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Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 3: Word Formatting Part 2

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 3: Word Formatting Part 2

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Formatting the Document Pt. 3: Page Layout

    • 2. Formatting the Document Pt 4: Title Pages and Author Notes

    • 3. Adding a Table of Contents

    • 4. Some Formatting Tricks

    • 5. Reviewing and Saving Your Work

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Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 3: Word Formatting Part 2

In this class we complete formatting your manuscript for KDP publication.  By the end of this section your manuscript will be ready for submissions to Amazon.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Formatting the Document Pt. 3: Page Layout: What I want to talk with you about now is two issues. One the page layout, Visa vee, the margins and the page size and so on. That usage should set for Kendall Publishing. We're going to go to the page layout menu up here in the header and go ahead and let's pick page size. To begin with, you'll notice the page sizes. A standard 8.5 by 11 letter size. We no need to change that. If we go, toe margins will see that were set at one inch margins all the way around the page. No reason to change that in this particular document, but you should set that if you don't already have it set. I don't know what effects this will actually have on publishing, probably none whatsoever when it comes to Kendall document, but I like to begin this way anyway. The other thing that I wanted to covers we've inserted chapter breaks into our novel. What happens if we have war minor breaks? Let's say between this paragraph in the next we have a scene break we could put in, you know, three blank lines to make a big distinguishing break Between these paragraphs, however, many formatting tools will break this down toe one line. And what happens of that one line of black space blank space happens at the end of a Kindle screen, which is very likely since Kindle screens air short. What we should do instead is insert something in here, and what I like is asterisk space Astra Space Astra's. Now The problem is that we type in Asterix, and then we type of space. And what word is doing is it thinks that you're doing a bulleted item so it puts a bullet there to undo what a word is doing right now. Only got to do is come up here and click the undo button and there's your Astra Space and Astra Space asterisk. There is the rest of it now. The next thing that we have to do is put our point on this line. Are cursor and right click up will come the paragraph formatting option. Now what we want to do with this paragraphs is we wanted perfectly centered is get rid of first line indentation by saying none and then go upto alignment and say centered, Let's go ahead and apply that by clicking OK, and what's going to happen is it is going to be centered. Okay, now that's the conclusion of this particular formatting chapter. The next chapter, we're going to talk about the final formatting step. 2. Formatting the Document Pt 4: Title Pages and Author Notes: Okay, let's see what we've covered. So far, we've talked about how to configure our styles on the home menu to, ah, configure our modify style Head one and normal, either which we want for this particular ended separator. We talked about how to insert indented separators. We talked about I, Tallis sizing bolding and underlining texts. These the basic formatting issues the next. The final thing that we need to confront when it comes to formatting for Kendall is adding a title page and a footer. Now, typically, what I do is I go in open a previous document that I've already configured for kindle and use that. So I'm gonna do that. In this case, I'm gonna do a file open. I'm going to go to my writing directory. Now. We happen to have been using one of the first documents I ever formatted for publishing, which is moving violation. I'm going to go back into that directory, and I'm gonna find my Kindle version of the file. Here it is. Sorry it took that long, and I'm gonna open that up now. Doesn't that look peculiar? Sorry about that. I'm going to go in at open one of the last documents that I worked on. I'm gonna go to file open and I'm going to go to my writing and let's see, it was a document cold, overboard. When they go to their now we're gonna pick the Kindle version. Now I happen to publish for several different platforms, So I have several different headers. But we're just concerned with the Kendall publication right now, So why don't we go ahead and grab this header out of this file? It has this standard stuff that we want to say on a title page will copy it. Then we'll come down here to the bottom to her menu and will select our original document here will go to before our Chapter one and well paced our header. Now header says something about overboard here, which was in one of our documents. So we'll go ahead and call this our sample document, whatever it is. And it's not by Melanie Jackson, my wife. No, it is by Brian Jackson. The version number here. I like to use version 1.0 for the initial draft