Highly Technical Mess, Love.

The first time I went through the steps of formatting an eBook it was frustrating. I’d used HTML many times through website design, which has a similar set up, but making that switch over was still tough.

Going to format Fight or Flight, apart from a few hiccups, was surprisingly simple, which is the great part about HTML. Once you have the layout and design set up, it’s all a case of plugging in the content. Admittedly, while formatting Fight or Flight, I also reformatted Dead and Buryd to make sure everything was correct, but it was only a few tweaks here and there.

Branding is an important part of selling a book series, and this doesn’t just mean the cover. In my opinion the inside of every book should be the same, with the same layout and font choices, exactly like the covers of the books. Readers should be able to put down one book, pick up the next, and feel like they’re reading the same one. If suddenly, the chapter headings are different, that won’t happen.

This makes the sequel formatting incredibly simple when you use HTML. You have your style settings already set from the previous book, you just need to input the body and make sure everything is correct.

I’m quite happy with how it’s turned out, despite the fact it looks like a bomb site when looking at the code. There is one problem with indents on the first paragraphs, but only on kindle, which is an override I can’t seem to get rid of. Another hour of screaming and swearing should do it.

I hope.


About chelecooke

Self-Published author of the Out of Orbit series and the Teeth series. UCL Residence Assistant, obsessive cross stitcher, avid reader and TV show watcher.
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2 Responses to Highly Technical Mess, Love.

  1. Ben says:

    Isn’t it just adding a ‘text-indent: 0px;’ rule to the tag?

    • chelecooke says:

      In theory, yes it is, Ben. Unfortunately, Kindle has a habit of automatically overruling this, so you have to use ‘text-indent:0.01px;’ and even then, sometimes it gets overruled. I had to go through and practically duct tape down all my indents so they were correct (or non-existant.)

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