Formatting Your Book Using InDesign, Part 6

Now that you have your .mobi file complete, it’s time to create the ePub files you’ll need for other online retailers like iTunes, B&N (Nook Press), Kobo, All Romance e-books, Smashwords, etc.

To create an ePub file, perform the following steps:

  1. Open your bookfile
  2. Ensure none of the files in the bookfile are highlighted or open
  3. From the bookfile palette menu, choose Export Book to EPUB.

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  1. In the General pane, enter the publisher information
  2. Enter the ISBN.

Note: ISBNs are required for iTunes, B&N and Kobo as well as other retailers. They can be purchased from Bowker at http://www.myidentifiers.com.

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In the Images pane, complete the information as shown below if your book includes images other than the cover.

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  1. In the Contents pane, select the options as shown below
  2. Note the Table of Contents information
  3. Click Export.

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Next, you’ll need to test your ePub file.

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions from http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html. This free application will allow you to check your file for proper formatting and navigation.
  2. If you find a problem with formatting, usually due to incorrect paragraph or character style tags, go back to the InDesign source files and make the corrections.
  3. Regenerate the ePub file.

Your ePub file can be used without further manipulation on sites such as Nook Press and ARe. You will need to download and use Calibre, a free application, to manipulate your ePub to work on iTunes and Smashwords.

  1. In Calibre, run the Startup Wizard.
  2. For iTunes, select Apple and iPod/iPhone/iPad
  3. Add your ePub file and complete the metadata information for your book
  4. In the ePub Output screen, be sure to change the following:
    In Structure Detection, select Remove first image
    In EPUB Output, select Preserve cover aspect ratio
  5. Convert your ePub file
  6. Test the output on an iPad and take screenshots that can be used when you upload your book using iTunes Producer
  7. Rerun the Startup Wizard in Calibre for Kobo and repeat the steps to create a Kobo-specific ePub file.

That’s it! Once you have your ePubs uploaded to the various online retailers, it’s time to start writing another book. Good luck!

Formatting Your Book Using InDesign, Part 5

Now that you have your book formatted for paperback printing, it’s time to set up the table of contents necessary to produce the ebook versions of your book as well as generate the .mobi file for Kindle.

Setting Up a Table of Contents

To set up your book’s table of contents page, perform the following steps (note: this page will not appear in the ePub or .mobi file but is necessary for navigation on e-readers):

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose Layout > Table of Contents
  4. From the Paragraph Styles palette, choose Load Paragraph Styles
  5. Select any chapter file
  6. Click Open
  7. Deselect all but the Title and h1 styles
  8. Click OK and save the file as TOC.indd.

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  1. Add TOC.indd to the very end of the bookfile and save the bookfile
  2. Choose Layout > Table of Contents
  3. Set the Style: to Title
  4. In Other Styles, click h1 and <<Title and <<Add
  5. Set Entry Style to TOC Body Text
  6. Click Include Book Documents
  7. Click OK.

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  1. Click the cursor in the upper left of your TOC text frame. The word Contents and all your chapters should appear
  2. Save TOC.indd
  3. Save the bookfile.

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To create the .mobi file for Kindle, perform the following steps:

  1. Install the free Kindle plug-in available from Amazon
  2. From the bookfile palette menu, choose Export Book for Kindle
  3. Choose where you want your output file to be saved
  4. Name the file bookname.mobi.

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In the Kindle Export Options dialog, complete the following:

  1. In the General pane, click Include InDesign TOC entries
  2. Select TOC.indd in the Document: popdown menu
  3. In the Cover Image field, click the blank button to the right of the empty field to browse and locate the JPG file of your book’s front cover
  4. In the Export embedded fonts topdown menu, select Don’t embed any fonts.

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  1. In the Content pane, select the document’s Start Reading Location (usually the Titlepage.indd file)
  2. Select Preserve white spaces and new lines
  3. Select Preserve forced line breaks.

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If your book includes images other than the cover file, set up the images as shown in the dialog box here.

