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Can anyone help with some simple HTML code?


If you know how to write SIMPLE HTML code, please read this!

I’d be oh, so grateful for your help. 🙂


I am just finishing up my newest book for CreateSpace and Kindle and THIS time, I am trying to “ace” how to add some simple HTML code to my book description. I have tried over and over today to make it work, without success. 😦

If anyone can help with this, I’d be oh, so grateful!

It’s only a few paragraphs of text to do and if you are familiar with using HTML, I’m probably missing something soooo simple but I just can’t find what it is.

CreateSpace keeps prompting me to “close the b. (as in bold tag) but I’ve gone over the text several times, checked there was no spaces to remove, but it still doesn’t work.

If anyone can help, I’ll be sure to send you a free copy (print or ebook) of the book when it’s completed. I’m not going to mention the title right now…

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Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my inspirational, pro-active and fun book/eBook, all about aging well: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well. I am also the author of: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1): Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance). Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (Volumes I, II and III) and My Poetic Path. These titles are available at all the Amazon sites. When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, the yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! 🐱 With Blogger, I also host my new author's site: Geraldine Helen Hartman and my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews. I hope you will visit often and enjoy all of my sites.😂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste!

9 thoughts on “Can anyone help with some simple HTML code?

  1. Geraldine, without really seeing what you are talking about, I can’t be sure.

    However, if it’s asking you to CLOSE the b, it’s not asking that you REMOVE it, it’s asking that you CLOSE it.

    Which would mean, you need to add this HTML code AFTER the b to close it:

    So it should look like this in the coding …. which should end up looking BOLD, like this Ron.

    I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, you can always email me and I will try to help you more if I can.

  2. Sorry, Geraldine…but the coding I placed in my comment above didn’t show up, so my comment makes no sense.

    I will email you.

  3. Hope you get this sorted out soon. Amazon shouldn’t make this so hard for people to figure out. You should be able to focus on your writing not on formatting a book’s description. Can’t wait for your newest book to be available.

  4. closing tab is probably something like this — — something with the / in it. I’ll probably have to see it, although I’m no expert. but Ron with his comment above is right, he’ll probably know better.

    have a great day.

  5. Thanks Ron. I really appreciate your help with this. It will probably be easy-peasy for you to figure this out. 🙂 I had another blogger at Veggies…offering to help too!

    Yes, me too Joe. I’m ok (very ok actually) with formatting print and Kindle books now, after a steep learning curve to get there. No wonder people charge a lot of $$$ to format books, now I know why.

    But when it comes to HTML, I still don’t know as much as I’d like to or need to. Hopefully, I’ll know more after I see this text coded. 😉

    Yes, I tried that Lissa but it didn’t work. I went over the text several times too, looking for any spaces I missed. Then I wasn’t sure about adding breaks. Is it also a tag that needs to be open and then closed?

    I wish Amazon would make this part of the process easier!!!

    I’m going back to work on my book…wish me luck with getting this ALL aced! G

  6. If Ron wasn’t able to help you I’m sure that I could. It sounds like your problem is not extra spaces but the lack of specific “end” code for something. I imagine that I can’t show you in this because this accepts HTML code and as soon as it sees a “less than sign” of “<" it will probably treat everything within that like a code, but let's try, you need a less than sign "” at the end of the phrase or sentence that you are trying to bold. That is what the message sounds like to me…

  7. It did treat everything like code so I’m going to repeat the instructions using only word and leaving out the symbols: you need a “less than sign” (the one above the comma,) a “forward slash” sign (the one below the ?), a “b” and then a “greater than sign”(the one above the period.) No spaces within that.

  8. Hi Sue, Nice to ‘see’ you again and thanks for your offer of help.

    I’ve actually had 4 bloggers offering to help, how nice is that?

    I don’t know why it wouldn’t work so far as I did close the bold tags as suggested but hopefully one of you HTML wizards will be able to make this work. 😉

    CreateSpace is very specific, what they will and won’t accept. It’s very limited. Ill let you know Sue, if I still need some help with this and again, thanks.

    Happy Weekend, G

  9. I can check with my son if you’re still having trouble when I offered him the HTML for dummies book, he smiled and told me he could write the book, so if it’s still a problem let me know and I will tell him what you need

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