Sunday, 29 July 2012

I'm working really hard, not on 2 but 3 projects!

Hi all,

It's been quite a busy time for me, I'm finally calming down after the whole publishing of Magical Roads. If you want to check it out, just go to my website: Magical Roads.
And I've written a guide on how to properly format your book for the kf8 format (the new kindle format that works on the Kindle Fire and the Kindle touch and baby). A lot of people are not aware there are a lot of books that are formatted wrongly and show up poorly on the Kindle Touch. Most people don't know why this problem exists or how to solve it. I've written this guide with a lot of pictures so it's easy to follow. You can find the guide here: Formatting your file KF8 proof.

But that is not what I wanted to talk about. What I wanted to talk about is the other side of my writing, the side you normally don't really see. The part where I write pieces that are longer than 2000 words and don't immediately put them online.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

How to format your project KF8 proof. BEFORE publishing.

This guide will focus on how to create a clean format before you publish your book to Amazon. When you're not sure why you need to use it, check out the original post: What is it and why do you need to?
You can use this guide when you have already published with Amazon and need to fix that file. Just go to STEP 8, this is how I originally cleaned my file(or check out the original post where I've put a link to a quick fix, but it assumes you know about html coding and everything).
You don't need to know a lot about html to use this guide. I'll be using plain terms to explain things and lots of pictures. PLUS I'll try to use any actual coding as little as possible.

An Italian translation of this guide can be found here: Guida al Self-Publishing di Amazon: Capitolo 3 - Creare un e-book
Thank you Alessia!

If you don't want to worry about the formatting of your book, I can now also format it for you. Check out 5 Times Formatting for not just beautiful ebook formatting but also cheap ways to give ti just that bit extra.

Friday, 6 July 2012

How to format your project KF8 proof. What is it and why do you need to?

This first blog post in the series will be about why you need to change tactics slightly from before to make sure your Kindle books are formatted right. This answers questions about the why and how.
I will make two guides on how to make your manuscripts KF8 (kindle format 8) proof, one for how to get the formatting right BEFORE you upload to KDP(which can be found here) and one that shows how to do this with the file Amazon has on the server(I won't be doing this one any more, Step 8 in the above guide covers all you need to clean an existing html file). This will only cover the basics: a few formatting options, how to create a TOC and other things. If you want tables and pictures this is not the right guide for you (unless of course you understand how to do this in HTML). I'm mostly focusing on the large part of the Kindle books which are simply novels and stories.

This guide also applies to the kindle with the 3.4 update. They have added KF8 support and this same problem now shows up. Everywhere I mention Kindle Touch (KT) you can also read K3 (Kindle Keyboard) with 3.4 update. Here is the official link to this update: