Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines

Amazon Kindle Publishing GuidelinesI often see people complaining on writers’ forums that they encounter problems formatting and putting together their ebooks for publication on Kindle. Amazon provides authors with good, solid guidelines in a PDF book. available for download completely free of charge.

You can read or download a copy directly from this site, either click on the cover image to the left, or click Here

To download to your computer, once the PDF is open, look to the top right of the document and click on the page with a downward pointing arrow icon.

Amazon also publishes a free guide as a Kindle book titled, Building Your Book For Kindle.

It’s important to remember that these guidelines are for Kindle ebooks ONLY. Formatting for print books is an entirely different ballgame.

Also, if after reading Amazon’s Guidelines you’re still encountering difficulties, in addition to proofreading and editing, I also offer a formatting service—although this is sometimes subject to editing commitments. Just click on the ‘Formatting’ link in the top menu bar.

I’m a Good Writer – I Don’t Need an Editor!

Anne Pottinger, editorI’d love to have a dollar for every time I’ve heard or read those words. I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d certainly have an agreeable stash of ‘funny money.’

It’s a fact that everyone who writes gets too close to the prose they’ve created. I’ve done it myself. In my psyche, I ‘know’ what I’ve written and when I read it back that’s what I see, not a couple of typos I’ve allowed to slip in.
Every editor worth his or her salt will admit to this. Kathie Ide, an editor recognized for her mentorship who has written several books on the subject of editing, wrote an article about how she always sends all her work out to a fellow editor for scrutiny before publishing anything. She confessed her documents and manuscripts are always returned to her with errors marked.

A professional editor will scour your manuscript with fresh, perceptive eyes. Your typos, spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammatical errors will jump out at her, as will redundancies, homophones, instances of awkward phraseology, stylistic errors, inconsistencies, etc.

Studies have indicated we really do have problems seeing our own typos, especially habitual errors. Spellcheck doesn’t spot common errors such as there for their or its for it’s. Having a completely fresh set of eyes look over your work before publication helps avoid those silly errors you never noticed but which seem to leap off the pages at readers.

As an insatiable reader and writer and lover of the intricacies of both the US and UK versions of the English language, my destiny was carved in stone several decades ago. It was inevitable I would become an editor.
In ninety-nine percent of the projects I edit I see the same common errors, both from newbie and established writers. I think this goes to prove that all writers have their blind spots. They usually know better and they are astonished when their slip-ups are pointed out to them, often again and again.

To throw in two examples, do you know that some adjectival lists need to be separated by commas, while others don’t? Do you know the rules governing when to use the article ‘A’ versus ‘An’? They are more complex than you think.
A lot of freelancers call themselves editors and will gladly take your money and either do nothing for you or more often, pocket your cash and do no more than tell you what you want to hear. A skilled editor is able to see the bigger picture. He or she sees your manuscript as your readers will, with the same demands and needs to be entertained and informed, but with the added skill of being able to help you fix the spots where you screw up.

I recently discovered an author new to me on Amazon. His books can be downloaded free using Kindle Unlimited. I read his first book and was impressed by his agile mind and plot construction, but page after page was rife with careless, sloppy errors: homophones, sentences not making sense because of missing or redundant words, characters referred to by different names, the make of car miraculously changing mid-journey, and much more.

It cost me nothing, so I downloaded his second and third books. Again, I was absorbed by his plots, but each book was marred with the same careless errors. Potentially excellent books remained mediocre. I was left with the impression he hadn’t even taken the trouble to re-read his own work, let alone had his books edited or proofread. The majority of his Amazon reader feedback points out the poor or non-existent editing. Clearly, he either doesn’t read it or doesn’t care.

I will close by repeating the title of this article, ‘I’m a Good Writer – I Don’t Need an Editor!’ Are sure about that?

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling BooksThis course by Geoff Shaw is another winner. I reviewed “How To Succeed With Kindle Short Reads” not long ago, and recently I’ve been working my way through “Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books”, and just as with my first review, I’m completely hooked.

Geoff Shaw is the founder of the much acclaimed “Kindling” training, so it was an easy decision to enroll for this course, and I’m so glad I did. If you check the bottom of this review, you will find a link which will allow you to purchase this course at a savings of $72 or 74%. I contacted Geoff and asked his permission to allow me to do this for my readers.

