Kindle and Smashwords: Formatting Tips

A fantastic post full of awesome tips and how-to’s. I can’t thank Mishka enough for writing this one!

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I’ve had a few emails from people asking about when I publish my books on Smashwords if they go through the ‘Meatgrinder’ and how do I do it.

I have to say I’ve never had a problem with Smashwords and all my books have gone through first time with no trouble. So, instead of copying and pasting the answer to reply to the emails, I thought I would do a blog on it.

Please note that these are just some of the things I do to get my books through Smashwords and Kindle, don’t take it as fact! I highly recommend reading both Kindle’s guide and Smashwords style guide in order to better understand the process.

This is a comparison of the same manuscript (my newest release, The Magic Spark) put through Smashwords (on the left) compared to Kindle (on the right).

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Kindle Formatting:

– Justified alignment.
– Max…

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Surprise!

Thanks to some amazing help from D. Emery Bunn, I’ve just finished polishing Olivia’s Choice! So I thought: let’s have a surprise!

So, I’ve uploaded the new spiffier Olivia’s Choice to Amazon and lowered the price to $ 0.99. So that’s a bit of good news. It’ll stay at that price, so don’t worry if you can’t get it today or tomorrow. It won’t go up in price. Here’s the link.

Even better! If you send me a comment letting me know you’d like one, I’ll give you a free copy of the book! I’ll do that to the first 5 people who want to try Olivia’s Choice. Free! (free is my favourite price). Now, keep in mind I only have the mobi file right now, so you need a Kindle to read it, but it’s a free book. 😀

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Note: if you’re not into romance, no worries! Here’s a little something to make you smile.

(credit:alanrinzler.com)

(credit:alanrinzler.com)

Books and ebooks

Ebooks. I loved this very interesting post by DBCII. He explains all the reasons Kindle is a ‘game-changer’, then adds the reasons why we still stick to paperbacks.

I have to admit I have a love-hate relationship with my e-readers. Yes, I have two of the things. I have a Kobo and a Kindle…and a ton of paperbacks.

When the ereaders first came out, I thought I was set. The luxury of being able to read hundreds of books in one tiny tablet had me salivating. The convenience of being able to buy a book from home was amazing. I was hooked…then I had to upload an upgrade in Kobo and my entire library was deleted. Suddenly, things weren’t that much fun. I thought things might be different with Kindle. But, as it turns out, you don’t own your ebooks, you’re renting them. Hm…

As it stands, I’m torn. I love my ereaders when I’m on holiday but there’ something about touching a book as I read it and buying a book online might be practical but I miss the magical experience of walking into my favourite book store or used book store. It’s just not the same.

What do you think? Exciting or annoying? Are you all for the new Kindle or do you enjoy the tactile feel of a book?

And a big thanks to DBCII for the outstanding post!