How I Won The Local SEO Challenge : E-book now on Amazon
I am a published Author! Besides the quote I got in my yearbook or the poem I wrote when I was a kid that my mom sent into a magazine and had published, I am also now an author on Amazon Kindle E-Books.
I was surprised how simple it was. They allow you to upload a Microsoft Word Document and their converter handles it pretty well. Some tips on getting your document ready for Kindle:
You don’t need an ISBN number. I originally thought that it may be required to have a pre-registered book but that is not the case at all.
They actually allow links in the text manual which was surprising to me. I am unsure if all readers will follow or maybe disable those links yet, but it’s pretty neat if it does. The possibilities are great — besides being able to create links to your site and material, you could reference multimedia as well.
Do not include your cover in the Word Document itself. The cover should be separate. When I first uploaded mine, I had made the first page the cover image and in the preview on the product page, the first two pages were cover graphics.
Take out any inserted shapes or lines. In Word, I had added some round-edged frames around some content to give it a nice look and separate those sections from the rest of the pages. However, when Amazon processes the document, those lines and shapes got all messed up. So I deleted them and it looked much better. By the way, bullet-points were fine.
Overall, it was much much easier than getting it on Google Play. But I did that too!