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  1. In the Metadata pane, complete all the fields with your book’s information
  2. Click Guided Export.
  3. Note: You may see an error warning the first time you attempt to generate a .mobi file. Simply select Export Book for Kindle from the bookfile again. All the information you entered in the Kindle Export Options pane will still be there. Click Guided Export and the conversion should begin.

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Now it’s time to test your .mobi file to be sure everything has converted correctly.

  1. Open the .mobi file in Kindle Previewer (a free app from Amazon)
  2. Review the file to ensure proper translation
  3. Fix any issues in the InDesign source files (these would include any incorrect paragraph or character tagging)
  4. Regenerate the .mobi file
  5. Review the file in Kindle Previewer
  6. When you are satisfied with your .mobi book, upload it to Amazon in your KDP dashboard.

Next time, we’ll cover how to create an ePub file for other ebook retailers.

Formatting Your Book Files Using InDesign – Part 3

Now that you have your front matter and chapter files complete, it’s time to do the backmatter files. The back of your book should include a teaser, or excerpt, for your next book as well as an author biography and links to your other books.

Setting Up an Introduction to an Excerpt and Excerpt

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To set up your book’s Introduction to Excerpt page, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as introexcerpt.indd)
  4. Apply master page C
  5. Adjust the text block to start 2 inches from the top margin
  6. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles
  7. Type your introduction, click Return and type the title of the next book
  8. From the Paragraph Style palette, apply the Dedication paragraph style to the first line and the Title paragraph style to the title of your next book
  9. Choose Page > Insert Page to add a second page
  10. Type or copy and paste your excerpt text
  11. Apply the Body paragraph style to your excerpt text
  12. Ensure your file ends on an even page (add a blank back page, if necessary)
  13. Choose File > Save.

Setting Up an Author Biography Page

To set up your author biography page, perform the following steps:

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  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as bio.indd)
  4. Apply master page C
  5. Adjust the text block to start 2 inches from the top margin
  6. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles
  7. Type “About the Author”, click Return and type your biography
  8. From the Paragraph Style palette, apply the Title paragraph style to the first line and apply the Body paragraph style to the biography text
  9. Choose Page > Insert Page to add a second page, which you’ll leave blank if you have no additional books to list
  10. Choose File > Save.

Setting Up a Links Page

When readers finish a book, it’s a good idea to give them an easy way to find and download the next book or discover other books they may not have read. InDesign makes it easy to encode the links to your other books. If you include this Links file in your paperback book, your links will appear as URLs. For the ebook, the links will appear as live, clickable links. To create a links page, perform the following steps:

  1. On the page following your author biography, type a heading like “Other Books by Jane Doe”.
  2. From the paragraph Style palette, apply the Title paragraph style
  3. Type the entire URL of your other books separated by line breaks (each line must begin with http://)
  4. Click and drag to highlight the first URL
  5. Choose Type > Hyperlinks & Cross-References > New Hyperlink from URL
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the rest of your URL
  7. Choose File > Save.

Adding Your New Files to Your Bookfile

Now you just need to add your new files to your bookfile.

With your InDesign book file active:

  1. Click the + at the bottom to add a file. Start with the file introexcerpt.indd (or whatever files you have created since last populating your book file).
  2. Continue to add files until all are included.
  3. Click and drag the files up or down to rearrange them within the bookfile.
  4. From the bookfile palette menu (upper right corner), choose Save Book.

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Checking Your Files

Before converting your book for various formats,

  1. Ensure your chapters’ first pages have appropriate master pages applied
  2. Ensure all other pages have appropriate master pages applied
  3. Apply any paragraph or character styles you may have missed
  4. Choose File > Save for all your changed/updated files.

Setting Up Numbering

Although page numbering isn’t necessary for ebooks, it helps you navigate your book and is necessary for the print version. To set up numbering, perform the following steps:

  1. in your bookfile, click once to highlight your first chapter
  2. From the bookfile pallet menu, choose Document > Numbering Options

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  1. Click Start Page Numbering at: and insert 1 in the field
  2. Click OK

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  1. In the bookfile, click once to highlight Chapter2
  2. From the bookfile palette menu, choose Document Numbering Options
  3. Click Automatic Page Numbering
  4. Click OK
  5. With no files selected, from bookfile palette menu, choose Update Numbering > Update All Numbers
  6. From bookfile palette menu, choose Save Book.

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Double-check your page numbering by opening a few files. Make any corrections where necessary and repeat the steps above to update the numbering. Be sure to save your bookfile.

Now you’re ready to output a PDF for a printed book.

Creating a PDF for Your Printed Book

If you’ll be making your book available in paperback, you’ll need a print-ready PDF file. Perform the following steps:

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  1. From the bookfile palette menu, choose Export Book to PDF
  2. Do not allow blank pages to be discarded
  3. View the PDF in Acrobat
  4. Fix any errors in the source file(s)
  5. Create (hopefully) the final PDF
  6. Make final PDF read-only or apply security

In the next post, you’ll create and add a table of contents file and output the epub and Mobi files for the ebook versions of your book.

 

 

Formatting Your Book Files Using InDesign – Part 2

Now that you have your front matter files done, it’s time to work on your chapter files. You’ll need a separate InDesign file for each chapter and, if applicable, a prelude and epilogue. These will use the book template you set up earlier, which includes the master pages appropriate for chapter files.

Setting Up and Formatting Chapter Files

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To set up a chapter file in InDesign, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document.
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier.
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as Chapter1.indd).
  4. Apply master page B. Additional pages will have the master page A automagically applied as content is added.
  5. Adjust the text block to start ~ 2 inches from the top margin.
  6. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles.
  7. From the Paragraph Styles palette (click the upper right corner), select New Paragraph Style. The first style will be the one applied to your chapter headings, such as “Chapter 1”. When converting the book for Kindle and ePub files, this style will break up the. xml into separate files and create the entries in the online table of contents.
  8. Assign “Style Name” to be h1 and the “Next Style” to be “Title”.
  9. Select “Basic Character Formats” and choose your Font Family and Size and Leading.
    Typically, these appear bold or italic or both and are sized differently from the text in a book.
  10. Select “Indents and Spacing” and set the Alignment to Left Justify. Include an extra line space below the h1.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Repeat steps 5 through 11 to create a chapter Title style (if applicable – you may not use titles for your chapters). Set the “Next Style” to be Note Text.
  13. Repeat steps 5 through 11 to create a Note Text style, the subtitle line where you might indicate the date or location where the chapter takes place. This is usually shown in italics, so be sure to set your “Basic Character Formats” to your Font Family and choose the italic version of the font. Set the “Next Style” to be Body.
  14. Repeat steps 5 through 11 to create a Body style with the “Next Style” to be Body. The majority of your manuscript will use this style, so be sure to set your “Basic Character Formats” appropriately and give your line spacing some “air”.paragraph_style_body
  15. Choose Window > Character Styles.  character_styles_palette
  16. From the Character Styles palette (click the upper right corner), select New Character Style. The only character style you should need in a novel is one that indicates emphasis, a character’s thoughts, or foreign language words and phrases. This is typically the italicized version of your main “Font Family”.character_styles_italic
  17. Assign “Style Name” to be Italic.
  18. Select “Basic Character Formats” and choose your Font Family (be sure to select the italicized version of the font) and Size and Leading.
  19. Click OK.
  20. Choose File > Save.
  21. Choose File > Save As and give it the filename Chapter2.indd.
  22. Repeat step 21 for as many chapters as there are in your book.

Populating Your Chapter Files

To populate your chapters files with your manuscript, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter your h1 (Chapter 1, for example) and hit Return.
  2. With your cursor at the end of the line, apply the h1 paragraph style by clicking on it in the Paragraph Styles palette.
  3. In the next line, enter your chapter title (if applicable) and hit Return. The paragraph style Title should already be applied to the line. If not (because you may not have filled out the “Next Style” in the h1 definition), apply the Title paragraph style.
  4. if you wrote your manuscript in Word or Mellel, output the chapters to RTF and perform the following steps:
    1. Choose File > Place and select the corresponding RTF file for the chapter.
    2. Click your loaded cursor in the Body line space and your text will autoflow into the file. Extra pages will automagically be created as the text populates the file, although occasionally you may have to choose Layout > Page > Add Page to get the process started.
    3. Click the red + at the bottom right corner of the text box to load the cursor and then click in the upper left corner of the next page’s margin to “place” the text and continue the flow.
  5. OR, just copy and paste your text into the chapter files.c Return and apply the Body paragraph style.
  6. Apply paragraph tags and character tags as appropriate.

