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How to Format a Paperback print book using Microsoft Word.
First, type out a clean Microsoft word document. Highlight the whole document by pressing Command + A. On the Word menu table, click Home, click Normal. This will clean up your whole document.
A typical paperback manuscript should have the following sections:
Table of Content
About the author
Other books by the author
Sections 1- 5 are the Frontmatter, section 6 is the Core matter, and sections 7-8 are the Back matter.
Setting the trim size and Margins:
;On the Apple Word menu, click Format, select Document from the drop-down menu. Select Margins, enter the Margins in cm for Top, Bottom, Inside, Outside, based on your page count which can be found in the article http://www.amazon.com, “Build your Book, format a paperback manuscript” ( Word for Mac or window). In this article, I am using Word for Mac, using a MacBook, but it should be quite similar if you are using Windows. Follow the margins for no bleed, unless your book has bleed.
Gutter margin, enter 0.
Pages, Multiple Pages- select mirror margins.
Apply to: whole documents
Select Page Setup, Format for, Any Printer.
Paper size: for the trim size of 6 x 9 inches, enter 152 mm x 229 mm. For any other trim sizes enter accordingly.
scale, 100%, Click OK
Apply to the whole document, click OK
Setting Normal style for book body:
On Word menu, click Home, right-click Normal, select Modify from the drop-down menu, set font size to 12, select Format, select Paragraph from the drop-down menu, set alignment to justify, Indentation, left and right to 0 cm, Special, First line By, 0.5 cm, Spacing, Before and After, to 0 pt, Line spacing, to single.
Click OK, twice.
Applying Normal Style to book body:
Place cursor before the first word on the text of the Copyright page, then hold down shift + page down to highlight everything below the cursor. Keep everything highlighted. On Word menu, click Home, Click Normal.
Setting Heading 1 Style:
Click Home, right-click Heading 1, select Modify from the drop-down menu, set Font size to 12, set colour to black, Select Format, select Paragraph from the drop-down menu, set alignment to justified, indentation, left and right, to 0 cm, Special, First line, By, 0.5 cm, Spacing, Before and After, to 0 pt, Line spacing, to Single, Click OK, Twice.
Applying Heading 1 Style:
Apply Heading 1 Style to the Headings of Copyright, Foreword, Preface, every Chapter, About the author, and Other books by the author.
Highlight the heading of Copyright. Click Home, click Heading 1. Repeat the same steps for the heading of Foreword, Preface, Every Chapter, About the Author, and other books by the Author.
Adding section breaks:
Add a section break after every section.
Place the cursor at the end of the last word on the Title Page. On the Word main menu, click Layout, click Break, select Next Page from the drop-down menu.
Repeat the same steps for Copyright, Foreword, Preface, Every Chapter, About the Author, and Other books by the Author.
Formatting the Title Page:
Type out the Title, subtitle, and Author’s name on one page. This is the book’s first page.
Highlight Title. On Apple main menu, click Font, set Font Size to 28, set Font set Style to bold, select OK.
On the Apple menu, click Paragraph, set alignment to centre, indentation, left and right to 0 cm, Special, to none, Spacing before to 32 pt, and After to 16 pt. Click OK.
Highlight subtitle. On Apple main menu, click Font, set font size to 24, set style to italic.
On the Apple menu, click paragraph, set alignment to centre, indentation, left and right to 0 cm, Special, to none, Spacing before to 16 pt, After to 16 pt.
Highlight the author’s name. On Apple main menu, Click Font, set the font size to 20, set style to Normal.
On the Apple menu, Click Paragraph, set alignment to centre, indentation left and right, to 0 cm, Special, to none, Spacing before to 16 pt, After to 0 pt.
Formatting Copyright page:
Highlight the text of the copyright page and set alignment to centre. Add a call to action below the last line of the text by adding your email link and website links.
On Word menu, click insert, click links, select link, select email address, enter your email address into the box, click OK.
Repeat the same steps, select link, select webpage, enter your blog URL address into the box, click Ok.
Repeat the same steps to add your URL address for Amazon author central page, the URL address of the Facebook page, Instagram page, Twitter page, etc. Make sure there is no error in the URL addresses! The URL address should start with https://www…….
Formatting Other Books by the Author:
On this page, you can add a call to action by adding the URL links to all your books. The link should start with https://www.amazon.com/dp/B………followed by 9 alphanumeric digits.
Make sure there is no error in the URL addresses!
Adding page numbers:
Place the cursor anywhere on the title page. On Word main menu, click insert, click page number, select page number from the drop-down menu, position to Bottom of the page, Alignment to Centre, select, show number on the first page.
