Free book formatting templates for every genre!

I’ve been hesitant to offer something like this, because – as you’ll know if you watched my videos or read the guides – you should start with a basic, simple template and simply change the chapter and title headings to match the font on your book cover. Which means, really, that you could start with…

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Using Pinterest, Youtube and Slideshare to cast a wide marketing net

These could easily be three separate topics but I’m lumping them together because they form one branch of my marketing efforts… repurposing your content. Let’s say you wrote a great blog post and you want more traffic. Turn your blog post into a Powerpoint (I hate Powerpoint actually, I use Google Slides). Then make a…

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Insider secrets to professional book formatting in MS Word

I made this video while helping a friend improve his print formatting; it was already formatted but I added some professional touches, removed all tabs, and talk about how to use styles and paragraph spacing to keep things consistent – which makes it so much easier to make changes later without needing to go through…

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How to format, publish and market a book of poetry

This post is about formatting books of poetry for print and ebook. You can start with the templates from DIYbookformats or just open a new document; but I strongly encourage you to watch the 3rd video and learn how you can make your poetry book go viral with amazing typography and full page images. Getting…

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Should I use Scrivener to format my book?

A lot of people love Scrivener – but then get confused when you talk about formatting a book with Scrivener. It’s nice for organizing a book, especially in the developmental stages, but not ideal for formatting. Sure, you can export as an ebook easily, which is pretty sweet and easy, as long as you don’t…

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How to add images into your print and ebook (and why you shouldn’t…)

Quick post to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot recently: many people want to add images into their ebook. IF you want to do this, you need to make them at least 1200px wide – because they need to stretch full-width, and some devices like the Kindle HD Fires are 600DPI. So if…

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How to write (and format) your Nanowrimo book

Nanowrimo is a great challenge that helps you focus on getting the words down… but where do you put them? I’ve played with a bunch of options over the years, so here are some choices. 1. MS Word A great standby, that most of us are already using. If you format your book correctly, it…

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Authors beware: don’t hire that book formatter!

I was checking out a book cover designer’s portfolio, he has some great stuff and amazing prices. Obviously not the best, but learning, and pretty good, and cheap. But he’s also offering book formatting services; he has a portfolio of only 5 images, and they had these problems: There was a header on top of…

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How to become a book designer

A lot of eager design students email me, thinking about starting a book design business. I tell them it’s a great idea. There’s a ton of demand. The pay is excellent. And it’s not that hard, if you know what you’re doing. Formatting is super easy, if you learn what looks good: you could use…

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How to add dropcaps to your Kindle ebook

If you’ve added dropcaps to your Word document and converted to ebook files, the dropcaps probably won’t display in the right places, because Word adds a special text box that will become misaligned after conversion. You need to redo your dropcaps in Sigil (free, open source ebook editing software). I added a video, it might…

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