Saturday, 19 November 2016

Free Templates for Amazon and Smashwords

It is enough for indie authors to squeeze creativity out of their brains and onto paper, without having to worry about things like formatting their work for upload to Smashwords or Amazon.

Save a few coins and spend it on a real editor.

Smashwords and Amazon formatting of fiction e-books just got a lot easier for authors thanks to these MS Word templates.

All templates include a premade hyperlinked Table of Contents and exact directions on how to customize it.

There are a total of six MS Word Smashwords / Amazon templates. They have been created using Arial, Times New Roman, and Garamond fonts. These are the basic fonts allowed by Smashwords. Each of these fonts has two available templates: one for people who want to use chapter numbers and chapter titles, and another for writers who don't want to use the word 'Chapter', but would rather just name their chapters.

Great care has been to taken to set out easy to follow instructions. These instructions are not as in depth (that is to say "confusing") as the Smashwords Style Guide, so you shouldn't have any difficulty.

Here's what to do:

1. Download and read the instructions here: Smashwords Template Instructions

2. Download your choice of Smashwords Templates:

Arial: Chapter and Title
Arial: Chapter or Title
Garamond: Chapter and Title
Garamond: Chapter or Title
Times New Roman: Chapter and Title
Times New Roman: Chapter or Title

Start writing or copy and paste an existing manuscript (while following the instructions) into your new template.

Upload your work to Smashwords or do more conversion and upload to Amazon.

Congratulate yourself on getting in the Smashwords Premium Catalogue or onto Amazon

Check out your material and realize you should have hired an editor with the money you saved on formatting. Ah well, there's always the next novel.

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