MiTruth - Formatting Guide

 

This guide will help you design your eBooks in Microsoft Word.

How to Build your Book

How to create Front Matter

How to Format your Text

Creating Paragraphs

Creating an Active Table of Contents

Creating Guide Items

Creating Back Matter

How to save as HTML

How to Upload Your Book for Sale with MiTruth.com

How to Build your Book

Use Microsoft Word

   

Saving Your File

File Format: Save your book file in DOC or DOCX format. Save your work often to avoid losing changes as you work.

Tables

  • If your book requires tables, use the "Insert Table" facility in Word.

Your Layout in Word

You can use Word-default paragraph indentations, bold characters, italics and headings in your book. Avoid special fonts, headers, and footers.

Page Breaks:

Insert a page break at the end of every chapter to keep the text from running together. In Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."

Line Breaks

Don’t hit enter at the end of a line. Word automatically wraps to the next line as you type. If you need to insert a line break in the middle of a paragraph or sentence, press Shift+Enter together so the spacing between sentences will stay the same.

Image Placement:

Insert JPEG formatted images with centre alignment. Don't copy and paste from another source.

In Word, select "Insert" > "Picture" > then locate and select the file. If your book has a lot of images, it can be viewed in colour by readers in 16 shades of grey for optimal contrast and clarity.

Don't include your cover image in your manuscript file. When you publish or re-publish your book, we'll automatically add your cover image to the inside.

Spellcheck and Grammar

You may use Word's built-in spellcheck and grammar tools, but please proofread your file manually as well. The automated tools may not catch every error.

How to create Front Matter

Front matter includes the beginning pages of a book - Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a professional presentation, add a Title Page at minimum.

Title Page

Centre the title page with the title on top and Author Name underneath, like the example below. Insert a page break.

 

Honouring God  By Rose King

Insert Page Break


To insert a page break in Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."

Copyright Page

This page normally follows the Title Page. Insert a page break after the Copyright details.

Dedication

If you have a customized Dedication, it should follow the Copyright page. Please insert a page break.

Preface

If you have a Preface, it should follow the Dedication. Insert a page break.


Prologue

If your book includes a Prologue, it should follow the Preface. Insert a page break.

How to Format your Text      

Front matter created? Then you're ready to format the rest of your text. Indentations, text spacing, and separate paragraphs should have been included when you built your book in Word.

Next, insert a page break after the last sentence of each book chapter to keep them from running together. Depending on the number of chapters you have, this may be a time-consuming process but the effort is worth the improved presentation.


Creating Paragraphs

Paragraphs display text with justified alignment by default.

If you would like to manually indent paragraphs in your book, use the Word-default Paragraph Formatting to indent paragraphs. You can indent paragraphs in two ways:

1. Click "Page Layout" and specify the amount of indentation in the "Indent" option.
2. Use the ruler at the top of the page to change the indentation. If you don’t see a ruler in your Word document, click "View" and check the Ruler option.

Creating an Active Table of Contents

MiTruth.com recommends that you use an active Table of Contents in your book for ease of navigation. This makes page numbering and referencing easy.

On a PC, you can use Word's built-in Table of Contents tool.

On a Mac, you'll need to create a Table of Contents manually using the Hyperlink and Bookmark functions.

Creating Guide Items

MiTruth.com books give readers the option to go to specified guide items (for example cover image, beginning, or Table of Contents) from anywhere in the book.

Cover
 

If you upload a cover image, we'll automatically set the first guide item to your cover.

 Beginning

Place the cursor at the opening chapter of your book. Click "Insert > Bookmark." In the Bookmark name field, type Start and click "Add."

Table of Contents

Place the cursor at the beginning of the first entry in the Table of Contents. Click "Insert > Bookmark." In the Bookmark name field, type TOC and click "Add."

Creating Back Matter

Back matter is additional information at the end of your book, such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries.

Back matter can be laid out in any order you choose, as long as you insert page breaks after each section. Indexes are not recommended.

How to save as HTML

Once you've inserted your page breaks and you're confident with the layout of your book, save your Word file to your Documents folder or Desktop in Web Page, Filtered (*HTM & *HTML) (for PC) or Web Page (.htm) (for Mac) format. This format is required to build a successful eBook.

When saving the Word file as HTML, all the images (if any) in the Word file will be extracted and stored in a separate folder. This folder will be saved in the same location where the HTML file is saved.


How to Upload Your Book for Sale with MiTruth.com

Once you're satisfied with the quality and presentation of your book, upload your file here and we will complete the publication process for you.

Your book will appear for sale on MiTruth.com approximately 12 hours after you click "Submit." The other features on your detail page, like product description and links to related print editions, should show up within 48-72 hours.

  • Please submit all your materials by email to submissions@mitruth.com


If you send any materials to us, please keep copies of your materials.

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