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Book Formatting for Self-Publishers, a Comprehensive How to Guide: Mac Edition 2020: Easily format print books and eBooks with Microsoft Word for Kindle, NOOK, IngramSpark, plus much more

Book Formatting for Self-Publishers, a Comprehensive How to Guide: Mac Edition 2020: Easily format print books and eBooks with Microsoft Word for Kindle, NOOK, IngramSpark, plus much more

by Jennette Green


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"...a 'must' for any aspiring self-publisher..." ― Midwest Book Review

NEW Mac 2020 Edition*

FINALIST, 2nd Place, Writing & Publishing, Global EBook Awards

Learn How to Achieve Your Publishing Dreams Today!

“Jennette Green’s Book Formatting for Self-Publishers can help you take control of your publishing career . . .”

Have you written a book that you would like to see published? Today, the barriers preventing an author from getting his/her book published have vanished. No longer do authors need to send out countless query letters to publishers, who either dump them in the trash, or send a standard, cold rejection letter. Now you can take control of your publishing career.

In this book, you will learn simple techniques to produce a professional looking print book or ebook with the Mac computer. Take advantage of the author’s years of experience producing professional book files for satisfied clients. Her tips and tricks to mastering the technical details of publishing a book are presented in a simple, step-by-step format that anyone can understand. Dozens of accompanying illustrations make learning the steps even easier. If you own Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (version 7 or later), you can publish your book now.** With a well-written book, a good marketing plan, and this how-to manual, you can make your publishing dreams come true. What is stopping you? Get started today!

In this book, you will learn how to:

Use Microsoft Word. Learn how to format your novel or nonfiction book. Learn tips to make your book look professional.

Easily Format eBooks. Use your Microsoft Word print document to create ebooks for Kindle, NOOK, and Smashwords.

Convert Book Covers. Discover how to build a book cover on a template. Learn how to convert any book cover file so that it will be accepted at Ingram Spark, KDP, and Barnes & Noble Press.

And much, much more...

Jennette Green is a multi-published, international author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has helped numerous authors and publishers prepare their books for publication. She provides technical support, book and ebook formatting, as well as her specialty of building and converting covers to meet IngramSpark, KDP, and Barnes & Noble Press requirements. Her passion is to empower others to achieve their publishing dreams.

*Mac 2020 Edition includes the latest information about submission requirements for KDP, IngramSpark, Barnes & Noble Press, and other online retailers. It also includes formatting information for Microsoft Word 2016 - Microsoft Word 2019, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, and Adobe Photoshop 2020.

** Adobe Photoshop (or Scribus) is also needed in order to produce a cover file for Barnes & Noble Press.

If you would like to apply advanced Kindle formatting to your book, please note that this how-to manual does not cover the use of CSS, html, KindleGen, or other advanced Kindle formatting issues. If your print nonfiction book requires a great deal of specialized formatting, you may consider using a professional page layout program, such as Adobe InDesign. The use of InDesign is not covered in this book.

For the Mac OS

Windows PC Edition is available here: Book Formatting for Self-Publishers (2020 Edition for PC)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629640327
Publisher: Diamond Press
Publication date: 03/04/2020
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Format a Print Book

IngramSpark, Barnes & Noble Press and KDP

Microsoft Word − the Image Problem

Retain Image Quality in Microsoft Word

Inserting Images into Microsoft Word

If Your File has Very Dark (or Light) Black & White Images

Print View, Normal View and Formatting Code

Display Print or Draft view

Display the Formatting Marks

Set Up Your Book Trim Size and Margins

Consistency of Style

Set Up Body Text Format Style

Refine Justification

Condensed Characters Spacing Tip


Insert Non-Breaking Space or Hyphen

Find and Replace Special Manual Line Breaks, Tabs

Section Breaks

Eliminate Extra Paragraph Returns

Format Chapter Title Headings

Manually Remove Paragraph Indents

Create a New Style

How to Update a Style

Position Chapter Title Headings

Headers and Footers

How to Insert a Table of Contents

KDP Templates

Final Check of Your Document

To Do List for Formatting a Print Book

Print to PDF

Color vs. Grayscale Images in Book Interior

Save Your PDF as an Adobe PostScript File

Check Image DPI

Set Up a Custom Profile in Preflight

Format eBooks

File Types Accepted by Online Retailers

Maximum File Sizes Accepted by Online Retailers

Replace Specialized Scene Break Symbols

Mirror Margins and Headers

Single Space the Document

Replace Section Breaks with Page Breaks

Paragraph Returns

Additional Rules and Recommendations

Turn Off AutoCorrect Options

Change Font Sizes of Chapter Headings and Titles

Cover Image and Your eBook

More About Images in Your eBook

Create a Table of Contents for Your eBook

Delete the Print ISBN from the eBook Copyright Page

Convert Your Microsoft Word File to eBook Format

Upload to Amazon’s KDP Platform

Upload Your Book Cover to Kindle Kindle eBook Preview

Barnes & Noble, Apple Books & Kobo, IngramSpark ebook format

Smashwords format

Copyright Page Example

To Do List for Formatting an eBook

Prepare Your Cover

Cover Resolution

The Cover Template

Download Cover Template

Open and Name PDF Cover Template

Crop the ISBN Barcode

Flatten the Cover Template

Cover Template Components

Place Your Cover Image on the Template

Convert Your Cover to CMYK Color

Adjust Cover Ink Percentages

Check the Ink Percentages in Your Cover Image

Apply ICC Profiles and Adjust Colors

Great Black Color 237% Ink Percentage

Create Your Cover PDF

Output Preview (Barnes & Noble Press and IngramSpark Covers Only)

Save Cover as a PostScript File

Check File Properties

To Do List for Processing a Cover File

Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book” Program

Prepare Your Images for LITB

Create Bookmarks in Your LITB PDF


Convert Microsoft Word Documents to PDF, Using Adobe Acrobat Program

Troubleshooting eBooks

Eliminate Hidden Bookmarks

Reformat the Document − Two Methods

Advanced eBook Formatting

ePub Files


NCX files

Links for Kindle and Barnes & Noble Press Advanced Formatting

Build Your Cover Image on the Cover Template

KDP Covers

Barnes & Noble Press Covers

IngramSpark Covers

Building a Cover on the Template

Cropping a Cover on the Template

Great Black, 237% Ink Saturation

POD Print Book Manufacturing/Distribution

eBook Distribution Sites

Books in Print, ISBN, PCN Program

Reducing Your eBook’s File Size

Create Book Covers Using Scribus

ISBN Barcodes

Customer Reviews