Do’s and Don’t When Formatting Your eBook For Smashwords

Do’s and Don’t When Formatting Your eBook For Smashwords

June 2, 2014 Smashwords - Ebooks 0

Tables:

Don't add tables to your book

Why Not:

The Smashwords Meatgrinder will pick up autovetter errors in your book. The reason being that tables do not convert in the conversion process.

Solution:

Convert the table into a .jpg  or .png image (DON'T use any other image format)

Textboxes:

Don't use textboxes in your book

Why Not:

The Smashwords Meatgrinder will pick up autovetter errors in your book. The reason being that textboxes do not convert in the conversion process.

Solution:

Convert the textboxes into a .jpg or .png image (DON'T use any other image format)

Page Numbers:

Page numbers will cause autovetter errors – the Meatgrinder sees this as having textboxes in your document.

Special Characters:

Certain special characters cause autovetter errors – be vary of using them. I have had problems using arrows the book.

Solution:

Convert the arrows to images.

Images

Images should be inline to text and have no text wrapping. You will pick up autovetter errors with text wrapping.

Book Cover

If your book cover is not the correct size (less than the minimum size – 1600 X 2400) then you will pick up autovetter erros when uploading your book.

Author Name

Make sure that the author name in the interior of your book / on your book cover and the Pen Name in your Smashwords account are identical – your book will not be accepted into the Premium catalog if this is not the case.