Sorry, we don’t do chapter breaks.

I’m going to try and format book two. I didn’t do too badly with book one, but in the end, I sent it away to be formatted for digital because I couldn’t get the damn thing to do chapter links properly. I read and re-read the Smashwords Style Guide a hundred times (well, maybe not a hundred), and no matter how hard I tried, the entire process eluded me.

Then I started thinking; why do I need chapter breaks anyway? Some people will say it makes it easier for the reader to find where they’ve left off. I say bull shit. With both the Kindle app and the e Book app I have on my laptop, if I close the applications in the middle of a book and re-open it, guess what—they both take me RIGHT BACK to the same place. Plus, there’s a little program called BOOKMARKS, that will do the exact same thing. So I’m thinking, no more chapter links for me.

Personally, a Table of Contents and links should only be in a book if you’re the type of writer who gives each chapter a name, OR, if you’re writing non-fiction. Since I do neither, I’m happy to omit the little buggers. Besides, so far, my books are rather small; six chapters.  Come on, do you really need a Table of Contents for something that small?

Now, if someone could direct me to an easy way of linking websites to the acknowledgement page, you’d be my BFF!

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

4 Responses to Sorry, we don’t do chapter breaks.

  1. Ohhhh…formatting your books yourself are you 🙂

    It’s not that hard. I’ve seen people complain about getting their formatting past the Smashwords’ meatgrinder, but I haven’t had any problems, yet (knock on wood).

  2. Yeah, I’ve heard a few people complain too, but I think it’s more they didn’t follow it right. I’m excited, that’s for sure!

  3. Yeah, I don’t do the TOC linking thing either. My mind simply boggles when I try to figure it out.

    I’m not sure what you mean by linking to the acknowledgment page. As far as I know, if you have a hyperlink in your document, that link should be live in the e-reader. Is that what you want to do?

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