Make your books more attractive through good formatting
A good book does not only depend on the written words it contains, but there is also more to it than just words. Good formatting tends to attract more readers to a given content; on the other hand, poor formatting tends to paint a wrong impression of a writer’s work not only to the reading audience but also to the publishing services providers. It is important that writer’s format their books properly so as to meet their readers’ expectations and make good sales from their work.
For writers to make books with attractive formats, it is highly recommended that the formatting process goes hand in hand with the writing process. Below is a brief step by step guide on how self-publishers can format their eBooks for Kindle using Microsoft word.
1. Setting up the heading
There are headings provided in word which include;
- H1 for chapter titles
- H2 for section titles
- H3 for sub-section titles
These are the headings that are used for setting up chapters, sections, and subsections. In most word versions, the Arial Font (in various sizes) is the standard font for headings. Standard e-Kindles convert the headings into a font of their own while the Kindle Fire has a range of fonts from which the writer can pick on the most preferred one.
If the writer would like any other font other than the Arial font, changes can be made by:
- Bring up the Style and Formatting options through selecting on Format followed by Style and Formatting.
- Clicking on the heading arrow beside each heading title followed by clicking Modify. A menu will pop up from where a font of choice can be selected.
2. Setting up the paragraphs indents
Indenting paragraphs gives readers the best reading experiences on Kindle. To avoid indenting paragraphs manually for the entire books, a writer can set indents by:
- Clicking the down arrow beside Normal in the Styles and Formatting menu.
- Selecting Modify,
- Clicking format paragraph.
- Looking for the Special option under the indention menu.
- The selecting first line in the drop down menu.
- Typing a value of 0.5 inches or 1.27cm in the form next to the drop down menu.
3. Choosing the line spacing
Using a good reading experience on the Kindle as the chief reference point, a line spacing of around 120% will give the best-desired results. This is set up by:
- Going to the modify menu for the Normal Style as in the setting up the paragraphs indents process.
- Going to format the paragraph menu once more.
- Look for the line spacing option under the spacing menu.
- Select Multiple in the drop-down menu.
- And typing a value of 1.2 in the form beside the drop-down menu.
4. Choosing the standard font for the body
Like in the case of the headings, a writer can leave the font of the body texts as a default. This can be done by:
- Clicking down the arrow beside Normal in the Styles and Formatting menu, and selecting the font size.
After this stage, the actual writing can begin with the following things in mind:
- Using only the formatting style that had already been set up.
- Inserting a page break while starting a new chapter.
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