Non-Fiction: FIY Reviews (Book 2)

Get it on Amazon: https://books2read.com/Format Format It Yourself is a Step-by-Step guide, specifically written and illustrated to help authors format their books. Whether you are publishing through CreateSpace, Kindle, or any other outlet, one of the greatest challenges is preparing and typesetting the book. This formatting manual is an in-depth typesetting Master-Class with over 60 Screenshots for guidance. This logical, sequentially presented handbook teaches readers exactly how to typeset according to traditional convention. Speed up your normal workflow, and reduce frustration. The information will lead you to a quicker and smarter way of writing. Would you like to spend less time wrestling with formatting gremlins, and more on penning your next novel? This book doesn’t promise the impossible. It delivers on what can be done by the reader. You cannot typeset your book in sixty minutes, or in an afternoon - if you want to do it properly. Learn all the tips and secrets straight from a professional. Let me walk you through the right way to Format It Yourself! Let’s face it; if you knew how to code a proper e-Book, you wouldn’t need a formatting ‘bible’. Discover how to implement simple tweaks in your electronic book’s HTML code. Familiarise yourself with the most common and frustrating formatting errors, and how best to avoid them. I will warn you about which elements will fail to convert properly. I find these same issues with many of my clients’ manuscripts. While Format It Yourself focuses on Microsoft Word, the theory and solutions can be applied to any word processing software. Numerous links to free software and useful websites will assist you in finalising your book. Here are just a few of the topics covered: * The word processing document; * Custom Shortcuts; * Smart Styles and Rogue Orphan Styles; * Widows, Orphans, Columns, and Rivers; * Page Breaks; * Hyphenation; * Table of Content; * The NCX TOC; * Images and Inserts; * Hyperlinks; * Indexes and Footnotes; * Macros; * Automated Chapter Numbering; * Common Punctuation Errors; * Traditional Front and Back Matter; * The Conversion Process; * The ePub and Mobi/Kindle Formats; * Page Setup; * Copyright; * Headers and Footers; * Page Numbering; * Typesetting; * How to Proof your final PDF print format. Other Books by the Author * The Book of Life * Recycled Thoughts (FREE Book) * Six For Seven (A South African Dinner) * The Scandari Saga - Aeonosphere * Publish It Yourself! (Book 1 of Publish It Yourself!
Get it on Amazon: https://books2read.com/Format Format It Yourself is a Step-by-Step guide, specifically written and illustrated to help authors format their books. Whether you are publishing through CreateSpace, Kindle, or any other outlet, one of the greatest challenges is preparing and typesetting the book. This formatting manual is an in-depth typesetting Master-Class with over 60 Screenshots for guidance. This logical, sequentially presented handbook teaches readers exactly how to typeset according to traditional convention. Speed up your normal workflow, and reduce frustration. The information will lead you to a quicker and smarter way of writing. Would you like to spend less time wrestling with formatting gremlins, and more on penning your next novel? This book doesn’t promise the impossible. It delivers on what can be done by the reader. You cannot typeset your book in sixty minutes, or in an afternoon - if you want to do it properly. Learn all the tips and secrets straight from a professional. Let me walk you through the right way to Format It Yourself! Let’s face it; if you knew how to code a proper e-Book, you wouldn’t need a formatting ‘bible’. Discover how to implement simple tweaks in your electronic book’s HTML code. Familiarise yourself with the most common and frustrating formatting errors, and how best to avoid them. I will warn you about which elements will fail to convert properly. I find these same issues with many of my clients’ manuscripts. While Format It Yourself focuses on Microsoft Word, the theory and solutions can be applied to any word processing software. Numerous links to free software and useful websites will assist you in finalising your book. Here are just a few of the topics covered: * The word processing document; * Custom Shortcuts; * Smart Styles and Rogue Orphan Styles; * Widows, Orphans, Columns, and Rivers; * Page Breaks; * Hyphenation; * Table of Content; * The NCX TOC; * Images and Inserts; * Hyperlinks; * Indexes and Footnotes; * Macros; * Automated Chapter Numbering; * Common Punctuation Errors; * Traditional Front and Back Matter; * The Conversion Process; * The ePub and Mobi/Kindle Formats; * Page Setup; * Copyright; * Headers and Footers; * Page Numbering; * Typesetting; * How to Proof your final PDF print format. Other Books by the Author * The Book of Life * Recycled Thoughts (FREE Book) * Six For Seven (A South African Dinner) * The Scandari Saga - Aeonosphere * Publish It Yourself! (Book 1 of Publish It Yourself!
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Format It Yourself! FIY Reviews by Jo Roderick

More than useful – indispensable

Like most self-published writers, I thought I knew my way around formatting. Word, Calibre, EPub, Mobi. Turns out I was wrong.

