Formatting roundup

I’ve been doing a lot of work on the novel lately and part of that was formatting. I read a bunch of stuff. I bring you a formatting roundup. Some of which helped. Though the other thing that helped is the CSS I know from my other life.

I clearly still have a lot to learn, a lot. But hopefully, I did ok with this book. Epubs are what I’ve been using for Kindle and Smashwords. So far I’m not noticing anything horrible doing it that way. I haven’t yet gone into the world of physical books so I don’t have anything about that. Just the epubs.

Formatting with Scrivener

This is super long and detailed from Garrett Robinson a whole bunch of steps. At the end of each post is a link to the next post.

Compiling with Style. I don’t know that I have style.

And if you’ve been going, I keep hearing about this Scrivener but I’ve been holding back because I want to be able to use my iOS device? Good news!

Good News!

Scrivener is coming to iOS soon… Which means, yes, I’m going all in for an iPad Pro – hopefully the 12 this fall when they do a refresh. I got a chance to play with one and I’m really excited about it. I think it will be a good writing tool. Though I’m still waiting for an outstanding audio editing app.

Dig into the code

If you are breaking into the code there are some other resources. I’ve tried using tools for Mac to set up ePubs before I officially got frustrated. It was official. I have a certificate here somewhere.

Table of contents from a site dedicated to making better ePubs.

And a big ePub resource.


Who doesn’t love a numbered list? The Book Designer wrote about 6 Things to put in your ebook.


  1. Elizabeth

    I need to spend a lot more time looking through these resources. They are great! Of course I love lists, so that’s the first one I tuned in to.

    How goes the e-publishing? Would love to hear more about what you learned doing it.

    1. Mariah Avix

      Oh…I’ll definitely write something up about how it is going. Or what I’ve learned. I’m not sure how it is going. It’s kind of overwhelming and I keep fighting with all the bad jerkbrain things to keep going.

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