by David Kudler
Keep It Simple with Styles
- all of the body paragraphs look the same
- all of the chapter titles and section heads look the same
- quotes from the internet
- snippets of text that we typed into the phone
- chapters written in different apps
- sometimes paragraphs begin with an indent
- sometimes with a tab, sometimes with four spaces
- sometimes with two returns in a row
Styling with Styles
- The first thing we are going to need to do is to make sure that all of the text is the same typeface and size, with the same margins.Yeah, I know: painful. You spent hours getting those Zapfino captions looking just right.Sorry.
2 Before we destroy all of your beautiful fonts, save. Now save the file again under another name — add clean at the end of the filename, or something to let you know which version to use.
4 Select the whole text again and make sure that it’s all the same font and size — choose a common font like Times or Helvetica so that it will display all of the character styles correctly.
5 Click on the New Style… button at the top of the Styles tool, and name the style something like Body or Text.
6 With all of the text still selected, click on the Body style button that has appeared in the Style tool, so that the entire manuscript is formatted as Body paragraphs.
Why have we done this? Because the huge majority of your book is going to be regular body text. We’re going to add the other styles back in a minute.
You probably don’t need to worry about the way that the style looks. If you want to play with the side or bottom margins or the first-line indent, go for it‡‡ — but don’t get too fine about typefaces, letter-spacing, line-spacing, etc. We’re probably going to have to set a lot of those after the conversion anyway — and here’s a difficult truth: many of the styles you specify will be overridden by the reader’s user preferences.
The typeface and size, the background color — unless you know what you’re doing (and sometimes not even then), the font display preferences that a reader chooses will trump many of the design choices you’ve made.
Adding Styles Back InNow, you’re going to need to go through your whole book and set the style for each paragraph that isn’t a body paragraph.
To Read The Rest Go to The Book Designer: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/09/manuscript-to-ebook-a-cleaning-guide/