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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  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

About this course.

About Vellum for OS X
Section 2: Vellum Tutorial

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

Section 3: Importing your book into Vellum

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.


What do you do if Vellum messes up your 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.

Title & Author Information
Chapter Headings
Text Features - Subheads, Ornaments, Block Quotes, Verses
Section 4: Generate Your eBook
Install KindleGen
Proof your eBook

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Instructor Biography

Nathan Cashion, Technological Factotum

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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