10 September, 2009

How to Make Your Own Ebook


Sometimes having a simple MS Word Document is not enough. With a PDF ebook you'll have a more permanent document to give away or sell to all your fans.



Things You'll Need:
MS Word Manuscript file
PDF software (you can download this for free if you don't have it)

Step 1
Print Screen of the Page Set Up pop up from MS Word

Format your existing MS Word File into a book friendly format. Common sizes are 6 x 9 or 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. These sizes are easy to convert to a print book if you eventually choose to go in that direction. You'll want to change you page set up to these dimensions by doing a custom page set up.

Step 2

After file finishes formatting to the new size, select all your text by going to "edit/ select all" Change font to something like 10 or 12 point Times New Roman, or other traditional font, single spacing, and justify on both sides. Think of how a traditional book looks. Grab one from your bookshelf for reference if needed.

Step 3

Set margins between .5 inch and 1 inch on all sides. With a smaller page size, larger margins seem really big.

Step 4

Carefully look over your document for inconsistent format. With the justified format, your edges will be uniform. Most of the time this is good, but there may be times where the ends of paragraphs will spread out text, or the text may bleed into the margins. You'll want to be sure to hit return at the end of the paragraph to prevent this from happening.

Step 5

Set Headers and Footer. The author name and book title are usually in the header. Page numbers are usually centered on the bottom of the page.

Step 6

Now your file is ready to become an ebook. If you don't have PDF making software you can download it free from the Internet.I have a program called doPDF. If you don't wish to do this there are self-publishing companies, such as Lulu.com that will convert your document for free. These companies will add their branding to your document. If this does not bother you fill free to use their service. It's an easy way to go. They will also catalog your ebook so you can sell it on their site. I have done both. I have ebooks on Lulu as well as one I made without them on my website.

Step 7

Create your ebook. If you have downloaded software, your computer will most likely recognize this as a printer. Choose print from the file menu, and select the pdf printer as your printer.

Step 8

Add file to your website, or email to friends or potential book reviewers

1 comments:

Jenny said...

You can use Smart PDF Creator to easily and quickly convert many pages from Word to PDF format.
www.smartpdfcreator.com

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