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Formatting and Typesetting a Paperback or eBook with Vellum

teacher avatar Stephen Haunts, Trainer, Public Speaker, Author

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6 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Course Overview

      5:50
    • 2. How to Get Vellum

      4:29
    • 3. Vellum Interface Overview

      6:32
    • 4. Formatting a Simple Book

      21:42
    • 5. Formatting a Complicated Book

      17:38
    • 6. Course Summary

      4:08
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You have worked for months, or even years, on your manuscript and you want to self-publish it to the world.

The way you format your paperback or ebook for Amazon KDP, or Ingram Spark is just as important as the quality of the manuscript itself. There are many ways you can format your finished manuscript, but a fantastic option — and a very user friendly option — is the software Vellum.

Vellum makes taking your manuscript and turning it into a professional print ready PDF and ebook, a very simple process. In this course, I will show how to use vellum by formatting two of my books. The first book is a shorter 25,000 word book that is very simple for format. The second book is a much larger 146,000 word book that is trickier to format.

By the end of this course, you will have everything you need to produce professional quality, and print ready PDF files, as well as beautiful ebook files for Kindle, or any other e-reader.

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Stephen Haunts

Trainer, Public Speaker, Author

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Hi, I am Stephen Haunts, a software developer, online trainer, classroom teacher, public speaker, podcaster and author. I have over 25 years of experience as a software developer and a leader working at huge organizations from global banks, financial lenders, healthcare and insurance. 

I am now a freelance trainer, podcaster, and book author. I also travel around the world speaking at many conferences about software development, leadership, and personal soft skills, and I have a passion for helping professionals improve their skills.

I have been teaching online with the Pluralsight platform since 2014, and I am now teaching small skills-based courses here on SkillShare. I hope you enjoy the courses that I post here and I would be grateful if you could fol... See full profile

