Kindle Author At Last!

Oh Auntie on Kindle Previewer

So – I’m a Kindle author. I said I’d do it by August, and I did. I’m very pleased with myself.

Oh Auntie is up there now! Take a look, and if you feel like hitting the like button, well, that would be great.Or better still, treat yourself to a copy. I priced it at 99 US cents, so it’s a bargain! customers go here. customers go here. customers go here.

It was a steep learning curve to prepare the book for Kindle. I did a good bit of research but the book that was the most helpul was Jason Matthew’s How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks, All for Free. (Check out his website here.) So step by step I worked my way through the conversion process.

I had a Word copy of the book originally, which I put into a .doc document (not .docx). I then saved that as html (webpage) and was going to work with that, but then discovered that I could use Mobipocket Creator. I’m not that hi-tech so that looked like a good option for me. I have my two resident computer experts at home – Chris and Caiti – but I didn’t want to impose. I downloaded Mobipocket for free, followed the instructions given on the Kindle direct publishing site, and soon I had a version on Oh Auntie in .prc. To check how things looked, I then downloaded Kindle Previewer and uploaded my file to that. Everything was good, so I went back to Kindle Direct Publishing and uploaded the file, my cover and filled in all the essential info that you have to put up. It took me the afternoon but I know what I’m doing now.

And Oh Auntie was up there this morning. Impressively quick.

So, now I must start some serious marketing, although this book is just my Kindle guinea pig. I have some heavier weight books coming soon which I really want to push. But, this is a super little book, and worth trying to sell.

As I pick up tips and advice, I’ll pass them on.


  1. Steph, your book really looks great! I’m sure it will do well soon, just keep up with the marketing. Yes, the first upload is the hardest, so each subsequent book will go more smoothly. And thanks so much for the mention!

  2. Steph,
    Congratulations – you did an outstanding job. I’m going to buy the book right now. See you on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ – marketing isn’t as much fun as writing but you can’t have one without the other –
    Yours to count on,

    1. Thanks for visiting Bert. Following you on Twitter now and will be checking out your books. Amitiés, Steph

  3. Dear Stephanie,

    I wanted to thank you for your review of my book, ANIMUS. I’m in the process of sending the manuscript out to agents, so it was a real shot-in-the-arm (as they say) to get your review. Definitely caused a lot of excitement around here. I’m most gratified! One small caveat: on your site (which is amazing) you listed me as Jason Eastburn, so I don’t know if you can do corrections once you’ve published. It’s funny, in high school, there was this guy who called me “Jeff” and I never had the heart to correct him, so for three years I answered to someone else’s name…!

    Your life in France sounds idyllic. My wife has always fantasized about living in the French countryside. I only just made it to Paris about 5 years ago when my daughter was nine. We were jet-lagged for10 days. I even wrote a short story about it, titled of course, “Jet-Lag.” Anyway, I would just get up early and walk down to the Place Bedard where I found a cafe that opened at 6 a.m., and order a creme and write (standing up) listening to Frenchmen talk. It was great…

    Again, thanks for your review. And good luck re-launching your writing career!

    Kind regards,

    Joseph Eastburn

    1. You’re very welcome. I’m so sorry about getting your name wrong in the review, Joseph. I’ve made the correction now. It wasn’t personal – I call my kids by each other’s names all the time, including the animals’ names! Apologies again.
      We love living in France. It hasn’t been easy, but things are coming together for us nicely now. So I have time to write again.
      Wishing you every success with your fascinating book,

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