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Publish Your Book On The Amazon Kindle: A Practical Guide Paperback – November 14, 2008

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About the Author

A lifelong fan of science fiction and a self-proclaimed geek, Michael R. Hicks spends most of his waking hours working or playing on computers and other gadgets, like his tricked-out Kindle and iPhone. Involved in designing a variety of web sites since the early 1990s, he has extensive experience with HTML and a wide variety of computer applications. When his first novel, an epic fantasy called In Her Name, was ready for publication in early 2008, he decided to go the self-publishing route as a learning experience and personal challenge. During the course of getting In Her Name published, he learned how to prepare and publish books on Lulu.com, CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Mobipocket, and Amazon's Digital Text Platform (DTP). Since then, he spends a lot of time on the Amazon DTP and Mobipocket forums, helping other authors and small-press publishers get their books onto the Kindle and Mobipocket. His other pursuits including working out with his friends at the Beachbody.com community, bicycling, kayaking, and - of course - reading on his Amazon Kindle. He lives in Maryland with his gorgeous wife, two awesome stepsons, and two rambunctious Siberian cats, enjoying the chaos as he works on his next novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440456941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440456947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continue to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Now living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he lives his dream of writing full-time and spends as much time on the road in the family RV as possible...when he's not at the beach!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AHG on September 14, 2009
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Well done! This book is terrific. It is not just about creating an Amazon Kindle book, but tells you the best way to create an ebook for sale on Amazon and other websites as well. Michael's advice on using the mobipocket creator software to create a prc (kindle compatible) file rather than simply uploading an html file to the Amazon DTP is right on. This method gives you more options to sell your books on other websites - not just Amazon. He walks you through the mobipocket software with ease. Also, the information about selling your books to other websites through mobipocket is well written and makes a complicated subject easy to understand. For those of you who like to do it yourself, alot of help from those who have already done it makes it easy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Isaiah R. Tucker on August 28, 2009
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Michael R. Hicks does a very good job of guiding a beginner through the file conversion process. Especially helpful was the basic HTML coverage. Before this, I knew nothing about HTML except that it was a type of format favored by websites. Now I can go into my ebook and make changes to the layout with this useful tool. I do wish he would have gone a little deeper into the subject instead of referring us to outside sources, but he got me started in the right direction.

Two things I discovered while converting my first book (which I hope to be uploading to Amazon soon) with MobiPocket Creator:

The very useful HTML command <br/> which inserts a space between two lines of text when you absolutely have to have it and the Creator ignores the normal paragraph space.

This was a big issue for me because I use Word 2007: MP Creator does not currently accept MS Office Word 2007 format (.docx) so you need to save your book as a Word 2003 (.doc) OR which I reccommend because I had to do MUCH less tweaking afterword, save your file as a WEBPAGE (FILTERED). This converts the file to HTML right in MS Word (so when searching for it from MP Creator browse for HTML files instead of Word files.) I had much less trouble getting the book layout the way I wanted it this way.

I hope Michael will address these issues in upcoming editions, making his great guide even better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By June Nolen on November 13, 2009
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I just published my book to Amazon Kindle. I purchased this book by Michael Hicks because I had no idea where to start. I didn't even know what an HTML file looked like. Especially helpful to me was his information on creating the cover picture and the DTP forums. He takes you through the process, step by step, on how to create an eBook.
Although Mobipocket isn't taking new authors at this time, the information on the Mobipocket Creator was of great help.
I had many questions and had to get a lot of help. The forums were always there and if I didn't find an answer there, I could ask a question and get one. With the help of Michael Hicks, and the information in this book, I finally made it to Kindle. Thanks Mike! Cheers!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Emberson on December 7, 2008
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I wish this book had existed when I wrote my book! What a bargain at under $[...]!

Michael Hicks, aka kreelanwarrior on the DTP forums, has distilled much of his hard-won knowledge of the Kindle publishing process into a great little book that is clearly written and can be read in under an hour. At this writing, the DTP has many bugs, quirks and pitfalls that the first-time user is practically guaranteed to encounter. How come my product image doesn't show up? Why can't I format my product description? Which is better, Mobipocket or DTP? Post the question on the DTP forum and invariably the most informed response comes from Michael Hicks.

I give this book five stars for its excellent content. But I can forsee some potential problems. I am HTML literate and I wrote my book in HTML using the Vim editor. Michael makes a valiant effort to show non-techies how to modify HTML code exported from, say, Microsoft Word to achieve a desired formatting result on the Kindle (insert an image, special symbols, etc.). I'd be curious to hear from readers who do not know HTML just how successful he has been.

Frankly, if you are serious about publishing for the Kindle you would be well served to read an elementary book on HTML or take a look at [...] (as Michael recommends). You can skip all the complicated stuff, as the DTP and Mobipocket Creator only really use a subset of HTML 1.0 with a few added special tags.

Finally, in addition to this book I recommend that you read Manuel Burgos' Graphics on the Kindle (Book 1 of 4 of the "Graphics on the Kindle" Series) which is a great reference for preparing images for the Kindle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eureka Bud on February 5, 2010
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Apparently this author tried to be informative BUT the Amazon Kindle program is so primitive regarding getting authors' works up and running correctly that this poor book just can't seem to catch up with how to deal with all the Kindle problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Case on August 6, 2009
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Publish Your Book on Amazon Kindle by Michael R. Hicks is an excellent guide to accomplishing the goal set forth in the title. I'm certain that anyone trying to publish on Kindle would encounter difficulty without the clear, detailed instructions provided by Mr. Hicks. It should be particularly helpful to anyone not versed in computer procedures.
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