Why Kindle Publishing Authors Need to Promote on Facebook

The whole world seems to be on Facebook. This means millions, if not billions of people are interacting with each other as you read this.

Facebook can be a fun Kindle publishing buzz-builder – it’s also free and quick to setup an Author Page

Facebook can be a fun Kindle publishing buzz-builder – it’s also free and quick to setup an Author Page

Facebook is big business, and so naturally it’s not just for chatting. It’s for companies, however big or small, to promote themselves via. Facebook is an enormous hub of news and updates, and a ton of authors have now landed on this free promotional platform – especially the Kindle publishing kind.

If you’re a Facebook detractor and are dreading getting started with this, I feel for you. No, really I do. I used to be in the same boat. (If next door’s dog needed de-worming, I’d sooner do it in place of updating my Facebook author page). I just didn’t understand the draw of the channel at the time.

But when I relaxed a little and stopped worrying so much about ‘what’ I was posting, things got a lot more fun and interesting, and now I enjoy managing my Kindle publishing page. Continue reading

A Super-Quick Guide Through the Kindle Publishing Upload Process

The Kindle publishing upload sounds simple – but this vital stage should never be rushed

The Kindle publishing upload sounds simple – but this vital stage should never be rushed

Now that you’re all set – formatting and conversion complete – and ready to begin the Kindle publishing upload stage, this article will walk you through the main points involved. It sounds like there’s nothing to it – but you might be surprised. (The distribution process I’ve chosen is from Amazon’s KDP Program – but don’t worry, most other distributors usually ask for very similar criteria)

1. Book Title: This one doesn’t need much explaining, but there are a couple of things to consider. If your title is a little modest, you might want to think about adding a little extra something. For example, my book titled Alex sounds like it could belong to Continue reading

The Ultra-Simple Kindle Publishing Formatting Guide: Part 2

Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – so I wrote this guide to make things nice and easy

Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – so I wrote this guide to make things nice and easy

Right, so I’ve already covered ebook text formatting and paragraphing, among a few other things, in the previous Kindle Publishing Formatting Part 1 article. If you haven’t yet consumed it and would like to catch up, just click the link.

The first thing I’m going to talk about is Page Breaks. If you’ve already added them to your document, scroll down to the Table of Contents (TOC) section. Page Breaks are absolutely essential to have included in your book if you want it to appear as professional as possible. But why are they necessary?

They’re necessary because without them Kindle e-reading devices will not place each chapter at the top of a fresh page. There is no law, of course, against not having Page Breaks. But without them, your book will be Continue reading

The Ultra-Simple Kindle Publishing Formatting Guide: Part 1

Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – that’s why I wrote this ultra-simple guide

Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – that’s why I wrote this ultra-simple guide

OK, so here goes the ebook formatting section of the Kindle publishing guide I’m currently blogging.

By this stage your book should be completely up together, meaning your final draft is completed, coupled with Front and Back Matter. This next level can be a little tricky, I must warn. But persevere and you will get through it. I’ll quickly mention that I’ve never claimed to be any kind of computer wiz or genius – because, well…I’m not. However, through my own ebook formatting journey I was able to find ways of getting my manuscript up together and to the stage where it could be converted to a Kindle e-reader file.

I don’t know whether my ways are the best and fastest. All I can say is that they worked for me, and that said, logic surely states they should work for you also. I used Word Continue reading

Alex Launched on Amazon Kindle Publishing Worldwide

Alex now available on Amazon worldwide

Another big Kindle publishing milestone reached – Alex is now available on Amazon worldwide

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve reached a big milestone on my Kindle publishing journey – Alex is now available on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, and Amazon.fr.

It can be downloaded to all types of portable Continue reading