Format and Validate eBooks without Pulling Your Hair Out Premium class

David Ault, Writer | Teacher | Marketer

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11 Videos (28m)
    • An Introduction to the Course

    • Your Class Project for This Module

    • A Look at the Different Formatting Types

    • My Thoughts on Manually Formatting a Book

    • Compiling Your Book in Scrivener

    • A Quick Walk-though of Scrivener's Compile

    • Free Software for Formatting eBooks

    • Paid Software for Formatting eBooks

    • Validating and Checking Your eBooks

    • Additional Optional Tasks

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class


This class on FORMATTING is Module Nine of the "17 'ings' of Self-publishing" course.

Once you have written, revised, edited and illustrated your book, you will still need to make sure that it has been correctly formatted before you are able to actually go ahead and publish it.

In this class, I shall show you the various options available to you so can quickly and easily format and validate your book without pulling your hair out!

I begin the class by discussing the two different format types that you will need to consider formatting to, my personal thoughts on manual formatting and how you can easily format your ebooks using Scrivener's compile feature.

I then give you an over-the-shoulder view of a quick walkthrough of how to compile an eBook within Scrivener.

In the next part of the class, I shall look at the various free applications that are available for formatting different types of ebooks, as well as some paid software for delivering professionally formatted books.

Finally, I take a look at how you can go about validating your ebooks and checking that they render correctly on your target devices.

The 17 'ings' of Self-publishing

You can find direct links to the other classes in the series below:

Module 01 - The 4 Questions Every Writer Needs to Ask Before Self-publishing a Book

Module 02 - Planning for Freelancers - Create a Strategic Plan and Your Daily Work Schedule with WorkFlowy

Module 03 - Building a Writer Platform and Why it is Key to Self-publishing Success

Module 04 - Researching Your Book's Niche or Genre Before You Actually Begin Writing Your Book

Module 05 - Writing Productivity: The Writing Process and How To Increase The Number of Words You Write Each Day

Module 06 - Polishing The First Draft of Your Book - A Look at the Rewriting and Self-editing Process

Module 07 - The Importance of Editing Your Book and What to Do if You Can't Afford A Professional Editor

Module 08 - Sourcing Images, Illustrating eBooks and Cover Design for Self-published Authors

Module 09 - Format and Validate eBooks without Pulling Your Hair Out

Module 10 - Copywriting for Authors - Writing Copy for Your Book's Title, Tagline, Description and Back Matter

Module 11 - The Beginner's Guide to Publishing an eBook on the Amazon Kindle Store

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

Instructions are clear and concise, Mr. Ault covers quite a bit of information without wasting time. I recommend this class to anyone considering self-publishing. Excellent value.





David Ault

Writer | Teacher | Marketer


Currently on the How To Publish An eBook website, I am giving away a FREE online course for anyone who is interested in making a living (or at least a part-time income) from self-publishing.

Hello there, my name is David James Ault and I am now teaching over 50 classes on the Skillshare platform in the self-publishing and course creation niches.

I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last 15 years, I have written a number of non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time author within the next couple of years.

I have an eclectic range of interests, including languages, writing, history, online marketing, design and travel. I also have a passion for cooking and eating healthy food, as well as the traditional Slovak dishes I have discovered, whilst living in the heart of Europe.

I have created a number of online courses for many of my niches and I have set up both the How To Publish An eBook and the Teach Someone A Lesson websites to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.