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1. Course Overview: Hello and welcome to this course formatting and typesetting a paperback or e-book we'd vacuum. My name is Steven Hans. I've published many books through the self-publishing process using services like Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and Ingram Spark. You can see examples. My two most recent books on the screen now. So we have a book called The Art of conversation, how to communicate effectively by refining your social skills. And the book, the path to freedom, starting a business for the reluctant entrepreneur. To. Why am I telling you this? Well, these two recent books I formatted with the software tool called vellum. And it's been an absolute revelation to me. This tool can make formatting and typesetting so easy. So in this course I'll be taking both of these books and I'll be showing you how to type set them. Reason I'm showing you these books is because one has a very simple structure and it's very easy to type sides. And one has a slightly more complex structure, which few up a few other hurdles. And I'm gonna show you how to solve those particular problems. So in this course, we're going to first do a little overview, which is what this clip is. We're then going to talk about how to get Valen and then going to do a very brief interface overview just to show you where everything is on the user interface. Then I'm going to show you how to format a simple book is in the valence software. So I'm gonna show you how to format my book, the art of conversation. And now I'm going to look at formatting a more complex book using bound. So I'm going to show you how to format the path to freedom book. Now there's a big difference between these two books. The first one, the art of conversation, is around 25 thousand words. It's a fairly short book, whereas the path to freedom book is about a 146 thousand words. So it's over 400 pages. There's a much bigger projects. And Valium can handle books small or large. We've 0s. And then at the end we'll do a quick summary just to finish off the course. So first of all, it also look at some of the type setting options that we have as self publishers. Now the first and probably the most easiest way you can do is you can use a tool like Microsoft Word or Apple pages, which comes with the Apple Mac as a way of formatting your books. So once you've written the manuscripts, you can then go into your page settings and set the desired page size saved six by nine paperback for example. And you can then go through each page and make sure the typesetting looks how you would, how you want it to be. Now a lot of my earlier books I did this way. I used Microsoft Word and the results were fine. And there's a bit of messing around in places with some of the formatting. But generally you do that, you save it out to export it as a PDF. And then you can load that into something like Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Ingram spark. And it works fine. It's not, it's not the best way to do it, but it does work as a solution. Another option if you use the writing tool scrivener is you can use a compilation tools. So what's gripping, Alex, you do is you actually take your manuscript and you can then format it again, say a five by eight or six by nine paper book or wherever you want. And it has loads of different tools to help you get the formatting just how you want. I hadn't actually published a book using the compilation process in Scriven are came very close until I discovered about them. But it is a perfectly good way of doing. It is got a fairly feature-rich set of tools, quite complex to use. So then we have vellum, which is the focus of this course. So I'm not gonna talk too much about that now, but this is probably one of the easier ways to produce what looks like a really professional typeset book. And then on the other end of the scale we have Adobe InDesign. Adobe InDesign really is probably the most professional tool you can use. So most traditional publishing house, He's probably use Adobe InDesign to do their typesetting and as a tool is absolutely fantastic, but it also has some drawbacks. So first of all, if you're self-publishing just by yourself, then InDesign is quite expensive because you had to take it as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. So it's going to cost you money each month. Adobe InDesign is also quite complicated to use as a professional design tool used by professional graphic designers. Now I'm not saying you shouldn't ever use it. There's plenty of tutorials out there that show you how to do it, but it is much harder. And it's kind of more on the real sort of professional end of the scale. Now of course, you have the option of doing all of this yourself, which is kinda what the focus of this course is. So we're looking at there, Do It Yourself process of using venom. Or you could hire a professional to do it. So using web sites like Upwork, Fiverr, or 99 designs, you can hire design is to do your typesetting for you. Now, one hand, this might seem like a good idea because you're just offloading the entire problem on to someone else. And in a lot of cases that's going to work fine, but it does have some drawbacks, so it can be quite expensive. And if you need to make any changes to your manuscripts down the line, you need to go through that process again, if professional to get the book typeset. So I'm not saying you shouldn't do it. It's a decision you need to make for yourself, but it can be expensive and cautious and problems. And when I did investigates, I'm using a professional to doing so. I've looked at all options for myself. Now when you look at some of the samples from some of these designers who aren't using Adobe InDesign. A lot of them actually use vellum and you can start to recognize some of the templates in Berlin when you look at some of the professionals and I started recognizing somebody's templates. So somebody's professionals, we're actually charging quite a lot of money just to do what we're gonna do in this course, which probably took them less than half an hour to format the book. So I really do urge you to have a go yourself. And if you have a go yourself and you don't like the process and then you feel you want to hire a professional, that's absolutely fine. You can go and do that. Okay, So let's move on to the next module where we look at how to get valid. 2. How to Get Vellum: The valence software can be downloaded from the website. It's called vellum dots hub, which will take you to their website here. Now as you'd expect is Society's website. So you can go through and look at all the sales blurb about what the tool can do. And then more importantly, we have the price is down the bottom here. So if you just want to create e-books and I'm not worried about doing paperbacks, then the software costs just under $200 at the time of recording. And if you want to do ebooks am paperbacks, it costs $249. And a brilliant thing about velum is you can download the software for free and you can use 99 percent of the features without having to pay anything, which is great. So you can play around with It's your heart's content, formatting your e-book and paperback, and get an exactly how you want using every single feature in the software with no limits. The only limit that exists is that you can't do your final exports to say an ePub file or a PDF, which is kind of that final step before you publish. So if you're unsure about whether you want to spend the money on that him and I do think it's worth it. I think it's an investment. If