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

A Quick Way to Apply Heading Styles in Word

Did you know that you can apply heading styles using keyboard shortcuts? Doing so is much faster than digging around in menus to find the Styles menu or the Styles Palette. This trick is especially helpful for formatting ebooks. Here’s how it works in Word 2010: Click in the heading you want to apply a… Continue reading A Quick Way to Apply Heading Styles in Word

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

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 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

Ebooks Made Easy: Word to Jutoh in 10 Steps

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Have you discovered Jutoh? Jutoh is an elegant and inexpensive piece of software ($39 USD) that allows you to convert Word docx files or ODT files to epub and mobi ebook formats. Jutoh will work for fiction that’s mostly straight text, but it will also handle… Continue reading Ebooks Made Easy: Word to Jutoh in 10 Steps