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Styling your novel for ebook publication

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It's important to keep in mind that you have almost no control over how your novel will be presented to the reader using an eReader. You can make suggestions, but ultimately, the eReader and the reader decide things like font and font size, color, etc. The number of words on a page, page breaks (such as widow and orphan lines), layout, etc. are all controlled by the eReader (possibly, with some input by the reader). This means that as authors, we need to give up any sense of absolute control over the presentation of the novel. (If this is too much to ask of you, then you're going to want to avoid ebook publication stick with print.)

The practical upshot of this lack of control over ebook presentation and formatting is that it makes writing much easier. The most important thing is to keep it simple and not worry about presentation. Which isn't to say ignore formatting, just be consistent. (If you aren't consistent and/or ignore simple formatting, you are going to create more work for yourself later when you have to clean things up.)

Here's a list of things to keep in mind when wordsmithing:

  • You only need a hand full of paragraph styles (see below)
  • Never use tabs
  • Never use double spaces after punctuation
  • Avoid blank lines, if you need space, use paragraph styles
  • Never use more than two blank lines in a row
  • Avoid using special characters

A list of paragraph styles that I use in the body document:

  • Header 1
  • Header 2
  • Standard paragraph (indented first line)
  • Block paragraph
  • Left flush paragraph

While writing, I use the following in the body document (they'll be eliminated for manuscripts, epub, and print):

  • Header 4 (to mark inline notes)

Other paragraph styles and where I use them

  • Right flush paragraph (in the address document)
  • Hanging indent (in the notes document)

In terms of text, I've never used bold, but frequently use italics. While writing, I use an additional character style to highlight inline notes.

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