you want to really get into self-publishing, then you can use a software for as long as you want without paying a penny. So you can really try it out and getting the book looking how you want it to. And then once you're ready to do the export and you're ready to publish, then you can pay the fee. Now, I've published many books and lots of non-fiction books, and I'm now sort of branching into fiction as well. So because I intend to publish reasonably frequently, paying $249 or $250 was actually a wise investment for me because this really makes the act of formatting your book very, very easy. So one thing to note as well is valid is only available for Mac OS. And now if you're using a Mac like I am off, see that it's not a problem and you can just download it and use it. Now if you're a Windows user, but you really want to give them a try, then there are some options that you can use, so you're not completely cut out of the loop, which has got a few extra steps in a little bit of extra cost that you'll need to do. Obviously, the one thing you can do is you can buy a Mac, like a secondhand MacBook Air or an old Mac Mini for example. And you could do that. That's quite expensive. What you could do is you can rent a Mac in the Cloud effectively. So you're renting a virtual instance of macOS that you can use. Now there's two brilliant services that let you do this. The first one is Mac Stadium. So I'm not gonna do a demo of it. I'm just not talking about the option. Should you need to use it now the Mac Stadium and MCing Cloud, which we'll look at in a moment, a very common or very popular with developers. Because when developers write software, say for iOS and iPad and whatnot, even if you're writing the code on a PC, the code has to be compiled on a Mac. So a lot of developers use Mac Stadium or making clouds to hire virtual instances of max so that it can do that build process. But you could setup a virtual Mac in the Cloud as it were installed, vellum on Swedes, and then deal with your formatting from there. So it is actually quite a cost-effective way of doing it. So if we look at Mac Stadium, so we have costs that like, you know, starting a $59 a month to sort basically rent and incidence and a Mac Mini. And now you might be thinking that's expensive, but I mean, if you're writing a book and then you get into the end of that process. I mean, you could just rent the Mac for a month, for example, use it in and pull it down afterwards. So MAC-ing Cloud is another service. It does pretty much the same thing. Let's see, rent instances. So if we just look at the prices, here is a rough guide that he's can't change. Now this is actually a lot more cost-effective. So we have here Physical non VM max server. Quite sure what that means. Picking on a static IP address, It's fairly limited machine and you can rent it for as low as $1 an hour. Now to use Valium, you don't need a hugely powerful Mac. And you don't need like high-end macro villa that you can get away with renting something very basic to run the software x, it's not, it's not that intensive as a piece of software. Okay, so let's assume you've downloaded and installed it. In the next module, we will do a quick tour of the user interface and then we'll start using better and to actually build up some formatted books. 3. Vellum Interface Overview: On the screen now you can see the velum user-interface loaded up and I have one of my books loaded into it that I've already published. But we're gonna go through the process in the next module. We'll actually building up this book as an example. But I want you to do at all of the interface first. So the interface is split into three main areas. So on the left here we have the Navigator, which shows you the structure of the book. And in the middle here we have the actual text of the book. And then on the right we have a preview. And a preview can show you the print book has it's showing you here. This is what the final PDF would look like, but we can also see what it will look like on a Kindle. So if we look at a kindle paper whites. Now let's go back to the title page for example. And you can skip through it as if you're working on a Kindle. And as I said before, you can do all of this without having to pay for velum is only the final step of exporting where you have to pay. So you can really get a good feel for the software without having to commit any money up front. Let's preview is really good. So you can do with the operations, you can do on a normal Kindles. You can go and change the font size if you want. You can go really big, we can go really small. And you can also go and change the font. So we go to Baskerville and then say Futura as it's called, or Palatino. So we could also decide to see what it looks like on an iPhone. So if anyone's ever used the Kindle app on the iPhone, you'll be familiar what it looks like. We can sort of go test it on that device. And then we could look at say, an iPad for example. And again, we can go and modify the text or comfortable reading level. But it also has devices like a simple touch and look. We can test the cobalt chloride and then say, for example, an Android tablets. So it really gives you a lot of latitude for saying how these things go into look. And again, we've got print hair as well. So in this example, this book that I published it so a six by nine inch paperback book. Okay, so what else do we have here? So in the Navigator, we can see the content. So this is the structure of our book that we're going to put together. Now we can also look at different styles. Now, velum comes built in with lots of different styles that you can use. So I'm using one here called Meridian, which I think looks really good. We can try different styles. So let's try something. Let's go. Let's go back to start for chapter. They say, Hey, we can sort of see, as we skipped through the styles, you can see the books or dynamically updating. And you can go for anything for change, things like how you want to handle the first paragraph. So here we've got a smaller drop cap at the beginning. Here we have a more kind of flowing, sort of romantic style drop cap at the beginning there. Or we can have no drop caps at all. Or you can start the first line off all in caps. As an example. You can say what you want to do two paragraphs after a break. Once again, you can skip through and look at various different options. You can change the whole styles mean, so he was looking at Meridian is one equal trace is one. That's quite nicely school artisanal. This one looks here is if you're doing like a romantic style novel or love story top novel, this is female, it looks nice and flowing. So lots of different styles here, which are really good. I really like Meridian, that's one of my favorites. And I like it with that head in there. We've got quite a lot of latitude to change things around, which is brilliant. So that's the basic user interface. Now we do have the generates button up here. Now, if you haven't paid for that and you'll get a notice here saying that you haven't paid for it and you need to now she's a folder there. Now what you can do here is you can say, I want to generate different versions of e-books. A few, you know, that you're going to publish for Kindle and on the Apple Store and on the nuke, cocoa and Google Slides, you can select all of them. If you know that you're going to steal Amazon kVp only because you're taking advantage of their GDP. So let's program. You might just select that one there. And then you can say that we want the print version. So if I hit continue, and so he generates