Here’s the final chapter on publishing to Kindle. Here I use Mobi Pocket Creator. There are other programs that help, but I prefer this one. If you’d like to use another, Google for information regarding those. This one is very easy and the one I choose to use.
When your book is ready to be published, create a folder labeled “Kindle Book Title” and copy your document and your book cover to that folder.
Display the folder at half-size on the left side of your screen.
Open Mobipocket Creator and leave it at half size on the right side of your screen.
Drag your document across the screen to Mobipocket Creator, and drop it on the little red book at the right of Mobipocket’s page.
Mobipocket will immediately go to work, then display:
“Welcome to the Import File Wizard”
Import from MS Word Document **
Next will be four lines of options and settings. Go past them and go below to the “Import” button. Click.
If your file is flawed, Mobipocket will either abort with an error message or just sit there. If there are no problems, Mobipocket will import your file, then direct your attention to the left side of your screen, where you will see a red book, then a stack of selections under the title “View” which is the View Stack.
Click Cover Image.
The Add a Cover Image appears just to the right of the “View Stack”.
Drag your cover jpg from your file drop it onto the “Add a Cover Image” button.
Your image will pop open. It may be huge at the center of your screen. Don’t worry, just click the Update button beneath the image.
If there is no comment, then Mobipocket has accepted your image.
In the blue ribbon at the top of the screen you’ll see an icon named Build with a couple of gears. Click that..
It’s important now to click the Build button in the center of your screen located with some blank progress bars. Make sure you click Build in both places.
Mobipocket will build an HTML file, then your PRC (Kindle format) file.
It will list each step as it builds, checks, and cleans your HTML file.
If Mobipocket Creator finds errors, it will stop and show you a list where you can look for your errors.
If everything is okay, Mobipocket will display: “Build Finished” at the upper right, near the View Stack.
It will give you some options for viewing, with “OK” beside Mobipocket Reader.
Click “OK” to view your file in Mobipocket Reader. You can quickly scan through the ms to make sure indents are correct, there are no extra spaces, each chapter begins on a new page, that sort of thing. You know what you want your book to look like in Kindle, so make sure it looks that way.
Your Kindle format (*.PRC) file can be found in your My Documents\My Publications folder labeled My Documents\My Publications\title doc/prc
You can now upload your file (filename.prc) to your Shelf at your Amazon Dashboard at Amazon DTP
To find the Kindle format (PRC) eBook you and Mobipocket Creator just created, look for this folder (named with your file name, of course)
My Documents\My Publications\YourFileName\YourFileName.prc
Inside the YourFileName you will find several files, almost always it will be shown as a little blue book showing that it’s a Kindle book. Make sure you’ve checked your book on Kindle for PC before you upload to Kindle. You will be asked to fill out a lot of info on Kindle. To upload to Kindle go to kdp.amazon.com/selfpublishing/signin. If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you’ll have to get one first.
It will show as a draft for 24-48 hours. Make sure to fill out all the information, clicking on Save when called for and finally Save and Publish at the very bottom. They will notify you by email when your book has gone “live.” It usually does so within 24 to 48 hours. If you find errors after you upload, you may take the book down and correct them and republish, but try to get everything right the first time.
Information for this section taken from CJ’s Tutorial online.
THE KINDLE FORM ASKS A LOT OF QUESTIONS YOU CAN EASILY FILL IN, BUT THERE ARE SOME YOU NEED TO WORK OUT AHEAD OF TIME.
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SPECIFY YOUR BOOK’S GENRE FROM A LIST PROVIDED. PICK CAREFULLY CONSIDERING WHAT READERS WOULD GOOGLE IF THEY WANTED TO READ A BOOK LIKE YOURS.
YOU HAVE 4000 CHARACTERS TO REVIEW YOUR BOOK FOR THE READER WHO MAY WANT TO BUY IT. USE THEM ALL. AT AMAZON IT’S CALLED EDITOR’S REVIEW. BE SURE THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS PERTINENT KEY WORDS THAT WILL SEND THE READER TO YOU BUT NO SPOILERS.
YOU ONLY HAVE 7 KEYWORDS, SO CONSIDER THEM CAREFULLY AND MAKE SURE THEY ALL LINK TO A PHRASE OR WORD IN THE REVIEW. FIRST KEYWORD SHOULD BE THE SPECIFIC GENRE OF YOUR BOOK, SECOND IS YOUR NAME. THAT LEAVES FIVE SO GET THEM RIGHT.
I DO THIS WHEN I FINISH FORMATTING MY BOOK, THEN COPY AND PASTE THE INFO TO KINDLE.
COME UP WITH AS MANY TAGS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK AS YOU CAN. YOU CAN POST 14 BUT YOU CAN GO BACK AND ADD TAGS AND SO CAN YOUR READERS. ASK THEM FOR TAGS AND A LIKE AFTER YOU’RE PUBLISHED.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ISBN NUMBER. KINDLE ASSIGNS AN AMAZON NUMBER THAT IS USED FOR ITS ID.
JOIN authorcentral.amazon.com to help with promotion of your book(s) You must have an account with Amazon.
PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE ONCE YOUR BOOK IS UP.