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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)

Getting Gone Going

March 8, 2008

Submissions Title Graphic

I can’t even remember the last time I sent out a query letter. I think it was back in 07. Hell it was in a video I did. (see below)

So today after getting a slice of pizza I walked down to Borders and sat with the computer and a copy of 2 giant books.

 

I then spent a few hours just typing in information into an Excel spreadsheet and created myself a little form with the agencies info, contact, email, URL etc. as well as my own progress fields: Query sent, response, synopsis/manuscript sent, etc. These latter fields all to correspond to dates on which these hopeful events will have happened.

So now after retooling my query letter, updating the bio paragraph I’m ready to start sending query letters out to potential agents again.

Sometimes you just have to get sick and tired of doing nothing and nothing happening, and that’s where I’m at. I’ve been so busy with my job and videos that I haven’t done a damn thing. The thing is I want to know that I tried. If I try and fail, then I can blame the system, the people, the publishing world. But if I do nothing, and it get me nowhere then that’s my fault.

So back to trying.

While I’m doing all this, organizing all this, I’m thinking once I’ve sent off all the letters I’ll create a page or pages on here with all the agent info. I know it’s all probably out there a million times, but why shouldn’t it be here.

So look for that. and here’s the video I referenced at the beginning.


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