30 Steps To Publishing My Kindle Book

I have been experiencing the releasing of my new Kindle book.  I have had my “nose to the grindstone” writing about photography.  I have a second book in the works right now.  My hope is to get three books released by the end of the year.  We will see if I can keep up the pace.

Formatting for Kindle was a learning experience!  I can thank Amazon for losing even more hair.  I have found programs such as Sigil that help tremendously with the formatting process.  I am working out a step by step process for writing, formatting and publishing a Kindle book.  If you are pulling your hair out trying to get your book formatted, below are the basic steps I used.

  1. Make an outline for the book
  2. Type the book in Libre Office Writer
  3. Proofread
  4. Fix errors
  5. Wait a week
  6. Write a second draft, but keep a file for the first draft saved (save second draft as a new file)
  7. Shoot images for the book
  8. Resize images to no longer than 600 pixels on the longest side
  9. Proofread book again
  10. Fix errors I missed
  11. Put small parts of the book in editMinon to look for even more mistakes
  12. Add Images and save as third draft (new file again for safety)
  13. Ask others to proofread
  14. Fix errors
  15. Save as fourth draft (new file again for safety)
  16. Save as HTML in Libre Office Writer
  17. Open in Sigil and clean HTML.  Rob Cubbon has a great video I used.
  18. Format book in Sigil. (more details on this later)
  19. Fix images in Sigil
  20. Download Kindle Gen plugin for Sigil
  21. Proofread one more time
  22. Fix errors
  23. Create table of contents in Sigil
  24. Create cover
  25. Add cover in Sigil
  26. Export to mobi file in Sigil with the Kindle Gen plugin
  27. Export mobi file to my Kindle app.
  28. Check for formatting and other errors
  29. Fix errors
  30. Publish Book

That was my publishing process in a nutshell for the first book.  Notice how many times I had to fix errors? Hopefully the

more I do this the better I will get. I will be going into a deep dive on this as I hammer out the process.  Stay tuned….

Next up is the marketing side.  I look forward to learning new things!  Look for more posts on that subject soon.

In the meantime, check out my new book and why don’t you buy a copy?



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