Mari Christie


Mari Christie has been a professional writer, editor, and designer in Denver, Colorado for more than 20 years. At the age of 19, she decided to learn to write anything. With experience in journalism, marketing and advertising, proposals and grants, technical material, fiction, creative non-fiction, critique, and poetry, this goal has, for the most part, been accomplished. Mari holds a BA in Writing, summa cum laude and With Distinction, from the University of Colorado Denver, and has been an expert in Microsoft products since Windows 3.1 and Adobe Creative Suite since before it was a suite. Since 2009, she has completed three unpublished historical novels and a book-length epic poem, and is currently at work on her first Regency romance.


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This course will take the student through the process of formatting a final manuscript for publication for major online retailers and print-on-demand.


To complete this course you will need the following:

  • A completed manuscript, as ready as it will ever be. Make sure you proofread and spell check. Doing this all twice is not ideal.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and a copy of the program
    • If you do not understand the basics of Word, you will not be able to complete the course.
    • I will be using screenshots from Word 2013, but any version is fine, as long as you know how to use it.
  • A copy of the free program Calibre (
  • The Smashwords Style Guide
  • ISBN numbers, if you want to use your own
  • Author accounts at any distributors you plan to use. This course will cover:
    • Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
    • Smashwords (distributes to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and others)
    • CreateSpace


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