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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 amazon.com 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!

Notes

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)

How to Prepare for Nanowrimo

October 22, 2008

Alright folks it’s less than 10 days away and you’re about to enter a 30 day war.

That’s right, I said it. This is war, but it’s not a war of words or creation or even a war of ink against paper.

This is an inner battle between your focus and procrastination, between your ego and determination. What stands in the way of your possible victory is yourself. So what are you to do, get ready.

  1. Join http://www.nanowrimo.org
  2. Find your idea
  3. Schedule your Time
  4. Do your research
  5. Say Goodbye to your Love ones, it’s time to ship off to war.

1)  Join the Website – Simple enough go forth to http://www.nanowrimo.org/ create your account, set up your profile, poke around the forums. Find your local community, see when the write outs are going on, where the kick off party is, who your fellow local writers are. Hey you already know me so add me as a buddy and try to stay on par with me as I race to the finish line.

2) Find Your Story –  Don’t go in to this with a blank slate. That’s not how novels are written, you don’t want to show day 1 going “hmm maybe I’ll write about… um…er… car… monsters…?” You have time right now, let your mind go. Spend the next few days finding the story that intrests you.

  • Write a logline or tagline – “You’re Crustacean my Heart –  A Crab Comedy”
  • Jot Down Names and concepts on main characters – John Powers, the brick, short temper and full of muscle; Tina Brown John’s seductress sister, with lips of beauty that spread lies and deceit
  • Put down some key story moments – John’s face off with his sister, John destroys the crab shack, John falls to butter induced alcoholism.

3) Schedule your Time – In an ideal world where you don’t have a job, or school or responsibilities you can just block off 2 or 3 hours a day for the whole month and Probably be well ahead of the game. Most people don’t have that. So you’re going to have to do some kind of complex math here. Try as hard as possible to schedule time every day and make it the same time every day.

The best way to keep writing once you’ve started, is to make it habitual. You want to ingrain yourself with that Pavlovian drive, so when it’s time to sit down and write you’re craving it ready to burn through pages. You’ll find that if you miss a day or start late you’ll be yearning to break away from everything and go for it. So find the time, make it an appointment with yourself and hold to it.

Don’t try going in to this with a day by day case. Figure it out now. When you just try to go with the flow, you’ll get sucked in to other things and find yourself rushing to catch up swimming up stream. Save yourself.

4) Do your research -One of the best ways to procrastinate is to fixate on something and research it. You’ll spend your whole day trying to figure out the name of that Brazilian Fruit bat with the largest wingspan, or find out just which indigenous people have a genetic allergy to mangos. Whatever research you can do this week, get it done now.

You’ve got your idea, you’ve got some bullet points, go forth and create a big folder of prints outs (and I mean print outs not internet bookmarks – cause in a few days I’m going to tell you to GTFO the web).

So get on the web now, find the weirdest most random things that you think might connect to the world you’re creating and let it stew in your system, let the ideas flow, jot down some ideas and notes, but hold the damn in. Cause in a few days we’re going to open the bomb bay doors and explode on to the page.

5) Say Goodbye to your Love ones – This is war kid, tell the wife you love her and you’ll be back in 30 days. But you’re shipping off and you don’t know if you’ll even be the same person when you come back. You’ve scheduled your time and now it’s time to enforce it.

Tell everyone on your day to day about your schedule, tell them “I’m off to war”, tell em “I’m a crazy wide eyed dreamer and I’m writing a novel.” Tell em “I’m the pope of chili town”. Whatever it takes. But make it known that your schedule is set and you’ve got a mission and a deadline and they cannot bother you during those time periods.

And hold yourself to it, when the time comes, when you sit down Day 1 during your scheduled time slot turn that cell phone off, close the web browser, turn off your instant messenger destroy distraction and write.

I’ll be posting nearly every day here with more tips and tricks to get yourself ready for Nanowrimo, including videos. So come back daily/bookmark/Subscribe to RSS Feedrss feed

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