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Kindle: To Do list

May 8th, 2011 (11:49 pm)

Prepare Word file:

1. Set paragraphs to indent and find/eliminate all tab characters.
2. Format chapter or short story titles as Heading 1.
3. Find/eliminate the second space after a period.
4. Check for odd formatting (like formatting for e-sub), fix.
5. Find/replace quotes and apostrophes to make them all curly.
6. Find/replace to make sure em-dashes are not double hyphens.
7. Make scene breaks something consistent and easy to find (like *** ).
8. Search for emdash, quote because sometimes I have sentences that look like this--"he said." Fix those curly quotes, because they will be wrong.
9. Add a curly quote (both left and right, single and double), em-dash, and any foreign characters to the very beginning of the document.

Convert to HTML:


1. Mail file to self in Gmail.
2. View file, click "Plain HTML," then view page source.
3. C&P to Notepad++ or other HTML editor.

Clean up HTML (during these steps, load file into browser and re-load after each save to make sure it doesn't suddenly look all weird):

1. Find/replace on the curly quotes, em-dashes, and foreign characters to make them nice HTML.
2. Find/eliminate all <font> tags.
3. Find/eliminate all <p align="left"> or <p align="right'> tags.
4. Find all <p align="center"> tags and change them to <p class="secbreak">
5. Add the CSS stylesheet inside the <head></head> tags:

<style>

p.noindent { text-indent:0; }
p.right { text-align:right; }
p.left { text-align:left; }
p.image { text-indent:0; text-align:center; }
p.center { text-align:center; }
p.secbreak { text-align:center; }
h1 { text-align:center; margin-top:120; margin-bottom:30; }
h2 { text-align:center; }
h3 { text-align:center; }
h4 { text-align:center; }
h5 { text-align:center; }

</style>

6. Clean up the beginning of the document to eliminate the <div> stuff Gmail stuck in.

Format the chapters and section openings:

1. Every new chapter needs
<mbp:pagebreak /> 
<a name="anchor_name_here"/> with the first one named "start" plus an anchor for the toc called "toc".

2. In the TOC, link to each chapter thus:
<a href="#anchor_name_here">Name of Story or Chapter Here</a>

3. Go through and set up each section with <p class="noindent'> plus maybe small caps (all caps with <small> around the small caps) or italics or something.

4. If indenting is necessary use <blockquote></blockquote>

5. Check as you go for anything that looks weird in the browser.

Build in Mobipocket Creator:

1. Pull in the HTML file. Don't forget that all changes now need to be made to mobipocket's copy of the .html file. You can make the changes direct to that file, then re-build, as needed. It will be in a folder inside My Publications.

2. Add the cover graphic.

3. In the Guide tab, add the following:

Title: Table of Contents
Type: toc
Filename: whatever_the_document_name_is.html#toc

Title: Beginning
Type: start
Filename: whatever_the_document_name_is.html#start

4. Enter the metadata.

5. Build. Fix errors. Check in Kindle Reader for PC for weirdness.

Publish to Amazon.com

The next big project: figuring out how to publish both of these books on the Nook.

Comments

Posted by: Mindy Klasky (mindyklasky)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this checklist!

Question: Why convert quotation marks from straight to curly? Is this a personal choice? Or is there an advantage to introducing four characters where two were doing the work?

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)

I use curly quotes in a finished e-book that I'm going to publish for the same reason publishing houses use them in printed books: because they look better. (I would never bother with curly quotes on a regular web page, an LJ post, etc.) I want my stuff to telegraph "professionally done!" at every opportunity.

Posted by: Mindy Klasky (mindyklasky)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the quick clarification!

Good luck with your epub!

Posted by: joykins1 (joykins1)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)

About publishing for nook--epub is basically xhtml with a few tweaks, so it should be easy. I hope.

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)

I did some preliminary reading last night (and stayed up much too late) and one major difference seems to be that you can't just sign up for an account at BN.com and upload your book; you have to use something like SmashWords. Unless I'm missing something.

Posted by: joykins1 (joykins1)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)

I think you need a PubIt account, but it does sound like you can just upload an epub. Unless I'm reading something wrong. http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)

Aha! Why could I not find this ANYWHERE last night?

Posted by: joykins1 (joykins1)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)

PubIt just started last fall so I guess you could miss it if your resources were old.

Posted by: Skylarker (skylarker)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013 (pameladean)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)

This is even more awesome than your election posts. Thank you a thousand times.

I'm not doing this now, but I sometimes think that I can see it in my future.

And people like to assert that e-publishers don't have to do any work.

P.

Posted by: s t a r l e t (lovefromgirl)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)

USEFUL. *bookmarks*

Posted by: jimlawrence (jimlawrence)
Posted at: May 10th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)

Regarding curly quotes -- I work in a training and education group in one of the major technology companies (the big one whose initials are almost synonymous with computers). We use Adobe FrameMaker and it is mandatory for our developers to have it set to use curly quotation marks (and also single space at ends of sentences, not the two spaces that those of use old enough to have learned to type on actual typewriters were taught to use). Straight quotes give the appearance of something typed; curly quotes give the appearance of a professionally typeset book. These may be small things but they add up to create an impression.

Posted by: Redf (redf)
Posted at: May 17th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)

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