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How to: Publish Your Book on the Kindle

The publishing landscape has changed drastically in the last few years, making it possible for virtually anyone to publish a book. But one of the most exciting publishing options is Amazon’s digital platform, which allows writers to publish their ebooks to the Kindle. 

The Kindle publishing option offers the possibility of having your work appear on numerous devices that are compatible with Kindle software. There are no publishing fees and you have the option of retaining 70 percent of the royalties, something that few, if any, traditional publishers offer to the first-time author; traditional publishers currently pay 25 percent royalties on ebooks. And it is possible to make serious money, as authors such as J. A. Konrath and Lee Goldberg have written. Goldberg reported earnings of $7,319.80 for a single month. Another writer declined a traditional publisher’s advance and decided to publish through the Kindle. 

How do you publish to the Kindle?

Before you get started, familiarize yourself with the format that Amazon wants as well as other Amazon Kindle publishing rules. Amazon offers these content guidelines.

Once you’re familiar with the requirements, you will of course need a book. Your book may be fiction or nonfiction. Keep in mind that any pictures you include or other visual materials will appear in grayscale on the Kindle. No videos can be included.

Make sure you have the legal rights to all material you submit. Also make sure that your work does not include material that could be grounds for a lawsuit.

Second, you need an account at the Kindle Digital Platform.

Third, you will need to convert your ebook to Kindle format by using the Mobipocket Creator. To use the Mobipocket Creator, you need to save your novel in HTML format. Upon starting the Creator, you will see “Import From Existing File” heading. Chose HTML document. Use the Browse button next to Chose File field to locate the book file on your compauter. Then Chose Import. You will see a new panel where you can add a table of contents and a cover image as well as metadata and book settings. Once you’re done, look for the Build icon and click it.

If you also have the Mobipocket Reader, you will be instantly able to view your file as a Kindle would render it. But to be absolutely sure, download the Kindle Previewer 1.5 software from this link.

Fourth, you will need to upload the file created with Mobipocket Creator to your account. Press the Add New Title button and follow instructions, and you will find yourself a published author as soon as Amazon servers process your file, which is anywhere from 24 to 48 hours.

Fifth—promote your book and yourself. Making a book a success includes a lot of hard work that goes into the writing of the book, but after you’ve done all that work, you will need to promote your book.

One of the best ways is to keep a regular blog and to get an account with Blogcritics, the nation’s oldest blogger-centered online magazine, publishing articles daily about numerous topics of interest to a general audience. Long before Huffington Post, there was Blogcritics.

As a Blogcritics author, your articles will be viewed by many of the readers who visit the site every day. Expertise in virtually any area can translate into media exposure, as recently happened for TV critic Barbara Barnett, whose Blogcritics column led to a book deal after building a sizable readership on the site. 

About A. Jurek

A. Jurek is one of the editors at Blogcritics. Contact me at: a.jurek@blogcritics.org
  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    yup I’ve signed up for an account and working on a small book with a niche market. It will be digital and inexpensive because it is a short “how to” book.

    I like that if you charge a certain price you get a cut that varies.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    Does it work for iPad? My take is that any device can read the ebooks from Amazon? Is that true?

  • A. Jurek

    Yes, any device that can run the Kindle app.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    okay thanks.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Thousands of writers have contributed gratis to Blogcritics since its launch in 2002. In your final paragraph, you mention House frau Barbara Barnett, “whose Blogcritics column led to a book deal after building a sizable readership on the site.”

    How many other BC writers have translated BC exposure into book deals with traditional publishers, as you call them? I’m not requesting an exact count, just a ballpark figure. Would it be 100? Or 500?

    And please name a handful of those writers–literally: five. You don’t have to cite their works, since once we know their names we can determine for ourselves what books they’ve published.

    My hat’s off to Barbara Barnett. She deserves every success that comes her way, and I sincerely hope her run of good luck continues. But I suspect she’s the exception who proves the rule that nobody gets a book deal with a traditional publisher as the result of exposure on Blogcritics. Holding out false hope to the contrary is cruel, since it can only engender disappointment.

  • A. Jurek

    I think the point of the article is that you don’t need a book deal anymore. You just need a following of readers, and you can develop that following through articles on Blogcritics better than through any other site.

    How many people who are complete unknowns get a book deal after writing with Huffington Post? Zero. You can’t even write for Huffington Post unless you’re already established in some way.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    You’re correct as to your last statement. I doubt, however, whether writing for BC will get you great exposure than for HuffPost. In this respect, you’re really reaching.

