Author Branding using Author Central Account

Yippie! Your ebook is published. Now, you need to set up your Author Central Account.

When you received notification from Amazon on your publishing success, they included several links to where you can set up an Author Page. Below is how you can set up the page for Amazon.com (US), and then you can simply copy and paste the information into all the other Amazon accounts. (more…)

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How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

Excerpt from eBook Formatting & Publishing Guide 4.0

Many of you are picking up this book after you have your manuscript written and ready to publish. So you may have a little more work than others starting from scratch.

Before I get into how to clean up your manuscript, I want to share how to make a Writing Template – so you hopefully won’t have to go through this process again. (more…)

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Word Formatting: How to Correctly Indent Paragraphs for Ebook Formatting

What is the biggest mistake self-publishing authors make when preparing their book for ebook conversion? Improper word formatting of Paragraph Indents. Say No to Tabs and the Spacebar Old school…

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing Phone: (541) 961-7641 E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com Monday, September 22, 2013   Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?…

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing Phone: (541) 961-7641 E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com Monday, September 22, 2013   Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?…

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing Phone: (541) 961-7641 E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com Monday, September 22, 2013   Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?…

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they?

Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

What this means for the Author

You can brand your name, your book, link to your site – all the time you are commenting and building connections. It is done seamlessly and silently.

But they are so much more… They include your bio, links to your websites, images of you your book. And best of all they are free. If you have not set up this easy marketing tool – then do so now. Easy-Peasy Author Marketing Tip!

Setting up a Gravatar

Setting up Gravatars on your site is easy; you don’t even need an account! Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and our tutorials will have you running Gravatars in no time. (more…)

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Linkable Table of Contents

Below is the coding for a linkable table of contents.

OPTION ONE: LINKS TO PAGES IN YOUR eBOOK

If you split your chapters into individual HTML pages, then your TOC would appear like this:

<p><a id="toc"/></p>
<p>Table of Contents</p>
<p><a href="../Text/content.xhtml">Chapter 1</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/chapter2.xhtml">Chapter 2</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/chapter3.xhtml">Chapter 3</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/ack.xhtml">Acknowledgements</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/author.xhtml">About the Author</a></p>

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Linkable Table of Contents

Below is the coding for a linkable table of contents.

OPTION ONE: LINKS TO PAGES IN YOUR eBOOK

If you split your chapters into individual HTML pages, then your TOC would appear like this:

<p><a id="toc"/></p>
<p>Table of Contents</p>
<p><a href="../Text/content.xhtml">Chapter 1</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/chapter2.xhtml">Chapter 2</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/chapter3.xhtml">Chapter 3</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/ack.xhtml">Acknowledgements</a></p>
<p><a href="../Text/author.xhtml">About the Author</a></p>

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CSS: Center Images Using Display:Block and Margin

Centering images can add a special design appeal to your ebook formatting. This can be applied book-wide (to all images) or applied individually. The easiest way to center images is to make the image a block of its own and set the margins to ‘auto’.

Here is an example:

CSS

img.individual {
    display: block;
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: auto;
}

HTML

<IMG class="individual" src="..." alt="...">

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eBook Formatting Checklist: Preparing for ebook conversion

To create an e-book requires converting your manuscript into an HTML format. And to make the process as painless as possible, there are certain Do’s and Don’ts you should be aware of when preparing your manuscript.

NOTICE: In the following, I refer to Microsoft Word, but you can use any word processing program you prefer, such as Open Office.

DOWNLOAD EBOOK FORMATTING CHECKLIST (PDF)

Preparation is Key

FIRST: You are not concerned about the appearance of the book at this point. You are only preparing the page with the proper styles so it can be easily converted to HTML. I will modify the look and design when I import your manuscript.

Need to DO:

FIRST: Before you do any of the following, make a backup copy of your manuscript.

SECOND: Turn on the ‘pilcrow’ or ¶ in the top menu. This will display all the hidden characters such as paragraphs and spaces. The spaces are indicated with miniscule dots, so you may have to enlarge the page view to determine how many there are at the beginning of a sentence.

What is addressed:

  • Chapter Headings
  • Subheadings
  • Manual Line Breaks or Soft Breaks
  • Indents
  • Spaces

Need to Know:

^p = paragraph
^t = tab
^l = soft return (more…)

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