Formatting Is A Pain, Or Not

Posted on 13 June, 2012

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I’ve been busily formatting and editing to get the manuscript prepped for the Kindle Store. I’m probably going to use Smashwords to list it in the other ebook stores and formats but I want to do at least one myself and they don’t do Kindle at all so that seems the obvious choice. How much formatting is involved? Not as much as one might think: there are some very specific requirements but none of them are insane or onerous if one knows one’s way around Word already.

That said, I already had the manuscript written and typed and going back to format it to Amazon’s specifications has been kind of an enormous pain. First lesson learned: if writing for publication, find out the formatting requirements before writing the first word. I didn’t know I was writing for publication when I started this but it’s worth noting in the future.