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

Ed Ditto
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Book Description

Editorial Reviews:

"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."


"...Ed Ditto comes to the rescue - by focusing purely on Scrivener's powerful Compile feature and the most popular self-publishing formats, his guide takes the pain out of self-publishing by providing a complete solution for independent authors hoping to end their formatting woes and get back to what they love most: writing."

--Keith Blount, developer of Scrivener, the Eddy award-winning writing software selected for "Best of the Mac App Store, 2011."


A recent study in "The American Journal of Medicine" found that attempting to format a novel for Kindle is the leading cause of heart attack among independent authors.

OK, I exaggerate. But seriously, how many hours have you wasted trying to force Word to prep your novel for publication? And what has that done to your blood pressure? So isn't it worth a few dollars to avoid ever having to go through that again?

This guide is the solution you've been searching for. I'll show you an unbelievably easy process for readying your novel for Kindle in as little as a half-hour…and then I'll go on to explain how you can produce clean, professional-looking versions for Nook, the iBookstore, Kobo, Smashwords, and CreateSpace in one sitting.

And you'll love the quality of the results. How many times have you seen a five-star book get a one-star review because the author botched the formatting? That's something you won't have to worry about if you use the processes in this guide.

Plus, THERE'S NO CODING. You don't have to know a bit of HTML to use this process.

Now: If you really want your e-book's appearance to reflect the time and care you put into writing it, you have to be willing to step away from Word.

But don't let that put you off. This process is based on Scrivener, the dedicated writing program selected by Apple Inc. as the best of the Mac App Store in December of 2011, the winner of multiple MacWorld Eddys, and a frequent Editor's Choice. Scrivener is quick to learn and won't cost you a cent up front.

So I hope you're ready to put the pain of e-book formatting behind you. You're this close to being published. Buy this guide and you could be selling books before you know it.

And besides, isn't it cheaper than blood pressure medication?

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS GUIDE IS PRIMARILY FOR MAC USERS. Windows users will still find it to be a helpful foundation to build from, but it calls on a few features only available in the Mac version of Scrivener.

Editorial Reviews


"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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Comprehensive December 12, 2012
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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8 of 8 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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10 of 11 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a step-by-step guide? This is it! February 3, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
Ed combines easy-to-understand explanations with plenty of visuals that gave me confidence as I went through the publication process. Definitely worth the price of the book.
Published 1 month ago by Expat_in_Xinjiang
5.0 out of 5 stars This e-book was very helpful navigating between Scrivener and...
This e-book was very helpful navigating between Scrivener and Smashwords. Very clear explanations and examples of how to compile my ebooks.
Published 2 months ago by J.E. Vader!
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want this by your side when prepping your book for publishing!
This book, Scrivener, and my Mac were lifesavers when getting my book ready to publish. The author gives several tips that a lot of other resources skipped over - things like minor... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Val O. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Compile Is No Longer A Challenge -- Thanks To Ed Ditto
I wrote my first book, Logan's Word, using Scrivener. Even as unfamiliar as I was with Scrivener, it was still so much better than trying to write 86,000 words in Word or Pages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Don Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Ditto's directions are easy to understand and cover most of what...
A clear and concise guide for composing and compiling your ebook for all the major platforms. Ed Ditto's directions are easy to understand and cover most of what you'll need to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jaime Boust
5.0 out of 5 stars Great formating book
This is a great book to format your book. I enjoyed the whole book but mostly focused on the kindle version. It's amazingly easy to format your book for kindle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon_reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good investment
A very informative read. Certainly good for Scrivener users that are unfamiliar with formatting and exporting to different publishing formats. Simple to read and easy to follow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Netherwhere
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Practical
More or less exhaustive in explaining the many comprehensive options in Scrivener's Compile menus, including lots of screenshots and specific examples. Read more
Published 7 months ago by glassblowerscat
4.0 out of 5 stars You Might Need Extra Information, Still a Good Book
Really good book that helped me set up templates for my Kindle books and Createspace books in Scrivener. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Britt Malka
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW!
This book made a momentous task easier than I ever dreamed. I'm a Mac and Scrivener user and this book made my day! Read more
Published 8 months ago by I.B.
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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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