and here we're in July of 2014. This is by Brian Jackson copyrighted by Brian Jackson. Um, anyway, back to the version number. I like to use version 1.0 for the initial draft after it's been edited by an editor. I like to change that to 1.1. So this keeps track of what version I got. Once I come out with a major new version, I do a rewrite of this document. I haven't done that yet, But if I dio, it will become 2.0 until I run that by an editor, which point it would become to appoint one. So you can see you have a major revision and editing number here. So this is major revision one with editing none. Now let's come down here to this title. Discover more titles by Brian Jackson. And don't worry, I'm gonna put a copy of this template in a central location on the web so that you can get it. Um, this we're going to copy the or change the link. Uh, if you go up here and go to insert, you're gonna have hyperlink. And here it shows the hyperlink. We're going to go to author Brian. Oops, brian Jackson dot com and notice how it's changed the texture display as well. Eso Now, when people Lincoln or click on this in their Kendall document, they'll go to my home Page is the last modification that you want to make to the tunnel page. Now, when it comes to the end page, I'm gonna go back over too overboard. My wife happens to have published ah, considerable number of documents. But we're going to take the beginning of it here and do about the author through e books by Melanie Jackson. And we will right click. Copy that. Go back down to our menu. Go here. Go to the very bottom of the document where we already have an about the author and we'll go ahead and paste and or click and paste are about the author document. Now, here we want to replace text about us. We want to replace is with a link to our home page once again, end a list our books. Um what I recommend that you do. Uh, typically, I would think that you would create a template that you could originally open for creating these documents. In reality, what I do is I open the last document that I worked on. I go and I click on file Save as Give it a new name in a new directory, the new project that I'm working on. And then I go ahead and save it there and I modify and delete all the contents. What I've done is I've copied over maybe the about the author and the books by and the title page. But I've deleted the entire body where I could just go ahead and add head ones and head twos that are already pre formatted according to my head one and head to configurations, or rather, our head one in our normal configurations. 3. Adding a Table of Contents: in this next lecture will be adding a table of contents. Let's go ahead and use our navigation window to go up here to our We're already there on our header. Now we want to put the table of contents right here before Chapter one, so let's go ahead and enter table of contents. After all, the table of contents is a chapter in itself. Now we have a new chapter. After that, let's go here after table of contents, press enter to get our blank line here on the screen and now will do an interesting thing, will say references table of contents and will pick this style of cable times its we want. Okay, What we want to do is go down there very bottom and insert a table of contents. Get more specific about what we want. For one thing, we do not want to show page numbers. There's no such thing as a page number on a Kindle, so let's get rid of that right away. That's actually the only modification that we need to make before we say OK, and here's our table of contents. Each of these items a link to a particular chapter in your novel. And because you've included a table of contents the Kindle will display Ah, a table of contents when you go to pull that up from the main menu at the bottom of the screen. So that's another advantage with this man. Notice Any time you change the text of a chapter, the name of it or you change Well, I don't know about its location. I don't think you need to change it for that. But if you change the text of a title, you definitely need toe update your table of contents on the way that you do that is. You go to it, right click and it says update field here. Go ahead and click on that and it'll update your table of contents to reflect the for the current contents of your document. So this is the way to insert a table of contents into your document before saving it, which is something I recommend that you dio 4. Some Formatting Tricks: Welcome back. Before we leave, we have a properly formatted document here. This is yet another document. It's called overboard. It's another book that was written by my wife. What I wanted to show you was a few tricks in formatting that you might want to employ on your books to make them look just a little stash easier under us. How we just have this big wall of text here on the title page, beginning with The Bold Overboard and by Melanie Jackson and and so on. This is nice, but it wouldn't it be nicer of we had a nice title page and then followed it by this stuff and maybe less emphasised text on the next page. Well, all you need to do that is click here before the text that you don't particularly want, which begins with version 11 According to my