Important Note: When formatting your ebook do not worry with attempting to set the page breaks at certain points. Each reading device will appear differently, and some offer the optionfor readers to adjust font sizes and display. Therefore you will not be able to set page breaks properly.The purpose of formatting your manuscript is to make it properly display on the reader. Sincereaders vary in display and options, you should not try for any fancy text types or formatting.Your goal is a clean looking ebook which will display properly on almost any reading device.For some this may seem slightly bland, but your readers are more interested in the content of your story than formatting. As far as your reader is concerned, the formatting should be invisibleand never given a thought.
If you are not familiar with formatting or have never worked behind the scenes in MicrosoftWord, formatting your ebook can be challenging but certainly not impossible. The first time can be a bit overwhelming, but take your time and you will get through it. For now, let's think positive and believe in a very short time you will have a properly formatted ebook ready for uploading and on its way to readers. Let's get started,,,Important Note: Do not use the Tab key or space bar to indent for paragraphs. You should alsonot overuse the return key when placing spaces between lines of text. Never use more than four (4) 'returns' in a row to avoid formatting errors.
If you have a clean manuscript and are not worried about hidden problems, youcan skip this step. If you want to be certain you are starting with a clean manuscript, this step canhelp. Go into your document and press both the Ctrl and A keys. This will highlight the entiretext. Now copy the entire document and then paste it into WordPad. Wordpad does not supportthe formatting found in Word so this effectively eliminates all of the formatting, giving you aclean starting point. In WordPad press Ctrl A once again and copy the entire document. Then paste this document into a new Word worksheet. All old formatting is gone and you are ready to begin.