Tag: formatting

What I’ve Learned About Publishing

This isn’t a post to chastise people who self-publish unedited, unprofessional books.  I was that person.  Last summer, the indie world opened up before me, and before I’d put much thought into it, I uploaded my books.  A few read-overs by me to check for typos, a couple reads by close friends and boyfriend, and…


Updates, Updates, Updates!

I’ve been really bad about blogging because I’ve been insanely busy.  However, I do have about five draft blogs started and just hanging out in my dashboard–I’ll get to them eventually. What’s happening now? A lot. The Indie Eclective has launched! Yes, we know how to spell eclectic and we surely know how to spell…


Smashwords Formatting for the Lazy, Pt 4

End Matter Mayhem ***Part 1***Part 2***Part 3***Part 4***Part 5*** Do you want end matter?  I do.  I want my readers to have fingertip access to my other novels right as they’re finishing the book they’re reading and are riding the high of absolutely loving it (come on, we’re being optimistic here). So, if you’d like…


Smashwords Formatting for the Lazy, Pt 3.

Making your Baby ***Part 1***Part 2***Part 3***Part 4***Part 5*** You’ve got yer Styles, you’ve put Word put firmly in its place, and your document has been nuclearized within an inch of its life.  Now, for the heavy stuff. Make sure your entire Word document is currently under the “Normal” style setting.  If you turned off…


Smashwords Formatting for the Lazy, Pt 2.

Creating Word Styles ***Part 1***Part 2***Part 3***Part 4***Part 5*** Smashwords’ Meatgrinder doesn’t recognize a lot of stuff that you may use in Word.  Do you center your chapter headings?  Your **** breaks?  They aren’t going to be centered when Meatgrinder gets through with it.  That baby just spits it right out all Left Justified and…


Smashwords Formatting for the Lazy, Pt 1.

***Part 1***Part 2***Part 3***Part 4***Part 5*** Does the Smashwords formatting guide make you want to pull ALL of your hair out while you run around the house screaming curses in Mark Coker’s name?  (Don’t do that, he’s a fantastic, helpful guy and offers a wonderful service through Smashwords—we’re talking killer customer service, here.) Well, the…