I format books for authors into ePub and Mobi format. It’s taken much trial and error to learn how to do it properly. For those interested in doing it themselves, I offer the following invaluable sites for learning the process.
How do you create a ePub? Often you can format in Word and run it through conversion software. You can also create it in InDesign. Two sites that offer some great tips:
Apple’s ePub creation guide
Jane Friedman’s tips
There are a lot of ePub creators and creation services available:
EPubsoft EBook Converter
If you are creating the ePub yourself, you need to check it for errors. Two options available:
International Digital Publishing Forum and Validator
There are many errors that would cause your ePub to be rejected. ITunes in particular is very picky and requires a perfect file. The primary errors are:
Missing the “http://” in Web Address (replace all www with http://)
Image File Misidentified (image not anchored or improperly imbedded.)
No index (no table of contents or chapter markers)
For a list of other errors and how to fix them:
The final step is distributing your book to retailers. You can use a distribution service that will deliver your book to multiple retailers:
Or you can set up accounts with the individual platforms and upload directly:
Barnes & Noble
Get your book in ePub format today!
Don’t forget our IWSG Anthology Contest is open to members until November 1, 2015!