If you’re here, your Word to ePub to Kindle conversion is probably not gliding along like a water bird on a placid lake. Unless you have a simply-formatted manuscript and HTML code makes you hyperventilate, submitting a Word document directly to Amazon KDP is asking for trouble. Some credible people disagree, but it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Kindle Mobi and ePub formats are HTML, so why not work with HTML to get the formatting just right? Why waste unnecessary time with Word? Word does some things very well. It’s great for writing and formatting manuscripts for print production. For HTML, it’s like a ham-fisted watchmaker. There are better tools.
My background is building websites, so I’m comfortable working with X(HTML). There are a lot of people like me out there, web designer/developers who’ve slid into eBook production from a different direction than writers and editors. If you know HTML, choosing to work with HTML pays off in smoother production workflows than flogging Word into submission.
If you want to work only with Word, there are other sites that will guide you through that process. If you work with HTML, I hope you’ll stick around and find some tips for working with Sigil and Photoshop that will help things go swimmingly as you create ePubs.