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Formatting your Manuscript for Kindle

As a new Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) author, I have learned a few formatting points that I would like to pass onto you. KDP requests that your manuscript be formatted in MS Word or HTML. If you are writing or revising your content in Word, like I did, you need to know the following:

INDENTS: Don't use spaces or tabs. Use the "Paragraph" feature and "Indent" "First Line" by 0.5" or 1.27cm.Paragraph returns may not hold. Instead go into "Paragraph" again and set "After" "Spacing" to 10. Insert "Page Breaks" between chapters or text may run together on Kindle.Insert "Pictures". Don't cut and paste.Don't use Headers and Footers, or page numbers in either.
Do use "Header" font formatting for your chapter titles as Kindle will turn this into easy-to-use navigation.

Do insert a "Book Mark" at your Table of Contents and name it "toc". This will provide navigatio…

Showcase your Writing and Build Readership with Figment

Figment is a personal space that allows you to promote and showcase your writing, in groups, on the site and on your blog.
The layout is very user friendly and easy to understand. I signed up yesterday.

 I create a profile, joined some groups containing potential readers of my favourite genre for writing and then I posted a flash fiction.

For you writers out there who are dying to get some feedback on your writing, there are a few things you can do. Have a friend read it. Or, post a synopsis on your Web site and hopefully receive some responses to your upcoming work. I did that at my Web site and I did receive some nice feedback. See how it looks using WIX gallery. Another way, is to create some writing that showcases your style and talent and post it on Figment.

 The Figment writing tool allows you to create a cover, choose limited styles of text and layout and then make it available to the many readers on the site. See my example below. Notice how many response options there are fo…

How to Publish an eBook using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing

I self-published The "OpenYar Mouth" Health Care Lottery picture book in 2006. Today, I'm going to republish it as a Kindle book. I will blog as I go, and provide all the steps below.
I’ve never done this before, so let's see how long it takes. 3:00 p.m.Start!
Go to or .ca and sign inScroll to the bottom of the page and click the menu link ""independently publish with us"This takes you to the "Take Control of Independent Publishing" page which features three publishing options: Kindle, print and audio.

For this adventure, I'm choosing Kindle. Read and (if you want) accept the terms.Update your contact information including your phone number (3:15 p.m.)Provide bank account information for the deposit of royalties (excited yet?)Once you save your bank account info, your publisher code will be showing at the left. Capture that and keep it somewhere. Here is where I got confused, because my info saved…

Make Book Trailers Using Smilebox

Make Book Trailers with Smilebox

Authors started using book trailers to persuade viewers to purchase their novels in 2003. Though there are many programs you can use to create your own book trailer, each one requires different levels of expertise. For example: using MovieMaker or another film editing program would require more skill in film editing, and access to copyright free images and music. However, the benefits of using film editing software is the flexibility you have as a designer.

If you don't have a lot of film editing skill, Smilebox offers a number of template designs that you can manipulate into a trailer. They also have two to three music choices and a fairly good music library to choose from for each template. The many choices of templates allow you to set your mood in the trailer using imagery, animation, colour and symbols. You can also add your own images.

I made this book trailer for my novel "The Precious Quest" in about 2 hours. The novel is a dark, … for your Web Site (with coupon code)

Every author, every potential author, every wannabe author needs to have an internet presence that is appropriate and encouraging to publishers and agents. Blogging is good, but it isn't the end-all-be-all of your internet marketing. A blog is regularly updated, a Web site is static. The purpose of a blog is to share your writing, the purpose of your Web site is to share about yourself and your writing.

You need a Web site:

I know this because:

agents will search your name before they consider taking you on as a client (read this article on agent feedback The Write Life)publishers want to know that you can implement and roll-out a marketing plan (which usually includes a web site, twitter, facebook, goodreads etc) (Every Writer's Resource)readers want to read more about you once they have read your work Other reasons?
To market yourselfTo showcase writing that is not getting picked up by publishersTo whet the public's appetite for your style (example) To combine your writing…