Create Space and Kindle description, simple formatting in HTML examples

Posted: October 26, 2012 in #ebooks, #self publishing, formatting for kindle, formatting for POD, Short stories, Writing

I can’t believe it has taken me until now to fathom out how to format the description on Create Space, or Kindle. The descriptions have to be one of the most important aspects of a readers decision for them to consider buying your book. I will keep the examples simple for those like me who are not computer literate.

Create space unfortunately offer no assistance with HTML. I have always uploaded as a direct copy and paste from word, but in 4 books I have just uploaded to Create Space, their software ignored all my paragraphs.

Type out your description in Word, or notepad. Format your paragraphs single spaced. I have not set a paragraph indent  and no paragraph spacing. Now you can add the HTML code as below.

<p> creates a paragraph. <p/> closes the paragraph and automatically creates a paragraph space.

<b> Creates bold text. <b/> Closes the bold text.

Note: Let the HTML code create the paragraph space.

<p><b> Missing: The Body of Evidence, is a gripping crime thriller. A story of secrets and deceptions, and one woman’s determination to discover the truth. </b></p>

<p>When rookie LAPD detective Nancy Roberts is called to the scene of a fire  and the remnants of a body are discovered, CSI can’t be sure if it is the result of a suicide, accident, murder, or….  Well… kind of something else. </p>

<p>The CIA declare an interest and point everyone on the investigation in the direction of a freak accident. Nancy doesn’t buy the theory of spontaneous combustion put forward. Her own unconventional investigations point her in a different direction, but they are curtailed when she is framed for being on the take. This brings her into conflict with her fellow detective and boyfriend, Kyle. </p>

<p>Suspended and under orders not to continue with the search for answers, threats to her life and those she holds dear force her in a race against time to clear her name. But will she avoid death long enough to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind the strange events? </p>

<p><b> Emotionally charged and gripping from the very beginning to an extraordinary and unforeseen, though satisfying twist at the end. It doesn’t get much better than this. An uncompromising and compulsive thriller from Declan Conner. </b></p>

Once uploaded it will look like this on Create Space, but for some reason the bold does not show on the kindle description.

Note. I am just in the process of changing all my description, so the formatting may not show yet on my actual books.

Missing: The Body of Evidence, is a gripping crime thriller. A story of secrets and deceptions, and one woman’s determination to discover the truth.

When rookie LAPD detective Nancy Roberts is called to the scene of a fire and the remnants of a body are discovered, CSI can’t be sure if it is the result of a suicide, accident, murder, or…. Well… kind of something else.

The CIA declare an interest and point everyone on the investigation in the direction of a freak accident. Nancy doesn’t buy the theory of spontaneous combustion put forward. Her own unconventional investigations point her in a different direction, but they are curtailed when she is framed for being on the take. This brings her into conflict with her fellow detective and boyfriend, Kyle.

Suspended and under orders not to continue with the search for answers, threats to her life and those she holds dear force her in a race against time to clear her name. But will she avoid death long enough to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind the strange events?

Emotionally charged and gripping from the very beginning to an extraordinary and unforeseen, though satisfying twist at the end. It doesn’t get much better than this. An uncompromising and compulsive thriller from Declan Conner.

An example of how I formatted my short story collection.

<p><b> Lunch Break Thrillers – Short Stories.  Twelve not so short stories. Also available as single short stories. </b></p>

<p> In this busy world where time is precious, no matter if you are taking a short journey or a lunch break and need to sit back and relax, what better than to read a short story to its conclusion, rather than to put a book aside and forget it. </p>

<p> Lunch Break Thrillers is a gripping mix of suspense, mystery, disaster and murder, all interlaced with memorable characters. </p>

<p> Designed to intrigue and satisfy, these tales will leave you with something to ponder, long after they fade into the dark corners of your mind. </p>

<p><b> The Mystery of the Crimson Robe.</b>

Rookie LAPD Homicide Detective, Nancy Roberts, has a strange encounter with a figure in a crimson robe. Ridiculed by her colleagues, she has more to contend with than a fancy colored garment. A story of overcoming self-doubt. </p>

<p><b> Hide and Seek.</b>

Carl didn’t believe in ghosts. Unless you want to count the Holy one? All that is about to change. </p>

<p><b> The End, or a New Dawn.</b>

For those worried about climate change. Maybe it’s all part of a grand design for a new start of biblical proportion. </p>

<p><b> Where There’s a Will, There’s a War.</b>

A tale of political intrigue and deception. This one is for conspiracy theorists. An interactive story that will have you opening your browser to search the net for answers. </p>

<p><b> Careful What You Wish.</b>

Ross Kellerman does not seem to have any luck at dating. Trapped 24/7 behind his bar, he turns to Internet dating. Big mistake. Luckily, his so called friends are at hand to help out.