Even a quarter of the way into this short book I was running through my WIP hunting out rogue styles and eliminating errors I wouldn’t have spotted if FIY hadn’t alerted me to them. By the time I’d finished it I had a new template set up which will mean that everything – contents, chapters, paragraphs, fonts, spacing, line breaks, you name it, everything is in place first time round and will mean I don’t have to spend the usual hour upon hour upon painful hour forcing it into the right place at the last minute.

And that’s not even mentioning the tips on conversion, reformatting, and ensuring your book is in the right place for print-on-demand as well as e-book.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It will take hours to read and save days or even weeks of confusion and annoyance later on.

Joel Hames

A how-to book couldn’t get any more right!

You know, one of the things that I love most about books is just how versatile they are. Yes, they can make you laugh or make you cry, but it’s more than that. Books can be pure entertainment and escapism or they can be there to guide you through life. They can be a reflection of your soul or help you through a spiritual matter. They teach you things, from facts and figures to methods and hows to do things. Format It Yourself by Jo Roderick falls exactly into this category – and it does it very, very well.

Believe it or not, I’m not overly technically minded. I can work a computer and do the basics but when it comes to detailed things like formatting ebooks, I get a bit lost at sea. Sure I could learn it, I have no doubt about that, but that’s a lot of energy that I just don’t have. What I need (or rather, what I needed) is a handy step-by-step guide. Roderick’s Format It Yourself brings all those bits of information, knowledge, and skill that (for me at least) were previously scattered across the internet like leaves on an autumn day, and puts them into an easy to understand package that will take you right from the beginning until you’ve got a beautifully formatted and completely finished document.

Couldn’t get better than that, right? Wrong. FIY is littered with images, placed at convenient points, to help aid understanding (perfect for a visual learner like me) and a handy glossary of terms too, so you really can understand it even if you go into it without a single drop of knowledge. What’s more, Roderick intersperses his unique brand of humour throughout, making the read as enjoyable as it is informative, and thus preventing that horrible ‘stale bread’ feel of so many how-to books.

I sound totally sycophantic, right? Well, I’m ashamed to say that that is partly (okay, mostly) because I am! Before I read FIY, the thought of formatting my own books filled me with so much dread that I’d end up paying someone to do it for me. Next time though, I’m going sit down with my copy of FIY and do it all myself. For Roderick to have made it that easy for someone like me is an achievement in itself.

Riley J Froud


Find out where you’ve gone wrong

It must be very difficult getting the right balance for a technical book; too simple and readers switch off, too complicated and they give up. This author obviously knows his stuff and the humour keeps it lively.

Although I’ve yet to personally put it to the test, his practical advice explains the reason for the errors I have noticed in various self-published novels. Indie writers would definitely benefit from buying this book.

The links for further information and the Takeaway summaries were both very useful. I read this on a Kindle, and although I found the ability to switch directly to a definition and back again very practical, this would also make an excellent ‘on the shelf’ paperback for ongoing reference.

Voinks

A real Godsend

I’ve blundered my way through the formatting of 3 books. The next is going to be so easy by comparison! I’m not in the least technical, and some of this needed reading twice, but it makes so much sense and is really straightforward to understand and follow. Highly recommended!

Paisley Piranha

Easy to understand

Direct to the point, easy to understand, no headache. I was struggling until I came across Jo Roderick’s clear cut instructions, now I’ve successfully formatted a good looking well organised print book and now formatting the Kindle version.

The book alerted me to loads of small but significant errors commonly made, and overlooked. If you want to get it right first time then this is a definite must read.

Kate

Very helpful book!

I had no idea there was so much to formatting a beautiful book. FIY pointed out things I never would have thought of.

Karen Ballentine

What a great book

What a great book. As an author on the road to self publishing I found this book invaluable. Jo explains things clearly and concisely. Highly recommended. Best book on the market on this subject, and I’ve read plenty.

Star Moreland

Self publishing? You cannot be without this

Jo writes in a way that is easy to understand and humorous at times. The way he leads you deeper into the workings of MS Word is very well done and before you know it you are doing things you had never even heard of before. If you think you are a bit of a wizard with Word, then I advise you to read this and meet Merlin. Once you have grasped the concept of how Word works, Jo shows you how to use that knowledge to format your book for both epublication and print to give a professional finish to your work.

If you self publish you really should not be without this. I will be buying a print copy to sit alongside some of my other reference books.

Amazon Customer


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