Setting Up and Populating a Bookfile

One of InDesign’s features is a bookfile, a “Grand Central Station” for all the files that make up your book. To make it easier to access your files and keep them in the order they appear in your book, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Book …   bookfile
  2. Name the bookfile using the title of your book and save it in the same folder as your chapter files.
  3. Click the + at the bottom to add a file. Start with the file TitlePage.indd.
  4. Continue to add files until all are included.
  5. Click and drag the files up or down to rearrange them within the bookfile.
  6. From the bookfile palette menu (upper right corner), choose Save Book.

In the next post, we’ll cover how to create and add your back matter to your book, including the introduction to an excerpt from your next book, the excerpt, links to your other books and an “about the author” section.

Formatting Your Book Files Using InDesign – Part 1

Now that you’ve made some decisions about how you want your book to look, it’s time to format your book for print. One of the many applications available for producing not only a great looking printed book but also the files you’ll need for your Kindle and ePub versions is Adobe InDesign®. Since this application is available on a monthly subscription basis, you don’t have to pay big bucks to own it – simply purchase a one-month subscription and use the app as much as you need. Renew the subscription if you’d like, or allow the subscription to lapse until you need it again.

Bookfiles and Chapter Files
Each of the chapters and the various front matter and back-of-the-book files for your book will be separate InDesign files. All of these files are then pulled into a book file. From the book file, you’ll be able to output a PDF for print, output an ePub file that can be used for Nook, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo, and, with a free downloadable plug-in from Amazon, a .mobi file for Kindle.

Book Template for Novels
Novels generally have four sections:

  1. Front matter, which includes a title page, copyright page, and dedication page
  2. Manuscript, which includes some number of chapters and possibly a prologue and epilogue
  3. Excerpt featuring a future book
  4. About the Author page

Note: You’ll need a table of contents if you’ll be making an ePub and/or .mobi file from InDesign, but you won’t use it for print purposes.

Book Template – Overall

An overall template can be used to help format the individual files that make up your book. Check with your publisher for guidelines for gutters and margins. The page count and paper choice will determine the width of your gutter. To create a book template, launch InDesign and perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. In the dialog box,
    1. Set up your template page
      1. Size = 5 x 8″ (or whatever size you want your printed book to be)
      2. Facing pages
      3. Larger gutter margin than outside margins; f the gutter = 0.75″, then the outer margins = 0.25, 0.375 or 0.5″ depending on page count
      4. Top and bottom margins = 0.5 to 1.0″
      5. Header and footers = 0.25″ to 0.5″ from top and bottom
  3. Click Save Preset and assign a name for future use (such as Paperback)

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Master Pages

When working in InDesign, you’ll just need just three master pages for your book – A, B, and C. Their page sizes will be based on the dimensions you set up in the prior section. To set up a master page, perform the following steps in the InDesign file you created above:

  1. Choose Window > Pages
  2. In the Pages palette, select New Master …  new_master
  3. Set up a Master A, B and C based on the guidelines shown below
    1. On the master page spreads, use the text tool (T) to click and drag out the text boxes for the headers, footers and text areas. Position them according to the margins set up in your document.
    2. Type in the information that will appear on every page (see below)
    3. For page numbers, choose Type > Insert Special Character > Current Page Number. Be sure the page numbers are positioned at the outside margin – not in the gutter!
  4. To select a master page, simply click its icon in the Pages palette or choose Layout > Pages > Master Pages
    A is a two-page spread with headers, footers and text blocks.

