2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2011 3:14 PM by kittzykat

    Formatting Help......???

      I am getting ready to write my first book to be published, and I am slightly confused. I will be using Microsoft word, and I was wondering if I needed to create a title page, and also if I can use (control-enter) as a page-break. I'm not sure if the Nook will register that and start a new page?? Thanks!!

        • Re: Formatting Help......???

          Some of my reply may not be how other publishers see it, so be sure to balance my advice with other comments that might be added.

           

          I would simply look at other e-books and in-print books by reputable authors or publishers and use them as a guideline as far as book-structure goes. You’ll note that a lot of them have the title and subtitle on the first page and possibly the author credit and copyright notation on the first page as well.

           

          Their next page might have a “dedication” (optional depending on type of book but can be added to any book) and in most cases is short – sometimes even just a sentence in length.

           

          Afterward, a page for the “Table of Contents” listing chapter-titles can be added and then a page that gives an “Introduction” to your book (some books place table of contents after the intro and vice-versa).

           

          The next page afterward can start “CHAPTER ONE” with the chapter’s title in bold or in all large caps (different authors may do either). The content of the chapter would then be in regular print (no bold or all large caps words unless for highlighting).

           

          With each new chapter, you simply do the same as I describe in the previous paragraph and at the end of the book you can add a “Conclusion” if you like but that-too is optional and depends on the type of book.

           

          As far as indenting paragraphs, I use the double-space method, rather than indenting because I wrote for two very large content sites and their studies showed in regard to indentations versus double-spacing, that readers prefer double space paragraph separations (again other authors or publishers may disagree).

           

          Also know that when you submit an e-book to Pubit!, it will allow you to preview the file as it would look to a NOOK e-book reader before you complete the publishing of it. If you see things not right in your word file, simply “save” your book submission info and don’t publish until you’ve updated your file to how you want it and reload the book’s content (word file) into the book file prompt when it is revised to your liking.

           

          As far as page-numbering, Word.Doc files can be numbered – just look for the “Insert” prompt at the top of your micro-word and select the type page numbering and at what page you want numbering to begin. What’s nice about Word page numbering is that the numbering will also appear if you convert your file to PDF (free conversion is offered online, via a search on Google).

           

          This last part of my comment will be more-so the advice some publishers may differ with me on but I have all of my titles published on several large booksellers without professional editing applied to them. YES, pro-editing would improve them even more but with my having about 35 e-book titles and nearly as many books-in-print, it would be a massive expense to me to have this done in any way other than gradually, over time. In the mean-time, I wanted my information available out there, so published them at near-professionally edited level.

           

          There are problems you’ll have to deal with, including the fact that Word files will change to a different layout, when you covert them to PDF or EPUB but not always so significantly that it seriously affects the quality of your book. Some publishers (fee-based ones) will try to convince you that publishing from Word.Doc files; even with conversions is a big no-no! – But, this is what I have done with all my books and I get great comments on them often from readers. In my case, with health-related titles, rather than novels, people are far more interested in my info, than in the professionally-detailed layout of my titles.

           

          In-short, if you’re publishing a novel, professional editing may be important but if your book is need-to-know information (i.e. How-To, Self-Education, etc…) a professional editor may be an expense that is not necessarily needed. I would however, run the content-file through word/grammar check and proof-reading of it to a willing listener/reader to make sure it flows as you would like.

           

          I hope there’s a bit here and there in this info that helps & Best Wishes with your publishing!

           

          JimLow

          • Re: Formatting Help......???

            I used a title page, copyright page, and dedication page for my book. 

             

             I found that the Insert page in Word didn't create page breaks so I used Page layout, section break, next page.    To create a Table of contents - chapter headings must be in Heading I Format.  You don't need to list a Table of contents. (When I tried to update my TOC the chapter titles on the list had a lot of spaces in them. So I eliminated this from my book.) The Nook will pick up your chapter headings and put them in the bottom of the screen for users to Go To.  

             

            Regarding Pictures - At first I tried rescaling my pics to 450 x 600, but these showed up too small on the Nook.  Then I inserted my pics in my document  within the recommended 750 x 2000 range , and they looked fine.

             

            Don't use symbols.  The n dash symbol showed up as a question mark in my simulator.    No superscripts, fractions, etc. 

             

            Hope this helps.