This week, we’re delving into the wonderful world of formatting. I have struggled with formatting since my very first keyboarding class in high school. I could get my paper to look the way my teacher wanted it to, but I never followed the instructions. That in and of itself isn’t a problem, but when you feed your crudely formatted work into a KDP or Smashwords, you could come out with one big mess.
My first published book, I had hired someone to do the formatting. It turned out perfect, but I wanted to be able to format my novels myself. That way I can save money for editing and marketing.
I researched and looked for ways to format, but the whole following a list of rules to make your document look the way it should is much harder for me than I like to admit, so I went in search of a formatting program.
I stumbled upon Vellum 2.0 by reading Joanna Penn’s blog, thecreativepenn.com. She talked about the ease of using Vellum 2.0 to create beautiful ebooks and print books.
Before I go on, I must tell you that this is a Mac only resource right now. Those with Windows . . . I’m sorry.
I began researching Vellum 2.0, and I discovered you can download it and import materials into it without purchasing the program. That means I can play around with the program before shelling out the $250.
I immediately downloaded it, and imported a chapter from one of my WIPs. It was magical. The program took my sloppy work and created a beautiful ebook version. I could even flip through the pages, and it showed me what they would look like on a Kindle, ipad, ereader, phone, etc. I can change styles to customize my book’s formatting with the click of a button. The best part is it looks professional.
Once I’m ready to publish my book, that’s when I pay for the program. If I Indie publish 10 books using Vellum 2.0, it’s paid for itself. Now, I won’t have to wait for a formatter to do it for me, and I won’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of time formatting in Word. This is a great investment for any Indie author.
Next week we’ll cover the joys of working with Gimp.