that is now then that generation. So I can open the file and here we can see that I have the print version to the PDF. Yeah, looks looks like a book. Excellent. So let's say two page view. Here, we can sort of skip for it as an actual book. So this would be the actual PDF file that you upload to say Amazon KD P, or England Spark. So this is a print ready, print ready file that looks great. And we can also look at our e-book as well as it generates an ePub. So I can just double-click on that. And that's going to open Apple Books. And we can, we can test that file, make sure everything is how we expect. So there we go. So that's a very basic tool of the user interface. What we're gonna do in the next module is I'm gonna take this actual book, art of conversation. We're going to load it up in scrivener, which is a tool that I use to write my books. We're then gonna do a full export and then we'll start the process and formatting the book. Then once we've done this book, the art of conversation, which is a much smaller book, is only about 25 thousand words, is quite small book. Then what I'm gonna do in the module after that is I'm going to take another book that I've written, which is a much bigger project, that's a 150 thousand page book and a much more complex formatting style. It's what we do is we then go and have a go at formatting that and kinda see what the differences are. Okay, let's get started. 4. Formatting a Simple Book: On screen now you can see the writing tools scrivener. So scrivener is what I used to write all my books and loaded up, I have the manuscripts from my book, the art of conversation, which is the first book that we're going to formats, we've done them. So moving on to talk about is kinda how I formatted the book while I was writing it. So I have a new file, phase chapter. And then the chapter heading, I've used heading level one and in subheadings will be heading level two and so on. So each chapter in this book starts with heading level one. Now this book is, it's not massive book. It's around 24, 25 thousand words. It's not a huge book. But nonetheless, this is what the book looks like in scrivener. Now Scriven it does have tools are formatted manuscripts into books, and yeah, it works quite well and it's a fairly robust set of tools. And what he was actually what I was going to use originally before discovered vellum. Vellum does a much better job of producing your paperback PDF files and your e-book. So what we need to do, so we need to get our book from scrivener into vellum. And way we do that is we export the entire book as a Microsoft Word Doc X file. So if we go to the compile options in scrivener, now here you've got different formats that you can use. Now, I was originally going to do a six by nine paperback in inscriptions, which is why I started out by doing here. So I could have gone to him and say PDF and then exported the book and it looks right, that wrong, but looks much nicer. So I'm going to do is I'm going to set the export to Doc X. I've got the entire book selected here. So I'm going to say compile, and I'm going to put it in this folder here on my desktop. So let's just save that or export it rather. I guess that's now exported and it's loaded up into words. So here we have a word version of the book. And this is going to be our transport mechanism into velum. So let's close this down and close down scrivener. Right? So here we have the main or the front screen of vellum. So what we do now is we say import Word file. I go to my desktop. Set, let them folder selects the art of conversation Word file that we just exported and I hit Import. Now, right off the bat you can see it's actually done quite a good job of converting what we had in that Word file into a manuscript. So you've loaded up here, I've got it set to kindle fires is what it looked like on a Kindle Fire tablets as an e-book, that looks, looks pretty good. We can go to kindle paper white, for example. Know so far is looking quite good. So let's go to our navigator at the side here. So he starts up here we have our title page. So I can put in some details like the publisher, what Lincoln's out, my blog in. Could put Publisher logo but only have one gets by copyright page. Now, what you can see on the copyright page here, we have a little tick box here that says Include creatively valid. So at the bottom of the copyright page actually has a little watermark here that just lets the reader know that this was actually created in Belgium. So if I go to my initial print version, for example, we can see it much better. So we have that printed at the bottom. Now, it's up to you barely keep that in. I normally take it off. Try and hide the magic for the reader so you don't have to have that on there if you don't want to. Okay. So then we have our contents page. And here we can say whether he wants to show the main headings. I remember she did the heading level one of each chapter. That's what these are here. But we can include subheadings if we want to. So let's keep them in. I think it was quite good. And now we have a foe He called Untitled. Okay, so what's going on here? So let's click on it and we can see that this is my dedication. And if we click on the gear icon at the top here, we can add to convert to, and it has some difference page styles that we can use. So one of them is actually dedication. So it just sets it used that occasion and it formats the medication correctly. So this next one here, so this is an about me or about the author page. So again, I'm gonna go to the gear icon, go to Convert to have about the offer. Great. Now down here, you can add in social media if you want to, so that people can actually click on it in the book. So we could say. Twitter.com, forward slash stephen, Hans. And that puts a little Twitter icon there now on the actual e-book version. So I could actually click on that and it would take them to, to my Twitter profile if you wanted to. You could say in the print edition. Say we have, let's show Lincoln Heights, it's going to print edition quickly. And it will actually show the full logo, the x of z in the print edition, you can't click on anything. Or we could say just hide the profiles completely, totally up to you. What you want to do that. Okay, So the next page here is come luck. Uh, why I wrote this book. Now we could isn't few things we can do here. So we could take this title here, remove it, and then just put it up here. Or we could have gone to the gear icon and we could have converted to an a. We could have set it is a preface, for example, totally up to you. But for now look at our contents. So this looks, looks kind of okay, doesn't it? So we have a lot of our front matter and then we have our chapter here. So if we just quickly skip through one of these chapters, it looks okay. And we can see we've got an image here and it's got a warning sign in there. So what we can do is we can do a bit of formatting on this. So let's just find it in the book. Here we go. So if you double-click on it, and the reason it's got a warning is it wants us to add a description for accessibility. So if someone is using assisted reading, resisted reading tools on the Kindle for example, and they might not be able to see what's in the description. So you can write a description which actually get read out to the person. So I could write some keen here. So this is an example of a personality type for the author, which is I, n t, j dash t. So I'm talking about different personality styles and do Myers-Briggs tests to work out your type of personality. Okay, So that puts the description