I feel ill. I did it. I sent it off to Amazon Kindle books. I’m sure it’s full of mistakes and places that bear improvement, but it’s gone. I got an acknowledgement saying the Kindle Operations Team was reviewing my submission. These reviews are done so that Kindle buyers will have “a more positive buying experience.”
See – here is the actual notification.
|2012: Deadly Awakening||Beryl Gorbman (Author)||12/07/2009||
|Publishing 2012: Deadly Awakening. Your book is currently under review by the Kindle Operations team as we are trying to improve the Kindle customer experience. Please check back in 48-72 hours to see if your book was published to the store. This will not affect any titles you are currently selling in the store, but uploading updates to existing titles will take longer to process|
In the end, we did not use a fancy text publishing program. Josh said that he tried several and none would convert to Kindle. So we ended up using my Word-formatted manuscript.
To publish a book, you go to the Amazon Digital Text Platform site and follow the directions. You fill in a lot of data and upload the text file and the jpeg for the cover art. I embedded photos in the text, so we’ll see how that turns out.
During this process, I got to a section called Payment Data. I was unsettled. What did I need to pay for? Something I didn’t know about?
Well it turns out that this was about THEM paying ME. Imagine! They wanted my bank account number and direct deposit number. They pay three months after sales.
Now I am in the 72-hour waiting period while they review the book. I guess if all goes well, I will be able to put info about the book on the Amazon page at that time.
I must say that they aren’t exactly helpful, but you can get through this process on your own if you remain calm and have a friend like Josh talking you through it.
Not counting my chickens yet. It isn’t online.