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This is a discussion on (Q's) publishing for kindle within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Does anyone have any experience publishing for kindle? If so, does anyone have thoughts on which format to use when ...

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    (Q's) publishing for kindle

    Does anyone have any experience publishing for kindle? If so, does anyone have thoughts on which format to use when transferring content? I've read Word is by and large the most popular choice however it appears I'm not as technologically inclined as I wish I were. All of the instructions I've read for it, appear complicated and frustrating to say the least.

    Is there a third party site/program out there that might make this process easier ? If I were to pay someone to do it for me, who would I be calling ?

    Also, any thoughts on pen names? It appears that many people find choosing differing pen names for each genre to be the wisest course of action. Why? Is using a male or female name going to effect the persons perception of the material that much ? I'm also wondering if it would be better to go with a more generic name opposed to anything off beat from the norm. I know this question is vague but any thoughts on pen names in addition to the uploading quandary I'm having would be very much appreciated!!

    Any thoughts, insight, or sharing of experience you might have had can be posted right here . Thank you in advance! >.<



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    If you ever find a good or uncomplicated way let me know, I've been thinking of writing and self publishing on Kindle myself.

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    I have never published my own content to kindle, but I use Klip.me to take existing articles on the net to transfer content to Kindle. Looks like Kindle can only officially convert from Adobe InDesign, HTML, XHTML, and EPUB files to their format:

    Looking around, you can create EPUB files using a couple of tools:
    Sigil/
    eCub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ningsta Kitty View Post
    Does anyone have any experience publishing for kindle? If so, does anyone have thoughts on which format to use when transferring content? I've read Word is by and large the most popular choice however it appears I'm not as technologically inclined as I wish I were. All of the instructions I've read for it, appear complicated and frustrating to say the least.
    Doc and Docx are both suitable. You'd just need to proofread and edit your work. Difference is, unlike a manuscript submitted to brick-and-mortar publishers, italics need to be italicized rather than underlined. # must replaced by actual breaks, etc.

    Is there a third party site/program out there that might make this process easier ? If I were to pay someone to do it for me, who would I be calling ?
    Smashwords.com has a list of editors who work freelance. Some charge by the hour, others by word.

    Smashwords &ndash; Mark&rsquo;s List

    Also, if you have a kindle at your disposal and want to test out how it might look when opened, there's Calibre: http://calibre-ebook.com/

    With that you can convert documents to EPUB, MOBI, and AZW, the last of which being the standard for kindle e-books.

    Also, any thoughts on pen names? It appears that many people find choosing differing pen names for each genre to be the wisest course of action. Why? Is using a male or female name going to effect the persons perception of the material that much ? I'm also wondering if it would be better to go with a more generic name opposed to anything off beat from the norm. I know this question is vague but any thoughts on pen names in addition to the uploading quandary I'm having would be very much appreciated!!
    The unfortunate truth is that literature is still a very gender-biased industry. Men have trouble breaking into romance and erotica, women have trouble being taken seriously in mystery and thrillers. If you're in need of a pen name, and I had to make a suggestion, I'd recommend going with a gender-neutral name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by android654 View Post
    Doc and Docx are both suitable. You'd just need to proofread and edit your work. Difference is, unlike a manuscript submitted to brick-and-mortar publishers, italics need to be italicized rather than underlined. # must replaced by actual breaks, etc.



    Smashwords.com has a list of editors who work freelance. Some charge by the hour, others by word.

    Smashwords &ndash; Mark&rsquo;s List

    Also, if you have a kindle at your disposal and want to test out how it might look when opened, there's Calibre: calibre - E-book management

    With that you can convert documents to EPUB, MOBI, and AZW, the last of which being the standard for kindle e-books.



    The unfortunate truth is that literature is still a very gender-biased industry. Men have trouble breaking into romance and erotica, women have trouble being taken seriously in mystery and thrillers. If you're in need of a pen name, and I had to make a suggestion, I'd recommend going with a gender-neutral name.
    All of this is great information, however recently the process had been updated so authors no longer need to underline words they want to be italicised (they just use italics). It always pays to check the submission guidelines.

