60 Seconds or Less Video: Introduction to Sigil for Indie Authors

60 seconds or less (more than) with A. Wrighton Video on Writing and Self-publishingSo I went of the “short and sweet” bandwagon already. But, I saw some fellow writers talking about ebook formatting so I figured I’d post a video on an introduction to Sigil.

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While I am not an ebook formatter by trade, I always make it my business to know the basics of each aspect of my craft in case an emergency arises and to know from where the people I hire are coming from. That said, for smaller books, I’d do the ebook formatting myself with Sigil and, if you need to cut costs, this can be an easy to learn, professional looking alternative.

Sigil is a free program, downloadable from: http://bit.ly/SigilEPUBEditor. You’ll need that before watching this video, but other than that — you’re all set! I’ll make another one of these videos soon, to cover more of the introductory goodies, but if you have a particular question, go ahead and leave a comment and I’ll be sure to include it. And, if I don’t know it, I’ll make sure I find the answer for you!

Take a gander at my intro to Sigil, and remember – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it and every writer should try to learn this at least twice!

I mention a Stylesheet CSS that I use (originally found on the internet from Not John) and here’s the code. It’s a little different from the original, but I cannot thank that author enough for sharing in the first place. Thanks again, NJ!

p {
margin-top:0.0em;
margin-bottom:0.0em;
text-indent:1.0em;
text-align:justify;
}

p.first {
margin-top:0.5em;
margin-bottom: 0.0em;
text-indent:0.0em;
text-align:justify;
}

p.left {
margin-top:0.5em;
margin-bottom: 0.0em;
text-indent:0.0em;
text-align:left;
}

p.center {
margin-top:0.0em;
margin-bottom:0.25em;
text-indent:0.0em;
text-align:center;
}

h2 {
margin-top:1em;
font-size: 150%;
text-indent: 0em;
font-style: italic;
text-align:right;
}

h3 {
margin-top:1em;
font-size: 125%;
text-indent: 0em;
text-align:right;
}

h4 {
margin-top:1em;
font-size: 125%;
text-indent: 0em;
text-align:center;
}

p.large {
font-weight: bold;
margin-top:1em;
margin-bottom:1em;
font-size: 200%;
font-style: italic;
text-indent: 0em;
text-align:center;
}

p.medium {
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 150%;
font-style: italic;
margin-top:1.0em;
margin-bottom:1.0em;
text-indent: 0em;
text-align:center;
}

p.small {
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom:1em;
font-size: 125%;
text-indent: 0em;
text-align:center;
}

p.block {
font-family: courier, monospace;
text-indent: 1em;
text-align:left;
margin:0em 0em 0em 1em;
}

p.blockfirst {
font-family: courier, monospace;
text-indent: 1em;
text-align:left;
margin:0.5em 0em 0em 1em;
}

p.blockcenter {
font-family: courier, monospace;
text-align:center;
margin:0.5em 0em 0em 1em;
}

span.smallcap {
font-size: 90%;
font-weight: bold;
}

div.image {
text-align:center;
margin-bottom: 0.25em;
}

div.icon {
text-align:center;
margin-bottom: 1em;
}

div.caption {
margin-bottom: 1em;
text-align:center;
font-style:italic;
}

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