Using Kindle Create to Create eBooks

Let’s allow our minds to go drifting down that dusty road to years past when Kindle and CreateSpace worked together. One need only create a paperback book at CreateSpace, click a few buttons and allow Kindle to transform that paperback into an eBook.

Many writers took advantage of that, and the eBooks created by this ‘transformation machine’ did a decent job.

However, the control freak in me couldn’t relinquish control of such an import factor in my life, so I manually created each eBook I published.

Things have changed, and so has Kindle KDP/Amazon. Gone is CreateSpace and its clunky transformation machine. Now we have KDP Print and Kindle Create.

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“The One We Forgot to Love”

This afternoon, I met with local author, Sandy Totten. She contacted me the last week of January about her book, The One We Forgot to Love and hired me to walk her through the steps of publishing it. I also edited the manuscript and designed the cover and interior.

The proof arrived from Amazon yesterday (Tuesday), so we got together to discuss it. She had ordered the book last Wednesday. That is the fastest delivery time I’ve ever seen with KDP Print. CreateSpace used to be this fast, but I thought that luxury was gone when KDP Print took over. I was wrong. At least for this shipment.

The One We Forgot to Love Description

Will a mother’s love save her family or destroy it?

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Saturday Morning News Briefs

Tate Publishing & Enterprises

CEOs and founders of vanity publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises, Ryan and Richard Tate, have been charged with eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge for alleged fraudulent business practices. Apparently, this publishing company has been in the news many times and not in a good way. You can read more of the story on Writer Beware.

Also Boughts at Amazon

You know what I’m talking about even if you’ve never heard it called this. Also Boughts are books listed under the “Customers who bought this item also bought…” caption at Amazon. Are they important to sales and can writers influence them? Read more about this in David Gaughran’s post Please Don’t Buy My Book.

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Scattered Stones Cover Release and Proof Order

The novel I conceived in the second half of 2009 is now in the birthing canal.

Yesterday I placed an order for a proof copy of Scattered Stones. After I hit the CONFIRM button, I sat back and thought about the journey to give me a better perspective of what I had done.

In May 2010, I had written the last 60,000 words in a rush to reach the end. Then the manuscript went through multiple edits, being read and sporadically edited by beta readers. I edited and revised when I found time, often between stints of working outside the home. For six months in 2014, I barely had a chance to look at it because I worked six to seven days a week, putting in ten-hour days at a garden centre. This sort of schedule doesn’t leave much time to eat, sleep and say hello to the kids, let alone hours bellied-up to a computer to edit a novel.

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