Self-Publishing? Create your own Professional Looking EPUB and MOBI files to Upload to Major Retailers and Distributors.
What Will I Learn?
- Understand the fundamental differences between formatting for an eBook and formatting for hard copy.
- What file size, aspect ratio and file type you will need for your book cover images.
- Step by step instructions for formatting an ebook in Microsoft Word.
- How to convert a Microsoft Word document into an eBook using the Calibre conversion tool.
- How to download applications to preview your ebook and preview your .epub and .mobi files on them
- You need to have Microsoft Word loaded on your computer and you need to sign up for a free account at Calibre-ebooks.com. I am demonstrating in Microsoft Word 2016 on a Mac, but you should be able to follow along in Windows or in previous versions of Microsoft Word.
In this course for self-published authors I am going to show you how to format your own eBook in Microsoft Word ready to upload it to each of the major online stores. I will be demonstrating in Microsoft Word 2016 on a Mac. Most people should be able to follow along in Windows or in previous versions of Microsoft Word but if you struggle with instructions that do not exactly match your particular version of software this is not the course for you.
No prior experience is assumed or required. I present simple, step-by-step instructions to help you produce a professional quality ebook that meets the requirements of major ebook retailers.
Even if you plan to hire out the formatting of your books, it is important for every author to at least know how to do it, incase you ever want to make a simple change or update to your book after publishing — like adding links to your new books or website.
And you don't want to wait days for someone else to schedule you in and charge you for each minor update.
First we're going to go over the specifications for the book cover images that you have to provide for display on the catalogue page on your retailer's website as well as for your internal ebook cover.
Then I'm going to take you step by step through the process of formatting specifically for ebooks — which is somewhat different from formatting for output as a physical document.
You'll learn both ways to generate a clickable table of contents and how to insert external links to your important places online like your other books and your website.
I'll also cover best practices for inserting images and compressing them so that your file size does not exceed the limit imposed by some of the retailers.
Once your Microsoft Word document is nicely formatted I'll show you how to convert it to an ebook file in Calibre.
Then I'll show you how to download Amazon Kindle Previewer and preview your .mobi file and Adobe Digital Editions to preview your .epub file before you upload them to any of the online stores.
If you're ready to format and convert your own manuscript from a Microsoft Word document into an eBook, go ahead and sign up and I will walk you through the entire process step by step so that you end up with a great eBook — but if you want to check out my teaching style before you decide, feel free to watch a couple of the free previews in the curriculum outline below.
PreviewStripping Unwanted Formatting (8:30)
StartSetting Your Paragraph Style (9:58)
StartAdding Symbols or Glyphs Between Scenes (8:35)
StartHeading Styles and Inserting Virtual Page Breaks (8:58)
StartWhat to Add to Your Front and Back Matter (5:29)
StartFormatting Your Front and Back Matter and Adding External Links (16:26)
StartGenerating a Clickable Table of Contents and Adding Bookmark Links (14:31)
Frequently Asked Questions
I started my career as an interior designer but have always had a passion for books. In 2013 I wrote one, but like most authors did not have any connections in the publishing world so I decided to format it myself and publish it on Amazon. It was even a bestseller for a very short time.
During the writing and publishing process I was surprised to find how many of my author friends were being held back by not knowing how to get the best out of their writing software and not knowing how to self publish their books so I transitioned into writing books about writing software and teaching people how to self publish.
I had to learn Screenflow to make marketing videos for my books but soon discovered that it is much easier to explain software in a video than it is in a book so I switched to making video courses instead. 6 courses on Udemy so far and 3 are bestsellers.
So my mission statement is to inspire as many people as possible to embrace all the amazing technology we have access to these days that makes publishing easier than ever, and get them to write and publish their own stories and create their own video courses about what they know.