NOTE: Even if you are not interested in formatting a nonfiction book, it is HIGHLY recommended that you watch the Formatting a Nonfiction Book videos before you watch the videos here. While the videos below show what to do, they don’t go into much depth regarding the reasons behind what we’re doing like the videos in the nonfiction book walkthrough do.

In this section, we’re going to go through formatting a novel from beginning to end. Generally speaking, the formatting of novels is simpler than the formatting of nonfiction books, and that’s the case here. There are no images.

The book we’ll be formatting is a mockup with dummy text. Here is the book’s structure:

  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Table of contents
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Thank you page

IMPORTANT!

Download the plain Word file that you’ll be working with (and that you can see me working with) here. It’s a zipped file (42 kB) that you’ll need to unzip. It contains both the plain, pre-formatting Word file (Mystery (Before Formatting).doc) and the final, post-formatting version (Mystery (After Formatting).doc) that is ready to be saved as an .htm file and uploaded to Amazon.

Video 1: Formatting the book

[NOTE: The very first step or pre-step is to create the appropriate folder structure for your book. More information on that is here. Only watch the video below once you’ve done or know how to do that.]

The video below (8:29 in length) covers the the entire formatting process, including the following:

  • 0:00 – Getting rid of all double returns
  • 0:33 – Inserting page breaks
  • 1:33 – Talking about styles
  • 1:53 – Editing the “Normal” style
    • Style: “Normal” – This is the style applied to the regular text in the chapters.
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Size: 12
    • First line paragraph indent: 0.25″
    • Spacing before paragraph: 0 pt
    • Spacing after paragraph: 0 pt
  • 2:53 – Creating a new style from scratch
    • Style: “Normal (No Indent)” – This is the style for the author name on the title page and the information on the copyright page.
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Size: 12 pt
    • First line paragraph indent: .01″ (If you base this style on the “Normal” style, the first line paragraph indent is the only thing you need to change.)
    • Spacing before paragraph: 0 pt
    • Spacing after paragraph: 0 pt
  • 3:36 – Applying the new style we just made (to author name on title page and all text on the copyright page)
  • 4:00 – Customizing Word’s “No Spacing” style
    • Style: “No Spacing” – This is the style for the chapters as listed in the table of contents.
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Size: 12 pt
    • First line paragraph indent: .01″ (The first line paragraph indent is the only thing you need to change.)
    • Spacing before paragraph: 0 pt
    • Spacing after paragraph: 0 pt
  • 4:39 – Customizing Word’s “Heading 1” style
    • Style: “Heading 1” – This is the style applied to chapter headings and the title on the title page, etc.
    • Rename it “Chapter Headings”
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Size: 22
    • Center align, bold
    • First line paragraph indent: .01″
    • Spacing before paragraph: 12 pt
    • Spacing after paragraph: 12 pt
  • 5:33 – Applying the “Heading 1” style to the book title, table of contents, and all chapter headings
  • 6:20 – Creating the table of contents
  • 7:12 – Inserting the bookmarks for the start of the book and the table of contents
  • 7:59 – Inserting a link on the “Thank you!” page
  • 8:29 – End

 

Video 2: Saving, packaging, and uploading

The video below (2:21 in length) covers what you need to do to convert your Word document to a Kindle book , including the following:

  • 0:00 – Saving the book as a .html file
  • 1:04 – Uploading the book to Amazon through KDP
  • 2:00 – Downloading and previewing your Kindle book file
  • 2:21 – End

 

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