Until then, it is available to preorder from Smashwords at the reduced price of $1.99 (£1.97).
(If you have no plans to publish ebooks on different self-publishing platforms (or if you’ve already done so) you may want to skip the rest of this blog post. )
This week, I uploaded to Smashwords the e-manuscript I’d already published on Kindle. I’d changed the ISBN*, thinking I’d done all that was needed.
When I wrote my “Practice novel” (as you do when you start to write fiction) I planned to publish it on Smashwords and did my homework first. (I actually completed this Magnum Opus, but lost faith in its premise. It languishes on my laptop still.)
From the beginning, I formatted this masterpiece according to Mark Coker’s Smashwords Style Guide, which advocates the use of bookmarks to link to the Table of Contents.
Meanwhile, I’d joined a writing group and found myself formatting anthologies of our collected writings for print (Where the Wild Winds Blow and A Following Wind). In the process, I discovered MS Word’s automated Table of Contents which picks up their Heading Styles as default – much easier to set up for print and also accepted in Kindle versions.
I forgot about bookmarks. When my ebook file for Witch Way was rejected by Smashwords, it all came back to me.
Having now gone through to bookmark every chapter title in the manner prescribed by Smashword’s Style Guide, I will revert to this method in future for e-books. It takes a little longer, but Kindle is happy with either method. (A Year Before Christmas, was formatted with bookmarks in the Smashwords style when I first published it on KDP.)
To be on the safe side, I’ve also changed my chapter headings from Word’s Heading Styles to a custom style I set up. Word’s Heading styles automatically show up as possible links, whether bookmarked or not, so I thought it best to dispense with them in case they confuse matters.
In case you’re wondering, the ISBN must be different for each format of your ebook; Kindle is mobi and Smashwords converts to epub. Both Amazon and Smashwords will provide free ISBNs, if you want to use them, and ISBNs for the other formats Smashwords converts to. If you want to publish away from these platforms each version is a different “edition” and requires a different identifier. Each “edition” belongs to the ISBN purchaser.
And, in case you missed it the first time…
If you’ve stuck with me this far…