Create beautiful and consistent Amazon KDP-friendly books and boxsets in Word, in seconds, for free.
PQ lets authors, especially indie and self-published, start with simple distraction-free text based Markdown manuscripts and generate consistent and great-looking publish-ready Microsoft Word novels and boxsets for Amazon KDP (Kindle Publishing) and other platforms. No need to spend time formatting every book and no longer tied to specific tools (like Scrivener or Ulysses). PQ is available primarly on macOS, however you will find installation instructions for Windows and Linux. It is meant for desktops and ideal for fiction and narrative non-fiction. And it requires no internet connection to work. see faq.
Write in Markdown ⟶ add some front matter ⟶ run the script ⟶ publish faster
pq -g mySeries ⟶ converts one or more manuscripts to Word or ePub
pq -g mySeries -t boxset ⟶ combines all files in a group and generates a boxset
pq -g mySeries --stats ⟶ converts one or more manuscripts to Word or ePub and generates stats on each book
An anthology of 5-books with ~1200 pages can be generated in ~10 seconds.
All these books were built 100% using PQ.
Yes. KDP accepts Microsoft Word as an input file. With PQ, you can produce a great looking doc that is 99% ready, with maybe a few minor tweaks if required (such as adding TOCs or special graphics), before upload. All these books were produced using PQ, and then the only action before uploading to Amazon was adding a TOC. That’s it (5 minutes). Or see this sample PDF that was created from the produced docx (nothing was altered!)
easily create a boxset
change the ornamental dividers in all your chapters across all your books in 30 seconds and regenerate your catalog in seconds.
get stats on every book in a few seconds (povs, words, pages, chapter lengths…)
recreate your X book library in seconds with a new look-and-feel and updated back-matter
create as many shortcodes and’replace’ them globally
reuse common external content; update once, regenerate everything
split your raw manuscript to N chunks to ease grammar checking
Yes. The PublishQuickly script really is free. If you can get it up-and-running, you can optionally buy a one-time access (cheap) to an advanced guide which gives you some extra info and reveals a couple of useful hidden features.
The usage requires some comfort working on command line and following slightly technical instructions. But the effort is worth the benefits!
Let’s say you had a 20-book backlist and you’ve decided to refresh the look-and-feel of all the books, update the backmatter to include the list of all your books, change your common thank you notes at the end of each book, and update your social media links. If you set it up correctly as per the PublishQuickly system, you would be able to refresh your entire catalog in as few as few minutes or in less than an hour. Now imagine doing it manually across all. In fact, once you’ve made updates, the actual generation might take less than a minute. It’s fast.
Check out the FAQ.
Once you get it working with the basic version, harness the real power by getting access to an advanced use guide. The software is free for use as much as you want and anywhere.
The online guide covers how this author uses this system for his entire collection (15-books, 3-series, 3000+ pages of content)
learn how to use some advanced features
get interesting tips-and-tricks not described in the basic guide.
get access to a couple of powerful hidden features
get access to bonus materials (docx templates and stylesheets to use)
links to private YouTube videos that demonstrate some concepts