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Create an eBook using open-source (free) software - with a working table of contents and professional formatting.

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Sigil has undergone a huge update & it has freaked a few people out because it looks so different now. Fear not, I'm doing a complete update of this course over the next month. In the meantime, t ...

How To Create An eBook Using Open Source Software This isn't a course about how to write a book, it's about how to format it and get it ready to upload as a professional eBook. ...

THE DOWNLOAD LINK You can download the latest version of Sigil (free) at: https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil This has changed recently and you may still see old l ...

An overview of the Sigil dashboard.

PageEdit has been thoughtfully provided by the developers of Sigil so we don't have to learn code - very good of them! It makes working with our manuscripts once they are in Sigil as simple as wo ...

It is absolutely essential to clean up your manuscript's HTML before inserting it into Sigil. This quick lecture explains how & the PDF in the Resources section shows it in workbook format. You c ...

Quick text instructions of what to do to clean up a manuscript ready to paste into Sigil.

This is where you will paste your cleaned up HTML into Sigil.

Tell Sigil where you want your chapter breaks by adding split markers. Don't split it into chapters yet, though, there are a few cleaning up jobs to do that are easier when it's still one ...

How to split your eBook into chapters. This will create a separate HTML document for every section of your book.

Adding your book's metadata is very important. All you need to add is the title, author name, and language, but if you don't you book won't compile.

Bullets are often imported with the HTML from your manuscript but sometimes they get a bit mussed up. It's quick and easy to correct them, though, and this video shows you what's going on ...

How to make web and email addresses clickable by the reader.

Adding a working - i.e. clickable - table of contents is a major professional plus point for your book. It will make it stand out from other indies and give a much better reading experience. It coul ...

How to add special characters, such as the copyright symbol.

How to add your cover so it is part of your book. You will also need to add it separately as an upload to whatever platform you will be selling your book on.

How to add images to your eBook.

Stylesheets are the tools that can really set your eBook apart from the rest. Sigil comes with built-in styles but adding your own gives you more flexibility and choice. I have included some sample s ...

How to run the ePub Validator This is a fantastic part of Sigil and is the tool that makes us cut out lots of rubbish from our code, leaving us with a really clean document that should be fairly ...

How to download the Kindle Previewer This allows you to see what your book will look like on different Kindles. It's great because it can highlight problems such as colored headings being ...

Convert the ePub to MOBI format using Kindle Previewer. There are other tools to convert to MOBI. Some people love Calibre - also free - but I find Kindle Previewer very useful. It's quick, ...

How to upload to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.

Wrap up of the course.

Course bonuses A few for now, more later! The ePub in the Resources tab contains a stylesheet and simple sample text for a book with: Shaded box options - good for quotesA dropped capitalA H ...

FAQ will appear here - and in the questions section - as they come up.

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