Hello friends of Fitty. Over here at RV52 Fitty has been working hard on different projects. I've just finished up my “RV and Modular Home Utilities Comparison Report” and you can get it several different ways. You can buy it from Kindle, Amazon, and Apple.
When I was uploading the eReport (it really isn't a book so I didn't want to price it like a book – reports are worth more – you don't sell many reports) I went ahead and made video instructions of how to do some of this book stuff.
I'm thinking that if I can make it look easy, which it is, maybe you'll feel inspired and write the next “Purpose Driven Life”. [note Purpose Driven Life is the most popular book in history, 2nd to the Bible]. Then maybe you'll send me a gift certificate for lunch or something! ;-)
Here is the video tutorial on Kindle publishing (if you don't see the video below-click here):
What I'd like to do is go ahead and publish a book on the Kindle.
Let's see if I can go ahead and remember how to do it.
So, first thing, let's see if I can get close to my Kindle Publishing. Right here. It's kdp.amazon.com.
So, what I'd like to do now — and you have to sign up for this, I'm not doing to show you how to do that — I want to add a new title.
I'm not going to KDP Select because I'm more of a report than anything and I think people don't want to read my report like a book.
So, what I'm doing to do here is I'm going to put the name of my book, try to get it as exact as I can, so my book is probably something you all would consider to be fairly boring. It's not even a book. I keep wanting to say book. But it's not a book. It's the Modular and RV Utility Comparison Report.
Okay, so let's go back over here. Modular and RV Utility Comparison Report.
Subtitle — I don't have a subtitle.
The book is not part of a series.
I'm not a publisher.
Description. Okay, so the next thing I did, I done this ahead of time, I made a little description that I can put in here. And I did call it an eReport and I did use the word short. People got to know that it's short or they're going to get, again, upset. Here, by using Safari, I can grow the box and see what it is. So, see I put short eReport because I'm going to charge a little different.
There's no contributors. Okay, so I'm an author so let put in here me. Author. Save.
And that should take me to my author's page.
Publication date optional.
I don't have an ISBN.
I completely made this from the very beginning.
Target my book to customers. Let's give this a whirl. Add categories. There's probably no boring category. Let's see here, I think it ought to be “Home” maybe, “House and Home.” Let's put it under “Sustainable Living.” Choose categories. I can choose two. Let's see what we got here. They never have recreational vehicles. So, I think I'll put it back under “House Plans” because people are thinking about building a house when they're doing that. That's crazy, I know. There's no good –. Search keywords. RV. Utilities. Do modular. I might do electric because of the utilities. Bills. Efficiency. Report. Instead of electric, I'm going to do, like, analysis.
I've already done an image. Let me go get it. Browse for image.
Always save — that's always good.
Oh, I hope this thing's the right thing — I always have trouble with these, so — here's my cover. I'm sure it'd be considered ugly. Oh, please, hope I got this right.
I find the graphics really, really hard, and they always got to be precise about how wide and how tall. Yay, yay me. There's my cover. Okay.
Enable digital rights. That just means that people can't, can't go get it on Yahoo or some free download site.
Save as draft. Book file content.
Okay. Uh-oh, I think what I really want to do is to save it as an ePub and, honestly, I didn't do that.
So, when I bring up — I put the book in Pages, and, honestly, I'm going to switch over to a different tool, which will be pretty cool. It's called a Scrivener. I think it's going to work a lot better for me.
So, we're bringing up Apple Pages. So to get this in the right format, we're going to export to ePub. Let's see here. Advanced options because, I'm well, super — use the first page as the book cover image. We can go ahead and tell it do that. All right. Not too many options here. So, make sure I got it in the right directory. So let's let it rip. Part of the reason I use pages was because it would help put the ePub, whereas Microsoft Word doesn't.
If you're going to be a writer, I think you think have to consider tools like Scrivener. Now, that I've seen the light, I'm going to go over and do that. I don't want to grab ScreenFlow — that's how we're taping this. I want to go back to here.
So, now we're going to browse and we're going to look for the ePub. Converting to Kindle.
I'll crunch this and make it speed along when we do the, when I turn in the video. I'll go, like, way faster. That's the beauty of videos. You can work some magic. Ooh, la la. Maybe that's because of my pictures. It's got to covert those pictures to black and white and have them look good on the eBook that's a black-and-white eBook.
This is my coffee cup. I did this on CafePress. I'm pretty proud of that. It really came out nice. I got the logo off 99designs. If you want to know more about that, give me a, give me a buzz.
Preview your book. This is the scary part. Okay. Oh, no — one possible spelling error. I don't even want to look. Should I look? Ah, slideouts — that's okay. Everybody does that two different ways.
Okay. Let's just take a quick look online. Preview book. Please look good. Please, please, please look good. Dang, I like it. That's a little goofy. Wow — this looks better than I ever thought it would look. They do such a good job, Amazon. This is if you turn it on the side. They've got some neat graphs in here. Let's see how they look. You've got to put the images in line — yeah, okay, that looks okay. Yeah, I do look at the Texas climate and everything.
It's a neat little report. It's not super long. Kind of hard to get those charts right. I don't know how to get out of here. I'm happy with this.
So, continue publishing my book. Okay. So, done this. Save it. We've uploaded it.
Okay, and the cover part we were doing — that goes into, like, in the catalog. We'll say worldwide because that's fine.
I did the whole work myself.
Choose a royalty option for your book. Of course, why not get 70%? Now, this means the price must be between $2.99 and $9.99, and I'm not going to sell very many of these.
Yeah, and I don't care that people think that the price ought to be relative to the length — it took me a lot of work. Maybe I'll only sell 20, 30 copies. I'm fine with that. I have no idea how to set this so I don't know what it should be — 500? Does that make it better? I should know more about other people's monetary systems, right? Oh, $3.99. Let's just set it for $3.99. $3.98? Oh, I've got to be in KDP now, I could care less then.
There you go Amazon. Six pounds, that's fine. Japan. I'm not going to sell a lot in these countries. California — I'm kidding, it's Canada. Australia. I think you just tell them exchange rates, can move things around.
Let's see what MatchBook is. Well, I'd love to that but I don't have a print version. Looks like I don't have a choice, I'll have to do that.
So, I do have all the rights — I'm absolute, 100 percent certain. I either got it from Wikipedia, which is Commons, and I attributed, or I did my own pictures and I wrote all my own text so I know it's mine 100 percent.
Okay. So, there you go.
That's publishing a book in Kindle.