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#1 AQCrew

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:31 AM

We churned through the process from start to finish -- from creating an Amazon Kindle account using our porn name (middle name, street you grew up on) to creating a cover image to formatting our manuscript. And we did it all for the sake of putting together our own very own, AQ Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon's Kindle Store.

We're certainly not the first, and we won't be the last to successfully launch a book into the Kindle ether, so feel free to post your additional tips, feedback, suggestions, or just plain "Huh...what's a-Kindle-Ma-jigger? -- whether you use our AQ Guide, or prefer to engage in your own brain-damage.


How to Publish Your eBook on Amazon's Kindle Store

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How to Convert Your Manuscript (MS Word) to a Kindle File Format (for PC Users)
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Channeling Mr. Spock: Fascinating.



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Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:49 PM

Awesome, awesome work.


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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:16 PM

Thanks, Crew ... extra credit for making me laugh. I needed that today.

Oh, and which 9 states require the happy-dance? <--proving I read it :tongue:

I've got an epub file that looks gorgeous in iBooks (mostly on my iPhone ... need to check it on my dad's iPad). I just need to figure out how to "marry" a cover image to the file. Making a Kindle file scares me a lot more. Not taking the e-pubbing step yet ... but definitely getting those Plan B ducks lined up good 'n' proper.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:51 AM

Great guides. Thanks.

One thing that you might wish to add to your "How to Convert Your Manuscript (MS Word) to a Kindle File Format (for PC Users)" is how to make a Table of Contents with MobiPocket. It is quite easy.

I use Open Office but the procedure is the same for Word. To set up a Table of Contents in MobiPocket all you need to do is have all your TOC headings use the same format tag. In English what this means in that in Word or Open Office you need to format your chapter headings consistently as "Heading 1" or "Heading 2" to pick two obvious examples. I did this anyway because I use Open Office Navigator, (which in Word is, I believe, called Document Mapping) so I could jump around easily while working on the manuscript.

If your manuscript does not have the chapter headings formated in a consistent format style, it only takes a few minutes to do so. Once you convert the file to HTML, take a peek at the code (right click and choose "View Source") and see what Word or Open Office has converted the headings into. In my case my novel is organized into two books with independent chapter headings so I used "Heading 1" for the book numbers and "Heading 2" for the chapter titles. When converted to HTML these format styles were converted to the tags <H1> and <H2>. I plugged H1 and h2 into the MobiPocket TOC Wizard and viola, it created a fully functional Table of Contents. Pretty slick.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:13 PM

Thanks for this!! Very informative!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 02:43 PM

Thanks for swinging the machete through the e-pub underbrush!
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:42 PM

Quick question - if you e-pub using your porn name how do you promote your book and build a platform? That seems as important (more) for e-publishing as for traditional publishing.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:30 AM

Quick question - if you e-pub using your porn name how do you promote your book and build a platform? That seems as important (more) for e-publishing as for traditional publishing.


Selena Kitt is just one of many, many people doing just that.

It's simple. You set up a blog in that name, website, twitter account, facebook etc., and promote as normal.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:36 AM

I decided to self-publish some short stories about six weeks ago, and decided to set up a blog to document each step as I went along, as a kind of "how to" guide for beginners, written by a beginner in language they will understand.

I decided not to use MobiPocket Creator for formatting and did it by hand. It's not that bad, and you end up with a much nicer looking document, with zero formatting errors.

I will be publishing all the blog posts I have written (about 60k words), as an e-book over the summer. It's all up on my blog for free anyway and there are sections on editing, formatting, covers, blogs, websites, social media, marketing, reviews etc.

I will be giving it away as a free PDF on my blog for anyone who wants it. I will also be selling it on Amazon for $2.99 as an experiment - to see if anyone will pay for it while it is available for free. I'm guessing the will, but I don't mind to much either way.

If you want to get a taste of what the guide (and my blog) is like, here is the chapter on reviews, how to get them, and how to deal with them:

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:16 PM

Well, Dave, it looks like you and I were on the same wavelength, because I also e-pubbed a couple of my short stories and have been blogging about the whole e-pubbing experiment. It sounds like I went a much simpler route, however, because I really didn't do much of anything to my Word manuscript, just uploaded it as is.

Here's my summary of how it went from my blog post I Did It!:

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The Kindle Desktop Publishing upload was a piece of cake. I uploaded my jpg cover as a separate file so didn’t have to mess with that. In my summary post earlier I wrote something about using formatting software like Mobipocket eBook Creator to format the document, but that wasn’t needed with this story. Maybe because it was so simple. No tables or images to worry about, just plain and italics text.

