Fiction Writers: Learn How To Create A Perfect Kindle Ebook
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Fiction Writers: Learn How To Create A Perfect Kindle Ebook

Save Money! Learn the EASY & FREE way to format your Word manuscript into Epub and Mobi files, ready to upload to Amazon
5.0 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
815 students enrolled
Created by Stephen Lean
Last updated 11/2015
English
Price: $75
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Format your Word (or similar) manuscript easily and painlessly into a beautiful Kindle ebook using free software.
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Requirements
  • You will need to download two FREE software programs: Sigil and Kindle Previewer.
  • Full instructions on how to do this is included in the course.
Description

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:

  • Clean up and prepare your manuscript the easy way
  • Format your manuscript correctly
  • Use the magic of style sheets
  • Validate your files
  • View and proof your ebook on various devices


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.

Steve

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are a writer, author or self-publisher this course is for you!
  • You will learn an easy and foolproof way to format your own manuscript into a fully-functional Epub and Kindle ebook.
  • No HTML, CSS or other 'techie' knowledge required.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 23 Lectures Collapse All 23 Lectures 01:45:11
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Introduction To The Course
2 Lectures 05:58

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.

Preview 03:45

Why listen to me?

I am a website designer, a self-published author, a copywriter and an ebook formatter. I work full-time in the world of words, HTML, javascript and style sheets.

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.

Preview 02:13
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Download Your FREE Software
2 Lectures 07:08

Download Sigil

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.

Download Sigil
04:07

The Sigil Dashboard

Get to know the Sigil dashboard, what it looks like, how it works and how similar it is to Word's basic layout.

Preview 03:01
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Formatting Your Manuscript
5 Lectures 27:16

Word's 'Save as web' option

Learn what this is, how it works - and why you shouldn't use it!

Preview 04:18

Cleaning up your manuscript

Find out the easiest way to convert your manuscript to clean HTML

Cleaning Up Your Manuscript The Easy Way
06:17

Bold, italics & special characters

It works just like Word! How to add this formatting to your cleaned up manuscript.

Bold, Italics And Special Characters
03:43

Headings & chapters

Here we will add our headings and split up our book into its individual chapters.

Create Your Headings And Chapters
11:46

Run the validator - 1

How to validate what we've done so far to catch any problems early - always a good idea!

Everything Good So Far? Run The Validator To Find Out
01:12
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Adding Images & Hyperlinks
3 Lectures 12:47

Add your images

Here we will import your cover image and any other images you want to use inside your book.

Graphicality - Adding Images
05:43

Hyperlinks

Send your readers to your website, or give them your email address. How to add your hyperlinks

Clickability - Inserting Hyperlinks
04:06

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.

Creating The Table Of Contents
02:58
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The Magic Of CSS - Styling Your Manuscript
6 Lectures 30:50

Add the style sheet

How to download and create the style sheet, then link it to your files

Downloading & Linking The Style Sheet
03:53

Styling the chapters

How to make your chapters and their headings look like a proper book.

Styling The Chapters
03:40

Title page

Your title page is important, make it look good here.

Styling The Title Page
05:57

Front & back matter

Styling the legal bit at the front and the Author page, etc. Copyright and publisher information done the right way.

Styling The Front And Back Matter
08:37

Styles explained

What they do, how they're written and constructed, and how to play around with them.

Styles Explained
07:14

Cover image

How to add the cover image to your epub file.

Preview 01:29
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A Final Check That Everything's Ready
2 Lectures 07:57

Metadata

They always say the important work is done behind the scenes. Metadata helps people find your book!

Behind The Scenes - Inserting The Metadata
03:45

Run the validator - 2

Now that everything is ready we need to do a final check before converting to Mobi.

Run The Validator Again
04:12
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Creating Your Mobi File For Kindle
1 Lecture 06:30

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.

Downloading And Using Kindle Previewer
06:30
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Uploading Your Mobi File To Amazon
1 Lecture 05:20

Amazon's KDP platform

A quick look at what's involved in uploading your ebook files to Amazon.

Preview 05:20
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It's A Wrap!
1 Lecture 01:25

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.

Final Thoughts
01:25
About the Instructor
Stephen Lean
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Author | Ebook Formatter | Website Designer & Copywriter

Hi, I'm Steve Lean and thank you for having a look at my course.

I am a website designer, a self-published author, a copywriter and an ebook formatter. I work full-time in the world of words, HTML, Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets.

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.