in there. Now we can play around with the formatting the sides of it. So we could say it. We want it as a small or medium, do want to have it read text wrap around it, which is not actually doing it in a minute, but you could actually have text wrapping around it, but I like it in the center and make it a medium size. And you can say whether it's a photograph or a figure. So I'm gonna put figure and what that does, It was nice little box around the image which I think it was quite good. So we'll click off here. We can see the warning is gone. So that's good. Now when we're playing around with the text. So if we look at this paragraph here that starts off the Myers-Briggs tests, now you can select that paragraph. You can right-click and we can say Add Text feature. So we could mess around with the text. We could say for an alignment block in there. And we can then click on that and make it say, okay, I want this one to be insects. Or we could say it's right justified, or left justified. So you can't actually do individual bits of formatting on individual paragraphs, which gives you quite a lot of flexibility. Or we could just say clear formatting, which is plus it back to how it was before. And there's lots of different features that you can do around here. So we could say this, it's going to be a block quotation, for example. So if Tuesday in a quote from someone else, you might do it as a block quotation. There's lots of different tools that you can play around with here. So we can say if so, if it is averse to be shown to be a poetry or reverse from a song. We could set it to be loud, that narrow as you want to do any of that. I'm going to put it back to how it was. Going to put some spaces around there. Okay. So that's looking quite good. So I'm confident that this now looks for each of these chapters, how I want it to be. Which is great. So let's now play around with the actual formatting of the paperback. So we want to change some of the settings, for example, is what we do is you go to File and you say Print Settings. And that brings up this dialogue box here. So at the moment I've got it set to a six by nine paperback, which is why I published a book on Amazon. But you might decide that you want it to be more like a novel size, which is a five by eight. You can click on that and then down the bottom it'll tell you how many pages you've got. So at the minute with a current settings, it's a 112 pages. That's worth bearing in mind that when you're printing on Amazon or through their Kindle Direct Publishing, if you want the spine of your book to have any text on it, it has to be larger than a 100 pages. If it goes less than a 100 pages and you won't get any text on the spine. So it's something to bear in mind. Now at the moment, we're using a medium of font size. And we are using medium line spacing. Now we could, if we wanted to, this is a matter of taste, but you could say I want the smallest font size, I want no line spacing. So I really want to put as much content on a page as I can. As you can see that we've done that. And then we can change the inside margin. You can see that the margin is actually adjusting on the right-hand side there. Again, this comes down to taste about how far you want to go. So quarter of an inch takes you right up to the side of the page. I don't think that looks very good myself. So I might say make it point 65 inches. That looks okay. Maybe 0.75. Yeah, I think points 75 looks quite good. Now the outside margin is where the book kinda goes into the spine where it's being glued. Now, I always find it best to just keep this set to auto. Because if you set the text going too far into the spine, Amazon will give you a warning, and it may not let you publish the book. But I've always vanishes easiest. Keep it one more time. If you want to adjust it, you just click on that button there and then you can manually adjust the outside margin. But I say I think especially to keep it on auto. So in the moment that is 73 pages, now we could go and say, actually I want it to be fairly large text. Say we've medium line spacing. That gives us a 122 pages. Or we could go all the way up to the biggest line spacing, which makes it a lot more spaced out. So that's a 134 pages. And that's really a matter of taste. This is entirely up to you how you want to do it. So I think that looks quite nice. A 126 pages, so that's a good size. And we can go to the settings for Chapter begin though. We could say that every chapter has to begin on the right-hand side of the book, which means you could get some blank pages. Again, this is completely down to personal taste, how you want to do that. So the first chapter always begins on the right. That's quite common. Or you can say every chapter begins on the riots, which means you are going to have some extra pages inserted them. Now page numbering, this is quite an important one. So if you say initial page, that means if you look at our book, we've got the title page and copyright page. That copyright page really is the first page of the book. So that'll probably start at page one. And the contents of start on page two, and then so on throughout the book. They can't do that again, this is down to a matter of taste. Or you could say, start the numbering of the first chapter, which is chapter here, understanding of personality. So what that means is everything that comes before it, which is classes, the front matter of the book, we use Roman numerals. Personally, I quite like it to be like that. That's kinda how I expects a non-fiction book to be laid out. Then we can also have some things here about what weren't stood a color. So if you know that you're going to be printing your booking color, then you have that set to color, or you can take black and white. Now in this case it's going to be black and whites. Okay, so if you hit done, so here we can see what this is, what the book is going to look like. In this case is a five by eight paperback. And actual fact, when I published this book, I did it is a six by nine. I quite like non-fiction books to be six by nine. I believe that was what I used for the final book. Now, I think that looks quite good. And so if you, as you go for it, he does a fantastic job of formatting that book. And I think I really like is it's realms very good at getting rid of any kind of dangling orphans. At the bottom of the page. It's a kind of manages all the paragraphs extremely well. Now, at this point we can say we have a finished book. We've looked at it on the paper bag. And if you can look at it on Kindle, for example, now it looks exactly how you'd expect it to look. I'll see you can't set the natural size of the text for the Kindle because they're saying that you can actually adjust on the Kindle itself so you can go small or as large as you wish. Do you? One of the great things about the Kindle, I think before when we highlighted the text and maybe can I showed that you can right-click and say Add Text feature. We can also do that up here as well. So you could say turn that into an alignment block is just another way of selecting the same things. That whole section into a link if you wanted to. Which I'm not going to do. Just wanted to highlight that. Say remove link. Okay, That's better. Okay, So font might want to check before I show you now, just before we do that, I just want to show that you can sort of play around with the fonts as well. So we could say, for example, in this chapter we will discuss, I might decide the Azure ones make that bit bold, which we can do. So if we say show me a preview, see how that's made. That