Select Format, Number format, to 1,2,3. Page numbering, to start at 1. Click OK twice. Page numbers will be added to the bottom centre of the page.
Creating a formatted Table of Contents:
This is the final step of the book formatting.
First, create a blank page before Chapter 1. Place the cursor before the first word in the heading of chapter 1.
Click Layout, click Break, select the next page on the drop-down menu.
On the top of the blank page type, Table of Contents.
Highlight Table of Contents.
Click References, click the table of contents, select custom Table of Contents, select- show page number, select- align page number to right, deselect- Use links instead of page numbers. Show levels- select 1. Click OK.
Congratulations! You have successfully formatted an Amazon paperback print book. You should convert this into a pdf format and upload it to the bookshelf, book content when you are uploading your paperback print book.
How to format a nonfiction e book using Microsoft word for Amazon Kindle.
First, you need to subscribe to office 365 so that you can access Microsoft Word.
Type out a clean manuscript with Microsoft word using the default setting. Highlight all the text by pressing CTRL+A. On the top menu table of Word, click Home, click Normal. This will clean up your manuscript.
The nonfiction e-book consists of four parts, front matter, table of content, core matters, and back matter.
Frontmatter consists of the title, copyright, foreword, preface, dedication, acknowledgment, etc. Core matter consists of the book chapters. Back matter consists of author’s biography, about the author and bibliography, other books by the author.
A typical Kindle e-book format will have the following sections:
Foreword- get someone prominent, famous, or well known to endorse your book
Preface-why you must read this book and why was this book written
Table of Contents
Biography-about the author
Bibliography-other books by the author
Formatting the front matter:
On the Title Page, type out your book Title, Subtitle, and author’s name on one page.
Highlight Title, select font size to 28, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to bold.
Highlight the subtitle, select font size to 24, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to italic.
Highlight author’s name, select font size to 20, set alignment to centre, on the drop-down menu, select font style to normal.
Setting Normal style:
On the top menu table of Word, Click Home. Right Click, Normal, on the drop-down menu, select modify, select font size to 12, select format, select paragraph, set alignment to justified, indentation, left and right 0 cm. Special, select the First line, by 0.5 cm. Spacing before and after 0 points, Line spacing, single. Select OK, twice.
Apply normal style to the text of copyright, foreword, preface, chapters, biography, and bibliography. Do this by highlighting the text, click Home, click Normal.
Apply Copyright to normal style by highlighting the text on the Copyright page. On the top menu table of Word, click Home, and click Normal. With the text still highlighted, set alignment to centre.
Below the last sentence in the copyright page, insert the link to your email address, website URL, Amazon author central page URL, Facebook URL, Instagram URL, Twitter URL, etc. This will be your call to action. Mark sure that every word is correctly entered. Make sure your URL includes, https://www……make sure that it works by clicking on it!
On the top menu panel of Word, click Insert, click links. On the drop-down menu, select email address, type in your email address and select ok. For website address, select webpage, type in the URL address and select OK.
Setting Heading 1 style:
On the top menu table of Word, click Home and right-click Heading 1. Select modify, select font size to 24, select format, on the drop-down menu, select paragraph, set alignment to centre, indentation, left, 0 cm, right, 0 cm, special, none, spacing before, 60 points, after, 60 points, line spacing, single. Select OK twice.
Applying Heading 1 style:
Apply Heading 1 style to all the headings that you want to be included in the table of contents.
Highlight the Copyright heading. Click Home, click Heading 1. Do the same process for the headings on Foreword, Preface, Every chapter, Biography, and Bibliography.
Under Bibliography, list out all the other books that you have written. As a call to action, insert the URL links to each of your books. Click insert, click links, select link, on the drop-down menu, select a web page, type in the book URL link, select OK. Repent the same process for each of your books. Mark sure that every word is correctly entered. Make sure your URL includes, https://www……make sure that it works by clicking on it!
In the last line of the bibliography section, you can also add in a line to thank your readers for reading your book and remind them to leave a review.
Inserting page breaks:
Insert a page break after every section, title, copyright, foreword, preface, chapter, biography, and bibliography.
Place the cursor after the last word of the section. Click Home, click Layout, click Breaks, on the drop-down menu, select Next page.
Formatting the Table of Content:
First, create a blank page before Chapter 1. Place the cursor just before the first word of the chapter 1 heading. Click Layout, select Breaks, select the next page. This will create a blank page before chapter 1.
On the top of this blank page, type in Table of Contents. Highlight Table of Contents.
Click References, click Table of Content, select custom table of content, deselect show page number, deselect Align page numbers to the right, select use links instead of the page number. On Show levels, select 1, click OK. This will create a formatted Table of Content.
