All right, so, I decided to go the self-pub route and publish my first book, followed by its spinoff. Edited it for the sixth time, lowered word count, freshened up some dialogue, made a few better word choices. Formatted it to, what I thought was, perfection. Uploaded it via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, got my nice pretty sample, which looked great. Clicked the button to publish it live.
Voila! In a few hours, Betrothed was available for purchase.
As it turned out, this was not a good thing.
Final formatting was all out of wack. Single spacing to start, then double. Single again. Then, double. Normal print, then bold. Normal again. Oh, and the paragraph indentations! Forget about it!
Needless to say, I unpublished it and started trying to troubleshoot. Downloaded the free Building Your Book for Kindle ebook, followed it to a T. Still, major formatting issues. Searched the forums and was grieved to see a lot of people paid a professional just to format their novel for proper upload. This is not an option for me.
Why am I posting about this, other than to complain? I'm hoping one of you out there who has gone this route with your work can offer some expertise. Maybe point me in the right direction? How did you format your manuscript? What margins did you use? What font and paragraph spacing? Did you change the size of the page? Any tips of wisdom would be magnificently appreciated.
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,