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How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, and CreateSpace...in One Afternoon (for Mac) [Kindle Edition]

Ed Ditto
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $6.99

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Book Description

Take the pain out of publishing and start selling books today!

Your book's appearance should reflect the care and effort you put into writing it. But how many times have you seen a five-star book get a one-star review because the author botched the formatting? So you spend hour after frustrating hour perfecting your Kindle version--and then you realize you've still got five more distributors to go.

It doesn't have to work like that! I'll show you an easy way to ready your book for Kindle...and then I'll explain how you can produce clean, professional-looking versions for Nook, the iBookstore, Kobo, Smashwords, and CreateSpace in one sitting.

What you can expect:
  • Simple, illustrated instructions.
  • Coverage of all major distributors.
  • No coding.
  • No tedious quality control.
  • "Set it and forget it."
Praise from authors like you:

"This book is crystal clear and also fun to read."
-Alan Reynolds, author of "Sometimes in Balance" 
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"I walked through Ed's book in one evening. Done. I'm telling you, you could fool around for months trying to figure it out, and you could read dozens of other books, or . . . you could just do what I did and buy Ed's book right now."
-Charles E. Marunde, author of "The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents"
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"Having been a nonfiction print publisher for years, I expected to easily make e-book versions of my first novel using the tools I was accustomed to. If I could make highly complex, full-color print designs ready for press, how hard can a text only e-book novel be? After many hours of struggle to make my files conform, I found out that it can be plenty hard. Then I was turned on to this book, and within a few easy hours my novel was formatted and ready to go!"
-Leland Davis, author of "PRECIPICE"

Spend less time formatting and more time writing! Try the solution that's eased publication for authors everywhere. Get my guide and get started today.

Two things to know before you buy:
  • This process is based on Scrivener, the writing suite selected as the best of the Mac App Store in December 2011, the winner of multiple MacWorld Eddys, and a frequent Editor's Choice. Scrivener is quick to learn, costs nothing up front, and is full of solutions you'll wonder how you ever got by without.
  • As the title says, my guide is primarily for Mac users. Windows users will find it to be helpful, but it calls on a few features only available in Scrivener's Mac version.



Editorial Reviews

Review

"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."

Product Details

  • File Size: 3238 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Treehouse Press; 2.4.1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFOMI8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Comprehensive December 12, 2012
By Matta
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Path to Follow - instead of many. December 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, but only for Mac users February 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a step-by-step guide? This is it! February 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book makes it a breeze to format a book for Kindle, Nook, iBookstore and others. Literally, all you must do is follow the steps as he outlines them. Plenty of screenshots for those of us who are visual learners. Honestly, you can create a phenomenal-looking book in an afternoon, just like the book promises. HIGHLY recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, easy to follow! January 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best solution to creating your ebook quickly and...
Just what I needed, when I needed it! This is the best solution to creating your ebook quickly and affordably. SO worth the money :)
Published 2 days ago by Sofia B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuinely Simple How To Manual
It is what it claims to be; an easy to follow step by step guide to formatting Scrivener manuscripts. Excellent resource.
Published 3 days ago by Michael D. Scheffel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for MAC ....Good for Windows
This is a great guide. Examples are for MAC, but Window's users can easily translate the information and get great benefit from this resource.
Published 1 month ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Oh Wow--I Can Format Now!
My first book, I used Microsoft Word to format for Kindle. After 48 hours (over a 72-hour period) I worked out the kinks but I was laid to waste. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Colebank
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully helpful!
This book saved me! Clear, concise, and very informative. By guiding me through the formatting/compiling process (using Scrivener), this book allowed me to self-publish without the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josh Griffith
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother if you don't have a Mac.
All these instructions were specifically for the Scrivener version and lacked all the features I needed to make this work on PC.

Table of contents? Nope. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wilmar Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and go Pro
Ed's "How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, and CreateSpace...in One Afternoon" is probably one of the most useful books I've ever read throughout... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile resource
I'm fairly technical already, but this was a great resource to follow through the process that someone else has used successfully. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Those Already Familiar With Compile Options
This book was recommended to me by another writer, so I made the mistake of not downloading a sample before purchasing it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elise in AZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful book
I found this book to be VERY helpful! It's clear and to the point. It works! I use Scrivener on a Mac. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John - Austin TX
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More About the Author

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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