In the next few weeks, I will be posting 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 will share 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.
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.
Here's another one that is confusing. Throughout or through out. Are they the same? Which is correct to use in writing?
Through means going in or starting at one side and coming out or stopping at the other side of: a path through the woods.
Throughout means in every part of (a place or object)
There is a good deal of overlap,and either would be appropriate in most circumstances. Through often has a sense of one end to the other, while throughout suggests into every corner.
The latter give a slight feeling of being more pervasive than the former. "He sent his scribe thoughout the land."
American colloquialisms can drive you crazy. I've always thought the word Nevermind was one word. My Word program accepts it but in this blog it underscores it as an error. Here is the difference.
Nevermind - Pay me no nevermind - an expression - written as one word is when it's used as a noun in the colloquial idiom
Never mind - means don't bother with something.- Never mind tells someone to disregard a matter.
Now I know.
Waiting give the sense to postpone an action:
"He was waiting for two hours."
"I am waiting for Bill."
Awaiting means expecting:
"I am awaiting the report."
"He was awaiting her letter."
Waiting is sometimes followed by the preposition 'for' while Awaiting can be followed by any preposition. VSpages.com
I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie and somehow my brain told me Gray was spelled Grey. Now I know why. The pic is a handy reminder.
"Have you ever wondered why you see gray spelled two different ways? Grey is the preferred spelling in British English, but gray is more common in American English."
With the preposition toward - the direction of the movement is shown, but not the result.
With the preposition to - shows the result or the arrival
David walks to work every day.
David started walking toward his school
As an adjective, “toward(s)” means coming soon or happening at the moment.
"When moving toward the road, it is important to watch traffic."
As a preposition, “toward(s)” can mean in a certain direction providing assistance to accomplish something.
"When driving towards the mountains, you want to make sure your tires are prepared for driving through snow."
Using To is more general. He was walking toward his office. / When I saw David he was walking to his office.
The use is the same, but
David walks to work every day. vs David walks toward work every day. This is different.
A <====== to ====== B
(B arrived at A)
A <==== toward ==== B
(B is on the way to A)
A ====== to ======> B
(A arrived at B)
A ==== toward ====> B
(A is on the way to B)