version ing scheme, remember, this is the first version written, and it has been edited for via our as of March 2014. Now what we're gonna do is we're going to insert appear at the top, a page break and there goes some next page. Now let's deal with this a page at a time. Here we finally have what looks like a title page of only We smashed things up just a little bit. Let's go ahead to the homepage and will select this text here, and we'll go ahead and increase the size of it. Let's say up to what might be a nice size, Let's say maybe 24 Mm 28. That sounds a good size. There we go Now, on this line, the by we might want to put a blank line. The way that you put a blank line without starting a new paragraph, although it doesn't really matter in this case, is by hitting shift and new line. There it is. There was a new line appear will just go ahead and space this out a little bit. And then what we're going to do is select all of this and do a right click. Paragraph alignment is centered right now. Let's go ahead and write a line. This click. OK, now we have titles, right? Aligned on our page. That's much more interesting than just the center text that we had. Now what can we do with the next page that we've got here Cumin in in mind that Zong went page there. This is the next page. What about if we take this and we right click once again we go into para grass mowed instead of centering it We left justify it. Okay, that's beginning to get interesting. Now what have we made it a little smaller to make sure that it fits onto one Kendall screen . Hear what we'll do is we'll go to font by right clicking And rather than being 12 baby will go down a nine point that drops it quite a bit. This should fit on the second screen of your Kindle. Let's go forward. Let's get rid of these two blank lines. You never know what will cause Ah, page break. And here we are on the next page. Let's scroll up to make sure we like we've got Yeah, okay, this is looking good left justified our table of contents. Now I'm going to come back to the table of contents after I mess around with what looks like a which was what is a chapter heading now? One of the things that I can do is I can form at the chapter eating Let's say I select, um, the sea and chapter one. And you noticed that fading in comes this formatting box. I'm going to up the size of that 2 2400 Now, this looks a little strange. Well, here, we're going to replace this with one. The other thing that we're going to do is we're going to make this all uppercase. So we're going chapter one. We're going to write it all that. Okay, This because we just updated all of it, too. 24 pitch. We're going to take back down to what was our standard chapter size 14 and then we're going to select the other half, whatever it takes to get to this point. That's what you want to dio all uppercase with large first letters. This is gonna be a fancy way to start off. You're chapters. Now, why did I skip over the table of contents to do this? It's because every time that you modify your document, you should update your table of contents by going to it, right, clicking on it and saying update field. Now notice how now we suddenly have a capitalized chapter one instead of what we normally have. Okay, 5. Reviewing and Saving Your Work: before we save our well formatted document. Let's review what we went through to make this a well formatted document. First thing we did was we turned on formatting characters, and we can already see them on the screen. We can still see them. Haven't turned them off. Those are on the home menu. The little backward p here. Make sure that it's highlighted in orange. Then we produced a standard header, which you can download. I'll give you the instructions in the at the end of this video on where to download standard headers and templates for this course Replaced it with our information or a title and so on. Um, the next thing that we did was we formatted normal and heading whips, actually changing the format of my document to ah be ah indented not indented. Um, here we added a table of contents which remember, if you ever have Teoh change your chapters, do an update field here to bring the table contents up to date. We then changed all of our chapter headings to this should be ahead one. It's interesting and the bodies air normal. Um, and then we put a trailer on the end of it. This book happens to have a rather elaborate trailer where it lists all of Melanie's books , and at this point she's written over 80. So the list goes on for quite a while, listing all the various Siris of the End. Now that we have this together, that's all well formatted. Let's go ahead and save this. We're gonna pick file save as now. We don't want to overwrite the old version of the document sample Doc that we had. This is formatted now for Kindle. So what I like to do is space a space dash space uppers case k kindle dot doc. And that way it will be distinguished from formatting for other platforms that I might dio I'll might name the files differently. I also didn't replace my original file that I was working with. I was like to be able to back up in case I've made mistakes. So there we've saved our work and we're now ready to move on to Katie P. And to publish