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Kindle Create

As a follow-up to my last post about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), here is what I’ve experienced so far using the free software download, Kindle Create. This is KDP’s app to assist self-publishers in getting their manuscripts uploaded quickly.

As mentioned, Kindle Create is free, and is compatible with both Windows and Apple operating systems. I won’t go into the details for downloading the application, since it’s pretty straightforward, with everything you need to do so offered right there on the KDP website. Once you are there, the marketing is pretty alluring, and is certainly what caused my own buy-in. Because I’m not very proficient in HTML as a skill set, I was happy to have this option.

Once you have the app on your desktop, you just open it up and start the process by creating a new project. This action essentially kicks off the entire process that will be necessary to complete to satisfy KDP’s requirements for a formatted manuscript. This is what is later accessed by Kindle users (or anyone with a tablet or smartphone) to purchase and read your eBook.

Overall, Kindle Create is pretty basic. There are only three themes to choose from. The HTML tools are also quite rudimentary. It was for this reason that I found some of my formatting that came with my MSWord document somewhat skewed in translation. And I wasn’t able to fix it, so I had to opt for a different, less desirable look on some pages than what I had hoped for.

One thing to keep very much in mind is the fact that text that looks correct on one platform may not look good on another. For this reason, Kindle Create allowed me to preview what each page of my eBook will look like on a phone, a tablet, and a Kindle Reader.

One nice feature I noticed in the app was its ability to provide pretty good guidance in the way of the expected front matter (table of contents, epigraph, prologue, preface, foreword, etc.), and the same, as well, on the back matter. This made it easier to figure out what to include and in what order it would most likely be organized.

All in all, the interface is similar to what I encounter on this blog using WordPress, which can be described as providing what the writer needs to communicate with the reader, if only minimally so. If that writer needs more bells and whistles, they will need to look elsewhere using some other more robust tool.

Once all text formatting and content is satisfactory, the last step is to click the Publish button. This puts everything in a proprietary format that is then uploaded to the KDP website for selection by the subscriber.

To sum up, I would say that for those who are not HTML-savvy (that’s my camp), Kindle Create provides an easy, straightforward, basic tool for getting this rather tedious and not-so-fun component of the overall e-publishing process done.

Happy writing!

KDP

Kinda Defeats the Purpose? No, certainly not. This is Kindle Direct Publishing. I’m going to share with you what’s involved in pursuing this option of self-publishing.

I don’t remember how I learned about KDP, but probably in the same way you might have…you just did. Now that I have discovered it, and have made the decision to get on with it, the choice has really lit a fire underneath my writing desk (without actually burning it down…yet).

I have finalized my manuscript for my first installment in a sci-fi trilogy, starting with the title The Falling of Metal. That, of course, prompted me to make my first attempt at the upload. It’s more involved than I had hoped, but then I should have known better. The devil is always in the details.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m only going to be covering what has already been detailed by many others, no doubt, as they also attempted to self-publish on KDP, either blissfully happy in their success at having accomplished the feat, or still reeling from the agony of something less.

I must also admit that, were it not for the love I have in my heart for the craft of writing, I might also give up. This aint easy so far by any stretch. Hence, this effort to show you the pitfalls I have already suffered so that you won’t go a-steppin’ in ’em yourselves.

My next post will be about the Kindle Create application (free download) that facilitates the whole process of getting your manuscript into the Amazon space. In my humble opinion, a bit clunky, but overall still a pretty good way to approach it.

Stay tuned.

Redefining Blog – Again

Hello, Happy Fellow Reader / Writer. We are once again redefining what this blog is going to be moving forward. We started out with a blog that was going to be a fun place to read about all things relating to water. Then Climate Change got in the way. Then we made the shift from that horribly depressing topic to one that more fully embraced writing, with a heavy emphasis on how AI, Robotics, and advances in technology generally speaking, could give us lots of ideas for stories (sci-fi, fantasy, etc).

Now that I am in the thick of my attempt to self-publish on Amazon KDP, I find it most satisfying to share with you the trials and tribulations involved in that heady endeavor.

So…moving forward, as we always must, please look forward to enjoying future reads about my struggles, my strife, my small steps up to the top of the self-publishing mountain as we slog through the process that precedes standing on the summit of success.

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