This post is more for me than for you, dear Reader. You see, I don’t finish writing a book every week. So when I wanted to add some bonus material to Mardan’s Mark, I had to go into the deep recesses of my brain to remember what I did three months ago for the first file. I hate re-inventing the wheel. To save myself a bit of trouble next time, I decided to record the process to jog my memory. If you are an indie author, perhaps you will find my process helpful.
People will tell you (correctly) that there are multiple roads to Amazon and Kobo and other distribution points. But this is my process:
In my opinion, Word is not the best way to format an ebook. Many people will disagree, but I am a purist who likes the control provided by HTML. After all, HTML was developed for the very purpose of formatting digital text files, and it is not weighed down by all the baggage and superfluous functionality of Word. No Word files for me after the revisions are done! If I do require a Word file, I can quickly compile it using Scrivener from my master source file.
Some people are content to compile MOBI files directly from Scrivener, but I have observed unattractive differences between what Scrivener produces and my own, custom output.
Your HTML file is easy to view in your browser; you can immediately tell the effect of your changes as you go. Just save the HTML file and refresh your browser.
Another reason to use HTML is the way it is interpreted without difficulties by most ereaders. It is reliable, and what is more important than that?
Okay, enough “techie talk.” I may write a separate post for the Search / Replace order I use. Let me get to my exciting announcements!
Yes, Hannah, Mardan’s Mark is now available in paperback from Amazon. Follow this link: Mardan’s Mark Print Version.
The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) for Healer’s Curse is available from now through the end of April 2015 for FREE. To get your copy, please subscribe. You will get to choose your preferred format: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB. In exchange for getting to read the novella for free, I ask that you post an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads as soon as you can after the book is published on Amazon. I plan to do that on Thursday, April 23.
Healer’s Curse is also available for pre-order on Amazon for $0.99.