eBook Formatting ~ Help is here!

Hello there, everyone, Paul here today. I had a few days free between Spring semester and my first Summer session so I thought I’d write a post about a topic that has taken up A LOT of my time over the last few years: e book formatting. 

Before I get to that though, I wanted to mention a great site for kids. My friend Marie Renn has created a great site called Buzzing Kids World. You should definitely take a moment to check out all the great things it has to offer. Also, since summer is approaching and schedules will certainly get busier you might consider taking a minute to sign up for the Buzzletter – the kid-friendly monthly-themed newsletter of BuzzingKidsWorld.com. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great things going on and you don’t even have to remember a thing. It will appear in your email every month. Take a look; you won’t be sorry. 

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Finally! I understand!

Now, back to e book formatting. I’ve published two books and have paid to have them professionally formatted both times. Please don’t get the wrong impression; I have been completely satisfied with the product both times. The thing is, I feel like I should be able to figure this out. After searching far and wide I have come across a YouTube tutorial that really benefited me. It is titled eBook template in Word, and it’s by Helen Bradley.

In the video she uses Word 2007. I am still using Word 2003 so there were some things she discusses that I didn’t have, but I was able to struggle through it nonetheless. She shows you how to create a title page, table of contents, chapters, headers and footers, and so on. I won’t bore you with all the details here since I couldn’t do it any better than Ms. Bradley does.

I’m going to include the YouTube video at the bottom of this post for you to view if you, like me, are in desperate need of instruction on formatting e books. I have personally created my own e book format template that I will use for my next e book tentatively titled Lionel’s Grand Adventure: Lionel Goes to Camp. The great thing about this template is that once you’ve created it you’re done. I write my books in a Word.doc and then I’ll insert it into the template saving it as a new document, thus preserving the blank template for future use.

I hope you’ll find this helpful. As I’ve traveled along this writing journey I’ve come across many great individuals that have been willing to help me, and I’d like to return the favor. So, if you’ve been struggling with formatting your e book take a look at Ms. Bradley’s tutorial; it might just help you as much as it did me and even save you a few bucks along the way. If anyone has any tips or information to add please feel free to do so in the comment section. Have a great day and happy writing (and reading)!


Oh, and I wanted to include a picture of my senior dog, Jojo. This is a picture of him making himself comfortable the first week after we adopted him three and a half years ago. If any of you pet lovers out there are so inclined, please send Jojo your well wishes. He’s suffering from what the Vet says is “cognitive dysfunction”. It’s a kind of generic term since without extensive tests it’s impossible to tell if it is dementia, a tumor, or some other ailment. He’s doing okay, some days are better than others, and we’ve found that showering him with the love he gives us has been pretty good medicine. Thanks for reading!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Great advice! I assumed one had to use a tool to format an e-book…like CreateSpace? Isn’t that what that tool does? Not sure! It all seems complicated to me, but you make it seem like anyone can do it if they just know what they’re doing.

    • Hi Stephanie!
      Thanks for stopping by! I think anyone can do it. It’s just that there is so little formal instruction out there. I hope you find this helpful. Have a great day!


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