This is for MAC users who are writing their manuscripts in Pages.
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert; I’m just an author who was frustrated enough to figure it out! If you’ve never formatted a manuscript to upload to Kindle, then I hope I may be able to provide a few tips to alleviate all the mystery and frustration I felt when I wrote my first YA sci-fi novel, Nobody’s Clan.
Most authors who provided tips online were PC users. By trial and error, I was able to upload my first novel (and subsequent 5 novels).
I keep everything basic in my Pages document:
1) Title Page Goes First (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)
2) Dedication Page (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)
3) Table of Contents (with links) (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)
Formatting is up to you. Kindle allows the user to change formatting, so you choose. I use the same formatting for my Createspace template, such as font size and type.
Insert a page break after each Chapter: Insert>Page Break)
Add Individual Chapters into Bookmark section
Go to Table of Contents and Highlight text. You will be prompted to hyperlink to a Bookmark (one of your Chapters) > click each applicable chapter
When you have finished and double checked all links work, now it’s time to export to an epub: File > Export > Epub > save it to a folder
Voila! You now have an epub file of your manuscript to upload to Kindle. It’s actually pretty straight forward… of course, I didn’t think that when I struggled through the process on my first novel.
I wish you all the best and let me know if you have any questions or if I’ve missed any details!