If you’ve read part three of this cack-handed guide to stumbling your way through the ebook process, you’ll know I was on the verge of suicide because of paragraph indentation issues. Well, the fact that there’s a Part Four to this crapathon should suggest that I managed to solve the issue.
Damn you, tabs!
It seems that the Amazon Kindle really doesn’t like tabs. In fact, the two of them are mortal enemies, and if you dare to put a tab in your ebook, the Kindle will throw a shit-fit of epic proportions.
If you’re not sure if you have any tabs in your book, check out the original Word document. Hit the Show/Hide (¶) button and any tabbed indents will show up as an arrow:
If you see the dreaded arrow, fear not! You can just highlight one of the tabbed indentations, go to ‘replace’ and replace them with nothing. This will remove all of the tabs. Next, highlight the entire text using Ctrl-A, then go to the Layout options and indent the first line of each paragraph by 0.5. This should format your doc the way you want it, without driving Kindle spare.
Now for the cover…
You could write the best ebook ever, but if the cover looks like puke, no one will want to buy it. So, take your time over this bit and think it through.
After browsing the Kindle store, it seems that the best ebook covers are the simple ones, with stark, straightforward imagery that attracts the eye. Remember, when your cover is on the website it’ll be a tiny icon, so you can’t litter it with paragraphs of text. All you need is the title, your name, and one pic that’ll get people interested. Keep the image relevant to the story and theme, and make sure it still looks decent when reduced in size.
Now you’ve done your image, you have to insert it into your ebook. Open the book in Sigil, then positiion your cursor at the very start and choose the ‘insert image’ option. Browse and select. Once you’ve inserted it, make sure the right edge isn’t cut off – if it is, you’ll need to reduce your cover’s size (try ‘resize’ in Paint).
Finally, select the ‘images’ label in the left toolbar, then go to ‘add semantics’ and select it as the cover image.
If you’ve followed all the steps so far, you’re now ready to save your ebook and convert it to a .MOBI file again in Calibre (see step three).
NEXT TIME: With our ebook created, we’ll check it out on a Kindle and get ready to publish it and makes some moneys! Yeeeeeeah!