Formatting Woes Conquered For My EBook

All I can say is “Wow”! I have learned so much this past week about formatting and have taken lots and lots of notes, hoping I will never repeat my mistakes.

There is a ton of information out there on the internet about the best ways to format an ebook for Smashwords, Amazon, etc. but a lot of it is contradictory. There are also a lot of differences in how an ebook shows up in the reader of your choice. I especially noticed a great deal of difference between the readability of  my ePub in Calibre and Adobe Digital because Adobe had lots of blank pages and Calibre had none. How in the world can I know exactly how my ebook will look once it is available to the public?

I guess being a control freak brings a lot more pressure to the process but I believe that anyone who buys my book (Death of The Fairy King) deserves a proper format without any distractions.

I am finally happy with my Smashwords version and correct font, paragraphs, etc. was not the problem – everything passed through the Autovetter quickly. I finally (I think!) fixed the problem of blank pages by taking out 2 paragraph returns at the end of every chapter before the page break.

I would love to know if other authors had this problem!

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Death of The Fairy King is now on Smashwords!

I have just gotten my new eBook, “Death of The Fairy King“, up and running on Smashwords!

It was a lot easier than I thought (for some reason, I try to make everything hard and complicated!) and it renders very well in Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, and on my Kindle. I am trying something different this time – I am using the pre-order feature to see how that works with my marketing and plan to report back on this blog how well it worked.

I am also putting the price at $1.99 until the books release on June 16, 2014, at which time it will be raised to it’s normal price of $2.99. If anyone has any tips, suggestions, etc. for using the pre-order in Smashwords, any words of wisdom will be appreciated!

Death of The Fairy King

Coming in June, 2014!
A psychological mystery

Has Anyone Used Pandoc?

I am getting ready to format my new novel “Death of The Fairy King” and someone suggested that I look into conversion software called “Pandoc”. If you go into the site, it does have a section on eBook conversion but, after going through forums and blogs online, I don’t see any mention of this software among Indie eBook authors.

The homepage is located at:  http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/

Has anyone used this for their eBook and, if so, what is your opinion?

Your feedback would be very welcome:)