bit bold or italics really is up to you. So I could say, make sure that you use a monospace fonts. Totally up to you, completely down to your own taste. Now the final thing, Steve, before we export, so if we go back to, say, go back to the beginning of a chance to hear it. Click Preview. So we can play around with the styles. Now, if you click on book style, so I'm using meridian. So whenever our publisher non-fiction book, I always use meridian. So I think it looks, looks brilliant, but we can't change it. You've got lots of different options. I want it looks quiet, sir. Ornamental. They're so cool. Kindred, again, might be better for like a historical fiction or romance book. That might be good for say, some kinda like technically thriller slow work. A really much in Azure, it's quite nice. I'll call that one as well. That's called parcel was when he called chroma. Now, personally, I like meridian, the full one, but it's entirely up to you. And then as you go down the settings here so we can, we can dial in so easy meridian, but we can actually change how we're using or doing the titles. How you want to handle the first paragraph. So here we're using a drop cap for the first paragraph, the first letter, smaller drop cap and more sort of ornamental style drop cap. No drop capital. Or we can make the first few words bold. These all different, different things that you can play with. So I prefer that one. I like the nice big free line drop cap there where you can change what you want to do after paragraphs. So lots of different options that you can play around with air. So the best thing to do really, so download velum, load up a manuscript and just play around with it. You can really do quite a lot without getting yourself in trouble, which is really good. Okay, so now we've done that. Let's spend some time just going through the whole book, but you can now do an export. So what we're gonna do is I'm gonna hit generates. So don't save your document first. Yes, of course. So I will save that NSA, we'll call it the art of conversation. Hit Save. As I've gotten to do one thing. So if we're producing a Kindle version of the book, you will want to set the book cover. So if you click on the Title IV here on the navigator, go to Ebook Cover, hit the plus, and then we can go and find a copy of the cover. So if I just quickly find where I've got that's stored at work, can recover. Okay, So what this does is this for the e-book version, it bakes the cover into the ePub file that gets generated. Which is quite important thing to do. Because then when the book has been published and you load the book up, the first thing you'll see is the cover. Okay, So now we've done that, we can now go and generate our file. So let's look at our options here. Now we could select everything here. So if you are planning to distribute so lots of different stores, you can select all of these here. A lot of people Gemini these days tend to just go for Kindle. At the reason for that is if you go exclusively on Kindle, then Amazon let you join their kVp selects program, which puts you on there 70% royalty rates and let the book be involved in Kindle Unlimited, which is their lending library, which is what I do. But we can generate for all different platforms. And again, we've got our six by nine e-book here. So if I hit Continue and it's going to pop it onto a folder on the desktop for the moment. See that really did not take long, did it? So let's open this up. So first of all, let's look at our print book. This is what we just generated. It's a 114 pages in length as you set this to two page view. A, see that for the social media linker told it to put the actual URL as well. So if she can't click on it in a paperback book. And this looks, looks great. And there's the image that we formatted earlier. And at this point you can read through the entire PDF to make sure it's how you like it. So this is what's going to be loaded into saber and Amazon, Kindle Direct Publishing or England Spark is a print ready file. So that looks good. Very happy with that. Okay, so let's close that. And then we could look at say, the Kindle version is we've got an ePub file. Now Kindles can't read ePub files by default. So it's kind of strange. It generates the ePub for us, but that's fine. This means that when let me load into Kindle Direct Publishing, you pass it the ePub and then it'll convert it into the correct format for you. Again, if we double-click on that, this is loads up into Apple books here. And we can just double check that everything keys how we expect. In this case it is. Okay, so that's an example of formatting a fairly simple books. It's about 25000 words there abouts. He's not a massive book. And the formatting was quite straightforward in the source material, so it didn't give us any problems. So actually valid, sorted out for being, you know, 95 percent of all the issues for us, which only left a few things for us to change, which is great. So in the next module I want to do is take another book that I've written, which is closer to a 150 thousand words. It's a bit more challenging formats. So let's go and take a look at how we can build that book. 5. Formatting a Complicated Book: So in the last module, we looked at formatting a fairly simple book with them. So it was my art of conversation book, about 25 thousand words. And as you saw, the conversion process into value was reasonably straightforward. It didn't give us any problems. Now what want to do is do the same process. But yes, I'm, for another book that I've written called the path to freedom, starting a business for lovenox and entrepreneur. Now this conversion is going to be a lot more tricky and I'm going to tell you why and then show you how to fix it in Belgium. That is books much bigger. So in total is about a 145 to a 150 thousand words. So it's a fairly large business book. Now, the reason why this is going to cause his problems is if we look at housing this chapter structure beginning of the chapter, instead of using heading level one, which I used in the last book, I've actually used a title. And then below that, for each subpart of the chapter, I then started with heading level one. Now at the time and I was writing the book using title here kinda made sense because it is the title. And then I'm starting with heading level one and then different heading levels further down in the book. So again here, advanced user being an employee starts off with heading level one. Now, say at a time that makes complete sense, when we move this across into valium is going to cause us some problems. Now, there's two ways which you can go about fixing. So I could fix it at the source in the manuscript. And some might argue that that's actually probably the more sensible thing to do. So actually change that to a heading level one, then any head heading level ones in the book or trends to heading level two and so on. So that's one way to do it. But I'm not gonna do that. I'll go export it and I'm going to show you the complexities of formatting the book and how to fix them in Berlin, because I think it's useful to see kind of a harder projects. And it'll kinda give you an appreciation of just how powerful velum is. So what I'm gonna do is like before I'm going to export the book. So I'm gonna go to compile options in scrivener here. And again, I want it to be a Doc X. I've got everything included here that I want to include. So we can hit compile, save it, and then we shouldn't let that convert. And because it's a large book is going to take a few seconds to do its thing. Okay, so that's no exported. And