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Formatting your self-published novel – DIY or hire someone?

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Some good points on formatting- DIY or Get Help?

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CIMG1036You have written your novel and now are ready to publish it as an e-book. But your file needs to be submitted in the proper format as required by the publisher. So do you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you?

Well, that really depends on how computer savvy you are. I have done the formatting for all my books with no problems. I know of other authors who would never want the headache of formatting their book and hire someone to do it.

Option 1 – Do it yourself

You can follow the step-by-step instructions offered by Smashwords to prepare your manuscript.

Amazon too offers a simplified formatting guide.

Advantage – It is free. If you are relatively proficient at MS Word, it is not difficult to follow the Smashwords guide. Amazon’s is a little more complex.

Disadvantage – if you aren’t proficient in…

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4 thoughts on “Formatting your self-published novel – DIY or hire someone?

  1. One of the perks of having been published in multiple places with my academic papers is that I got used to different styles and formatting. It tends to drive me nuts and my least favorite part of the process, but at least, I’m used to such things now!

    • When I first came to formatting I was so nervous about it, but it turned out to be ok 😀

      Prophecy of Stoned was a bit of pain with all the pictures though! That was definitely a test of skill!

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