The Busy Writer’s One-Hour Plot is alive and kicking. After spending the last couple of days (off and on) messing about with formatting and testing the book, I finally uploaded an HTML file to Amazon yesterday… and was rewarded just under 7 hours later with an email saying…
Of course, at 12.57 am I wasn’t awake to see it come in… but it was a nice surprise to see it there when I fired up my computer this morning.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a lot more about Kindle publishing – truly, folks, this is something you want to get in on. If you’ve got a cupboard (or computer hard drive) full of rejected manuscripts, or finished books just needing a final edit and polish – drag them out and get them up on to KDP (the Amazon Kindle Publishing Program).
Formatting your Kindle book: this is something that people tend to talk about with fear and loathing, and I can understand why. However, YOU CAN DO IT. Sure, you can get weird formatting when you first upload stuff to Kindle, but once you’ve done your initial book, you know what to expect.(Just remember to save it in DRAFT mode first. I saw a published book on Amazon this morning that didn’t even have a proper title… and no picture on the cover. The message with it said ‘Don’t buy this book. This is just a draft’. ???? I shook my head. Why would you let the public see a DRAFT?)
If you have written fiction, there shouldn’t be much of a problem with the formatting – you’ll more than likely just have chapter headings and italics, both of which are simple to handle.
Since my book was non-fiction, and I had a lot of bullet points in the Word file, I had to come up with some work-arounds, since the Kindle doesn’t handle bullets well. But it all worked out OK. (I shall reveal all in the coming weeks.)
Meanwhile, lots of savvy people know far more than I do about Amazon’s algorithms (Yes, I know, it sounds like the last thing writers want to know about. But it IS interesting, and it will have an impact on your sales. If you understand it, you’ll do better.)
One of those savvy people is author Carolyn McCray, who is a top-selling Amazon author as well as a social media consultant to writers and publishing houses. Go to her website, www.digitalbookworld.com, and read these three articles, in this order.
(Handy tip: there is a little printer emblem at the top of the article that allows you to remove images (if you want to) and print/convert the article to PDF. Nifty!)
Happy writing (and publishing)