Book Formatting and Publishing with MS Word

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Book Formatting and Publishing with MS Word

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Microsoft Word for Writers & Authors


Mastery for Those who Most Appreciate the Power of Words


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Programme Aim:

When you’re writing a book, you might come to this point where exasperation turns to desperation.  Yes, you can invest in dedicated book writing software programs and there is an endless number of them claiming to be the best at one thing or another.  But you don’t have to: What if you could do all your writing requirements (plus lots more) without needing to purchase or learn a whole new word-processing platform?  Sign up for our Microsoft Word Course, especially for writers and authors!

Programme Outcome:

For book manuscripts, Microsoft Word is the primary word processing program that authors should use and master.  It is used at all levels of the publishing world for manuscript creation, editing, proofreading, formatting, and transferring text material.  Many writers take a lot of care in writing and editing, but sometimes forget to invest as much in the overall look. This course will focus on how to create books that look great in a shorter amount of time.  Using the skills learned from this course, you will be ready to create a file suitable to upload to Amazon KDP, Ingram-Spark, or other POD platform, so you can start building your author brand.

Programme Outline:

LESSON 1:  Navigate Your Book in Microsoft Word

  • Word Is the Foundation
  • Learn how to have greater creative control over the look of your document or book from the start
  • Know exactly what settings you should use to get the most out of using Word when writing your book

LESSON 2: Setting up your Book in Microsoft Word

  • Working with Templates
  • Setting up the book size and page format
  • Margins & Gutter

LESSON 3: Front Matter

  • Front matter includes the following:
  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Dedication page (if any)
  • Table of contents (if any)
  • Preface (if any)
  • Introduction (if any)

LESSON 4: Headers & Footers

  • Including different headers on new chapter pages and odd/even pages

LESSON 5: Styles

  • Settings to create chapter headings and 1-click easy font updates throughout your manuscript

LESSON 5: Track Changes

  • Including comments, tracking changes, and comparing documents

LESSON 6: Find/Replace

  • Used by editors that save you HOURS with search option to find words and phrases in your document

LESSON 5: Table of Contents

  • How to format all chapter titles as e.g. Heading 1 and any subtitles as Heading 2 etc.
  • Running automatic Tables of Contents, Indexes and Bibliographies

LESSON 6: Back Matter

  • Use this section to promote yourself and your work

Who Should Attend:

For self-starters or people who need the tools and training to get started with writing.


Introduction to computers course or have equivalent knowledge.

Follow-on Programme:

How to self-publish a book that you can sell, cross-sell and leverage.




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