Format an Ebook with Sigil

by C. K. MacLeod @CKMacleodwriter Updated July 24, 2016: Sigil’s newest version has a different interface from the one you’ll see in this post. While Sigil is a great tool for the right price, I’ve begun to use Jutoh instead. Jutoh is better supported, and it allows me to create epubs and mobis. It’s possible to build an ebook… Continue reading Format an Ebook with Sigil

Use Cross-Eyes to Prevent Ebook Formatting Problems

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Hidden formatting in a Word document can cause trouble in the ebook conversion process. In Word, what you see is not always what you get. This video will show you how to use CrossEyes—a format revealer—to reveal hidden formatting in a Word document. Have you… Continue reading Use Cross-Eyes to Prevent Ebook Formatting Problems

How to Find the Hidden Formatting That Will Mess Up Your Ebook

by C.K. MacLeod Remember the days of the typewriter? Authors of a certain vintage are nodding their heads. If you began your writing career on a typewriter, (and even if you didn’t) you might be guilty of “typewriter” formatting. (Editors everywhere are now nodding their heads.) “Illegal” typewriter formatting can create unpredictable results in the ebook… Continue reading How to Find the Hidden Formatting That Will Mess Up Your Ebook

Getting Started with Jutoh

by C.K. MacLeod Updated, December 12, 2015 Jutoh is an inexpensive ebook editor that allows you to convert Word docx files to mobi or epub formats. Below are resources and a cheat sheet to help you find your way around Jutoh. Jutoh Resources Manual Julian Smart, the creator of Jutoh has written a detailed manual titled, Creating Great… Continue reading Getting Started with Jutoh

Kindle Textbook Creator in 6 Steps

 by C.K. MacLeod Amazon recently released the Kindle Textbook Creator as a way of making textbooks with complex layouts available on the iPad, Kindle and Android tablets. If you’ve had to create an ebook with design features, such as tables, diagrams and sidebars, you’ll appreciate how easy this tool is to use. Textbook Creator Quick… Continue reading Kindle Textbook Creator in 6 Steps

3 Essential Tools for Publishing

By C. K. MacLeod  Self-publishing authors are doing everything that traditional publishers once did: writing, editing, and designing and formatting books. These tasks require authors to be more tech aware than ever before. Tech tools can help with tasks once handled by traditional publishers. Below, I’ll share with you the three tech tools that I… Continue reading 3 Essential Tools for Publishing

Creating and Checking Your EPUB in Sigil

by C.K. MacLeod This is the third post in a series on using Sigil, a free epub editor that will allow you to build epubs for Apple iBooks, Lulu, Smashwords, and Kobo. In previous posts, I explained how to get your ebook from Word to Sigil, and from there, how to style your ebook so… Continue reading Creating and Checking Your EPUB in Sigil

8 Steps to Styling Your Ebook in Sigil

by C.K. MacLeod In today’s post, I’ll discuss how to style your ebook in Sigil. Many of the steps in this post are based on Paul Salvette’s excellent tutorial, How to Make an Ebook with Sigil. I’ve broken down the steps further and provided more screen shots in those areas where I think it’s easy to… Continue reading 8 Steps to Styling Your Ebook in Sigil

How to Create an Ebook With Sigil

by C.K. MacLeod Ebook distributors make it possible for authors to upload a Microsoft Word document for publishing an ebook. Because many authors use Microsoft Word, this is an attractive option. If your ebook is mostly text and you’ve done a good job of cleaning it up in Word, the end result can be quite acceptable.… Continue reading How to Create an Ebook With Sigil

How to Format an Ebook the Simple Way

by C. K. MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter One of the easiest ways to format an ebook is to begin with the tool you probably already have—Microsoft Word.  I know, I know. HTML & CSS enthusiasts and InDesign evangelists everywhere have just engaged in a collective shudder.  But hear me out. Not all self-pubs have access to expensive design… Continue reading How to Format an Ebook the Simple Way