<p><b> Downward Spiral. </b>

A cautionary tale and a Helter-Skelter ride for Annie in her fall from grace during rough times. </p>

<p><b> The Black Widow.</b>

When death comes a calling, it can take all shapes and sizes, especially where revenge is the motive. A noir Mafia tale. </p>

<p><b> Phoenix Rising</b>

Set in the backdrop of a bankrupt UK, a corrupt Federal European Union has taken control of the country. Can a failed British secret service agent unravel the mystery surrounding the death of a leading British industrialist?

<p><b> The Enemy Within.</b>

There is a war taking place, but where? It could be nearer than you think. They say to keep your friends close and your enemy even closer. But what happens in a society where you can’t tell one from the other? Would this cause you to become your own worst enemy? </p>

<p><b> The Silver Locket.</b>

A hypnotic tale of hope, from the depths of adversity. </p>

<p><b> Lost Baggage.</b>

How precious are your possessions? Worth risking your life for? Texas born, Rob Carter has the answer. </p>

<p><b> Who Am I? </b>

Worried about identity theft? If not, you should be. It could cost you your life. </p>

Once uploaded it will look like this on the Create Space description, but the Kindle description does not show the bold. If I wanted the text after the title to have started as a new paragraph, then I would sinmply have placed </p> after the title and the bold</b> . I would then start the text with <p>

Lunch Break Thrillers – Short Stories. Twelve not so short stories. Also available as single short stories.

In this busy world where time is precious, no matter if you are taking a short journey or a lunch break and need to sit back and relax, what better than to read a short story to its conclusion, rather than to put a book aside and forget it.

Lunch Break Thrillers is a gripping mix of suspense, mystery, disaster and murder, all interlaced with memorable characters.

Designed to intrigue and satisfy, these tales will leave you with something to ponder, long after they fade into the dark corners of your mind.

The Mystery of the Crimson Robe. Rookie LAPD Homicide Detective, Nancy Roberts, has a strange encounter with a figure in a crimson robe. Ridiculed by her colleagues, she has more to contend with than a fancy colored garment. A story of overcoming self-doubt.

Hide and Seek. Carl didn’t believe in ghosts. Unless you want to count the Holy one? All that is about to change.

The End. or a New Dawn. For those worried about climate change. Maybe it’s all part of a grand design for a new start of biblical proportion.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a War. A tale of political intrigue and deception. This one is for conspiracy theorists. An interactive story that will have you opening your browser to search the net for answers.

Careful What You Wish. Ross Kellerman does not seem to have any luck at dating. Trapped 24/7 behind his bar, he turns to Internet dating. Big mistake. Luckily, his so called friends are at hand to help out.

Downward Spiral. A cautionary tale and a Helter-Skelter ride for Annie in her fall from grace during rough times.

The Black Widow. When death comes a calling, it can take all shapes and sizes, especially where revenge is the motive. A noir Mafia tale.

Phoenix Rising Set in the backdrop of a bankrupt UK, a corrupt Federal European Union has taken control of the country. Can a failed British secret service agent unravel the mystery surrounding the death of a leading British industrialist?

The Enemy Within. There is a war taking place, but where? It could be nearer than you think. They say to keep your friends close and your enemy even closer. But what happens in a society where you can’t tell one from the other? Would this cause you to become your own worst enemy?

The Silver Locket. A hypnotic tale of hope, from the depths of adversity.

Lost Baggage. How precious are your possessions? Worth risking your life for? Texas born, Rob Carter has the answer.

Who Am I? Worried about identity theft? If not, you should be. It could cost you your life.

Good luck with your publishing.

Declan

For those who really don’t want to, or find the task too daunting, I am now offering a formatting service for Kindle eBooks and POD print books, using Word to a publishing standard. For a quote, email me at declanconner@hotmail.com

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