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Offline Ken100

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I have joined the kindle self publishing revolution!!
« on: December 01, 2011, 05:53:11 PM »
Okay, I admit it, I'm excited.
So excited that I haven't even got a book to point you to yet.
I have published my 9500 word novella 'Population:DEAD!' on the Kindle, and now I am waiting for its approval before it goes live, hopefully tomorrow.

Obviously I will notify everyone as soon as it is up for sale. 86p by the way, or for the Americans, 99c. I would have liked to initially offer it for free, but Amazon don't seem to want to encourage that, and 86p is the lowest price I could set.

If you would like to see the cover image before then, go to http://kenpreston.co.uk

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Re: I have joined the kindle self publishing revolution!!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2011, 06:26:08 PM »
That's a great cover, Ken! Good luck with the release!

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 04:31:04 AM »
Thanks Andrew.
Just checked on Amazon and it is now live.
Just click on the link below and it will take you to Amazon.

<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Population-DEAD-ebook/dp/B006GULF1Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322817871&sr=8-2">Population:DEAD!</a>

Wow. Very excited. Now all I need are some reviews...

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 08:53:04 AM »
Striking cover, Ken.

May the success of your novella exceed any goals you've set. :)

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 10:00:00 AM »
Thank you for your kind words, Maimi.

Striking cover, Ken.

Striking? Or lurid?  :D
Wait till you see the cover for my next one.
In fact...
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011, 10:21:15 AM »
Very nice cover!
Did you do it yourself?

Also, how did you find the experience of using Amazon.com to create a kindle e-book?
Any lessons learned?
Did you have to do any special formatting (or remove any unwanted formatting?)

Incidentally, on my website, funnyflashfiction.com, I have a "design the cover art project" underway. You can see my progress there.

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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2011, 05:44:25 PM »
Hi Jim,

Thank you. Yes I designed both covers myself, using photoshop and images downloaded/bought from stock image banks. I'm certainly far from being a designer, but I think I have a reasonable eye for design. Considering the price I am selling my ebooks at (86p) I consider it worth my while to do as much as I can of the publishing process.

Publishing on Amazon is relatively easy, although fairly tedious. You may have to strip out a lot of the formatting from your documents before preparing them for Kindle conversion, and then add HTML tags too.
If you have a manuscript you want to publish on Kindle then DM me and I will try and give you a fuller answer on how to do it.

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Re: I have joined the kindle self publishing revolution!!
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011, 05:51:45 PM »
I didn't find formatting too tricky. Standard TNR 12 point copy and paste. My paragraphs weren't 'tabbed' ones anyway. Only drudge was making the page breaks at the ends of the chapters and losing the header. TOC and cover page were fine, once I found the jpeg for the image I wanted to use. I followed the Kindle instructions, then completed it by going to Mobipocket to do the conversion magic. Free download. ;) ;) ;)

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011, 05:59:58 PM »
Ah, now, I must investigat Mobipocket. I've been doing all my HTML tags through a web editor.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 06:02:09 PM »
It was just a straight Word doc, plain text -- the odd bit of italics and it transferred as is. All 104,000 words. ;)

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2011, 02:34:27 PM »
Congrats! I'm doing final edits and formatting now. Just had my cover done. So, this time next week I'll have my 99-cent contribution. I'm also putting mine on Nook's B&N Site and Sony's e-book library.

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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 07:24:44 AM »
Congrats! I'm doing final edits and formatting now. Just had my cover done. So, this time next week I'll have my 99-cent contribution. I'm also putting mine on Nook's B&N Site and Sony's e-book library.

Congrats to you, too. Here's wishing you every success.

I must get round to doing the Smashwords thing soon, so I can make my stuff available on more platforms.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011, 10:31:40 AM »
Is Smashwords the best at crunching text into e-book format?
What are the options and how are they rated?
Any suggestions?

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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2011, 01:05:20 PM »
I've got limited experience so far. I manually tagged my word docs with html tags and then sent that to Amazon for Kindle conversion, which works great, but is a little tedious. I did get my final kindle document formatted exactly how I wanted, though. I'm going to try the smashwords meatgrinder soon with a non html document and see what comes out the other end, and how it compares with my manually formatted docs.
I'll keep you posted.
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2011, 01:08:38 PM »
How does the tagging work in fiction?

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