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How To Self Publish on Kindle

April 28, 2010

The other day I ePublished my first novel ‘Gone’.

It was pretty simple, took about 10 minutes.

First if you don’t already have one create an account and then sign in to the Kindle ‘Digital Text Platform’ site

1 -Add New Item

2 – Fill out Forms (4 steps)

At this point you’ll be taken to a form with four steps.

Step 1 should expand automatically. If for some reason it doesn’t simply click the + box to expand

2.1 Enter Product Details

You should now see

Here you’ll be able to enter:

  • Title
  • Book description
  • Authors – click the add/edit button
  • Publisher (if you’ve gone through a company like createspace you’ll enter that, or leave it blank)
  • ISBN (if you’ve already registered the book for an ISBN enter it here. otherwise leave it blank)
  • Language – drop down menu
  • Pub Date – select today unless you have previously published this
  • Keywords – this is how people will search Amazon to find your work
  • Edition Number – if this is your first time it’s either 1 or 0 or leave it blank
  • Series Title – if this is a part of a series of books, that goes here
  • Series Volume – this is it’s position in the series
  • DRM – ok this is what Amazon says about this So use your own judgement on this one and do some research. Let me know what you think. I went With it for my novel Gone.
  • Product image – This is your book cover. this is what the Kindle store will display. for example Gone

Finish Step 1 and move on(Click the SAve Entries Button in the Lower Right corner)

2.2 Confirm Content Rights

Ok I may not be 100% on this but basically If You own all the rights to your book, then it’s your choice on worldwide or individual territories. If the rights are shared (with a publisher etc) you most likely have to consult with them on this.

Then Click the Check box on B. and ‘Save Entries’ to move on

2.3 Upload & Preview Book

This is pretty simple. Browse to find your manuscript.

I went with a Word file.

Converting from word to an HTML file resulted in a lot of odd characters.  And I don’t have a way to see what happens with a PRC.

Then Click upload and this should happen

once the file is upload a preview button will appear

You’ll then see a preview of your document on the Kindle

2.4 Enter Suggested Retail Price

This is up to you. There’s a lot of debate out there on this. My personal opinion is don’t set it too low, respect your work. You worked hard on it. So let it stand on it’s own. But also keep in mind it is a digital version you don’t want to charge more then a similiar book that’s on the shelves.
for a fiction novel of about 200 pages I set my price around 10 dollars.

3 Publish

That’s all she wrote folks.

The publish button on the top Right bar should ‘Turn on’

(i totally forgot to take a screenshot when I did this the first time… so imagine that lighter )

Click it and now it’s time to tell the world you published your novel and promote it!


and remember people don’t have to have a kindle to read a digital book from Amazon.

They have a variety of Apps for different platforms like Mac, PC, iPad, Blackberry & iPhone (and more are coming)


Script Frenzy

January 11, 2008

Ptop Script Frenzy banner

Well it’s still a few months away but it’s not too soon to start thinking about Script Frenzy (

If you were with me in the fall you remember my run for Nanowrimo. Well Script Frenzy is the same thing, but for screen plays. Which makes it alot easier and a lot harder.

There’s a crucial difference between Novels and Scripts. Novels demand you let your imagination run, and your ink flow.

Scripts demand you say the most amount in the least amount of time. The key to script is rewriting, and rewriting and rewriting.

So it’s never too early to start thinking about your script for Script Frenzy. It’s funny I came here to talk about how Script Frenzy was odd because it was based on word count.. but as I went to check that info on the website i found this:

We’re moving the event to April, and changing the goal from 20,000 words to 100 pages.

And I have to say (having written 6 scripts in the past), this is a much more accurate goal for screen plays. In fact I’d actually say if you can finish 90 pages you’re gold.

I want to put this out there. There are 3 types of people doing script Frenzy.

1) The wanna be writers, who want to make a hollywood screenplay and sell it to the highest bidder for 6 figures.

2) the writer who just wants to see if he can get it done.

3) the independent film maker.

and I want to say, 100 pages is a very reasonable goal. it can be done, and in fact it can be done in a matter of days (like 2). Don’t look at this as a daunting task. It’s going to be easy, and along the way I’m going to give some tips I’ve picked up for writing screen plays and talk to those 3 different types of people as best I can.

Right now you’ve got months to go until SF starts in April, so just sit back and let your mind wander.

Oh yea My Script Frenzy Profile is at:

I’m thinking of opening my script idea up to my viewers, in which I’d give out some choices in the weeks before Script Frenzy to guide my hand… like what Genre, sub genre, etc…

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