This is Part Two of a three-part series on compiling a Microsoft Word document from Scrivener with the goal of uploading it to Smashwords for publication and distribution as an ebook. (Whew, sorry for that long sentence.) If you missed it, here’s Part One.
This second part is concerned with checking the Word document after you’ve generated it, making sure it will pass that pesky Smashword’s AutoVetter lurking somewhere in the ether.
In Part Three, I show you how I create a TOC for Smashwords.
Before I begin, keep this in mind—the definitive guide for creating a pristine Microsoft Word document for Smashwords is Mark Coker’s book, Smashwords Style Guide. It’s free and also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in several languages. And Smashwords also has step-by-step guides on how to create, check, and upload Word documents.
That said, here are the steps I follow to check the Word document I’ve compiled in Scrivener before I upload the document to Smashwords:
- Open the Microsoft Word document.
- Turn on Invisibles.
- Delete all headers and footers.
- In order to get a bird’s-eye view, I zoom the manuscript out to 50%. I check to make sure all chapters and front matter are included in the document, that the formatting is correct (i.e., body copy is justified, chapter titles are centered and in bold), that there are no styles in the document other than the stock styles that come with Word, and that there are four and only four page returns after each page break. (The smaller paragraph invisible in the upper right-hand corner is actually the vestigial part of the footnotes.) I don’t know if you can see much of the detail, but here’s an example of what I mean—my manuscript at 50%:
- Make sure that the copyright page references Smashwords, references the publisher, and includes the Smashwords ISBN.
- Here’s an image of my copyright page. I put “Smashwords Edition” and “Published by Susan Russo Anderson” on separate lines. Notice also there’s no ISBN referenced on my copyright page. The Smashwords ISBN is analogous to Amazon’s ASIN and is free. You can generate the ISBN on Smashwords after you’ve uploaded your Word document.
- Here’s a better view of the four paragraph returns at the top of the page. They occur after each page break because in Scrivener, I specified a page padding of four lines in the Formatting section of the Compile process.
And that’s it. You’re almost ready to upload the Word document to Smashwords except for one last step—building the TOC. But I’m saving that How-To for Part Three.
Photo: Pre-War Tenements on the Lower East Side. Manhattan, June 2007.