November 2016: KDP are offering us the chance to upload print versions of our books directly with them. Most people are reporting that this isn't ideal - the formatting isn't great and there is no chance to order a proof copy. I still recommend keeping KDP for your digital version and using CreateSpace for your print version.
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If you have read any eBooks yourself you have probably come across a few that don't have a table of contents or - worse - have one that doesn't work.
As a reader it is irritating.
As an author, it's the mark of an amateur. Take a look on Amazon and you'll come across reviews complaining about poorly formatted Kindle eBooks, with reviewers often noting the lack of a working table of contents.
Yet it is so easy to do.
One way is to buy expensive Kindle creation software - often very expensive, often tricky to use.
Another is to pay for your formatting to be done by someone else. Great if you have the money but not if you don't!
Doing it yourself means that you'll be able to update your book when you need to, without having to pay a formatter again.
In this course I walk you through Sigil, an open-source (i.e. free) program that is available for both Mac and Windows.
WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?
Learning how to format eBooks using Sigil's free software. Sigil is available for both Windows and Mac computers.
HOW IS THE COURSE TAUGHT?
Video lessons with some downloadable documents and the ability to ask specific questions and receive help from the instructor.
HOW WILL I LEARN?
By watching, trying it out for yourself, and asking questions. At the end of the course you will be able to format your own eBook using Sigil and know how to upload it to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.
WHAT ARE THE COURSE MATERIALS?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Around an hour. Many authors complain that they spend a long time working out how to format their eBook then get it published and go write another one. A few months later, they try to remember how to format it and have generally forgotten! Not an issue with this course - you have lifetime access and can return to it every time you're ready to publish.
HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM TAKING THIS COURSE?
You'll be able to produce a very professional, beautifully formatted eBook and upload it to Amazon, the world's best seller of books. You will be paid royalties monthly. The more professional your eBook is, the more likely you are to get good reviews and better royalties.
If you have forgotten how to format it next time you have a book ready to publish, you can come back to this course to go through it again.
HOW AVAILABLE IS THE INSTRUCTOR?
I'm here to give you support on your publishing journey. Once you have joined the course you will be able to ask questions and I'll answer those as quickly as possible - generally as soon as I get the notification from Udemy. I also assemble the most frequently-asked questions into extra lectures and/or downloadable resources.
WHY IS THE COURSE SO INEXPENSIVE?
Honestly? I'm guessing that if you're a new author you probably don't have a huge pot of money to chuck at your publishing venture. You're probably wise enough to not want to take a big financial risk. It's a great idea to try self-publishing out before investing too much in it. You want to see if you've chosen a good niche, if there's a strong market for your books, before splashing your hard-earned cash at it.
You can buy expensive Adobe and other software for formatting eBooks. I don't know why you would but maybe I'm just cheap! If you're using - or want to use - open-source software such as Sigil, I congratulate you. It's a great choice. I've matched the price of this course to appeal to people like you - and me - who don't like being ripped off.
My other courses are more expensive because they took longer to create and contain more lectures and downloads. This is a short course. It will only take you an hour or so to complete. I'm not going to charge you hundreds of dollars for something you can complete in an hour.
I'm hoping that you will enjoy my teaching style and join some of my other courses or even read some of my books (free using Kindle Unlimited). I offer coupons to existing students who want to join my other courses, just contact me to request one.
Enjoy your publishing journey. It has changed my life - I have a good income from my books. I hope it improves yours and brings you wealth and happiniess.
How To Create An eBook Using Open Source Software
This isn't a course about how to write a book, it's about how to format it and get it ready to upload as a professional eBook.
The software I'm demonstrating on here is Sigil, which is free and available for both Mac and Windows computers (I'm demonstrating on Windows but it is quite similar to the Mac version).
Sigil creates beautifully-formatted ePubs, which can be read on most eReaders or converted into MOBI for Kindle. I'll show you how to convert to MOBI as well.
The thing that lots of Indie authors get wrong is not creating a working table of contents for their eBook. That really annoys readers and can lead to poor reviews. Yet it is so simple and quick to do - when you know how.
I'd love you to join me for this course. If you do, you will be producing beautifully-formatted eBooks quickly and easily.
It is absolutely essential to clean up your manuscript's HTML before inserting it into Sigil.
This quick lecture explains how.
This is where you will paste your cleaned up HTML into Sigil.
Tell Sigil where you want your chapter breaks by adding split markers. Don't split it into chapters yet, though, there are a few cleaning up jobs to do that are easier when it's still one document instead of several.
Adding your book's metadata is very important. All you need to add is the title, author name, and language, but if you don't you book won't compile.
How to run the ePub Validator
This is a fantastic part of Sigil and is the tool that makes us cut out lots of rubbish from our code, leaving us with a really clean document that should be fairly future-proof, as well as being readable on all the different types of eReaders that are currently in use.
How to split your eBook into chapters. This will create a separate HTML document for every section of your book.
How to make web and email addresses clickable by the reader.
Adding a working - i.e. clickable - table of contents is a major professional plus point for your book. It will make it stand out from other indies and give a much better reading experience. It could even mean better reviews too!
Bullets are often imported with the HTML from your manuscript but sometimes they get a bit mussed up. It's quick and easy to correct them, though, and this video shows you what's going on behind the scenes in the code.
How to add special characters, such as the copyright symbol.
How to add your cover so it is part of your book. You will also need to add it separately as an upload to whatever platform you will be selling your book on.
How to add images to your eBook.
Stylesheets are the tools that can really set your eBook apart from the rest. Sigil comes with built-in styles but adding your own gives you more flexibility and choice. I have included some sample stylesheets and you can use these to experiment and see what you like for your eBook.
How to download the Kindle Previewer
This allows you to see what your book will look like on different Kindles. It's great because it can highlight problems such as colored headings being a little washed out on black & white devices (e.g. Kindle eInk). Then it's easy to go back and change things in Sigil and check again in the Kindle Previewer.
The Kindle Previewer isn't the only way to convert ePubs to MOBI format - the free software Calibre is another - but I really like the Previewer as it quick and easy to use.
Convert the ePub to MOBI format using Kindle Previewer.
There are other tools to convert to MOBI. Some people love Calibre - also free - but I find Kindle Previewer very useful. It's quick, easy to use, and lets you see what your eBook will look like on different Kindles.
How to upload to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.
Wrap up of the course.
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Author of the bestselling books, 'Goodreads for Authors', 'Make Your Book Work Harder', and 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'. She is a former teacher & trainer, chicken keeper, and field archer.
She started her career in Public Relations then, while her children were growing, she did any work she could get that allowed her to be at home with them. That included: writing, course creation, editing, book indexing, book formatting, document and presentation production, and more.
After becoming a teacher and then an IT trainer, she still freelanced, writing and creating courses for others - before eventually taking the plunge and creating her own books and courses.
She writes as Michelle Campbell-Scott, specializing in publishing and marketing; Mia Campbell, specializing in health (including 'Inversion Therapy' & 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'), and Michelle Booth, specializing in hobbies and children's fiction.