Author of Adult & Young Adult Romance

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kindle Amazon Uploading Woes


All right, so, I decided to go the self-pub route and publish my first book, followed by its spinoff.  Edited it for the sixth time, lowered word count, freshened up some dialogue, made a few better word choices. Formatted it to, what I thought was, perfection. Uploaded it via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, got my nice pretty sample, which looked great. Clicked the button to publish it live.

Voila! In a few hours, Betrothed was available for purchase.

As it turned out, this was not a good thing.

Final formatting was all out of wack.  Single spacing to start, then double. Single again. Then, double. Normal print, then bold. Normal again. Oh, and the paragraph indentations! Forget about it!

Needless to say, I unpublished it and started trying to troubleshoot.  Downloaded the free Building Your Book for Kindle ebook, followed it to a T. Still, major formatting issues. Searched the forums and was grieved to see a lot of people paid a professional just to format their novel for proper upload.  This is not an option for me.

Why am I posting about this, other than to complain?  I'm hoping one of you out there who has gone this route with your work can offer some expertise. Maybe point me in the right direction? How did you format your manuscript? What margins did you use? What font and paragraph spacing? Did you change the size of the page? Any tips of wisdom would be magnificently appreciated.

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
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3 comments

Bonnie Rae said...

I would also love to know!! I totally feel your pain on this...totally!! Amazon really needs to fix the issue, or have a professional team we can pay a reasonable fee to do it for us.

Andrew Leon said...

Mostly, it's about your formatting in your document. You can't use tab or the space key to fix any issues within the document, because when you upload it, Kindle will "auto correct" it all out of whack.

You need to set the margins on the document and go through the whole document and make sure that stays "live" through the whole thing. Things like that. I'd have to actually be looking at your document to know beyond that what the issues are. The indentation one, though, I recognize.

Andrew Leon said...

Mostly, it's about your formatting in your document. You can't use tab or the space key to fix any issues within the document, because when you upload it, Kindle will "auto correct" it all out of whack.

You need to set the margins on the document and go through the whole document and make sure that stays "live" through the whole thing. Things like that. I'd have to actually be looking at your document to know beyond that what the issues are. The indentation one, though, I recognize.

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