Video Lessons

The video tutorials in this course are about three hours total. Each lesson is anywhere from five to twenty minutes, allowing you to take the course at your own pace, and easily navigate and re-watch sections of the formatting process you may struggle with.

Step-by-Step Printable

Along with video tutorials, you'll also have access to a PDF printable that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to format a book so you can always reference the guide during the formatting process.

InDesign Template

All students will be able to download and customize an InDesign template that can be used to easily paste in your book's content and customize it to your needs. The course will give you instructions on how to easily change fonts, header images, trim size, and more to make formatting a quick and painless process!

Why Format with Adobe InDesign?

  • Works for PC and Mac users.
  • Other formatting software use templates that limit your ability to customize the look of your book.
  • Microsoft Word isn't made for formatting a book:
  • Headers/footers are complex processes.
  • It's hard to create drop caps.
  • Text and images sometimes move to different pages when you export it as PDF.
  • It can be harder and more time consuming to create a consistent look.
  • InDesign lets you create paragraph styles. Halfway through formatting your manuscript and want to update your font size? Do that easily without having to retrace your steps.
  • Create templates for your chapter headers to make sure they always look the same.
  • Easily choose what pages get headers and footers.
  • Edit your margins and bleed section.
  • Add images, charts, bullet points and sub-headers without struggle.

Why Format the Book Yourself?

  • Hiring someone can be expensive.
  • You can easily make updates to your manuscript at any point without having to contact your formatter.
  • You'll be able to easily create a formatted book outside of the generic copy and paste template.
  • The more books you publish, the more money you'll have when you handle the formatting yourself.

Do I Need Experience with Graphic Design or Adobe InDesign?

No experience is needed to take this course! I will teach you everything you need to know about formatting your book for print and ebook. I will also teach you the in's and out's of Adobe InDesign and how you can use the software to easily and quickly format your book.

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What are students saying?

"I learned all about formatting paperbacks and e-books. I'll never have to pay for these services again!" -Shivana M.

"I was able to watch the training a couple times, then format a book in InDesign within a week, referring back to Mandi's training course as I went." -Jeff

"The course was not bland, it was taught by someone who is excited and passionate at what she is sharing with us. The course was upbeat, positive and filled with more tips, tricks and information than I expected. To be honest, I expected this to be a subpar because it was so affordable. I mean who would share that information for a reasonable cost? I was pleasantly shocked and very happy with my purchase. I will watch it many times and take notes for myself as I am new to this and there's so much information, but I highly recommend this course if you want to learn about InDesign. As someone who has struggled with the program, you [this course] through to me." -Rebecka H.

"I started with no knowledge of formatting or Adobe InDesign. I followed along with the print formatting section, using one of my stories as a test subject. By the end, I had a professional presentation ready to upload for direct print. I now feel comfortable with the process, and it's nice to have the videos to reference when I inevitably forget something." -Rocky

Meet Your Instructor

Mandi Lynn published her first novel when she was seventeen. The author of multiple books, Mandi spends her days continuing to write and creating YouTube videos to help other writers achieve their dreams of seeing their books published. Mandi is the owner of Stone Ridge Books, a company that works to help authors bring their books to life through cover design and book formatting. She is also the creator of The Book Launch Planner Series, a collection of planners designed to help authors write and release their books. When she’s not creating, you can find Mandi exploring her backyard or getting lost in the woods. 

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