we've got the final book in our doc x phi here in Word. So you see here the final word, counties a 146,389. So it's a fairly sizable book. So again, we can go through here. Everything's there as we'd expect it to be on Chapter 1. So again, this is using title. Then the next section here starts off as heading level one. So that formatting that we had in scrutiny is moved across as we'd expect into the Word file. Okay, so let's load this into vellum and we'll see what happens. So I'm gonna say input word file, select the path to freedom imports. Now, what we can see here does not look like we already expect. So we have lots of these dangling chapters which just have the titles in. And then we have random heading level 1 parts of the book, Janice, individual chapters because vellum trees, the start of the chapter. We've heading level one, like we saw in the last book that we converted. So here it's cheating. Each kind of sub-section of each chapter has its own chapter in its own right. This is going to take a fair bit of tidying up to do so I'm gonna show you how to do the first couple. And then I'll go through and fixed up the whole book, but I'll speed it up so you're not sitting around waiting for ages. So these empty chapters here, I'm going to get rid of serving a purpose. This one here has get rid of that. Okay, So we'll deal with the front matter later. So here we've got Chapter 1. Now all of these sections are in the correct order. So I always start off with an introduction bit. Then I have my different sub headings for the chapter. Then I have a section on each chapter called the author's approach. This in his book is what I'm talking about, how I've tried different things. We're running a business, what's going well, what's not going well? Let me have a summary of what the chapter is then I end each chapter. We've workshop questions. So these kind of exercises that the reader can do. So that means I know that between here and here is actually a whole chapter. But what vacuums done is it split it out into lots of chapters which we don't want. It's very easy to fix. So what I do is I select all of those files or no should be in one chapter. I right-click and I can say Merge selected chapters. Boolean. So now in here, everything that was in a separate chapter invalid and is now merged into one, which is fantastic. So what should chapter one be called? In this case, it's called the problems of working for someone else. So you can see that it's updated here. So that site is now Chapter 1. So I have to go and do that for the rest of the book. And there's quite a few chapters in here, so we have 23 chapters in the book. So let's do the next one together and then I'm going to fix the rest of the book bow speed that bit up. So again, Chapter 2. We have all of the sub headings here offers approach summary than workshop questions. So I know these rules in the correct order. If they weren't for any reason, you could move them around. But I know they are in the right order. So again, I'm going to select all of those files D right-click, Merge selected chapters. Now Chapter two in this book is called starting out with a side hustle to do them. So I'm going to quickly go free and do the rest of the book. And just to deal with this merging work, I'm going to speed this up for your convenience. And you don't really need to see me going through 20 or chapters doing the same thing. So we'll pick it up when I've done all of those mergings. Right? So I very quickly gone through and I've merged all of those chapters into the correct chapter structure. And I've got renamed each chapter to have the correct head him. Now, as I said before, I could have saved myself a whole heap of work there by just fixing it at the source in script inner butt in 16, I liked how the actual manuscripts is formatted. That kind of works well for this book. And, but really, you know, sorting that out, What's it look like a big problem once we imported the Word file. Actually it wasn't that hard to sort out. So let's now start. So it's up the hierarchy and work our way down and fix them whenever formatting issues. So first of all, I wanted to set our ebook cover. So that's our a book cover, that set that is putting the publisher information. Putting that publisher link. Facebook has its own dedicated website's content. So you on this one, I'm not going to show you subheadings because the contents will go on forever. If I did, that is quite long. So we want this to be included in all additions. So the e-book and prints, so we say all editions there. Okay, So this page here, he's kind of a title page. We don't need that. We can remove that. We have a copyright page. So we can say convert to a copyright want in here. That's already said, Okay, that's fine. It's detected that we're ready. Again, I'm going to remove the include creative prevent them. It's purely up to you. If you keep out there, it makes no odds or not to remove it. If a dedication such as check that's been converted, so that's been set to dedication automatically. So here we have just one. I'll try to get people to come across to a YouTube channel. So what could we convert that to there? As long as is, I'm going to say visit us at YouTube. That's absolutely fine. Now on the e-book, it'll be quite nice if people could actually click on this and go to the actual ebook. So let's convert that into a link. So a web link. Actually that's put the section already, that's good. So that's now a web link. So anyone that's reading this say on an iPad for example, can just go and click on that and it'll take them to the YouTube channel. That's this one here, come like a dangling title page so we can remove that. Converts to. We can also assess it to hear. An introduction maybe kinda works quite well. This is where I talk about why I've written the book and kinda some of the problems that people going into entrepreneurship may face or maybe fearful of. Then we have the Office story again as you see if there's any things here. So we could actually set this to an About the Author because it is about me. I'm not gonna put any social things on here. Okay, so that's all of the front matter sorted. We then go into our chapters as we've already seen here. So we've got, we've now conscientious. He's kind of a final force of a YouTube. Okay, so this really is kind of. And afterwards, maybe. Yep, well, they'll actually, I call it final thoughts. Blend in here. This is just another reminder to visit us at YouTube. Brilliant. And this is just a section at the back here where I'm encouraging the reader to go and review us on YouTube. So you can say, please review us. Please review this book. Yeah. Okay. So I'm going to save this on the desktop and bellow the path to freedom. So now we have something that's going to be quite convincing as a final book. Now, there's some sections in here which I know I need to address. So down the bottom of each chapter, we have what's called workshop questions. And the formatting here is quite lease. So what I'm going to do here is I want to turn it into a nicely formatted bullet list. So I'm going to select that section, right-click and say, take it into a list. So I can actually get rid of these. Because I was just kinda why I used in the manuscripts. We don't actually want that. We don't want this line in the middle grades. So now we want to call it a numbered list. Perfect, That's much better. So we can view that as a print as well. So I'll be sorted out those bullet point list there. Now I know that in this book that's kind of all the formatting I need to do because it's just purely text. