Writing and Publishing Erotica 25: Formatting Your Self-Published Book in Microsoft Word and Scrivener


Episode 25: Formatting Your Self-Published Book in Microsoft Word and Scrivener

Welcome back to Episode TWENTY-FIVE of the Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast. I am H. K. Kiting and I am Dean Chills and we’re your hosts for the show. This is the podcast where we talk about writing and publishing in general, and include the occasional tidbit about erotica specifically.

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Episode 25: Formatting a Book


Reader Mail:

My question has to do with formatting — specifically, how to make an attractive looking ebook after uploading a .docx file onto Amazon (or elsewhere). Quite frankly, the two books I’ve written both look like hot garbage, formatting wise. Each time I upload the .docx file into Amazon, the converted file is full of bizarre formatting errors: arbitrary paragraph indentions, words cramming together, line spacing all messed up. I initially wrote my first book with regular paragraph indentions, in size 12 Times New Roman font, with justified-aligned text. The results were a total eyesore. I re-uploaded the document after eliminating all paragraph indentions, double-spacing instead of pressing the TAB key, but even that leaves much to be desired. I seem to be the only person unable to make their .mobi files look even passable… and it is, quite frankly, a little frustrating. Do you have any advice on this? Or am I SOL?


  • Henry’s Take on formatting his books
  • Dean’s book formatting response:
  • Other points and Writing Tools for making eBooks:


  • eBook formatting vs. Print book formatting


  • Word.
  • Pages.
  • Scrivener.
  • Jutoh.
  • Markdown/Text.
  • Google Docs.

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