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Formatting Your Manuscript For Kindle: The SIMPLEST Guide You’ll Find On The Internet!!

Okay, so you’ve formatted your manuscript according to the specifications for CreateSpace, and your book is ready to be published in paperback. Now onto the Kindle ebook edition!

Kindle Direct Publishing guide the user through the following book setup processes:

Book Title Information
ISBN (the barcode you see on the back of books)
Interior (the book manuscript)
Distribution Channels (where the book will be sold online).

Formatting A Word Document For Kindle Direct Publishing (Ebook)

          Font

  • Title Page- Book Title Size 36
    – Author name: Size 16
    -Copyright message (©) Bold Size 12
  • About The Author message: Times New Roman Size 14
  • Chapter Headings: Times New Roman Bold Size 16
  • Book interior text: Times New Roman Size 12

          Book Layout

  • Paper Size (Width & Height): 13.69cm x 20.09 cm
  • Margins: -Top/Bottom/Left/Right: ZERO
    *This margin setting will look very strange on the page, and will advise you that it margins are set outside the printable area. This is how margins need to be set for Kindle formatting.
  • Set paragraph indentation for 1cm: Format>Paragraph>Indentation & Line Spacing
  • Set line spacing to SINGLE
  • Save As a WEB PAGE (.htm)Cover Design

    NOTE: You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. A CreateSpace paperback requires the cover image to be 300 dpi (dots per image) while a Kindle cover image is only required to be 72 dpi You can create covers from stock images or your own personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs. I will go into more detail about book cover creation on an upcoming post.

    Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
    300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy

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Payoneer: What You Need BEFORE You Publish On Amazon

HOORAY!

You’ve finished your book, and had it edited 7 proofread by your friends/family/writer’s group/a professional editor.

Your manuscript is at its very best quality.

You’re SO close to realising your publishing dream!

You’re SO eager just to jump in and get that darn book PUBLISHED!!

Okay, slow down. There’s still a few steps to take before publishing! Sorry, but they must be done!

The first item on the list: Create a Payoneer account. This is important if you are a non-US citizen and do not have an existing American bank account.

Using Amazon’s online publishing tools (CreateSpace/Kindle Direct Publishing) require you to have an American bank account to receive payments.

This was the point at which my brain was ready to break.

But never fear! Payoneer is here!

Payoneer is the best way to be paid by Amazon if you are a non-US citizen and you don’t have an existing American bank account. Payoneer will send you a keycard in the mail, which you can use at the ATM like any other bank card. You can also transfer funds from your Payoneer account to your other bank accounts.

Click HERE to get your Payoneer account started. It is a very easy process!

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Finish Writing Your Book: Time Management, Discipline & Boundaries

In my last post I talked about FINISHING writing your book, and now you now have the tools and the know-how to do so. Now, you need to create the ideal environment around you to ensure your success. And just like committing to finishing your book, you are going to have to get TOUGH in order to create this ideal environment. So here are three things you need to put in place.

 

  1. Time Management

    Before you can manage the time, you need to set the time. Commit time every day to work on finishing your book. It can be an hour, or just ten minutes. Whatever works for you. But you must make the time. It won’t fall in your lap. 

    You have a full time job, you say?

    Kids?

    A full-on gym schedule?

    Here’s what I have to say to that: Find a way, not an excuse.

    If you really want this, you will make it work.

    Okay, now that we’ve set the time, we can manage the time. You’ve set out to finish writing your book, which is a daunting experience. But how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course!

    You’ve figured out how much time per day you can dedicate to finishing your book. So what are you going to do with that time?

    Can you write/type one page of your novel? Five?

    Can you reread/rewrite one scene, one page, five scenes, five pages?

    Make your daily writing goals easy for you to achieve within your designated time frame. Something I also do to keep my motivation up is to keep track of whatever I’ve done in any one day toward completing my goal. I list it at the bottom of that day’s diary page. It allows me to reflect on what I’ve achieved that day, and when I’m feeling demotivated, I can look back over all the previous pages as well and see how much work I’ve actually gotten done!

  2. Discipline

    Okay, now you know how much time you can dedicate daily to finishing your book, and what you need to do to manage that time. Now you need to commit to that time! And just like you need to make the time to finish writing your book, you need to make the discipline happen too, because the odds are certainly going to be against you!
    Anything and everything will challenge that time you’ve set aside for your writing, and before you know it, that time has slipped away from you, STOLEN from you, filled up with life’s other demands and distractions! You must stand strong, say no, and commit to your writing time.
    But outside influences aren’t the only threats to your designated writing time. Your own motivation and will is the biggest threat of all!

     YOU must hold yourself accountable for your writing time.

    YOU must discipline yourself.

    You have set a goal you can easily commit and stick to. You’ve got this!!!

  3. Boundaries

    Right, you’ve disciplined yourself to commit to your writing time. Now you need to get your household on board!
    Your household needs to be trained to respect your writing time. Our writing time can often be viewed by other members of the household as something leisurely, and as a result it can be easily interrupted. People can come into our writing space to have a chat or show us something cool on YouTube, completely disregarding the importance of what we are already doing. This is certainly not done out of disrespect, not because they don’t care. They just don;t realise just how precious our writing time is, and how important it is that we are allowed to focus.
    You need to set boundaries with your partner/children/housemates, and ensure that you are able to concentrate fully. They aren’t going to value it if you don’t!

    I hope you have found these three tips helpful in finishing writing your novel! To ensure you never miss my writing & publishing tips and advice, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog to receive email notifications!

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