It takes almost no time to upload the book, but there is a 48 hour wait before it becomes available for resale. I found this in their FAQs:

“The process of making this content buyable (“live”) on the Amazon Kindle Store takes 48 hours for English titles and 2-3 days for all other accepted languages. Publishing a title involves integrating your content into the Amazon.com global catalog, i.e. creating a product detail page, addition of content Amazon’s search index and the Amazon Kindle categories, etc. Please note that some elements such as the product description will take around 24 hours to propagate to the title’s detail page after it becomes buyable, but customers will be able to purchase the book once it has been published to the site.”
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:23 PM

Thank you!!! I just published my first book on Amazon! Whew, I hope it turns out good. the site said I had to wait 12 hours, so I am counting down lol.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thank you!!! I just published my first book on Amazon! Whew, I hope it turns out good. the site said I had to wait 12 hours, so I am counting down lol.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

So far so good. The chapters didn't break the way I would of liked them to, but I hope the story it's self stands up well. Now I just need some reviews.... nervous about it as much as I'm excited to get them. I've been trying to promote the book. As of now I have it 5 days for free. In just a few hours I've had 33 promo downloads. So I guess that's good. :happy: If any of you would be intrested its at...
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:45 PM

Hi Spectrafi,

I downloaded THE LAND OF DREYGEHL MAH on my Kindle Touch. You don't say how you formatted the book but I did notice some obvious problems other than having no break between chapters - which is not something you want to leave unfixed. You don't say how you formatted the book. Was it originated in Word?

Obvious issues are text justification, no defined start tag, copyright blurb running into the first chapter. These things could easily be fixed. You've spent a lot of time writing your book, it seems a pity to present it to your readers with less than prefect formatting.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:31 PM

I found Calibre to be less than ideal. I have ignored Mobipocket. What I found words fastest and simplest is the following.

Follow the Smashwords style guide to format your Word document, including linked Table of Contents.

Export .doc to .html file (filtered in MS Word proper)

Edit .html file

Place this code at the top of your title page:
<a name="start"/>

Place this code at the top of your Table of Contents page:
<a name="TOC"/>

Place this code where you want a page break (in front of each chapter or section):
<mbp:pagebreak />

Save .html and upload to Kindle Direct Publishing.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:43 PM

I used mobipocket, But i'am seriously lost on the whole seperating stuff. I worked for hours, trying to get it right. I even looked at the smashwords inst, on it and it made me cross eyed. I sware I thought I wasn't that old, but It was like decoding a lost language. >_< I even tried calibre and couldn't upload it. Sigh

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:47 PM

I had this issue. I had used a Page Break vs a Next Page break type. What you want is the Next Page type of seperation for each new chapter.

As for uploading, I get rid of my headers/footers/page #'s, make sure I've been using Next Page breads, and that everything's been done with a hard return instead of tabs. Then I save as a .doc and upload. : )

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:38 AM

The first step is to get rid of all your typical Word formatting. You have to strip out the tabs, extra returns, etc and build everything up using paragraph styles. The one thing you need to be careful of are the formatting that can easily be lost. I found it works best to leave everything in the Normal paragraph style and edit it to suit what you want. Chapter headings should be Heading 2 style. For other things, you can make styles. I created a smaller font style for the copyright stuff and some centered styles. I used "* * *" for the scene breaks. To make them look good, I created a Centered style and did a search and replace, adding that style for the replacement text and it went through and centered all of them.

I'm beginning to think I should start a business of formatting ebooks for people. I need to do it a few more times so I can get down how long it takes me. I find it terribly simple, but then I work in IT and keep up the office's website, so I have lots of html experience. PM me if you want help.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:45 PM

Okay, this formatting thing make me feel like a monkey. :humph: So I don't throw myself off a bridge, I'm just starting with mobi so I can upload to KDP. I followed Crew's step by step and converted the .html file using calibre. The body of the ebook looks good - paragraphs are right, the ~~~~~ between sections are centered. It's a novella, so I don't have a TOC. I did, however, add the cover image to the first page, the book blurb to the second and the copyright info, etc. to the third. I also wanted to put a look for more bit and author bio on the last page. The problem is I can't figure out how to make each of those things show up on a seperate page. They are perfect in the .html file, but when I do the conversion everything runs together. Any ideas? :unsure:
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