This very thoughtful post by author Anna Dobritt is worth reading. I’ve never had to format a book, but as a reader, I do look for these essential elements in a book. They are part of the appeal of a well-constructed book. (For historical fiction, I also enjoy reading what sources the author used, and how they applied their imagination to the bare facts to flesh out the people and situation[s] in their novel.)
For eBooks, many authors have realised that a link to their next book, or a sample of it at the end of the book, attracts the attention of readers. If you don’t have another book yet, nonetheless include a link that makes it easy for the reader to rate your book–or hopefully even write a review– from their reading device.
Thanks, Anna, for this article.
I love eBooks. You can take your entire library with you. What I don’t love is the way some eBooks are formatted. As a self-publisher and an indie author, your ebook needs to be neat and readable. When your reader buys one of your books, you are telling him or her that your product is worth their time and money. You may have written the greatest story in the world, but if the formatting is screwed up, no one will want to read it. I’ve deleted a number of eBooks from my Kindle after opening them and seeing how the formatting was. They were horrible! Next to bad grammar and other mistakes, bad formatting is a real turn off.
Before you ask, I create my own ebooks and covers.
A few tips:
- Don’t use fancy fonts for the body of the text except italics!
- Use font size 12…
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