I have just published my first short story on Amazon, the story is called fuzzy and it’s fiction. I am proud, not that the story is amazing, but I have finished a story, and I have published it, and now I am ready to continue writing and publishing more stories and books on Kindle.
I want to share my Kindle publishing experience with you.
Look at this screenshot from a few days ago, this is from the best seller list (of short stories) for the Kindle on Amazon:
No wonder why my Kindle publishing experience has been amazing. Stephen King had the #25 spot for the paid short stories, and I had the #25 spot for the free short stories. It was not about the quality of the writing, it was all about marketing.
Kindle publishing experience – settings
One of the most important parts of my Kindle publishing experience was to understand the format of the book and setting up the book. I wrote the story using Microsoft Word, and in order to get the perfect Kindle format, I had to adjust the settings a little before publishing it.
This is how:
- go to “page layout”
- then “size”
- go to the last option, “more”. It will open “page setup” window.
- Change the size of your pages to 8.5 cm wide x 11.4 cm tall.
- go to the margin tabs
- set them all to 1
- set the font size for normal text to 12 (I used 14 for the title)
I uploaded the book and Amazon converted it to Kindle format in just a few minutes. When it comes to format, the kindle publishing experience was amazingly easy.
Kindle publishing experience – updates and marketing
One of the first things I noticed after I published my short story was a few grammatical mistakes. I discovered them when I received emails from several readers telling me about the mistakes.
The great thing about writing for the Kindle is that when you discover mistakes, you can just edit the book and update it. I had a new version on Amazon in a matter of a few hours.
When it comes to marketing, my Kindle publishing experience has been both amazing and at the same time, I might have done a small mistake.
I discovered that all books on the Kindle have 5 days of free promotions. This means that I can give away my book for free for 5 days. And that’s what I have been doing. This way more people will read it, and they’ll help spread the word if it’s any good. But, the mistake I made (I’m not sure if it’s a mistake yet) is that I could have used the free promotions for one day at a time, or 2 + 2 + 1.
But, I will let you know more about the marketing part of my Kindle publishing experience in a future post.
Do you have any questions about the kindle publishing experience?