Creating and Formatting e-Books
How This Class Works
The first lesson goes out on Monday. The remaining lessons are sent on subsequent Mondays.
Class members read the lessons at their convenience. Lessons have optional assignments to which I will respond with constructive feedback. The level of participation is up to each student. By working through the assignments you will have a file ready to upload to Kindle Direct Publishing. I encourage you to participate in group discussions. We all learn from each other. Based on the book Formatting e-Books for Writers: Convert Your Word File to Kindle.
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Lesson 1: A Brief History
Micro-history of e-publishing
Lesson 2: Decisions to Make
File types: PDF, RTF, MOBI, EPUB, AZW
Formatting options: DIY or a service
Lesson 3: Steps to a Good e-Book
Write a good book
Edit a good book
Create a good cover
Consider the reader
Lesson 4: E-book Fundamentals
Elements of the book
Sidebars, pull quotes, columns
First essential steps
Clean up manuscript
Throw away what isn’t used
Lesson 5: Next Steps in Formatting
Chapter titles and subtitles
Lesson 6: Formatting the Details
Table of Contents
Links –internal and external
Lesson 7: Graphics, Covers, and Other Extras
Lesson 8: Publishing
Set up KDP account
Uploading your book
Lesson 9: Format Changes for Other Types of Files
Lesson 10: Distribution Methods
Directly from Amazon, Apple App Store, etc.
A third-party distributor
From a website
Lesson 11: Pricing and Marketing
How much is too much?
Is free ever better?
Through your website
Lesson 12: Where to from Here