As my regular readers know, I only ever endorse items, books, courses, etc. I’ve purchased myself, worked with and believe to be of the highest quality. I value my reputation!
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Get Early Reviews For Your New Kindle Book

get honest book reviewsRecently, I’ve received a lot of emails asking me how to get fast, genuine reviews for a new release on Amazon Kindle. Consequently, I thought it was about time I put together a detailed post I could point people to. It will save time and will contain an all-inclusive assembly of every method I’ve discovered and used myself.

In the long term, the very best method involves building a mailing list of fans to whom you can offer Advance Readers Copies (ARCs), but that’s a completely different, long-term project and I’ll cover it in a future post.
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How To Succeed With Kindle Short Reads

Kindle Short Reads by Geoff ShawUntil I recently discovered this course on Udemy, I hadn’t given Kindle Short Reads any consideration. Of course I’d heard about Short Reads, but at no time had I looked beyond writing and publishing 40+ word novellas on Amazon. I’d never considered how they could benefit me as an author.

Then, browsing through Udemy, ‘How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads’ popped up. Actually, I was on the point of passing over it until I noticed the instructor’s name: Geoff Shaw! Yes, Geoff Shaw, the author of Kindling, the widely acclaimed A to Z Kindle training course. That fact alone made this course worth more detailed examination.
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Format MS Word for Amazon Kindle, Get Beautiful EBooks

Format MS Word for Amazon KindleThis is a course by Jason Matthews that I discovered recently on Udemy and straight off the bat, I’m happy to say I am impressed. Jason is a bestselling author and self-publishing instructor to thousands of writers. His books have been translated into 8 languages and his self-publishing lessons have been viewed by students in 123 countries. His videos are well presented audio-visually, and he explains each topic concisely, yet in a manner that is easy to understand.

The course comprises of 28 items, broken down into 7 sections. After many critical points in the course Jason includes a quiz that provides the student with the opportunity to make certain they remember and understand those points.
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How To Become a Bestselling Author on Amazon Kindle by Tom Corson-Knowles – Save $200

Tom Corson-KnowlesTom Corson-Knowles is the #1 best selling author of the Kindle Publishing Bible Series. He has published more than twenty books on Kindle and regularly sells over five thousand books a month at an average price of more than $3.00.

So, I think you will agree that he knows what he’s talking about regarding writing, editing, formatting, publishing and especially Marketing and Selling Kindle Books. But, he’s the first to admit it wasn’t always that way. When he wrote his first book, it took him six years to figure out how to get it published.

Yes, he struggled for six long years figuring out how to publish his books and sell thousands of copies a month, giving him the freedom and lifestyle he had always dreamed of.
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The One Web Host I Use Myself

Today I received the following comment on one of my affiliate websites:

“Hey would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a fair price? Thanks, I appreciate it!”

BigScoots Web HostingWell, it so happens that after more than ten years of using HostGator as my main hosting company, (plus two others), I had recently moved all my websites to a hosting company called BigScoots Web Hosting. I had used HostGator, for more than 10 years, but since they’d been taken over by Endurance International Group, Inc. (EIG), their load speeds and customer service had become more and more unacceptable.
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Content Cash System From Paul Myers

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If you consider yourself to be a “content marketer”, are you often, quite literally, falling at the first fence? You’ve created brilliant, riveting content, published it on your own website or blog, then added it to Ezine Articles. All the right stuff — but then what? Does it just sit there gathering cyberdust?

This is inert passive syndication. Your technique is correct, you’re not churning out illegible, keyword laden garbage and blasting it all over the internet, but you can and should be doing so much more, and this is where Paul Myers’ course will put you on the right track.
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Article Marketers – Lay the Duplicate Content Myth To Rest Once and For All

Over and over, on all the popular Internet Marketing forums, especially the Warrior Forum, new article marketers pose the question: “if I post the same article in multiple article directories, will Google penalize me for duplicate content?” Or: “after posting an article to my blog or website, do I need to re-write or spin it before posting it to article directories?”

It’s really amazing how these two words duplicate content have become such a completely misunderstood concept. I think the entire confusion was perpetuated by opportunity seekers who sell services or software to spin articles After all, it’s hardly in their best interests to be seen to accept the real truth.
duplicate contentJust stop for a moment, forget all the myth and hype and think rationally. All the news services, for example Bloomberg, the Associated Press, Reuters, Scripps Howard, CNS etc., are in business for one reason: to distribute news in a pre-written format. These news feeds are picked up and published all over the internet by thousands of diverse subscribing web sites. They don’t employ people to re-write the content; it’s published exactly as they receive it, with a byline to the source.
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