Smashwords Formatting, Part 5

End Matter Mayhem

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Do you want end matter?  I do.  I want my readers to have fingertip access to my other novels right as they’re finishing the book they’re reading and are riding the high of absolutely loving it (come on, we’re being optimistic here).

So, if you’d like end matter in yours, take a look at what I’ve put in mine, the two free anthologies you might have glimpsed back in part 1.  Look good to you?  It’s just as easy as chapter headings.

Here’s what I have at the back of my upcoming novel, Abigail:


Big thanks go to my beta readers Katy and Dymphna for their time and effort in helping make “Abigail” better. Another shout-out to my little sister Sheridan for the cover artwork. Many thanks to Julia Crane, author of YA novel “Coexist” who has been my pal and confidante through the first months of this business. As always, a shameless plug for Guido Henkel, author of the Jason Dark series. His series of blogs on formatting e-books made this one possible. Finally, big hugs to all my peeps at Indie Writers Unite!—you dudes rock.

If you liked “Abigail”…

Check out Heather’s other published works!


The Temple, a paranormal mystery novel for 99 cents at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that’s nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.

A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem—people are dying, and word is, it’s supernatural.

At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking—women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own.

Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn’t ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she’s determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.

Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she’ll learn things aren’t always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all.

The Hunt could ride for her.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

If you’re an international reader, please consider purchasing my work from Smashwords due to the $2 unfair surcharge Amazon charges you.  You can read more about it at author David Gaughran’s blog.

About the Author

Heather Marie Adkins is an independent fiction novelist and avid bibliophile with the library to prove it. She is the author of The Temple, as well as Chick lit novel Constant State of Disaster and a collection of Paranormal romance short stories titled Love and All Its Dimensions, both due out this fall. She is currently working on numerous projects, including a thriller with a ghostly protagonist and the first in a new witchcraft series. A practicing Witch, Heather lives in North Central Kentucky with a house full of animals and the love of her life—all of whom drive her crazy. She can be found daily (mostly) at

Coming Soon…

Constant State of Disaster

A Chick Lit novel

Anne Marie has issues and they all stem from her mother.

On top of losing the genetic lottery, she’s also dealing with an unexpected breakup from the man she thought she would marry. When the depression sends her spiraling into a self-destructive party phase that rivals the old adage Sex-Drugs-Rock’n’Roll, her parents decide to get her out before she destroys herself.

AnnRee’s best friend lives and works abroad where she’s just become engaged; Anne Marie is on the next flight out of New York and thankful to be rid of the negativity. A whirlwind bachelorette trip to Ireland introduces her to a gorgeous man who is too good for her, and puts another one of her friends in the hospital, leaving her just as bereft as before.

AnnRee realizes that in order to be happy, she has to create her own way, and it’s not going to be easy.

Sometimes, you have to accept life as it is to get where you want to be.


Interested in receiving updates on Heather’s books? Visit her website at for instructions on how to sign up for her newsletter!

It looks like a lot, yep.  Acknowledgements; my other published books with hyperlinks; About the Author; and a look at what’s coming next in my world.  Your own end matter can be as elaborate or tiny as you wish.

How do we make it mesh with the whole document?  Same way we did the chapters.  Highlight “Acknowledgments” and choose SWChapter.  Highlight “If You Liked “Abigail”…” (or whatever title you put on your published works page), and click SWchapter.  Do the same for “About the Author” and “Coming Soon”.

Voila.  End Matter.

To make your book titles stand out, particularly if you’re like me and you want to list more than one, highlight your title and choose your SWBooktitle style.  There you go, instant eye catcher.

As for adding the hyperlinks to your book, oh so simple.  Highlight the word you’re using, in this case, the book title.  So, you highlight, say, The Temple.  Right click.  Choose “Hyperlink”.  It brings up a box for you to enter the URL to the webpage (in this case, the Smashwords page for the book — Smashwords doesn’t allow hyperlinks to a competitor, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble).  Click OK.  Always verify that your links will click through to the right webpage.  It would suck ears of corn if your reader clicked to view your next book on Amazon and ended up on someone else’s.  Bye, bye Sale, hello promo for another author.  I also add the hyperlink to my website in both instances where it appears, as well as adding a link to the words “David Gaughran’s blog”.


