There are a lot of complicated guides out there to help you format your Kindle ebook (or Smashwords who supply B&N, Apple etc) so I wanted to create a super simple step-by-step guide that will make your Word doc uploadable quality ready for publishing.
In this installment you'll learn where to put your title page, any why you need one, with examples and tips.
In coming installments I'll show you how to format the entire MS including first line indents, to break pages between chapters, and some trouble shooting tips. I'll also show you how to include the copyright page and 'back matter' with tips on what to include.
Okay, here we go with the title page and I'll pick up any differences between doing this for Kindle and for Smashwords too.
1. For Kindle, start with a title page which is the very first page in your book. This should be your title, then your author name. You might want to include other titles of yours that are available too, or the series title. This will look like this:
#1 Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series
Also in the series:
Unruly Magic #2
Now you need to highlight and press the 'centre' button to centre the text. This is absolutely fine in Word and the centering will translate will to the actual Kindle page. I recommend a two line gap at the top of the page so that the text is centred without being too high or too low.
Just so we're clear, here's the 'illustrated' version:
Illicit Magic -- TITLE
#1 Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series -- SERIES NAME
Camilla Chafer -- AUTHOR NAME
Also in the series: --OTHER BOOKS IN SERIES
Unruly Magic #2--ANOTHER TITLE AND ORDER IN SERIES
So why include these elements? For three reasons. One, the title page acts as a buffer between opening the book and starting reading. Two, as a reminder of what the title and the author. Three, this page is downloaded as part of a reader's free sample and it will show them what other books you have available if any (if you don't have any, you might want to include your website address instead) - this is encouraging for readers who might explore your back list or purchase a series - 'upselling' is the word here!