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to quickly close this version and I'm actually going to load up my original version because I've got them fixed all of those bullet point lists already. There's no point going through and doing it again. So here we have a kind of a finished book already, right? So now what we want to do is you want to quickly look at the print version. Just like with the previous book, we can go on to our File Print Settings. And again, I've done this as a six by nine paperback. I've got the inside margin set to 0.75 inches. I went with a medium size text with less line spacing for this type of books because it looks kinda similar to however, books in this style or their subjects are arranged. So this makes the book for a 128 pages. Now I could have gone to a larger font, and I could have gone to a larger space in LA we did in the previous, but the art of conversation, which would have made the book 592 pages, which is quite big. Now when you start getting up into the 3s, 4s, and 500 pages, you're printing costs start to get higher with ADP. So I wanted to kind of have a good balance between line spacing and font size so that I get what isn't too thick but isn't too thin. So for me, the perfect trade-off with a medium font size, we'd lower line space in which gave me 428 pages for this book. So what we can do now is we can say generate. So again, I'm going to now, we could do all of these if we wanted to. We could do the paperback, say Continue. So I'm going to put this onto the desktop. Which that at run by considering what we've done here, reformatting quite a large book. It doesn't really take that long to export. Pdf over C takes the longest time. Okay, So if we now say show files. So like before we've got all our different versions so we can look at the Kindle version and just double-click on that and load it up here. So at this point we can go through the whole book and just make sure everything looks how we expect. And then we can also go to our print version and load that up. So as I said, Well, this is a print ready PDF, so this can be loaded directly into Kindle Direct Publishing or an England spark, depend on how you are starting to publish. So again, we can just go through each page and just make sure it looks how we expect it. So I already know this does look out how I want it to because I spent quite a long time checking it previously. As I said before, the issues we had reformatting. I could have fixed it at the source in script Enter. So I could have got rid of all of those title headings and change into hate one headings. And Emily calibrated order headings under that. That would have been probably one of the more sensible ways of doing it, to be honest. But I didn't deliberately because as I said, in script and actually quite likes the way it's laid out as a manuscript. And as you saw boss, it was a bit of work in balance or fix this. It wasn't a huge amount of work. It wasn't insurmountable. It just took a few extra steps. But volume is such a powerful and flexible tool that you made this really easy to do without making any big mistakes. Do you? One of the things I love about them? So let's quickly wrap up some of the things that we've learned in this course. 6. Course Summary: We've now come to the end of this course, look in how to format and typeset a paperback and e-book using the software package random. I think you'll agree for watching this course. Velum is an incredibly powerful and easy to use tool and it produces absolutely fantastic results. So if you remember back to the overview of this course, we looked at some of the various different options that you have. So when the easiest kind of end of the scale we have formatted with Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. Now these tools do a fairly good job of S. I've done lots of books using Microsoft Word. But the results never live up to what they could really be. And we have a bit more efforts. And then we have tools that Scribner, which is a very, very popular writing tool for building your manuscripts. And it has its compilation features which allow you to format books. And this is a very, very powerful tool. And it's also quite hard to use and it can be quite hard to get really good looking professional results. Certainly, it's certainly possible, but it is quite a lot of extra work. Then we have vellum, which is a tool that we looked at in this course. Now one of the things I love about bounded means you don't actually have to commit any money to buying the software to start with. So you can download the software, you can install it. You can go through the entire process like we've done in this course are formatting your paper back in your e-book. And then once you've got to the point where you are ready to commit and you want to export those final files is at that point which he then pay for the software. So it really is a great way to try out the software without doing any financial commitments up from beef like me you're planning on? No. So publishing various amounts of books, it really is a good investment. And I'll see you on the other end of the scale, we've got the Adobe InDesign, which is probably one of the most advanced professional tools which can use for typeset in a book is probably what a lot of professional publishing companies do use, but it is quite hard to use, is there's a big learning curve if it's expensive. So if you're just doing books by yourself, you may not want to pay a monthly fee for Adobe Cloud. So that might not be necessarily an option. Mozi is obviously a popular option in the publishing industry. So really do urge you to try doing yourself. As you've seen from this course, velum isn't that hard to use? There's not a lot lot of features or options in there. It kinda makes it very easy to use the sector good template and get good results very quickly. So I do urge you to do that as opposed to hiring a professional. So in this course, we formatted two books. We did my art of conversation book, which is a much shorter sorts of 24 and 25 thousand workbook, which we then export it as an e-book and a PDF. And then we did the much more complicated book, the path to freedom, which was about a 146 thousand words. So you can see on the screen now, part of the print ready PDF that we generated and involves his book was more complex to format. It didn't really take that long. And yeah, I think the results look absolutely brilliant as they do with the e-book version as well. So if you upload the pups from Val them into Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, and use the print ready PDF as well. The books just look really, really professional. I mean, when you see the printed version of the parts of freedom, for example, it just looks absolutely fantastic. And that's really where I've added a stroke. So it gives you a really high-quality outputs for not a lot of efforts. So we've, that we've now reached the end of this course. Thank you very much for watching. I hope you've enjoyed it. I would just like to point out that on Skillshare, I have many, many courses in different subjects. I talk about productivity and how to improve as a professional. I've also got some courses on writing techniques on how to use different software packages for the editing podcasts, for example, as well as his book on formatting books we've found him. So I'd be very grateful if you did go and check out some way of courses was hopefully there's something in there that you'll find the views. So if that My name is Steven horns, and thank you very much for watching.