Smashwords Style Guide

Smashwords Style Guide The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over high quality ebooks copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded This guide offers simple step by s

  • Title: Smashwords Style Guide
  • Author: Mark Coker
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high quality ebooks 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded This guide offers simple step by step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via SmashThe Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high quality ebooks 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded This guide offers simple step by step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel Authors and publishers who don t yet use Smashwords can still benefit from the Guide It provides detailed information on how ebook formatting is different from print formatting, how to create a reflowable ebook, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft WordSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDEGETTING STARTEDWelcome to Smashwords Do it yourself, or hire help Good formatting examplesWhat Smashwords publishes, what we don t publishFive common formatting mistakes to avoidHow Smashwords publishes booksHow Smashwords distributes booksHow ebook formatting is different from print formattingHow we convert your book into multiple ebook formatsThe three secrets to ebook formattingHow to avoid and fix AutoVetter errorsIntroduction to Meatgrinder conversion systemYour required source fileUnderstanding the different ebook formatsFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSFORMATTINGPre PrepMaking Word BehaveStep 1 Make a back upStep 2 Activate Word s Show HideStep 3 Turn off Word s AutoCorrect and AutoFormat featuresStep 4 Eliminate text boxesStep 5 The Nuclear MethodFormattingStep 6 Unify Manuscript around Normal paragraph styleStep 7 Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fontsStep 7a How to choose the best paragraph separation method first line indent or block Step 7b How to implement your chosen paragraph separation methodStep 7b a How to define a proper first line indentStep 7b b How to define trailing after space for block paragraphsStep 7b c Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materialsStep 7b d How to define proper line spacingStep 8 Check your normalized textStep 9 Why you should never use tabs or the space bar for indentsStep 10 Managing paragraph returnsStep 11 Managing hyperlinksStep 12 Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaksStep 13 Working with imagesStep 14 Text justificationStep 14a Centering textStep 15 Managing font sizesStep 16 Style formatting, symbols and glyphsStep 17 Headers and footersStep 18 Margins, page sizes and indentsStep 19 Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers optional Building NavigationStep 20 Building navigation into the manuscriptStep 20a Creating the NCXStep 20b Creating the linked Table of ContentsStep 20c Advanced link building Footnotes, Endnotes Step 20d Troubleshooting and testingFront MatterStep 21 Front matterStep 21a Blurbs optional Step 21b Title and copyright page required Step 21c Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright pageThe End of Your BookStep 22 The end of your bookPOST FORMATTINGStep 23 Preparing your cover imageStep 24 Review requirements for Premium

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    1. Mark Coker

      Founder of Smashwords, the leading distributor of indie ebooks Since its launch in 2008, Smashwords has helped over 30,000 authors around the world publish and distribute nearly 100,000 ebooks Millions of readers have enjoyed the talent and creativity of Smashwords authors.Smashwords ebooks are distributed to Apple 32 countries , Barnes Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.Author of The Smashwords Style Guide how to create and format an ebook The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide how to market any book The 10 Minute PR Checklist how to implement a strategic PR program and Boob Tube, a novel about the daytime television soap opera industry.


    1. This is very detailed and easy to understand - but something Mark suggested would take 1-2 hours has taken me 2 weeks! I'm not that technically minded but it was good to learn something new. Now back to writing!

    2. Before I started it and I saw that it was over 100 pages, I was leery, okay, that's just kind of a lot to have to learn about uploading my document to somebody's web site. Happily, much of what it has to say will only be applicable to a particular kind of person, you know, you can skip X if you're not writing a cookbook, you can skip Y if you're not a freakin' maniac whose document employs 86 different fonts.Less happily, the voice was fairly offputting to me. It read like the audio track of a c [...]

    3. This book is really indispensable for any author who anticipates his or her work may someday be published electronically, at Smashwords or anywhere else. Taking a finished ms and trying to format retroactively is a pain, but it's certainly possible and usually worthwhile. This book will help you discover how to do that. More importantly though, you'll learn tips from this book that will save you great heartache before you type the first sentence of your next blockbuster. As I said, whether you p [...]

    4. This is the first ebook i have read and finished using my new Kindle basic 8th, so I'm very happy using it. Now lets analyze this book:1. Reading it once is not enough in my opinion. It needs reading at least one more time while doing the editing of your ebook and may be more while troubleshooting your editing. It's a Guide after all.2. Most of professional authors use Microsoft Word 2007 or later and few of them uses older versions (2003). I recommend using a separate old cheep laptop that have [...]

