Formatting e-Books for Writers: Convert Your Word File to Kindle


2016 AWSA Silver Scroll Non-fiction Merit Award winner
Updated for 2017

“As a former Microsoft Word instructor and a current book designer and consultant, this is my go-to reference for clients who desire to format their own book. Susan is very thorough and covers all the bases for DIY Word-to-Kindle formatting.”
Melinda Martin,

While you are writing your book, you think about how it’s going to be published. Many writers are now going directly to Kindle or other e-books. The first problem is how to format it easily without spending a great deal of money. The second problem is how to format it without technical know-how. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you can format your manuscript for e-publishing. Susan K. Stewart is a writer, not a programmer. She has written, formatted, and published her own e-books. Formatting e-Books for Writers is written on practical experience and offers step-by-step instructions for taking your manuscript from a Word document to a published Kindle book. The content is based on classes Susan has taught for more than five years for writers and editors. You will find steps for how to format your manuscript while you are writing, create links and clickable table of contents, insert images, how to format your e-book for a good reader experience, how to avoid annoying errors, troubleshooting tips, Dozens of resources, marketing tips, “Formatting e-Books for Writers” includes instructions for Windows and Mac OS platforms.

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It’s possible to prepare your manuscript without knowing the programming code used in e-books. All you need is Word and step-by-step instructions. Practical Guide: Formatting e-Books for Writers gives you those step-by-step instructions in non-technical language. Download a Sample Chapter.

 Table of Contents

Introduction to e-Books
Steps to a Good e-Book
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
While You Write
The Foundation
Basics Steps to Formatting
Next Steps to Formatting
Final Formatting Details
Graphics, Text Boxes, Covers
Publishing Your e-Books
Final Tips

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