Have you, like me, found yourself frustrated for hours trying to figure out how to include a working Table of Contens into your manuscript? Go to your Kindle Library and open a book, click the table of contents in the box at the top. A drop down list will reveal this. If your TOC is dull and doesn’t do anything, your table of contents is not functioning. A huge problem for avid readers.
Well I can certainly say that I have had my fair share of scrolling through Smashwords instructions and come out more confused than when I first divulged into the world of computer HELL!!! I have finally figured out how to do it and came to realise that there are so many authors out there who are in the same predicament. My arse was kicked into gear to get this problem resolved when I recieved an email from Amazon, I figured a customer must have emailed them that I had no working TOC. Amazon contacted me and advised that I get this fixed. I have 14 books published and 2 more on their merry way and the last thing that I wanted was for Amazon to pursue my cause. So if anyone is interested in inserting a working TOC into their book, I shall share with you the easiest way that I know how to explain. So bear with me, as once you get the hang of it, trust me, the process is bloody easy 🙂
Below I shall write an example WIP,
The Dark Cully’s Mistress
Shiralyn J. Lee
Copyrights, The Dark Cully’s Mistress, blah blah blah…….
Table of Contents
I dedicate this book, blah blah blah
Annie Smith is…..blah blah blah
It was a Tuesday morning Blah, blah, blah
On Wednesday Blah, blah, blah.
By Friday Blah blah blah, and so the story goes on.
Ok mock set up done. Imagine it is your work that you are now looking at.
Firstly, Highlight the words, Table of Contents. Click, Insert on your top bar, next to home. Click bookmark. A box will come up. Type in TOC. Click add. Go back to manuscript, Highlight, copyrights, (not the one in your table of contents, but the actual one starting the paragraph) click book mark, delete copyright that is still written in the top box and write copyrights. Go back to manuscript and highlight each heading above paragraphs and delete and enter in the bookmark box. you shouls see a list of what you write in the immediate box below where you write. (Tip) When you finish, click the box that says hidden book marks and then reclick. Maybe do it a couple of times but in between each click just scroll the bar up and down. You may find that there are numbers and letters included in the larger box that you have added your list in. Just delete these. (This is important)
Now the next part. Go back to the top of your manuscript. You will highlight each heading again. This time, Highlight, right click. Click hyperlink. Then a new box will open. Click on, PLACE IN THIS DOCUMENT. (a small box on the left, in the centre) click on TOC. Go back to manuscript. Highlight, the next paragraph heading, ie..Dedication, and repeat, hyperlink, (place in this document may still be showing, if not just click the box again) click on TOC. Repeat with every chapter heading, until you reach the end of your manuscript, include, published books and author bio if you have them in the manuscript. Every one of them should now be connected to TOC in the PLACE IN THIS DOCUMENT box. Now your final part. Go to the Table of Contents list at the begining of your book. Highlight the first item, i.e…copyrights, right click, hyperlink, PLACE IN THIS DOCUMENT. This time you will click on the word, copyright. Go back to manuscript, highlight next word beneath in the table of contents list, i.e…Dedication. Right click, hyperlink, PLACE IN THIS DOCUMENT, click on the same word, in this case, Dedication. Each word in the Table of Contents should match the word in the box. When you have finished, save. Now here’s the fun bit. Press control and click your mouse over one of the table of contents chapters in the list. It will take you directly to that chapter. Then when you are there, press control and click the mouse on the chapter heading. It will take you back to the table of contents at the begining of your book.
I hope this has helped you solve a nasty problem that we authors have had to overcome. Happy writing everybody. 🙂