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Book Formatting for Self Publishers, a Comprehensive How to Guide
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Jennette Green proves that she knows her stuff when it comes to sharing her knowledge and experience in her newest book, Book Formatting for Self-Publishers, a Comprehensive How-To Guide. This work is truly a comprehensive guide to formatting for both Print-On-Demand (POD) and ebooks, which covers the most popular venues for those sources.

The author combines useful and specific information with clear and simple language to create a handbook for beginners and wanna-bes, as well as being a checklist for experienced writers and self-publishers. What a resource this is! The images of various computer screens as the book progresses makes learning the process even easier.

— Brenda Jenkins Kleager, MEd

Efficient, to the point, and easy to follow. It’s a concise step-by-step guide that will help you format your own book and have it out on the market in a heartbeat. Book Formatting for Self-Publishers is perfect for busy people — from first time authors to small publishing houses — who don’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out an instruction manual first. The section on Book Cover preparation was especially helpful, since trying to format that perfect cover can cause many a migraine. Best of all, with Jennette Green’s book, you’re not only purchasing a very complete instruction book, but you’re also receiving the benefit of her years of experience . . . and years of troubleshooting. This reference book will have a permanent place on my company’s bookshelf.

— Cindy Vincent MAEd, CEO, Mysteriesbyvincent.com
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Excellent book! The topics are organized, detailed, clear and simply put; easy to read. The screen shots are very helpful. The difference in our first book is drastically different from our next one, thanks to reading Book Formatting for Self-Publishers. You can really see we followed a professional's example. Even though I was a novice, I was able to turn a basic word document into a professional looking book. Thank you for putting all your hard earned knowledge together for the rest of us. I really appreciate it! This is my reference manual from now on.

— Janet Lybeck Author of Teta's Adventures

Book Formatting for Self-Publishers,
a Comprehensive How-To Guide

Easily Format Books with Microsoft Word; Format eBooks for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords; Convert Book Covers for Lightning Source, CreateSpace

Jennette Green


Have you written a fiction novel or a nonfiction book that you would like to publish? Would you like your book to be distributed to the major book retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble? Would you like that book to become available in the popular ebook formats, such as Kindle, NOOK, and Smashwords? You can do it, and it is more simple than you could imagine.

I have spent the last several years formatting and preparing clients’ book files for Lightning Source and CreateSpace. All of my clients have been very pleased by the look of their books, and every file was accepted by Lightning Source (LSI), whose rigorous file requirements are well known.

While many people pay book designers (such as myself) to format their books, I’ll tell you a secret—it is not hard to turn an ordinary Microsoft® Word® manuscript into a professional looking book. I will show you how easy it is to do, and share the practical tips and tricks I have learned over the years to make the project go smoothly.

This book will give you simple, step-by-step instructions on how to use Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2010 to create a quality, professional looking book, ready for printing with Lightning Source and CreateSpace. In addition, you will learn how to take the Microsoft Word document created for a print book, and turn it into several of the most popular ebook formats. The only software required is Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2010, and Adobe® Acrobat® Professional (version 7 or higher).

You will also learn how to create book covers that will pass the cover standards set by LSI, as well as CreateSpace. Please note that Adobe® Photoshop® is required for LSI covers, as a few of its features are vital in order to adjust the cover images so they meet the 240% ink limits specifications required by LSI. Some publishers use the free online program Scribus for their book covers, but the use of Scribus is not covered in this book.

This book includes many links and references for your convenience. As the internet is a fast-changing environment, please be aware that some links may change.

Are you ready? Open up your Microsoft Word document, save it under a new name (to preserve your original copy), and let’s begin!

Please note: Microsoft Word is best suited for novels or general nonfiction. If you will be publishing specialized nonfiction, with intricate page design, you may wish to consider using a professional page layout program, such as Adobe® InDesign®. The use of Adobe InDesign is not covered in this book.

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Publication Date: February 29, 2012
Book Type: Paperback, eBook
Category: Computers, Desktop Publishing
Pages: 248 print
Price: $19.97 print, $7.97 eBook
ISBN: 9780984404476