In this step, you’ll style the titles in your manuscript as headings. This is the most important step of formatting! Headings help our conversion tool recognize and design your book’s part titles, chapter titles, subtitles, subheadings, and so on.
We also use the headings in your manuscript to create your book’s Table of Contents. Retailers require a well-formatted Table of Contents, plus, this makes for a much better experience for your readers.
There are four heading styles. Here’s how they might look in your .docx file:
These headings will look different in your converted book. Here’s how they might appear (using the layout Shelley):
And here’s how they might look in your book’s Table of Contents (using the layout Lamott):
We recommend styling chapter titles as Heading 1 and subtitles as Heading 2, 3, or 4. (Or, if your book is divided into parts, we recommend styling part titles as Heading 1, chapter titles as Heading 2, and subtitles as Heading 3 or 4.) However, it’s completely up to you, and you can always edit/re-convert your manuscript, so feel free to experiment.
Please note that in order for the headers to be added to the Table of Contents, you must have a higher level header above it. (For example, Header 2 won't show up in the Table of Contents unless there’s a Header 1 somewhere else before it in the chapter.)