Self-Publishing- Formatting an Ebook

I know the video goes fast, but pause the video at each step so you don’t get lost! This takes a lot of time and patience. I tried to make things as clear as possible for you guys, but if anything unclear let me know.

  1. Copy original manuscript.
  2. Paste into Notepad. You will lose all formatting but don’t panic, this is what we want!
  3. Open a new Work document and as it as a “Word 97-2003” Document.
  4. Copy your manuscript in Notepad and paste it into the blank Word document.
  5. Paste!
  6. Hit that fancy little ¶ so you can see all formatting.
  7. Create a “Style” for your body text. body textpara settings
  8. Add in new title page. Include: Title, Author, Edition (Smashwords or Kindle), Copyright, and you’re your website.
  9. Insert Page Break where they are needed.
  10. Add in Header. Do this by creating a new style. heading
  11. Add your Italics back in! This is a pain, and I’m sorry for that. Here’s what works for me. Go through a paperback copy of your book and highlight any place where there are italics. Then go back through the book and every time you spot an italic, find it in your ebook and fix it!
  12. Add in hyperlinks, this way after their done reading your book, they can go to your website!

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