The title of this handy little Ebook is an exact description of the contents. I’ve read it and used it to format and publish my first solo-book, FarmaCopeia: The Little Book on Lavender (solo as in I had no co-author on this one). It was a huge help in getting through the techno-chores and now it’s in the spotlight of good things I want to share with you.
Easy Kindle Formatting Using Google Docs is authored by Caroline Winston, which is the pen name of writer/editor and videographer, Ava Fails. She’ll explain why she uses a pen name in the book, which is a bit of info both writers and readers will find interesting and useful.
That’s just one cool thing about the book. Let me regale you with more, starting with the reasons I needed it.
Why Google Drive/Google Docs for book writing?
I know there are other, far more famous writing programs many authors use to write books with. However, I had good reason to use Google Drive and Google Docs and I’ve listed them below for you.
Why? Because you might wanna use the yourself, and the reasons apply to any sort of writing tasks, not just books.
The editing team for Lavender included Maria Jordan of marcoujor’s musings and Vicki Warner of WarnerWords, who were already familiar with both writing and editing in Google Docs (GDocs) via Google Drive (GDrive), so we stayed with it. This time, though, I took the time to learn much more about the program and it was so worth it! That’s where Ava’s book came in.
She made learning the new stuff super-easy and the result was a beautiful final product in layout and design of both images and text.
I was also able to share much of what I learned from Ava’s book with Lavender’s graphics designer, Rita Davis of ritahicksdavis.com. I thought the book would come in handy just for Ebook formatting, but I learned several other tips and tricks for working with GDocs from the book I’d not anticipated. It delivered much more bang for my buck, and that’s seriously about all it cost me. This great little book sells for just 99¢ USD, in Amazon’s Kindle version.
I found the book so useful, I bought a copy for myself, my brother (who’s book is also being developed in GDrive and GDocs), my little cousin Avril, (a young, aspiring writer), as well as the Lavender production team.
They can keep it in their writers’ libraries as a reference tool, and they can even loan it to other readers who might want to check it out and hopefully buy a copy for themselves if they’re interested in joining the indie authors community. Past being a great book for writers, it’s just as good to gift to graphic designers who work with writers, especially indie authors, or students, or folks whose work requires document writing, design and printing, etcetera.
Ava’s writing is refreshing because it’s earthy ...? That’s my best description of what it feels like to read the book. She keeps it short, simple, straightforward and even personal. She’s one of the few writers I’ve come across who can make technical information interesting, even fun to read. She also included a good amount of screen-shots so you can actually see what she’s talking about and refer back to it while you’re working, if needed.
She went extra miles by including information that’s not related to the Kindle book publishing process. Some writers want to publish their books in multiple venues, want to do their own graphics and may not have access to Microsoft Word, which is one of the preferred formats needed for uploading the final document to Kindle. Below is the info provided in the book to help with those needs.
See? It’s worth way more than 99¢!
To get more familiar with this author’s work you can visit her websites and YouTube channel via the links provided for you below. They’re embedded, so just hover and click (or tap). You can also click her book cover's image to view and purchase it from amazon.com.
YouTube Channel: ProWebWriter
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