The Ebook Revolution Formatting Guide Following this link to Amazon/Kindle to purchase this book.
Of course, just 3 days after publishing my Formatting Guide, there are changes which must be mentioned. Smashwords is now distributing to Amazon. That could be a good thing or not, it’s your decision, but there is one issue that I have. When I’m formatting for Kindle or B&N (prc or epub) I don’t use paragraph returns to put spaces between ANYTHING. Instead I use the Pargraph feature (in word on the upper format bar), and then in Spacing, I use either leading spaces (6, 12, 18 pts or whatever you wish) or the following or trailing spaces (6,12,18 pts etc.).
So my question for Smashwords is…aren’t you going to have to adjust your Guide, removing the part about using not more than 4 para returns for spaces, and instead very emphatically tell users to NOT use para returns but instead the Paragraph/Spaces feature of Word?
In some of my earlier formatting attempts, I noticed specifically in the front matter because there are no spaces between paras in novels usually, that in the epub and prc formats, the places in the copyright data where I set off sections: Publishing info and Disclaimer text…that these spaces disappeared in the Kindle content. But the spaces that I built into a Style (Heading 1, etc) were quit attractively set off with spaces. I didn’t normally check the Smashwords, because it was a mystery to me what their “meatgrinder” did to the perfectly formatted Smashwords doc that I gave to my clients although I followed the Guide religiously. And as far as I know, none of my “docs” were ever rejected by Smash.
Just something to think about. I know I’m never using para returns for spaces again!