formatting question for draft on Amazon
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:14 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:00 AM
~I am neither an author nor a writer; I am a storyteller with good grammar.~
Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:31 AM
Step 1: Follow the Smashwords style guide, including the creation of the table of contents using bookmarks and links.
Step 2: Export as html. I use TextMaker so there is only one option. From Word proper, save as filtered html.
Step 3: Open the html file in a text editor (such as notepad). Insert the following codes where needed.
a) Place this code at the top of your title page:<a name="start"/>
b) Place this code at the top of your Table of Contents page:<a name="TOC"/>
c) Place this code where you want a page break:<mbp:pagebreak />
Step 4: Save and upload to Amazon
I got that information form this site: http://kindleformatt.../formatting.php
Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:02 AM
For Spring Fevers, I created a .mobi file. When Matt uploaded it to Amazon, I'm pretty sure it preserved everything just as I set it. (If someone comes across something that looks odd, let me know.) Whether you're comfortable enough with tech to go that route would be the main question.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:27 PM
I also know of a reputable guy who'll do all of your formatting for you for around fifty dollars, giving you a file for each major distributor.
I'm so overwhelmed by the prospect of formatting, I may well go that route the first time.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:49 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:09 PM
i'm not an expert on this, but there is great information on it is a couple of Linked In ebook groups.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:37 AM
Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:23 AM
Turns out you can turn that off with a line of css code in the stylesheet, in the <head> portion of the html version of the MS.
Hmmm, I read that sentence and can't believe it makes any sense.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:27 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:16 PM
My next struggle was with the book cover. I found the perfect photograph in Bigstock photo's, paid $5.00 and downloaded, opened with Paint where I resized added some effects (color) and title with my name. It has to be a minimum of 1000 pixels for the height according to Amazon's specs.
A couple discoveries after visiting the community forum on KDP were that the hyperlinks do not work in toc for the upload preview and the also the book cover image that displays has no color and is a thumbnail version. But, not to worry: when published, the links will work (test on a Kindle reader or Mobi Reader etc) and book cover will be twice that size with color. Phew! Okay, now, I'm waiting for final editing from favorite person, my sis (Eng professor, published author, proof reader extraodinaire) and then I will get er up.
For anyone interested, the title is Autism Denied: A Collection of Stories by Elizabeth, ME! I have also decided to go with my REAL name. Why not? I put my heart and soul (sorry for the cliche) into these stories. And even if they aren't genius, so what. They are certainly not horrible. I'm sure of that. If someone believes differently, well, they are just plain dumb. My second ebook (novella entitled My Creature (tentatively) will follow soon after. Hopefully, by the end of the summer. Once this one is up, I can commence work on the other, half-way done! Meanwhile, I have a completed YA novel which is in the hands of an agent (full) but I have not thought about it lately because it consumed me for too long. So I consider it done done done (for now at least).
And now I'm really done.
I hope my instructions are helpful!
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:31 AM
The stock TOC sucks.
Actually 800 high jpgs work.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:52 PM
I use MobiPocket Creator to convert my word files into .PRC files (which can be used to upload to KDP). What's great about this is that you can preview exactly what the ebook is going to look like using the Kindle Previewer that you can download onto the PC.
This guide here is great to go by: http://www.agentquer...ndle_ebook.aspx
Best way to do it is make a .doc file, then save it as Web Filtered HTML, then use MobiPocket to convert it and then upload to KDP.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:18 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:56 AM
As for the cover, the external cover has different coding from an internal copy of the cover, which is why they look different.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:58 AM
My point was that you don't have control over a lot of margins, set-backs and indents on Kindle. That's why people tweak CSS.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:46 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:56 PM
The simple formula for KDP is this. Create it in word. Set the margins and indents on the "format paragraph" box. Save it as HTML. Convert it to a .prc file in MobiPocket Creator. Then upload to Amazon. Comes out perfect.
We agree with this method...
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