Formatting Your Book

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Writers' Studio, BARN WR0518HJ
  • 12

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If you are interested in publishing a simple book (fiction, memoir, art, or otherwise) without hiring a publisher or someone for formatting, this is the beginners’ class for you.

Award winning author H. M. (Hannah) Jones has self- and indie-published over 13 books, both with and without graphics, over the last five years through her imprints HMJ Books and Madame Geek Publications.   She has made a study of basic formatting in order to bring professional, clean books to her readers for little to no monetary formatting costs to herself. 

H.M. will discuss paperback formatting tips in Word and how to utilize some of the basic features of Word to make sure ebook software displays your words and pictures correctly. She will also share with you some free to cheap, easy to use photo editing tools that come in handy when creating books with graphics. She has gone through the frustrating experience of having a non-transferable file with strange spacing and badly placed photography. She can share with you what parts of a book ebook software finds difficult to translate and help you learn to navigate or avoid those pitfalls.

If you are interested in utilizing the ebook aspect of publishing, you will leave the class with a solid understanding of how to format a readable PDF for a professional paperback book. 

Instructor:  H.M. Jones is the author of the award-winning dark fantasy, Monochrome, and its prequel, Fade to Blue. Her work is strewn across various short story anthologies, websites and poetry anthologies. She began her publishing journey in 2011, by self-publishing Monochrome, learning to format books and engage readers through intense study. She was successful enough in her pursuit that she engaged a publisher, who picked Monochrome up in 2015. She has since self-published several short novellas, two of which are graphic novellas. She owns her own indie-publishing house, Madame Geek Publications, and spends much of her "spare" time giving talks at conventions, when she is not teaching college English, Computers, mothering her children or writing books. Her website is www.hmjones.net, and she can be found tweeting around the twittersphere @HMJoneswrites. 

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