Unlike a print book, an e-book format does not require page numbering, trim size, and margins.
Congratulations, you have successfully formatted an e-book for Amazon Kindle. You can upload this file into the e-book content page of your bookshelf when you are creating your kindle e-book.
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Heavenly Father, we praise You and thank You. You are worthy to be praised. You are the name above all names. We give You all glory, honour, praise, power, and authority, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
VV 1-4, 1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” 2 I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare, 3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. 4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
Paul’s next visit to Corinth would be his third. Paul quoted Deut 19:15. Paul encouraged those who had sinned to repent. There is strength in weakness. Christ was crucified in weakness but lives by the power of God. Paul was weak in Christ but he lived with Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Deut 19:15, “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits, by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”
VV 5-6, 5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Paul asked 1 rhetorical question. The mark of a true Christian is possession of the Holy Spirit. A person who did not have the Holy Spirit is not a Christian. Romans 8:9.
Romans 8:9, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”
VV 7-10, 7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore, I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Paul encouraged his audience to be honourable, truthful, honest, and not to do evil deeds. If they were truthful and honest, they could not be faulted, but if they were dishonest and exposed, and they could be shamed.
VV 11-14, 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Finally, Paul encouraged his audience to cheer up, be unanimous, live in peace, love God, and love one another. Paul enocuraged them to greet one another with a holy kiss. The holy kiss of the first century world is equivalent to a handshake, a kiss on the cheek, or a hug today. Paul pronounced a greeting of grace, love, communion of the Holy Spirit, and ended his epistle with an Amen.
We should not do evil, be honourable, truthful, and honest. If we are truthful and honest, no one can find fault with us. If we are dishonest, the truth will be exposed and we will be shamed. Honesty is the best policy.
Heavenly Father, thank You for journeying with on this wonderful journey in 2 Corinthians through the writings of Paul. We pray that You will help us be truthful, honourable, honest, and above board. We pray for Your strength in our weakness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Heavenly Father, help us to surrender our lives to You. Help us to make You the centre of our lives. We believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
VV 1-6, 1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago, whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows, such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man, whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows, 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one I will boast, yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. 6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.
14 years ago, Paul was raptured into the third heaven. There are three heavens. The atmosphere is the first heaven. The outer space where the sun, moon, and stars are located is the second heaven. The dwelling place of God is the third heaven. Greek for caught up is “harpazo”. Latin for caught up is “rapturo”. Paul was caught up to the throne room of God in the third heaven which he described as Paradise. God did not permit him to disclose what he saw and heard. What he saw was so glorious and magnificent that could not be expressed in words. This event was believed to have happened at Lystra when Paul was stoned by the Jews until he was unconscious and possibly dead, but the Lord miraculously raised him up, Acts 14:19.
Acts 14:19, “the Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitude, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.”
VV 7-10, 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The thorn in the flesh was a health issue. Paul prayed to the Lord three times for healing of this condition but the Lord answered no, saying that His grace was sufficient for him and His strength was made perfect in weakness. Paul did not say what this health issue was. Some scholars suggest eye problems, others suggest it was malaria but these are all conjectures.
VV 11-13, 11 I have become a fool in boasting, you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. 13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!
Paul disputed the false apostles’ claim of super spirituality. Paul’s credential of a true apostle was his ability to perform signs, wonders, miracles, and mighty deeds, Acts 19: 11-12. The false apostles did not have this power. Paul asked 1 more rhetorical question.
Acts 19:11-12, Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them, and evils spirits went of them.
VV 14-15, 14 Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you, for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
Paul’s next visit to Corinth would be his third and he would not ask for any financial assistance from them.
VV 16-18, 16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning! 17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus, and sent our brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
Paul asked 4 rhetorical questions to reinforced that he and his co-workers did not take advantage of the Corinthian Christians.
VV 19-21, 19 Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification. 20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish, lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbiting, whisperings, conceits, tumults, 21 lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.
Paul asked 1 more rhetorical question. Paul loved his audience and did everything for their edification.
Paul warned them not to have contentions, jealousies, wrath, self-ambitions, backbiting, murmuring, conceit, and confusion as these would destroy the church. Paul urged his audience to repent of their sins.
Memorise 2 Corinthians 12:9, And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” When we are weak, we can rely on the strength of God.
God will not answer all your prayers with yes. A no answer is also an answer. God did not answer Paul’s prayer to remove his thorn in the flesh. His grace is sufficient for you.
Heavenly Father, apostle Paul pleaded with You three times to remove the thorn in his flesh but You answered no. Your grace is sufficient for Paul and will be sufficient for us. Your strength is perfected in our weakness. Thank You that You are strong even when we are weak, in Jesus’ name, Amen.