    5. Contains 21st-century e-book publishing information I've never thought of before. Example: Text color should be "automatic," not "black," so that if a reader sets their device to nighttime reading, it will give them white text on black background, not black text on black background.Easy to read, engaging, and not condescending; no repetitive lectures about why authors should use spell-check. Instills confidence that I can get Smashwords rightwe'll see!

    6. This book is like a hot yoga class:I hated every second of it.It felt like some parts of were just physically impossible.It seemed to come from another part of the world where people don't care about money or time.After it was over, I felt enlightened and closer to God and now I tell all my friends about how great it is.A must read for any person interested in Self-Publishing!Sincerely, AuthorTaylor J. McBrideTaylorJMcBride

    7. Very clear instructionsI don't mind work if I know what to do, but when things go wrong because instructions were misleading or missing critical info, it is beyond frustrating. I was amazed that I had no problems uploading my books on Smashwords.

    8. In my endeavor to become an Indie author, this is one of the most helpful books I've read. I've tried reading others but Mark Coker's way of explaining it is easily understood with and less confusion and I'm not scratching my head and thinking, what did he just say. After reading this, I was prompted to go back and reformat and republish an updated version of my latest ebook.

    9. The information contained in this book will help eBook publishers using any number of avenues offering their literary work(s).For those familiar with HTML or other programming, including blogs, SharePoint, etc this book helps provide more 'views' to add to your programming tool belts.I suggest readers equip their writing arsenals with a wide range of guides covering the self-publishing 'How-To' process.

    10. A fine guide for any of us who don't want to spend our time looking for a publisher. Smashwords is a sort of online nexus for electronic publishing. With a bit of effort and time, any of us can put a book online and even charge $$ for it!—a first in history. This guide's a pretty complete breakdown of what you need to do, technically and otherwise, to get a book put up (for free) on smashwords in a huge variety of formats that almost any electronic reader can handle.Of course, you don't end up [...]

    11. In my opinion this is one of the most important books in the entire history of the book publishing industry. This book is literally "the book that launched tens of thousands of authors and hundreds of thousands of books".The "Smashwords Style Guide" is a technical manual for independent authors. It is a guide-book for formatting ebooks that are sold at major online retailers and ebookstores.The author, and founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker, has developed a technology, called the "meatgrinder" wh [...]

    12. I don't have much to say about this book. It served a purpose.For various reasons (e.g to avoid viruses and to ensure that certain book requirements are met), Smashwords uses proprietary software to convert Word documents into ebooks. If you want to use Smashwords's distribution channels, you have to submit your book in Word format for Smashwords to process internally. I now feel equipped to deal with the little eccentricities in Smashwords's software. I highly recommend this read for anyone ser [...]

    13. Mark has guided his professional life professionally. He's the founder of smashwords, which is the elite facilitator to many on-line eBook stores such as Apple's iBooks, Sony, Kobo, B&N, etc, etc. His Smashwords Style Guide is the perfect example of his professionalism in giving guidance to authors about the features of designing eBooks as well as how to format books into exciting pieces of entertainment.It's free and it's necessary for you as an eBook author to follow his expert advise.I'm [...]

    14. Not an easy read but not a difficult one either. All you have to do is read and pay attention. It may seem like a long guide but the margins actually make it longer and there are a lot of pictures as well. So don't be intimidated by the length but at the same time, don't try to publish your first ebook overnight. And when you do read it, make sure that you have your work right in front of you so that you can make the changes to your manuscript as you read along. You also don't need to be a maste [...]

    15. I just read the book and really enjoyed it. I have not published a book yet and wanted to learn about formatting for e-books before I jumped into it to hopefully give me an edge and so, I haven’t put any of the tips into practice yet. The book is written in clear enough language that I understand what to do. There are a couple of things I didn’t understand as well but I think once I begin the actual formatting process the concepts will become clearer.You will need Microsoft Word to follow th [...]

    16. Easy to follow and understand. I used this style guide to create my ebook, Swallow the Evil. Though a time-consuming process, the Smashwords Style Guide took what would have been a daunting, headache-filled mess of a formatting process and simplified it, providing step-by-step instructions which made for an easy and worry-free process. Following the style guide to the letter, my ebook was published without having to make any changes to formatting, and I received no tickets from any affiliate sto [...]

