I don't typically publish guest posts, but this is an exception. This post is from one of my team members, Heather van der Hoopwho helped me self-publish my first Kindle book. Because Heather was the mastermind behind making sure we set ourselves up to succeed with this venture, I asked her to share some of the tips and tricks we learned along the way.
If you're contemplating self-publishing--whether via a print-on-demand or traditional printer--it's vital to keep that in mind. People will judge your book by appearances, and if it appears slipshod and unprofessional, readers will assume its content is no better than its presentation.
Unfortunately, getting a good cover often does mean hiring a pro -- but fortunately, you don't have to shell out big bucks to make the interior of your book look good!
All it takes is some common sense and a basic grasp of Word.
Here's how to make your book look like it was designed by a pro. A professional "look" won't save a book riddled with errors. Before you start formatting, make sure your text is as good as it can be! Run a spellchecker to catch obvious typos "teh" for "the" ; then proofread visually to catch errors like "your" for "you're" or "bad" for "bald.
Make sure straight quotes have been converted to smart quotes " "double hyphens -- into solid m-dashes, and so on. You can accomplish this by running "Auto-Format," but beware -- this command can also make changes you don't want, so always double -- check your document.
Look at a Book! I'm always amazed by books produced by authors who apparently never noticed what a professionally published book looks like!
Pull a few books off the shelf -- preferable the same "trim size" yours will be e. Note the font size and style. Pay attention to how chapters begin. Look at the running headers. Note how subheads are handled.
If necessary, photocopy a few pages to keep as a reference. One of the most common "DIY" errors I see in self-published books is double-spacing between paragraphs. If you look at a commercially published book, you will see that there is never an extra line between paragraphs.
This is "manuscript format. An extra line space is used only to indicate a change of section or scene. This can also be a result of one of Word's pesky little defaults, in which it will add extra space between paragraphs automatically.
So first, go into the "paragraph" format menu and uncheck the box that adds "extra space between paragraphs of the same type. You'll need to strip those out, one way or another.
One quick way to do this is to simply do a search-and-replace command, using the "more" option to access the "special" option menu. Open the "replace" menu, and click the button that says "More. Then move your cursor to the "replace" field and click "paragraph" once.
If you need to insert tabs, now is the ideal time to do it - after clicking "paragraph," click "tab. That won't be the end of your task; if you have subheads or any other areas where you don't want a tab, or you do want two line spaces, you'll have to manually go back over your document and make those corrections.
But that's still a great deal easier than changing every extra line space by hand! Establish Your Format Now it's time to set up a basic layout for the interior of your book. In Word, go to the "Page Layout" menu and select "size.
Name your setting e. Next, set your margins. One tell-tale sign of a self-published book is tiny, tiny margins!
Your book has two types of margins: Exterior top, bottom, and outer edge and interior or "gutter," where the book is bound. Exterior margins should be at least half an inch three quarters is betterand the gutter should be at least one quarter inch deeper than the exterior margins. It's also good design to make your bottom margin a bit larger than the top and sides - so if you make your outside margins.
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Simply writing a book and publishing does nothing to help you sell it. You are nothing more than one small cover in a pool of over three million others. If you want to make money selling Kindle books then you are going to have to learn to market both the books and yourself as a writer.
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Writing the jacket copy for your own book is awful. There is no good jacket copy in the world.
Trying to describe your book in the "description" part of the "bookshelf" is just the worst. Locate grupobittia.com file, in your Downloads folder.
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