    To the OP: maybe try some writing forums, like Absolute Write Water Cooler - they have a load of people who specialise in self-publishing, plus you can request beta readers or just post extracts of your work in a specific section (which is password protected, so you can still publish your work after posting it there).

    Good luck!

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    @laurie17 thank you :)
    I'm actually on the warrior forum (for writers) but I've never really taken to it completely but it's a nice place to network I suppose. I did join a couple of writer forums on FB but didn't find them all that resourceful, just mostly self promoting and such. So I'm excited to check out the recommendation! I guess it's a matter of writing formatting (or rather going over everything and making it format-able) and to be honest, I'm really considering just paying someone to do it instead. Maybe I can get some reputable recommendations so I'm not scammed. I have read a thing or two about people out there scamming and you never know if it's some irrational disgruntled person or if their complaint is legitimate. AH! I never know who to believe or trust.


    @Agile
    you said you have already published and use Klip.me to transfer content to read. by chance do you have any recommended writer forums or any other resources that might be of use? The amazon policy for the singles isn't too clear because it's still fairly new and so I've read they're still smoothing out any problems. That and their submission for singles is backlogged. I have a few pieces ranging 130 thou words which of course exceeds the 30 limit for singles anyways so I'll probably trying my hand at both. What has been your experience if you don't mind me asking?

    Also, this is kind of off hand but, in the kindle singles, they have a few genres I have works that could be submitted. However one genre is a little confusing and I've googled with no such luck.

    So do you or anyone have a clue as to what amazon means when they say, "essays & ideas". Do they mean those essays could be fluid and flexible to include any idea? or does "ideas" insinuate a more creative writing approach of an idea that isn't necessarily structured as an essay? maybe my friend Tiffany would know, she's really sharp and tends to sift threw my annoying verbosity to the point in question, lol!!

    Any thoughts on that question @android654 ?

    Also, btw, THANK YOU for the smash resource. I so needed that and haven't a clue why that never came up on first page of any of my previous google inquiries. I'm most likely gonna use a freelancer to edit/format. Or at the very least, do my cover. Any thoughts on checking out those people for reliability? Would it be weird if I asked them for referrals or previous works or just SOMETHING that I know they're legit.


    Anyways, sorry for the TL;DR but I REALLY appreciate any time and thought on the matter.

    Seriously. Thank you!!! means the world to me <3 *hugs*
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurie17 View Post
    All of this is great information, however recently the process had been updated so authors no longer need to underline words they want to be italicised (they just use italics). It always pays to check the submission guidelines.
    Not necessarily so. Brick-and-mortar publishers have their own submission guidelines. They all require different formatting and presentation for manuscripts. Some want old school styles others want their submission readers to have the smallest amount of struggle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ningsta Kitty View Post
    So do you or anyone have a clue as to what amazon means when they say, "essays & ideas". Do they mean those essays could be fluid and flexible to include any idea? or does "ideas" insinuate a more creative writing approach of an idea that isn't necessarily structured as an essay? maybe my friend Tiffany would know, she's really sharp and tends to sift threw my annoying verbosity to the point in question, lol!!
    That Tiffany is rather clever. It's just a section for submissions for shorter works. Not something to really mull over that much.

    Any thoughts on that question @android654 ?

    Also, btw, THANK YOU for the smash resource. I so needed that and haven't a clue why that never came up on first page of any of my previous google inquiries. I'm most likely gonna use a freelancer to edit/format. Or at the very least, do my cover. Any thoughts on checking out those people for reliability? Would it be weird if I asked them for referrals or previous works or just SOMETHING that I know they're legit.
    Smashwords vets that list, so they're considered legit. They're all "businesses" so anyone refusing to show references or testimonials is someone I wouldn't use anyway.


     

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