Kindle Books

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Going Amazon?  Then you need Kindle eBooks.  

 What Do I Need To Publish At Amazon?

The short answer is, you need a MOBI file (the file format used by Amazon for eBooks) and a cover, for your "catalog" image (the image that Amazon shows on your sales page, and the thumbnails).  That's it!

How Do I Create My MOBI File?

Depending on where you go, and how "tecchie" you are, some folks will tell you that all you need is a Word file.  Use the Word file, use a cover that you make with Amazon's "Kindle Cover Creator," which you access and use from within their Bookshelf, and off you go!  Free!  Badda-bing!

But here's the thing: you know, and we know, that we've all seen those efforts. Sure, some are fine.  But how many have you seen, as you go around Amazon and B&N (and particularly Smashwords) that aren't "fine?"  In fact, they are as far from Fine as humany possible.

Don't Be Fooled...

A Kindle book isn't a word-processing file. For that matter, they're not even editable.  A Kindle book is actually a binary database file, built from its HTML source.  In its guts, a Kindle book is HTML.  To make a book look great, and render perfectly, you need a good command of not only HTML--yes, the same HTML that makes websites work--but what's called "CSS," as well--the secrets of styling.  The secrets of commanding a book to work correctly, whether it's being viewed on an Amazon Fire tablet, a Paperwhite e-ink reader, or a smartphone Kindle reading app. 

What many new-to-Amazon authors don't know is that if your book is poorly formatted, contains typos, or other mistakes, Amazon will send you a KQN--a Kindle Quality Notice.  This requires you to fix your book and re-upload it.  If the problem is adequately persistent, they'll remove your book from sale themselves, and force you to fix it.  You can avoid this embarrassing and costly issue by hiring a quality formatting company in the first place.  

How Do I Know What The Book Will Look Like When Published?

Not only do we let you see the eBook files, before you upload your book at Amazon, we require you to look them over and approve them, before we're done working for you.  We tell you how to download "Kindle Previewer" software, which enables you to see exactly how your book will look, on the enormous variety of Amazon readers.  You see how your book will look on a Fire tablet, a Voyage reader, and the like.  We have a no surprises policy--you see precisely what your book will look like when your reader buys it.  That's part of our...

Bulletproof Guarantee

You'll be happy when we're done.  No weaseling.  Period.  That's our guarantee

 

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

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We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.