That’s it, people.  You have officially created a Smashwords-worthy document.  I don’t claim to be an expert, but I can claim to have a good track record with my own uploads.  Take these posts for what they’re worth; an easy outline for someone who wants a professional looking ebook in the ether.  Enjoy, and good luck in the wonderful world of indie publishing:)

(FINAL NOTE, courtesy of my friend author Larry D. Marshall–if you turn off your autocorrect for good and use the styles as you’re writing the document, you can bypass the nuclear method and just tweak it.  I’m OCD and start a completely new document for my Smashwords ebook because my original document ends up being a mess, no matter what.  If you have the mind to use the styles as you’re writing the book, then you’re set :))

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them  (or email me) and I will attempt to respond promptly with either an answer or perfectly crafted bullsh**.  I’m not an expert!

If you’re looking for ebook formatting tips for files OTHER than those used at Smashwords, let me refer you to ebook god Guido Henkel and his nine part series on crafting the perfect ebook.

***Part 1***Part 2***Part 3***Part 4***Part 5***

I did these blog posts out of the goodness of my own heart.

(And because everyone I know bitches about Smashwords formatting.)

If they were helpful to you, please consider purchasing one of my novels.

Supporting other indies is crucial to all of our success:)

17 thoughts on “Smashwords Formatting, Part 5”

    1. Aww, thanks so much! If I can help just a handful of people, then I did my job:) if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me!

  1. Heather you saved the day for me! I was pulling my hair out. A couple of things-the indents 0.25 for the paragraphs don’t show up in my word doc. (?) will they show once they are in the ebook? or is there something wrong here. Next, my book is a children’s story and has some illustrations. Do you have any pointers on adding pictures to the book when formatted according to your blog?
    For example I understand you can compress images right in word. Where is the best place to insert the images? Thanks so much

    1. No, they should most definitely show up in your Word doc, too. If they’re not visible, then they aren’t there! Go back into your paragraph dialogue box and make sure you’ve got that First Line Indent set to .25.

      I’ve yet to find a version of Word that actually compresses images correctly! I normally do the resizing myself. I use Irfanview, a freebie picture resizer. You can change the dpi to 72 (basic web dpi and perfectly fine for ebooks through Smashwords) as well as making the size smaller. I usually eyeball it based on font size, i.e. how do I want this image to appear in the ebook as compared to the size of the body font or chapter heading. Once you’ve got the pic ready to insert, you just go to Insert–Picture–From File, navigate to it, and voila, you’re in.

      If you have any more questions, you’re more than welcome to email me!

  2. Gotta say thanks. Something about your delivery was crystal clear to me. I’m out of practice since I haven’t liked anything i wrote in a while enough to take any pains with formatting.
    Question-of the 7 styles you mentioned, which would you use for haiku’s throughout the body of the novel?.
    I am going to buy at least one of your books. Thanks again.

    1. How you want to lay them out is ultimately up to your style. I’m not super familiar with haikus, but I believe they’re usually centered? So I’d style the lines to be centered and separate the haiku from the rest of the text using hard returns (a blank line on each side). You can always create your own styles; mine are just meant for a foundation to work on.:)

  3. How do I put just one word in italics? When I use the “italics” setting, it put the whole paragraph in italics. I’ve googled for an answer to this but have had no luck. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for your great lessons.
    I think I’ve got this, but I need to indent some quoted newspaper stories a couple inches on each side. Can I highlight the paragraphs and bring in the margin pointers, or do I go through Styles. In which case, I’m not seeing how to do it. Thanks for any help!–Margaret

    1. You go through Styles, exactly as I’ve showed you. In that dialogue box where you set your style, you’ll go to Paragraph. Then use the Before and After indents to go in as far as you’d like to go. And save your style.:)

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