So, I hear you want to publish a Kindle Edition ebook?

This collection of articles will guide you through the process of converting a finished manuscript into an indie published Kindle Edition ebook of professional quality, from scratch, in 32 steps.
It’s written for novices by a novice, so you may not agree with some of what I have to say. I probably won’t agree with it myself in a year’s time. However, my hope is that all readers find something they haven’t considered, or that they might consider in a new light. The articles are in three sections:

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Publishing step #1: cover your desk with crap

1. Planning your ebook

The following section provides a rationale of why an author might choose to publish their book electronically, via Amazon. If you’ve already made your mind up about that, then skip forward to the nitty gritty.
Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Acronyms and handy links
Part 3: The case for ebooks
‎Part 4: Traditional vs indie publishing
Part 5: Pros and cons of indie publishing
Part 6: Show me the money (that you’ll spend on indie publishing)

2. Coding your ebook

The following section details what you’ll need – in terms of both information and programs – to convert your manuscript from a Word or Writer document to HTML code, suitable for making ebooks and uploading to Amazon.
Part 7: Ebook creation software
Part 8: Ebook formats
Part 9: Understanding HTML
Part 10: Structuring ebooks
Part 11: Preparing the manuscript for coding
Part 12: Preparing the HTML file, part 1
Part 13: Preparing the HTML file, part 2
Part 14: Preparing the OPF file
Part 15: Preparing the NCX file
Part 16: Cover design, part 1
Part 17: Cover design, part 2
Part 18: The ISBN and ASIN
Part 19: Generating a Kindle-compliant ebook with KindleGen

3. Marketing your ebook

The following section deals with publishing matters you may encounter after you generate your ebook, including the all-important matter of marketing.
Part 20: Cataloguing in publication (CiP)
Part 21: Uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, part 1
Part 22: Uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, part 2
Part 23: Amazon Author Central
Part 24: Royalties, US taxation and the EIN
Part 25: Cheques, US bank account or Payoneer?
Part 26: How to get ebook reviews, part 1
Part 27: How to get ebook reviews, part 2
Part 28: Managing social media, part 1
Part 29: Managing social media, part 2
Part 30: Making your own author website
Part 31: 15 thoughts from an Amazon indie publisher
Part 32: Beyond Amazon
Amazon publishing checklist

Proceed to Part 1: ‘Overview’
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While I’ve endeavoured to provide you with accurate information, what is considered ‘accurate’ will change over time. If I’m wrong, or you’d like to ask a question or share your thoughts, I’d love to hear your take on things.

Rhys About Rhys

Teacher, writer, editor, cook: a bit like that nursery rhyme, really.
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  1. With your helpful advice, maybe I’ll be able to do my next book all by myself. Thanks a lot. Jill

    • No worries, Jill. As soon as I’ve finished the second draft of my current manuscript, I’ll go through the process of coding SDG as an EPUB and uploading it to Smashwords. Stay tuned.

  2. Hi Rhys! I have a manuscript that has a lot of images,clip art, illustrations in text boxes and an embedded index. I have been informed that I will have to have a static index, and that certain images such as images with text in them, images with a table in the middle of them, images on the ends will move if separate items. I am hoping that Mobi or some technology will solve all these problems. Your thoughts? Can you recommend someone who can do this? I am seeking to have feature rich Kindle to be used by tourists for the Olympics in Brazil as they travel to different Olympic venues.

    • My apologies, this comment wandered into my spam folder by mistake. All good now. Obviously my answer comes a little late, but much of what you wanted can be done with the simplified HTML of a mobi. For future reference, you have two paths – either invest time to learn the processes yourself, or pay someone to do it for you. Both of these come down to questions of time and money. I like learning new skills because I’m wired that way, and because I have the time to do it. Other people don’t, so they’re much better off doing what they can and then getting the rest done via a professional, or parsing out the various jobs to freelancers on sites like Fiverr.


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