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Quickly Design and Publish eBooks on your Mac with Vellum

Save time designing beautiful, cross-platform eBooks for iBooks, Kindle, and Nook using the free Vellum for Mac OS X
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Get your book published in 1/10th the time!

If you've written short stories, technical books, or your own biography but have a tight budget or don't want to deal with big, scary publishers, this course will help you during the process of designing your ebook and getting it ready for iBooks, Kindle, or Nook marketplaces.

Vellum is an application for Mac OS X that makes it easy to design a beautiful ebook for all 3 digital stores in one simple process.

In this course, I'll help you download and install the software, practice with sample material, and then import your own prepared manuscript and get it ready to upload. You'll be one step closer to earning a passive income with your writing!

Who is the target audience?
  • Self-publishing authors
  • Independent publishers helping beginning authors
  • Mac OS X version 10.9 or later (Mavericks or Yosemite)
  • NOT Windows only users
  • NOT authors looking for help writing their book
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What Will I Learn?
Download and install the FREE Vellum app
Become familiar with the Vellum app using sample material
Import a prepared ebook from Apple Pages or Microsoft Word format
Design eBooks by adding text and image features
Publish their eBook to Amazon, Nook, and iBook marketplaces
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  • Have access to an Apple computer with MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later
  • Have an ebook ready to be published (or plan on publishing for other authors)
  • The Vellum app is free to download and use, but publishing a finished eBook requires an in-app purchase
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 01:06:53
Course Introduction
2 Lectures 05:15
Vellum Tutorial
8 Lectures 19:12

180g, the developers of Vellum, have announced on their blog that, as of May 2016, Vellum is no longer sold through the Mac App Store (see their blog for details). To receive future updates to Vellum, you will need to migrate to the Direct version.This simply means you will only be able to download the application from their website. You will not lose any purchases or books you have been working on.

UPDATE: Vellum no longer available in Mac App Store

We'll download the Vellum app and the sample material to use during the tutorial in Section 2. You can download the app from the Vellum website or in the Mac App Store. The sample content is available from the Vellum Tutorial page. Links are in the Resources tab.

Preview 02:55

Let's open the sample material to begin editing our manuscript.

Import sample material

Let's get editing. We'll dive into Vellum's sample content and begin looking at how to edit chapters, text, add ornamental breaks, and more.

Preview 02:26

Let's see how we can change the look of your eBook using Vellum's beautifully designed styles. There are plenty of styles to choose from, and you have options to customize each one to fit your content.

Choose a Book Style

Let's take a look at how you can get a preview of what your final eBook will look like on each different device.

Preview on Multiple Devices

In this final video of the sample material tutorial in Section 1, we'll add a cover image to our ebook to get it ready for publishing.

Import Book Cover Image

With the recent announcement that Vellum is no longer available in the Mac App Store, here's a tutorial on switching over to the direct download version of the app.

Migrating from the Mac App Store
Importing your book into Vellum
6 Lectures 33:14

Since you're on a Mac, you may be more familiar with Apple Pages than Microsoft Word. Or you may have created a separate file for each chapter in your book. How can you import into Vellum in these situations? I show you how in this video.

Importing Manuscripts from Apple Pages

What do you do if Vellum messes up your chapters?

Troubleshooting Chapters

I'll talk about prepping your manuscript with Element Styles to properly produce a Table of Contents. I'll show you how different devices present your Table of Contents and why it is important to include for your readers.

Working with Table of Contents & Elements

Title & Author Information

Chapter Headings

Text Features - Subheads, Ornaments, Block Quotes, Verses
Generate Your eBook
4 Lectures 09:12

Install KindleGen

Proof your eBook

About the Instructor
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I'm a life-long technology lover and Apple guru. I've worked for Apple, Inc. and as educational technology support for over 7 years. I am a graduate student, podcaster, ultra-trail-runner, professional ballroom dancer, and more.

My goal is to the gap between talented individuals who have content to share, but need help getting technology to work for them.

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