Most authors write in MSWord, Pages or another word processing software. But if you have chosen to publish your text as a digital book, you must first convert your text for eBook distribution (Ready, Set, Publish: Choosing an eBook Format).
The options for taking your book from print to eBook are vast. Some word processor programs will export the file in the chosen digital form like a PDF. Other times, you may need to use an intermediate converter.
I have used several processes and researched others. Here are my conclusions.
The easiest way to convert to those pesky text files into eBook files is to write using a program that will export the desired format. If you want a one-stop software, Scrivener is the most versatile. It will take the book from the initial stages of outlining to the final export as an .EPUB or .MOBI.
I write directly in Scrivener and I also import my MSWord documents into it. Exporting is a little complicated, but possible. For detailed instructions on how to use Scrivener to export for Kindle, read How to Publish Your eBook from Word to Kindle in Under 10 Minutes. The post will help Mac users in particular. [Read more…]