You know the topic of book formatting turns you on. Try to control yourself…because here we go!

How you format depends on where and how you plan to publish.

Print formatting: Are you going to print your books? I chose to do so, and I found the best deal with Create Space (, at least the best deal that met my goals. I wanted the lowest cost for small volume runs, and print-on-demand sales through Amazon. If you know you’re going to print a very high volume of books, you might be better off going with America’s Press ( Create Space has Word Templates for whatever size book you want to create (i.e., 5.25×8 inches, or 9×6 inches). The templates are handy, if you are very proficient in Word. If not, they are easy to mess up. I’m pretty Word savvy, and I got turned sideways on a template and couldn’t recover. I had better luck with Book Design Wizard 2.0 (, a $39.50 piece of software that is nothing more than a really snazzy Word Template, but far more Pamela-proof than the Create Space version. Since I was formatting five nonfiction books, and plan to do a minimum of four more in the next year, this investment was miniscule. Their customer service is good, too. (And speaking of good customer service, I’ve had a wonderful experience with Create Space). SkipJack can help you out with print formatting if you’d prefer.

Ebook formatting:

Click here to read my lessons learned on ebook formatting and more on SkipJack Publishing.

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12 Responses to Hot, sexy formatting

  1. Paul J. Fagan says:

    Nuts and bolts. This is the kind of info that I need. I want to format for Kindle, etc. complete with illustrations and I need help.
    I’m loving what you are doing.

    • Pamela says:

      Excellent, and thanks. The illustrations can be loaded easily into WordPress as jpgs, pngs, etc. I encourage you to put your stories in there now, and stick some random pictures in, then play with the resulting ebook online, export it to calibre, and see how an illustrated ebook moves onscreen. Throw out the concept of pages, and let your mind flow…

  2. Ally says:

    You really are creating a marketplace here. You are that step that could remove hours and hours of frustration for others. (Because of course, you’ve already hit your head against that brick wall! Thank you for that!)

  3. Terri Sonoda says:

    Very good information. And? I’m at that scary point where I’m ready to format a book or two. I will be checking out this info very carefully. Thank you Pamela!

  4. Everyone keeps telling me to write a book. Maybe someday SkipJack can help me make that happen. We are talking years from now someday…..

  5. Rene says:

    Its essential knowledge really, it might not be the glamorous side of things but really you need to realize that bad formatting can kill almost any topic!

  6. I love what you’re sharing. You will save me so much time and frustration. I sometimes feel like I’m totally stupid because I get out of the loop on so many (current event) things living here in the semi-boonies. People will ask, “Do you know about such-n-such?” and I’m like, “Huh?” So what you share helps me come to the light (ho)!

    You forged the way and you are so generous to share. I will buy your “help” book when you get it written! And?? YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!!

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