      The left header is for your author name in the italics version of your book’s main font.
      The right header is for your book’s name in the italics version of your book’s main font.
    B is a two-page spread with footer, chapter start and a text block that starts around two inches below the top margin.
    C is a two-page spread with no headers or footers – just a text block for use on your title, copyright, dedication/acknowledgement, introduction to excerpt, excerpt, and author pages.

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Setting Up and Formatting Front Matter Files

Title Page

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To set up your book’s title page in InDesign, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document.
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as titlepage.indd)
  4. Apply master page C
  5. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles   paragraph_styles
  6. From the Paragraph Styles palette (click the upper right corner), select New Paragraph Style  paragraph_style_dialog
  7. Assign “Style Name” to be BookTitle 
  8. Select “Basic Character Formats” and choose your Font Family and Size and Leading

    • Note: For a title font, choose one appropriate to your genre and make it large, but not so it overpowers your page. Take a look at some paperbacks you have on hand to use as guides. paragraph_style_booktitle
  9. Select “Indents and Spacing” and set the Alignment to Centeredparagraph_style_body_indent
  10. Click OK
  11. In the page window, type in your book’s title and click the paragraph style in the Paragraph Styles palette to apply the style to your book title
  12. Repeat steps 5 through 9 to create an Author style and type in your author name  basic_character_formatsindents_and_spacing
  13. If you have an imprint or logo for your publishing company, insert it centered near the bottom of the page. Be sure the image is in JPG format and sized to its finished printed size at 300 dpi.
  14. Choose File > Save

Copyright Page

To set up your book’s title page in InDesign, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as copyright.indd)
  4. Apply master page C
  5. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles
  6. From the Paragraph Styles palette, select New Paragraph Style
  7. Assign “Style Name” to be Copyright
  8. Select “Basic Character Formats” and choose your Font Family and Size = 8 pt. and Leading = 9.5 pt.
  9. Select “Indents and Spacing” and set the Alignment to Left
  10. Type the following information for your copyright information:
    1. Boilerplate for fiction
    2. Book title
    3. All Rights Reserved
    4. © Year Author Name
    5. Cover image © <name of where purchased>. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
    6. Credit / Copyright for cover design
    7. Publisher name and website
    8. ISBN
    9. Library of Congress # (if you have it)
    10. Trademark statements (if applicable)
    11. Printed in <Country Name>

The e-book version of the copyright page should include all but the “Printed in” line as well as the boilerplate information for e-books. If you’re distributing through Smashwords, follow their guidelines for what to include.

  1. Choose Page > Insert Page to add a blank second page (the back side of the Copyright page will be blank in a printed book)
  2. Choose File > Save.

Dedication or Acknowledgement Page

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To set up your book’s Dedication or Acknowledgements page, perform the following steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Select the preset template you set up earlier
  3. Choose File > Save As and give it a logical filename without spaces (such as dedication.indd)
  4. Apply master page C
  5. Choose Window > Paragraph Styles
  6. From the Paragraph Styles palette, select New Paragraph Style
  7. Assign “Style Name” to be Dedication
  8. Select “Basic Character Formats” and choose your Font Family and Size = 11 or 12 pt. and Leading = 13.5 or 14.5 pt.
  9. Select “Indents and Spacing” and set the Alignment to Centered
  10. Adjust the text bock to start 2″ below the top margin
  11. Type your dedication and / or acknowledgements
  12. Choose Page > Insert Page to add a blank second page (if your acknowledgements fill less than one page)
  13. Choose File > Save.

Now that you have the files complete for your front matter, it’s time to start the chapter files.  I’ll cover the steps for those files in my next post.

Make Decisions for Your Printed Book

Now that you have your manuscript edited and proofread, you are almost ready for the next step – publication.

Before you can begin formatting your manuscript for print, though, there are some decisions you’ll need to make.

Decide on the Size of Your Book
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make about your book is its size. Trade paperbacks measure 4.625 x 6.75″. You won’t find a template of that size in most print-on-demand book production companies; however, you can come close with 5 x 8″. Other popular sizes include 5.5 x 8.5″ and 6 x 9″ (popular for non-fiction). Choose the 5 x 8″ for the best fit to market.

