Okay, so here’s the process for publishing your e-book on the Kindle store. Ready?
- First, write a book. I know that sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed. I see agents write on their blogs all the time about how they get queries from people who haven’t written a book. Write one first, okay? Good.
- Use your word processor or text editor to change the document/manuscript into HTML. If you don’t know how to do this, there are a TON of online tutorials which will show you how. No kidding. Here’s one right here. Me, I just use Word’s Save As… feature to change the document into HTML. Works great.
Done with that? Good. Now, here’s the next part of the process.
- Download the MobiPocket Creator utility from this site right here. This will transform your HTML goodie into a Kindle-friendly .prc file.
- Mobipocket Creator is simple and easy to use; there are instructions on their site. Just follow them precisely and make sure you know where it’s creating the files, or you’ll spend much longer searching for the document than you did creating it.
- Alternatively, download the Kindlegen utility from Amazon’s Kindle Publishing site, and read the directions carefully. You’d better like working in Command Prompt windows, too; you know, what most folks think of as DOS.
- Also download the Kindle Previewer program from the same site. You’ll need this or something like it if you don’t have a Kindle to check out your handiwork.
All right, with everything in place, here’s what you do:
- Take your .prc file from MobiPocket Creator and load it into the Kindle Previewer (File > Open Book, browse for the file). It should load, and you can scroll through the pages to make sure everything is copacetic.
- Look good? Great! Now, if you have an Amazon account (and c’mon, who doesn’t by now?), you can use it to sign up for Amazon’s DTP (Digital Text Platform) publishing feature.
- Upload your book and hope it looks like it did in your preview. After uploading you will be able to review the manuscript.
Pretty simple, right? I thought so. Which is why my book is going to go live today. Probably. If I have the nerve to push the SUBMIT button and actually do it.
Wish me luck!