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Kindle Publishing – Tips for editing and creating your book

by admin on February 1, 2013

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Today we want to talk with you a little about getting a Kindle Book online. We chose Kindle because of Amazon’s market reach. If you’re wondering about what to write or is there a market for what you’ve written then you’ll want to take a few days and check out the top 100.

You can check them out here.

Free books can be available for up to five days, so the list will change quite a bit. I’m not saying if you don’t see your topic in the top 100, but if something similar is you’ll have an easier time.

These steps are for creating a Kindle book that has some images but isn’t like a children’s picture book.  We’re doing one of those this month and we’ll tell you how that goes as well. I think we’ll work on putting a video together next week, which should allow you to visualize the steps better.

  1. Edit your book in Word. Make sure when you add pictures you insert them. This will save quite a bit of time down the road.
  2. Save your file in word as “Web Page, Filtered”.
  3. Download Sigil – http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ it’s a free download.
  4. During these next steps you’ll want to save often. Especially when we get to the comparison phase. I think I had about 20 different save versions of my document when I was working on it.
  5. Open Sigil –Click file open to open your document. Under the help tab there is a tutorial link. Click that and go through all of the tutorials.
  6. If your book has chapters make sure you insert them according to the instructions. Add a cover picture. You can find some templates for Kindle covers on the web. I used a free one.
  7. Download the “Kindle Previewer” from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000765261
  8. Open your epub using the Kindle Reader. In order to see the preview you’ll need to save it. Again make sure to keep the version numbers of your save file the same. That just made things easier for me.
  9. Make sure you preview it in all the different versions. Mine looked fine in Kindle Fire, but didn’t look so good in the older Kindles. Tweak things until it looks good to you.

That’s it for this time. We’ll talk some more about it next week. Enjoy your weekend.

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