Kindle Publishing: A Diary–Day 2 Choosing your references

Dear Diary,

Yesterday, I started using an epublication that talked about publishing to the Kindle in 4 hours. Yeah, right? But I got started on something that might work, and here I am, back for another day.

It’s pretty clear that I’ll never come up with 5,000 words any time in the next day or two, so I’ll keep reading to see what I need to do. Right now, I’m still having a bit of trouble with the organization of this Kindle book anyway, so let me see what’s in store.

Opening the book on my Kindle now, though I could have opened it from my computer, too; but working from the “book” and computer together makes me feel less like I’m floundering. I’m pretty tech-savvy for an older person, but I still have my habits…

Duh! No wonder I’m confused using this book. The title clearly states it’s for publishing series. Well, I’m not ready for serialization yet. Jeeze! This book probably figures I’ve had some e-publishing experience, since it skips over single articles and single posts. Time to give up on this book and find another—maybe something like Kindle Publishing for Dummies—something like that. Let’s see what Amazon’s Kindle Store has to offer…

Typing in “Kindle Publishing”… And the first book that comes up is the free “Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing.” OK. Have that one. It’s the formatting guide for when one is actually ready to publish. Not there yet, so what’s next?  Ah! “How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents”!! I think I’ll buy that one—it’s only 99 cents. Let’s take a look—great reviews, inexpensive…OK, “Buy This Book with 1-Click”…and it says I already own this book. Where? Oh, yes. Here it is on the Cloud. I just never downloaded it. Hmmm. I wonder how many other books I already own… Too many with the same name, or close to the same name. No wonder Stinnet talks about unique and eye-catching covers. But then, she also suggests changing the cover every now and then… “Building Your Book for Kindle” is free; decent reviewer scores, but a lot of “buts” in the reviews that make me think that “free” isn’t always a good way to go. Next!

Kindle Cash – The Beginner’s Guide to Creating, Marketing, and Publishing on the Amazon Kindle.” Nope. Have that one already, and not what I’m looking for… “Cash In on Kindle Publishing.” Nope, even though it’s only 99 cents. “The eBook Insider.” Well, I’m just trying to figure out how to work toward Kindle publishing; I’m not ready for all the other formats… “Amazon Kindle Freebies: How to Publish Your Kindle Book on Amazon Kindle For Free and Make Money From Home.” Publish for free?? Wait a minute—are there costs involved?? How high are they? Might want to check that one out later, but maybe I won’t need it… “Smashwords Style Guide – How to Format Your Ebook (Smashwords Guides)”…sounds like a different format or a publishing package or something… Next! Nope. Nope. Nope. Ancient. Nope. “11 Essential Tips to Make More Sales Publishing With Kindle,” might be great for future reference… Now we’re moving into publishing for the iPad, more books written for the original Kindle (about a gazillion generations back!), and finally general writing books. Not as much of a selection for the Kindle as I had hoped. Let me go back through the list. Maybe there’s something I missed.

Might I have helpful books that are listed somewhere else? Let’s see what else I have on the Kindle Cloud. Really with the books could be organized by type and topic… I’ll sort by “recent” and plod through… Wow! “Kindle Success Formula,” “The Power of Kindle Books,” “Kindle Cash” (glad I already have that one!), “Join the EPublishing Gold Rush” (that’s one that was written for the original Kindle and other electronic formats!), “Kindle Shortcuts” (oops! An old readers’ guide), and a couple hundred non-publishing related books.

Tonight, I’m going to take some time to review the epublishing materials on my Kindle Fire. Maybe I can find something that is easy to understand and follow. And, of course, I’ll continue writing my article…

In confusion,


About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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