  • A. Jurek

    But if you can’t write for Huffington Post, then it really doesn’t matter how much exposure you can get there, right?

    My point was based on the assumption that the writer is not famous or somehow otherwise already known, or the kind of person that Huffington Post recruits. That kind of a person can indeed get better exposure at Blogcritics than anywhere else, since there really is nowhere else.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Re #6: Since you failed to answer my question as to how many writers besides Barbara Barnett have translated BC exposure into book deals with traditional publishers, let me pose a similar question with regard to self-publishing. “I think the point of the article,” you state, “is that you don’t need a book deal anymore. You just need a following of readers …”

    So how many writers have translated BC exposure into successful self-published books? The keyword there is successful. It’s easy to get a book out there nowadays. But generating sales is something else again.

    Your article advises, “after you’ve done all that work, you will need to promote your book. One of the best ways is to keep a regular blog and to get an account with Blogcritics …”

    How have you determined that keeping a regular blog and in particular getting an account with Blogcritics is “one of the best ways” to promote a self-published book?

    As before, I’m not asking you to produce spreadsheets and charts proving your case. Just give me something substantive to back up your claims. Otherwise I will continue to think that you, as a BC editor, are shilling for Blogcritics.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Well, why the hell shouldn’t he promote Blogcritics?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Because, Mr. Knapp, he’s doing so by holding out false hopes for success that gullible would-be writers might fall for and thereby waste their time writing for a web site that exploits their work. Besides, I wasn’t addressing you. Why must you and the other BC comments editor always butt in, rather than let a thread take its natural course?

  • A. Jurek

    How does the site exploit your work? If you write 50 articles, you get 50 pages that link to your blog. If you write about trendy or current interest topics, your articles show up at the top of the Google search and on top of Google news. That’s pretty valuable. When you look at Examiner and Yahoo Associated Content articles, their authors don’t get a link to their site on each article page, but writers for Blogcritics do. A better question is, can you get more anywhere else?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Re #12: I’ve posted two comments addressed to you, each posing a perfectly reasonable request that you back up your claims. You’ve responded to each of those posts by changing the subject and failing to answer my questions. Could your evasion have anything to do with your claims being groundless?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    1. Who’s Mr Knapp?
    2. I fail to see that Mr Jurek made the claim you’re charging him with making. He merely suggested Blogcritics as an avenue toward wider exposure, citing Barbara’s success as an example of potential. Not his fault that you’re comprehension-challenged.
    3. Insufferable as you are, I’ve never tried to shut you up. Please do me the same courtesy.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Neither you, Mr. Knapp, nor any other BC editor has ever shown me the slightest courtesy. Why should I defer to you?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    You just go right on believing that, Alan, if it makes you happy. Perhaps there are fairies at the bottom of your garden, too. Pity they don’t feed you any original insults.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Since when does an insult have to be original? The best insults stand the test of time. “Yo’ mama wears combat boots,” for example, has always been one of my favorites.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Yes, they’ll still be tossing that one around in the bars of Titan in 2500…

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Responding to the only interesting point made by Alan, how is “Yo’ mama wears combat boots” an insult at all?

    Responding to your comments related remark – why shouldn’t Rob or I participate in the comments space and how exactly does that prevent a thread taking its natural course?

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    the comments here have all been true and false. I have often googled my articles to see where they land. And often they do land at the top of google search engines and on other big websites.

    But do the math. If HP and other sites can get millions of hits and still make only pennies on the bloggers then there is no hope for us. So write up and shut up or don’t.

    The blog model sucks. But one can make money working offline and/or for real corporations that are NOT based online.

    As for exposure, sure I got people copying my style immitating me. But unless you get millions of hits you ain’t gonna get paid from blogging.

    Finally I was surprised that HP also employs all the free bloggers. I thought that since you have to be established to write there that they were getting compensation. Same thing with dirty dailykos. He has a few paid but mostly free contributors. He is about to clean up his dirty lefty site and make it look more mainstream and kick the diaries to the curb or onto another blog or link.

    You need at least a niche market and play to that strength and have blogging as a side operation and not bread and butter.

    I can’t wait until the fallout from the final sale of HP is done. Arianna will have a lot of explaining to do after calling this country Third World and pigs at the trough. She was talking about herself!

    That’s who the conservative talking heads need to call out more: Arianna the Greek pirate. That’s what galls me she has gotten a free pass. I am disappointed with the conservative talkers on this one.

  • Ipad Geek

    Great article. I still feel it is a lot more easier and economical to publish on ipad because of apps like presspad.