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How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, and One Afternoon (for Mac) Kindle Edition

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"Ditto's guide will make e-book formatting easy for anybody. I can't recommend it enough. It's simple: get this and get published."

-Christopher Keane, bestselling author of "The Hunter," "How to Write a Selling Screenplay," and "One Before Bedtime."

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  • File Size: 3224 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Treehouse Press; 2.4.1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ed Ditto's unconventional writing has consistently won praise for its playfulness and unpredictability, which prompted one reviewer to say: "More twists than a nest of garter snakes!" As a long-time freelance journalist and fiction writer, Ed brings a mix of street smarts, good humor, and dramatic irony to his work.

His work has appeared in over a dozen local and national newspapers and magazines, and he was honored to write the first novel ever published by the American Quilters Society. He studied thriller writing with Christopher Keane, the screenwriter whose novel "The Hunter" was the basis for Steve McQueen's last movie, and he's recently been selected to teach literary deconstruction at the John C. Campbell folk school in North Carolina. His latest book is "Conquer The Cage," a collaboration with nationally-recognized mixed martial arts coach John Pinder.

Ditto's books are professionally-edited and family friendly.

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Format: Kindle Edition
I picked up a copy of Ed's book as I was about to enter into a project of re-formatting 7 self-published titles. The end goal was to not only create .mobi files (for upload to Amazon's KDP) but also to create .epub files for upload to most other online retailers. On top of this, I wanted to create some Scrivener presets that would allow me to replicate this task quickly and efficiently in the future. I had high hopes for Ed Ditto's "How to Format Your Novel..." And, in short, he did not let me down.

I believe Ed is selling himself short on the book because he not accomplishes what he set out to do (instruct, and demonstrate how to use Scrivener to format and compile) but he also provides quite a bit of useful information about Scrivener itself. At first I was a bit discouraged as the entire first third of the book is dedicated to some of the more mundane topics of Scrivener: how to set up your document, how to navigate the various screen, and an introduction to the compile feature. Having used Scrivener for the better part of 8 months I was already well versed in all of these basic functionalities. I was worried Ed would spend more time on getting your document into Scrivener than how to get it back out of Scrivener in the format of your choosing.

Then I hit Chapter 6: Compiling Your Novel for Kindle. From here on out Ed provides useful, precise information on how to setup the various compile features of Scrivener to achieve your desired output. In no time at all I was able to generate both .mobi and .epub files of 7 different titles (total time was under an hour to produce these!) - and on top of that, I now have saved presets that allow me to reproduce my efforts with the click of a button.
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If you don't use Mac, then skip this one. This book uses the writing software Scrivener to do much of the work for you. I use Scrivener and love it. However, it was first written for Mac, so the Windows version is not quite as sophisticated as the Mac. The book description states "Windows users will still find it a helpful foundation to build from, but it calls on a few features only available in the Mac version of Scrivener." Do not take this to mean that you'll be able to do your formatting in Scrivener.

Being an optimistic soul, I thought I could figure out some work arounds. Instead I spent hours searching forums, only to find out that some of the functionality, such as creating a table of contents automatically, that is available in Mac is simply not there in Windows. So much so that it was easier to forget about Scrivener for formatting my book.

Having said that, this is a very well-written, easy to follow guide. I had no difficulty following the instructions for the tasks I could perform. It seems to me that if I used the Mac version, I'd have no problems getting all the formatting done in an afternoon, as the book's title promises. I did learn a few things about Scrivener that I didn't know that will be helpful. If a guide ever comes out for Windows users, I'll be sure to buy it.
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After foraging through various eBook formatting instructions online, including those at Amazon's Createspace, Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords and Lulu, I was overwhelmed by the task ahead of me. I have a number of books to prepare for eBook publishing and I wasn't looking forward to the amount of work that was involved.
Then, along came Ed, Ed Ditto, that is.
I already use Scrivener, the writers' software program, so to discover I could use one program to format all ebook formats from one source was a relief. I now have one simple path to follow, instead of many various and often confusing ones.
If you don't already have the Scrivener software the full version for Mac and Windows is available for free 30-day trial from their website [...] or buy on Amazon Scrivener [Download]
I own a Kindle reader, but I chose to open Ed's book in Kindle for Mac reader on my desktop alongside Scrivener, so I can switch from one to the other as I work through the instructions, putting them to use immediately.
This book is very well thought out, planned and easy to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone facing the otherwise daunting task of formatting for different eBook publishers.
Thanks Ed, you have saved me many frustrating hours with your excellent book.
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What a relief! I want to self-publish my debut, YA novel and first believed I could handle the formatting. However, a short course elsewhere on formatting for Kindle and Nook left me feeling overwhelmed and afraid I'd spend frustrated hours tweaking and ultimately hiring the job out. Ed's instructions on using Scrivener as the gateway and formatting engine are a self-publisher newbie's dream. While the process still takes thought and attention, you don't have to know Scrivener, just follow Ed's directions. He repeats in the nicest way,like he was at my shoulder encouraging each step. I walked through the book side-by-side with Scrivener to get a good feel for the process.

The dark clouds have lifted. I can't wait to finalize my manuscript edits, crack open Scrivener and Ed's book, and get MY book up and out!

NOTE: For MAC users
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