Are you ready for that “fancy” ebook formatting I promised you last week?
Don’t worry, once you have the basics down, this is easy.
What do you mean by “fancy” ebook formatting?
In truth, there’s nothing fancy about it. Instead of an easy formatting work without any pictures used as chapter headers, “fancy” ebook formatting is how I call using chapter headers and other little pictures to personalize your ebook.
What do I need to do this “fancy” ebook formatting thing?
- Fully edited book.
- Document saved as .doc or .docx
- Chapter headers and other pics you want to use in your ebook
Where can I get Jutoh?
You’ll find everything you need HERE.
Let’s start this tutorial now. 😀
PREPARE YOUR FILE
If you checked my tutorial Easy Ebook Formatting, you already know these steps.
1. Open the file with your edited book.
This is an essential step so don’t overlook it if you don’t want to scratch your eyes out and scream murder later. Trust me on this.
Here are some screenshots from my laptop. I use Pages on my MacBook Pro, but the same goes for Word and Open Office. I’m sorry for the French, but I’m in France so…
2. Check that you’ve added a title page (the title of your novel and your author name), the copyright page and anything you’d like in your ebook before Chapter One or Prologue.
That goes for the Dedication too. I strongly advise you to write Dedication as a title. That’s for the Table of Contents (TOC) later on.
3. Make sure that you’ve picked “Title” in the box for the title of your novel, Copyright, Dedication, Chapter One, Chapter Two and so on.
See the arrow? That’s what you need to do for every ‘title’ section. Don’t worry about the size of the font for now.
This can be annoying, but believe me, it prevents you from wasting time later on.
4. Check if the titles have an indentation.
“Retraits” is Indent or Indentation and “Premier” refers to the first line in your paragraph.
If you want “Chapter 1” centered, the indentation needs to be set on 0. You have to check all titles manually.
5. While you’re at it, put the indentation on 0 if you use *** in your chapters like this.
Personally, I mostly use *** when I change character’s POV.
If you want that separation centered, you have to do just like with the titles. Make sure the indentation is on 0. It makes for a more aesthetic result in my opinion.
6. Make sure you use a “Page Break” after the title page, the copyright, the dedication, Chapter One, Chapter Two and so on.
I’ve highlighted the “Break Page” thingy so you can see it. Note that it’s used just after the last sentence of the chapter. It makes you jump to the next page and marks the end of your chapter.
7. You’re almost done prepping your file for Jutoh! Now, highlight your whole document and make sure you have one font and not multiple. Use New Times Roman, Helvetica or Georgia. They’re the most commonly used fonts, and they don’t mess with your formatting. You have to keep in mind that usually, e-readers can change the font and readers can decide on the size of the font.
That’s it! Your file is ready for Jutoh.
Tip: When you start working on a new story, set your document as you go so the prepping part goes smoothly and you don’t waste time later on. It only takes a few measly minutes.
LET’S CONQUER JUTOH!
Now that you have your file ready and saved as a .doc or a .docx, it’s time to import it in Jutoh.
This is what Jutoh looks like. Don’t let the overall design fool you. The ebooks look good once you’re finished. 😉
1. Import your file in Jutoh.
When you click on the “Open” icon, you’ll be directed to the files on your computer. Select the correct file, and you’ll see it load.
2. Your file is now converted to work with Jutoh! Congrats. 🙂
You can close this small window and get started.
3. The Table of Contents, a.k.a TOC has been automatically created!
See? It’s like magic. 😀
When you prepare your file before you start with Jutoh as I showed you, it helps Jutoh recognize where each section is and it knows that it needs to be added to your TOC.
Before you ask, yes, this is what will be in your ebook once you’re finished. Isn’t it nice?
4. Delete the automatically added ugly cover.
As you can see below your TOC, you have an automatically created cover for your ebook. It’s downright ugly and makes your eyes bleed.
You probably already know this, but when you upload your ebook to Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, etc, you need a file without the cover since it’s added by the platforms.
Unless you’re formatting an ARC and you want it to have the cover, you need an epub and .mobi file without the cover.
Let’s delete it.
Click on the ugly cover. It opens a new window.
Click to delete the cover. It’ll then show a blank page.
- Note that if you want to add your own cover for an ARC, you can quickly add it by clicking on “Create From Image File”. It’ll show the images on your computer. You just have to click on the one you want, and it’ll add it to Jutoh.
5. Set your Metadata.
As you can see in the picture above, there’s “Metadata” written above “Cover”. Click on it.
This is what “Metadata” looks like.
I don’t fill out everything because it’s not that important, but since I format my ARCs too and I write under a pen name, I always change a few things.
“Book Title” always shows the name of your document. If you’re like me and have weird names for your file, you need to change it to the title of your book.
“Author” shows the name of the person that registered for Jutoh. If you write under a pen name, you might want to make sure it’s your author name that shows up and not your real name.
If you want to fill out more things, you can, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
6. Let’s add a pretty looking Title Page.
As you can see, so far we have a Title Page that doesn’t reflect the font(s) on the cover of the novel. To make this ebook prettier, I want to add a title page that matches the cover.
- Note that you need the pic beforehand. (If you want to create pictures to use in your ebook when formatting, I will post a few tutorials regarding designing teasers, formatting pics, covers and other promotional graphics.)
Highlight the title of your novel and your author name if applicable. Check it’s centered and then click on the image/pic icon.
As you can see, it opens a window to the pictures on your computer. Select the one for your Title Page and click OK.
Tip: Check that your title isn’t visible above of below the picture. If it is, you can delete it. Only the picture for your title page will stay.
Click on the picture and this window will open.
This step is exclusively for the Title Page.
Click on Size.
Then go to Vertical Alignment and select Centred. This way, your Title Page picture will be entirely centered as much from left to right as it will be from top to bottom.
7. Now, let’s add a Chapter Header.
You’ll find that the process is pretty much the same as for the Title Page. 😉
Click on Chapter 1 in your TOC. It opens your Chapter 1.
Highlight Chapter 1.
Then click on the image/pic icon. It opens a window to your pictures. Select the correct one and click OK.
And here it is!
The Chapter Header is added to your chapter.
- Tip: Make sure that you delete Chapter 1 written. Sometimes even when you highlight it you can end up with Chapter 1 written on top of your picture.
8. Repeat with all chapters.
Now, you know how it works. Repeat the same steps with all of your chapters. It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? :p
- Note that you can also use the same process if you want to add a pretty picture instead of using ***. The same goes if you want to replace the characters’ name if your book is written in dual POV for example.
9. It’s time to crate your ePub and/or .mobi!
Now that your Title Page is all nice and that your chapters have Chapter Headers, you’re ready for the last step.
To create your ebook, pick either ePub or .mobi and then click on “Compile”. Wait for a few seconds while it compiles all the information of your ebook.
Then, click on “Launch”.
And that’s it!
You have your ebook formatted, ready to be uploaded, and if it’s an ARC, ready to be sent to reviewers.
You have to admit that Jutoh is pretty easy to use. 😉
Do you find this tutorial helpful?
Is there an issue you need help with? Comment and I will do my best to help you.
Have you used my tutorial to format an ebook? If you have, drop the title(s) of your book(s)!
Next week, I’ll post a tutorial to create a Title Page, and without Photoshop. Interested?
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope I was able to help you! xx