Ebook formatting isn’t rocket science–not even brain surgery. The process can appear to be complicated, though, especially because there are so many options, so many formats, so many different requirements.
BUT! Despite any hassles, indie publishing is rewarding–emotionally, artistically, and financially. And if the process seems too complicated, there is help available. This blog is a start. You can learn how to format your own ebooks. If you don’t have time or the inclination, you can hire a formatter. It’s not terribly expensive. The most complicated ebook shouldn’t cost more than $200–that’s for non-fiction. Novels and short stories are much less expensive to create.
These cheat sheets (I’ll add them as I learn new things) should prove useful even if you don’t want to, don’t have time to, don’t have the inclination to format your ebooks. Even if you intend to hire someone to do the work, you will still have some work to do–from prepping the source file to proofing the work to getting it into distribution channels. The more knowledge you have about the process, the easier it will be to find a reliable formatter and, more importantly, know if they doing right by you and your writing and your readers.
This is fairly new technology and it is evolving rapidly. It’s tough to keep up with all the changes. I’ll do my best to keep these cheat sheets as current and relevant as possible. I won’t put my experiments here, either, just the stuff I know that works.
So watch this space.