E-book Formatting: Indicating POV Shifts

In my earlier posts on e-book formatting, I mentioned that I indicate POV shifts by creating an extra line and making the initial letter of the new section bolded and 2 points larger than the rest of the text. Well, recently I discovered that those lines don’t always show up on the reader’s device, and the bolding isn’t always as bold as I’d like it to be. This resulted in some confusion for one of my beta readers when he read the novel I’m getting ready to publish (The Wind And The Darkness) on his Nook.

The new section seemed to flow right from the old one, and I hadn’t written the POV shift clearly enough, either. Needless to say, that’s been fixed with a little sentence that strongly defined the new POV. But the formatting stuff was still problematic. I like POV shifts to be clear and obvious, so the reader never has to stop and think “okay, whose head am I in now?”

So, it’s back to using stars in between POV shifts. I still think it looks inelegant, but better that than have readers get confused.

About melisera

Tori Minard wrote her first story in pencil, sans paragraph breaks and quotation marks, for a third-grade class assignment. It was the dark and moving tale of a Halloween pumpkin. Unfortunately, the details of this gem have been lost to time. Her next story featured a large black dog who was really a demon in disguise. Apparently, Tori was born in paranormal mode. Three years later, it dawned on her that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher’s permission to write fiction. She spent the entirety of her peculiar adolescence writing weird and romantic stories which embarrassed her parents and got her in trouble at school. Unfortunately for her ego, the teachers merely thought she was writing letters to friends. Letters to friends! C’mon, this is dark, creative proto-Goth girl. Why would she write letters to friends when she could bring forth post-apocalyptic romances instead? After a long detour for such grown-up pursuits as working boring full-time jobs (State of Alaska, U.S. Postal Service), getting married and having a child, she returned to her first love—storytelling. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and micro-dog. Her novels include The Amaki series, about sexy fae, a vampire romance series, Legends Of A Dark Empire, and a new adult series, just starting, called Avery's Crossing.
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One Response to E-book Formatting: Indicating POV Shifts

  1. Chris Hechtl says:

    I am having the same problem with my books. It is a common issue with E-books, the devices delete any carriage returns or spaces to save space, and if you reformat text larger than stock, they either A complain, or B the program autocorrects it.
    Stars seem to be the way to go apparently. I just wished I known about them earlier. it would have saved me some nasty reviews and some confusion. lol

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