I have posted visual pages on how to format your Word document for your book. There are lots of videos on Youtube that can help you as well. I do mine in the order I'm sharing here. You don't have to but when it comes to creating your header and footer, you will have to do it before you start writing. Hopefully, this will save you a lot of money.
From Grammarly "You lie down, but you lay something down. Lie does not require a direct object. Lay requires a direct object."
Since this is too involved to post here, I've given you the grammarly page link:
Science Fiction is SUPPOSED to be stories that center around a theoretical scientific principle. Science Fiction is based on possible technologies that fit our current understanding of science with a theoretical or hypothetical addage. Science Fantasy is more about magic, unrealism and far flung ideas that dont fit our current understanding of science or take it to an unrealistic extreme.- Jay Reagan, Writers helping writers.
Grammar by Daniel Agostinelli/Learned Emglish Labs
‘Have been’, ‘has been’ and ‘had been’. These forms cause a lot of confusion for many people. I will clear up that confusion. I’m going to teach you the three main uses of these forms how to use them correctly without making mistakes. Alright, let’s get started. Before we talk about the uses, you need to know the basics of where to use have, has and had been: in the present. To read the full article Grammar.pdf
I was getting frustrated because I couldn't figure out how to get my 2010 Word program to speak from my document text until I googled it. On the upper right where the undo arrow is, just to the right of that is a little down arrow. That opens a panel called Customize Access Tool Bar. Choose More Commands and scroll down until you see Speak. Add that to the right section. Now highlight with your cursor on your document and turn up your volume.
If you use Word to write your book, sometimes this mysterious line appears. Read my notes in the pic to get rid of it.
Copy the offending lines around the line, now delete them. Paste what you had copied into the appropriate spot and now your line is gone.
The Comma,,,,When I speak, my verb/gerund (ing) roll together. However, a comma belongs between the two.
"I love to drive," she said, reaching for the stick shift. Or,
Susan ran around the corner, bumping into her boss.
If you are having problems uploading your print cover into KDP print, this link will take you to my Free page on my website. Click on the Excel logo to get your free copy. It's based on the number of pages in your book.
Sometimes I help out and do a review. Here are a few things that I have learned from my writing class and editor.
- don't use 'do not, they are, etc.' Most people talk in contractions until they are an alien.
- separate dialog from narrative. Bunched all together is hard to read.
- Whether the book is digital or paper, full justify and Return to separate paragraphs. Just easier to read.
- Separate one dialog from the other. It's hard to tell who's talking.
- Check the digital reviewer. Your lines may be spaced in error.
In KDP print, to have a tabled TOC, formatted headers and label your chapters with a header 1 style. Why? Every chapter header you create is listed for your convenience on the left side of your Word page. Then the tabled TOC automatically creates the page each chapter starts on. I found out later that this isn't necessary when uploading your manuscript but it helps make it look nicer.
Here are a couple of good youtubes to help you out.