Formatting Your Book Made Easy

Lake MinnetonkaWelcome to my series, Lessons Learned. Over the next few posts, I’ll share some tips I learned from publishing my latest book, 101 Things to Do on Lake Minnetonka. In a nutshell, I think that I broke the code on making the process easier and seamless. Formatting was simplified.

Formatting Your Book

I completed another book last year called All Plants Are Edible Once. This book was a personal project. I wrote it for me. However, I procrastinated. And the main reason was formatting.

Completing e-books is a breeze compared to print. Even with templates, it still borders on maddening. My bane was the headers. Tip: as good as Libre Office is, Microsoft handles the job much better. I was frustrated. Then, I stumbled upon Pressbooks.

Formatting with Pressbooks

If you use WordPress, you’ll find using Pressbooks simple to use. You can easily create parts, chapters, and sections. For my 101 book, these features proved to be invaluable.

I set up parts for each city on Lake Minnetonka. Then, each to-do item became a chapter. In doing it this way, I was able to get the nice numbering for each one with a chapter number.

What made it so powerful was the customization. I could make some chapters without numbers to keep the correct order of items. I could also add HTML code to force page breaks. That was HUGE.

Making It Pretty

What I really loved was the vast collection of themes. With over 50 to choose from, you can select the right theme for your project. I chose Atwood.

The site also includes a cover generator. It works just as well as CreateSpace, but you need your own image. I ended up using my own formatted image, but used the cover creator for the layout. The nice thing about it is that it gives you recommended dimensions so you can correctly size your image.

You can create both e-book and print book covers. The beauty of this particular feature is that I don’t have to worry about a backup copy of either. It resides on the site.

Exporting Your Book

You can export both a PDF and e-book file. The site will export it in ePub or MOBI, with other choices too. And yes, it does cost. But for all the frustration it removed, I think it is priceless. The cost is $19.99 for an e-book alone or both print and e-book export for $99. Hit the link below to get 25 percent off.

The process of publishing 101 Things to Do on Lake Minnetonka was so much easier. I was able to preview my files to clean them up. Again, I have that handy backup on the site. If you’re a writer looking for an easier system for formatting your book, you can’t go wrong with Pressbooks.

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