Books are beasts. Huge and often unwieldy. Novellas can range from 25,000 to 70,000 words; novels from 70,000 to north of 120,000 words. So there’s plenty of scope for missing mistakes when you write and self-publish one.

The bigger the word count, the greater the chance that you’ve made (and missed) errors such as misspelled words, missing words, duplicated words, inconsistencies and wayward formatting.

If you plan to self-publish a book on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, CreateSpace or any other platform, you might not have the luxury of working with an editor who can bang your manuscript into shape. You might not have the cash to hire a professional proofreader to give it a final polish. You’ll probably be doing all this yourself.

And that’s OK. You CAN do it yourself. Here are some of the ways that I’ve found to stamp out screw-ups in a book before you publish it. Maybe they can work for you…

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Ever thought of publishing an ebook on Amazon? It’s not that complicated. A little fiddly perhaps, but nothing you can’t handle. I converted The Good Content Code into a Kindle-friendly format in less than four hours and it was published two days later.

Amazon uses HTML code to specify the layout of a Kindle ebook, so the first order of business is to make your text as clean as possible.

I wrote The Good Content Code in Microsoft Word 2010, so I flushed it through Windows Notepad to get rid of any hidden formatting.

Of course, this also gets rid of any images and text formatting (like bold and italics). You can use images in a Kindle ebook but they are rendered in monochrome and the quality isn’t great.

For this book, I opted to publish without images, so I re-edited the text to remove any references to them.

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