How To Format Prose - Tutorial


My friend CAL of SoulAsylum.eu is writing an awesome poetry book, he downloaded the cheatsheet and got going. Then came the first problem: how do you format prose? Calibre “squished” everything together! His stanzas were gone!


But that’s not how it looked in his manuscript in google docs, it looked like this:
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So why did he get this in his Kindle?:
Prose Format


ANSWER:
Whenever you hit that “return/enter” key you are creating a new PARAGRAPH, (remember in .html <p> ?)


SOLUTION:
  1. Mark your entire poem
  2. Go to tool bar and “remove space after paragraph” - IF it is there. If there are no spaces after paragraph you will not see this option but only the two options; “add space before/after paragraph”.
  3. Now go to each line where you want a line break, PUT THE CURSOR AT THE END OF THE VERY LAST WORD OF THAT LINE
  4. Using the pull down menu in the toolbar again, add a space after the paragraph “Add space after paragraph”.
  5. Do this for every line.
I know this will make the space look too big in your manuscript, but we are formatting for kindle — remember!  Your kindle is an .html reader so your manuscript will ALWAYS look different than the final Ebook.


RESULTS:
how to format prose


Yeah! that’s more like it!
Now maybe we should put a space before the paragraph to, to make more room before the heading “Breathless”.  Alternatively we can also just add a space after paragraph after the heading too, your choice!


Here’s a handy dandy presentation for you:

 
I hope this helps you in your journey to Ebook superstardom my friends!


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