Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Publishing to Amazon

Here are a few lessons learned when I published Apex Predators my science fiction/science fantasy eBook

Okay I was totally excited to publish my book after months of diligently writing it and editing it with help from my friend Coyote Holmberg.  I even drew a picture of one of the main characters in her commando power armor (mid graphic on my Facebook Fan page)..

My test program at home made a copy of my book just fine which I loaded up to my Kindle to test. After about 2 hours of tweaking the html file which Amazon uses to generate the book, I felt I was good to go.

The simple preview didn't quite work for me and the Amazon previewing program didn't want to work for the sample I could download of my own book. At first I thought it was browser or user error because as an insomniac I don't always function like a normal human being. I decided to publish it and to see what it looked like. Unfortunately it takes up to 24 hours for Amazon to have stuff ready (which is an awesome turn around time but I don't recommend it for proofing anything).

So come the next morning I downloaded it and realized that my first endeavor to publish an eBook went up initially without the graphics.

I spent a little time researching this before it hit me: The publish to Amazon only takes one file and it does not take a completed already processed eBook file (at least not the one I tried from my latest test).

The solution:  Books with pictures in it..
I just re-pushed it up with graphics. The trick when publishing is to include the (html) book and the image folder into a zip file and upload that file as your book through Amazon.

 Bonus Tip: Don't forget when you ask your friends to download it and they don't have a Kindle...

Kindle on your iPhone/iPad/iPod http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200298460

For the droid: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=red_lnd_shrt_url?ie=UTF8&docId=165849822

You can also get it for your PC: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311 (kindle reader for PC)


  1. Amazon has broken something now most eBooks including mine state this book is not available in the United States.

  2. Amazon is fixed and back up and running:)