Saturday, May 10, 2014

Converting Your Book for an E-Book on Kindle

Sometimes when I think a tip I run in my SharingwithWriters newsletter than I think is rarely seen by my general audience of writers, I like to include it as a quickie blogpost, too.  This is one of those, something I learned from personal experience that might help you when (if?) you plan to publish an e-book (even a promotional e-book) on Amazon anytime soon.  Here it is:

 
Tip: As I was uploading my newly formatted and expanded second edition of The Frugal Editor to Amazon’s Kindle converter, I realized the converter does a much better job with a Word file than it did with a .pdf file I tried earlier.
For  detailed directions (nitty-gritty basics) for formatting your  book for Kindle, go the Appendices of the new edition of The Frugal Editor and then follow instructions step-by-step. I find tech processes like this easier if I print out the instructions, but many do everything directly from their computer screens these days.
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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