Rachel writes under the penname "Aubrey Hansen." I've read both her books Red Rain and Peter's Angel, and quite enjoyed them.
Find Aubrey/Rachel on the interwebs.
As someone who formats her own books, I'll let you know that it's no simple business, and I probably have room for improvement. I'll let Rachel have the floor now -
You know what's annoying about readers? They don't listen to you! You give them very simple instructions, like "Don't judge a book by its cover," then they go and do just that! But they don't stop there, oh no! As if being picky about covers isn't enough, then they go on and judge the book by its interior too! Not only does it have to have a nice cover, but the guts have to look good too!
Okay, okay, I guess we can't be too hard on readers. An improperly formatted book is very difficult to read, like trying to decipher a letter from a friend with atrocious handwriting. (We all know that one person!) What's worse, bad formatting pulls the reader out of the story, making them focus on the packaging instead of the words themselves. And as every writer knows, the last thing we want to do is pull our readers out of the story.
But the good news is that proper formatting doesn't have to be fancy. In fact, for most books, simpler is better. By following a few rules of the trade, it's easy to create a crisp layout that meets industry standards and makes your book look professional, while allowing your words to shine through. Below are 7 easy formatting tricks that you can apply to your next project to take it to the next level.
Okay, Kendra back real quick to put in a word about kindle formatting. It's a whole 'nother beast. I, unfortunately, didn't get anyone to talk about it as part of e-Con, but I do have this awesome post that I found elsewhere that you guys might will find helpful.