isn't that what self-publishing is all about? You. In control. Earning money from day one!
This course is designed to teach writers who just want to write how easy it is to do your own formatting. I don't expect you to be a tech wizard, you shouldn't have to be, you're a writer.
However, I'm pretty sure you're going to have plenty of questions as we go along, and my promise to you is that I will respond as soon as humanly possible to any and every message you send to me.
So never be shy to fire me off a question, no matter how trivial you may think it is, that's what I'm here for.
Welcome to my course!
Here you will learn how to format your Word (or similar) manuscript easily and painlessly into a beautiful Kindle ebook using free software.
Please take plenty of notes and watch all the lectures in order as certain procedures are dependent on having completed the preceding lecture first. If you skip forward and miss something your ebook may well not work as it should.
Please also don't hesitate to ask me about anything you're not sure of - it's what I'm here for.
Why listen to me?
Now, I know what you're thinking, and many of my friends have already said it: maybe I should get out more!
Since Amazon changed the publishing game completely and opened up the world of self-publishing, I have formatted both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts for a diverse range of author clients. The ebooks I format are designed to look good and work well on all ereaders.
But the whole idea of self-publishing is doing it all for yourself, so I've designed this course to show you how easy it can be to do just that. And once you have this knowledge you can confidently format every book you write from now on.
Here I will show you where to get Sigil, a free software program for creating your epub files. I will also show you how to download and install it, ready to use.
Word's 'Save as web' option
Learn what this is, how it works - and why you shouldn't use it!
Cleaning up your manuscript
Find out the easiest way to convert your manuscript to clean HTML
Bold, italics & special characters
It works just like Word! How to add this formatting to your cleaned up manuscript.
Headings & chapters
Here we will add our headings and split up our book into its individual chapters.
Run the validator - 1
How to validate what we've done so far to catch any problems early - always a good idea!
Add your images
Here we will import your cover image and any other images you want to use inside your book.
Send your readers to your website, or give them your email address. How to add your hyperlinks
Table of contents
Here we will learn how to create the clickable table of contents so our readers can find their way around our ebook.
Add the style sheet
How to download and create the style sheet, then link it to your files
Styling the chapters
How to make your chapters and their headings look like a proper book.
Your title page is important, make it look good here.
Front & back matter
Styling the legal bit at the front and the Author page, etc. Copyright and publisher information done the right way.
What they do, how they're written and constructed, and how to play around with them.
They always say the important work is done behind the scenes. Metadata helps people find your book!
Run the validator - 2
Now that everything is ready we need to do a final check before converting to Mobi.
The Kindle Previewer
In this lecture you learn where to get Amazon's own bit of free software, how to download and install it, and how to use it.
It's a wrap!
Thank you for getting to the end of this course, I hope you've enjoyed the ride.
Final thoughts, thanks and suggestions.
Hi, I'm Steve Lean and thank you for having a look at my course.
Now, I know what you're thinking - and many of my friends have already said it - maybe I should get out more! They're probably right.
After the introduction of the Kindle Direct Publishing platform in 2008, I began to get requests from writers and authors about formatting their Kindle books. Back then very few people had much of an idea about how to go about it.
Since then I have formatted both fiction and non-fiction for a diverse range of author clients. The ebooks I format are designed to look good and work well on all ereaders.
In short, they look like books, not web pages, with all the typography and styling you would expect to see from any major publisher's paper product.
But what you really want to know is, why is my course different from anyone else's? Well here's a question for you: If you had a problem with the electrics in your house, would you call a plumber? No, I thought not.
So if you wanted to learn how to format your manuscript into html and epub files, who would be best to teach you? A fellow writer? A website designer? An ebook formatter?
What if you could call on someone who is all three of these things? Wouldn't that be the best of all options?
That's what I do. Every day.
I've designed this course to show you how easy it can be to do it yourself, and once you have this knowledge you can confidently format every book you write from now on.