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Manuscript Formatting Made Easy

I heard that! There was a collective groan. Does anyone really enjoy formatting?
For an Indi Author, this is just one of the tedious tasks that need to be preformed in order to publish our books. Don’t you wish there was a magic genie that would slap her hands, bob her head and “make it so,” like Jeanie did in I Dream of Jeanie?
Well, I’ve good news for you. I found the genie.

The site is Draft2Digital. You can create a free Draft2Digital account and they will format your book in minutes. And to make this even better… it’s FREE. You heard that right. There is no cost to format… ever. You can download as many copies as you want in PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Once you have these files, you can use them wherever you like. I took my PDF and downloaded it to Amazon to publish there.

The best part is the impressive chapter headers you can choose from. It’s so easy to make your book look professional and stand out from other book. This can transfer into sales, and that’s what we all want. Here are just a few of the chapter heading designs.


They divided these designs into different categories, like mystery, romance and fantasy, but look through them all and see what works best with the “feel” of your book. While you’re choosing a design for your heading, check the scene breaks inside your chapters. Draft2Digital also creates charming designs for those. Here are just a few:

Unfortunately, there is no “mix and match.” They assigned each scene break design to go with the chapter heading design you choose. (The dragon header will always have a scene break design of the sword and coins ect.)
They have formatting and designs for both fiction and non-fiction books. (Yes, the proper formatting is different for those genres.

There is no charge for all this, and if you want to stop there and just use it to set up your manuscript format, you can. But I highly recommend looking into their other features. There help distribute your book as well.

Where can Draft2Digital distribute my books?

Their current partner stores include: 

  • Amazon
  • Apple Books
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo (including Kobo Plus)
  • Tolino
  • OverDrive
  • Bibliotheca
  • Scribd
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Hoopla
  • Vivlio
  • BorrowBox

You can pick and choose where you want your books distributed to. I’m selling my ebook through Amazon select program, (at least to start off,) so I won’t distribute my ebooks using D2D, I will use them for my paperbacks. If you’re going wide with your ebook, you can pick and choose what market you want to sell in. However, when you publish a print book with D2D, unfortunately, they don’t offer the à la carte print distribution choice. They distributed print books published through D2D print through all available sales markets. That’s fine with me because that’s what I was planning, anyway.

There is never a charge upfront to publish. As you sell your book, they take a reasonable cut, as all companies do. Another benefit of going through D2D, they keep track of all your sale in each of the markets and pay you as you sell.

I can go on and on when I talk about Draft2Digital. I love so many things that they offer. But my favorite thing about them is the time, effort, hairpulling and frustration they save me in formatting.
Since this is a blog about formatting, I will not go into any more detail about what else they offer, but I highly recommend you go to their website. Go check them out here and sign up for your own free account. I promise you won’t regret it.

Oh, I have to break in here with some news of my own. It’s getting close to my debut release date. July 23! I’m getting so excited! My Cover reveal will be the end of this month. So keep your eyes and ears open. I’ll announce it first in my newsletter. Be sure you signed up to get the first peek at the amazing job my cover designer Hannah Linder did.

ღ(¯`v´¯)ღ About Kristena Mears ღ(¯`v´¯)ღ¸

Kristena is an award-winning author, speaker, and blogger.
She is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, loves history, art, travel, and even research. Out of these, flow her vivid imagination and inspiring stories.
When Kristena’s not busy writing or working her full-time job, you’ll probably find her nose in a book or spending time with her husband and best friend, Mark. She takes frequent trips to the zoo. She also enjoys cooking and dabbling in photography.
Kristena lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. She with her hubby of 39 years. She has three grown children.

2 thoughts on “Manuscript Formatting Made Easy

  1. I had no idea that D to D was free! I thought it was really expensive. Thank you for clearing this up for me. It looks like it has amazing features and sales options too. Great post!

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