self-publishing · writing

Formatting

It’s sometimes difficult going it alone and trying to get yourself organised when setting up your own business or going the self-employed route. That is, effectively, what being self-published is all about. ‘Self’ being the operative word here, you do most things by yourself and it’s steep learning curve at the best of times.

This leads onto formatting. It’s all part of going down the road of self-publishing, namely through Amazon and KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). They do give out a lot of advice with regards to the writing process. One piece of advice I did pick up was the section on formatting, if you use Microsoft Word, then this may prove helpful.

  • Send your manuscript as a Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • Use double-spaced line spacing. If you’ve already written your book with different line spacing, select all of your text in Word, click Format > Paragraph, then select “Double” in the drop down box under “Line spacing.”
  • Use a single space following periods.
  • Use black, 12-point, Times New Roman as the font.
  • Don’t hit tab to indent paragraphs. In Word, select all of your text, then set indentation using Format > Paragraph. Under “Indentation” and by “Left,” type .5. Under “Special,” choose “First line” from the drop down menu.
  • The first paragraph of any chapter, after a subheader, or following a bulleted or numbered list shouldn’t be indented.
  • Use page breaks between chapters. In Word, place the cursor at the end of a chapter, then click “Insert > Break > Page Break” in Word’s menu.

There is a lot of advice/suggestions/personal preferences when it comes to self-publishing and this advice may not suit everyone, but I’ve found it quite useful for me and thought I’d share.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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