    17. If you have any intentions of self-publishing I recommend this book. Smashwords is a reputable self-publishing platform (other platforms are available). The first part of the book is a general description of what Smashwords is, and isn't, and a general description of what you need to do to get your manuscript published. Most importantly, it tells you why you have to do these things.My book isn't yet at a stage where I needed to try the second half of the guide. This takes you through the steps i [...]

    18. This book is comprehensive. The instructions within are easy to comprehend and follow. It's written in a friendly style, as though someone you know was guiding you through the process of getting your book formatted properly for Smashwords. It doesn't particularly expect you to know anything except MS Word. If you don't know Word, you might find this a bit difficult. As a writer about to embark on self-publishing, this book is proving invaluable. I highly recommend it to like-minded writers and p [...]

    19. This is a clear, concise, direct guide to assist independent publishers who wish to publish successfully through Mark Coker's website smashwords.He educates about the differences between epublishing and paper publishing. Though only a proofreader/copyeditor and not an author myself, I would recommend this book to any author who wants to epublish. He covers many platforms of epublishing. He's honest about the prospects. He gives illustrative guidance to assist the author. No fluff--my favorite fe [...]

    20. A great book if you want to self-publish an eBook. Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, explains the advantages of publishing with Smashwords and goes on to explain how to format a Word document for publishing. The book also has advice about book covers and content. The only frustration I had was with the template document (linked in the book). It is very difficult to change the formatting for a particular type of text, and I don't see how to add a new one or how to create one with an automati [...]

    21. A thorough, extensively detailed guide for formatting prior to upload at Smashwords. Coker covers all the specifics, which is much appreciated when it comes to a task as complex as formatting, especially for a new author. I am about to publish my 3rd novel on Smashwords and used the Style Guide every single time, because it assures me that I won’t be leaving anything out. I highly recommend Coker’s Smashwords Style Guide as an essential tool for formatting your eBook. I wouldn’t publish on [...]

    22. This is a great how-to guide to help publish your ebook to Smashwords. The instructions are easy to follow and straight forward. I read this book within a few days and when I got to actually working thru the steps of preparing to publish my book it was easy for me to reference back to the steps explained in this guide. I am so happy to say that with the help of the Style Guide I published my very first book "A Life Cycle Reborn" By Carolynne Raymond to Smashwords. Please stop by and take a peek [...]

    23. First, let me just say that this guide doesn't necessarily replace the need of finding a publisher. Yes this book will guide you step by step in formatting your manuscript into a layout that will work with the majority of ebook formats such as kindle, epub, kobo, iBooks, just to name a few. Even if you never want to publish through smashwords, this guide is the best I've read so far in helping with organising one's ebook manuscript to make it ready for a clean publication to be read on any ebook [...]

    24. I haven't used the Smashwords service yet but this book make me want to, so I guess that's a good sign. It's clear and focused, so you get useful information.Against it, I can say that some warnings are repeated many times (I can understand that's done on purpose but it gets boring after a while). And I don't like the idea to be forced to use Microsoft Word to be able to get a decent result, but that I respect that everyone has his/her own tools of choice. So thumbs up for the book, I'll try the [...]

    25. I read this as an eBook in preparation for trying to self-publish a book. For me, it would have been better as a print book, because most likely I would want to go back and forth many times while trying to get my manuscript in the proper format. The instructions appeared very thorough, but I found it difficult to wade through as an eBook. In addition, although it was touted as very easy to follow, I did not find it so.

    26. An excellent guide to preparing a digital text for Smashwords. It has warnings all through it where people have tripped over the rules in the past. I didn't track the errors, but I did detect a few. He also references a lot of free books that are available to make one's writing experience even richer than it is. I am ready to test my latest article with this methodology. Well done and very helpful.

    27. This was pretty good and easy to follow, but I'm sure it could have been shorter. I read it immediately after reading Coker's Secrets to e-boook Publishing Success, and I'm starting to notice a tendency to long-windedness.This book would be vastly improved by the addition of a short (1-2 page) list of steps to take in formatting a book for Smashwords, with inks to the relevant chapters for those who need or want more detail.

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