Today I finished the final edits and formatting of the The Awakening, Book 1 of Warner's World. I uploaded it to Amazon and have brought the release date forward to Friday 11 September. That's only ten days away. :)
For those of you interested in self publishing on Amazon I thought I'd share with you the process I have gone through. I attended Steven Lewis's great course called "Publish your ebook like a professional". I strongly recommend the online course which included two live chat sessions. See here for details:
In the course Steven recommended formatting your Kindle version directly in html rather than using a conversion utility. Steven's reasoning is that the inbuilt conversion utility in MS Word produce a lot of verbose html code which is largely redundant. And other often end up with a version that is not exactly what you want in terms of the look and feel of the product.
But I found that Kovid Goyal's Calibre ebook management software was certainly good enough for what I required. Check it out here: http://calibre-ebook.com/. I started with a MS Word docx file that was formatted using Word styles. In Calibre I added my Word file, converted it to mobi format, which is suitable for Kindle and then installed it onto my Kindle device to test it. It was pretty seamless and hassle free, with one exception.
My Chapter heading used a prefix based on a Number List. This threw out the formatting on the Kindle because I did not realise that the Number List style included an indent. I got rid of this and then it worked like a charm.
Later I uploaded the mobi file to Amazon and used its online Previewer app to review how the book looked on all the supported devices. It was then I realised that I needed a little bit more space after each paragraph. That was a trivial change. All done and dusted now.
I recommend you read the "Building Your Book for Kindle" which has some good advice on formatting. Then make sure you setup your Word styles accordingly. Keep it simple stupid (KISS) is the best approach.
It's been an interesting learning exercise. I can't wait now for the book to be released. Only ten more sleeps.
Dave O'Connor is an award winning designer of computer war games, a consultant to the military in the simulation space, an expert in artificial intelligence and now author of the Warner's World series of sci-fi books. He is probably best known as President of Panther Games and designer of the Command Ops computer wargame series. He lives in Canberra, Australia, with his wife Joy. He has two adult children.
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