Choose a Paper Stock
Paper stock should be cream or white créme – you don’t want to blind your readers by choosing a bright white paper. The cremé white stock is 441 pp/in, which means it takes 221.5 sheets of it to equal an inch in depth. That will determine the spine size of your book. Most companies will provide a cover template based on your page count, but you’ll need to know what paper stock you want them to use when printing so your cover artist can make your spine the right width.

Choose a Paper Stock for your Cover
Cover stock should be 12 pt C1S or matte cover. Whether you choose glossy or matte finish is up to you. Visit a bookstore and look at covers to help you decide which finish will work the best for yours.

Choose a Font
Most e-book offerings will take your file and convert it using fonts that work for their e-readers. There are only a few that work, so they’ll automagically convert your fonts when making the .mobi file (for Kindle) or .epub (for Nook, iTunes and a variety of other readers). Most will not allow embeddable fonts, so you’ll just have to allow the reader to convert your favorite to whatever it can display. The readers will also allow a human reader to set the font to a size larger or smaller. Your downloadable PDFs will use the same font as your print book.

At this point, you need to choose a font that works for the print version of your book. The following list is made up of the fonts most often recommended for print. Take a look at them and decide which one you’d like for your book.

  • Minion, with Poppi Laudatio for chapter titles
  • Garamond, with Helvetica Neue Bold Condensed or Chaparral for chapter titles
  • Caslon, with Myrial Pro for chapter titles
  • Janson, with Lithos or Neuva for chapter titles
  • Palatino
  • In my next post, I’ll go over how to set up your book template and all the files you’ll need to create a professional book.

    Happy writing!

    You Wrote a Book … Now What?

    How do you become a published romance author? First, you write a romance novel. Then …

    And it’s the “then” that stops most writers from becoming a published author. What’s the next step? Where do you go if you’ve queried every romance agent you could find with a Google search and received few or no replies? If you submitted your manuscript to Harlequin and discovered it’s too long (or too short) for their various imprints? If you exhausted every avenue of finding a traditional publisher?

    If you truly believe you have written a book worthy of publication, it’s time to consider one other publishing option – the option where you are the publisher.

    Years ago, the term “self-publishing” gained a poor reputation when vanity presses offered authors the opportunity to publish their books at sometimes extreme prices with the requirement to purchase hundreds of copies or more. The author ended up with a garage full of unsold books and an empty wallet. Even today, there are several publishing houses that sell overpriced services – editing, formatting, cover design, printing, reviews, and marketing  – that make it next to impossible for an author to ever make enough in royalties to cover their production costs. (I know, because I used one of them. If it hadn’t been for the sales of the e-books I produced and published myself, I never would have recovered the expenses of having the paperback version produced. More on that later.)

    In just the past five years, self-publishing has given the literary world independent authors. Indies publish their books directly to readers using self-serve publishing and distribution platforms such as KDP, Smashwords, Nook Press, All Romance e-books, and others. Their books represent nearly half  the titles on the bestseller lists. And as time goes on, more and more traditionally published authors are giving up their publishing deals in favor of becoming independent authors.

    So, are you ready to become an indie? If so, you’ll need help in the form of the following:

    1. Beta readers. Line up a group of people willing to read your novel and provide honest feedback (and hopefully a marked up manuscript showing where they might have found errors). Reward them with a dinner and movie and a copy of your final book so they’ll be willing to do it again for your next book.
    2. Editor. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to pay for this service. Find one by doing a search based on the sub-genre of your romance and ask for recommendations from published authors. A good editor will read your entire manuscript not just for typographical errors, but for organization, sentence structure, grammar, tense, point-of-view, transition troubles and more. Editing takes time, so be sure you allow your editor the time necessary to do the best job on your manuscript.
    3. Proofreader. After you’ve input all your editor’s suggestions, you’ll want a proofreader to go through your manuscript one more time. You can’t trust yourself to do this – you’ve read your book so many times, your mind will fill in the missing words or overlook the duplicates.

    Once you have a solid manuscript, you’ll be ready for the next step. I’ll cover formatting for print in my next post.