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...

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

 

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.