A steep learning curve

ok as some of you know i always tend to share anything i learn because i know some others may need to know too, today i have learnt loads!

it is all about book publishing though so if you dont want to read on then you dont have to 🙂

 i got panicked first by the ISBN number thing, as i have already published with smashwords they gave me an ISBN and now i wanted to go with amazon too they asked me if i wanted one from them well i wasnt sure i was allowed more than but looked it up thank you google god i would lost without you , and it is fine dont panic you can have as many ISBN ‘s as you want because it not only identifies the book but the publisher as well just amke sure to display them all,

 if you want to publish your book at smashwords, which is a great self publishing place i love it one of the easiest places to use ever and its free, but they will take your word doc and translate it for you into various formats, usually epub because thats the most popular for e readers and there for readers who will buy your book,

if you want to publish through amazon they will want you to take your word doc and convert it to a pdf file and this was new to me so i found this http://www.dopdf.com/ which is a free download that converts any file into a pdf for you, also with amazon they will require you to make a free account with creatspace

all your book covers need to be in jpeg and get the best book cover you can, if you cant afford one from an artist then like me you have no money 🙂 i use psp9 a paint programme for the pc which is very very old but it works some of the places like smashwords i think will offer a place for you to have a go at making a cover i may check that out later just to see if it is free and how easy it is to use,

ok it does seem a bit scary i am actually giong through the process with createspace/amazon as we speak and i thought it was going to be an ebook but it is doing it all as a print book and now i am worried i did something wrong ,

maybe it will be a print to order, for those that dont know a print to order means the book will not actually be printed unless someone pays for it,

ok going to have to sign off for now got to much to do but will give more information later as i learn, it does come with a cover creater which i shall use and it doesn seem like a print to order but it is still worrying me that it will want money off and i dont have any so tune in later to see if i am successful at going through the amazon process have a great day everyone xx


21 responses

  1. Hey – you are learning a lot – very kind of you to share!

    1. hello my friend, and oh my the writing bit is easy the difficult bit is the publishing, i know that i am completely new to it all so i have to learn everything from scratch i assume there are others like me and if i can make it a bit easier for them then thats me happy 🙂 hope you have a great day xx

  2. You need to change your name …”The Amazing Kizzy Lee”…sounds close to right..

    1. good morning gorgeous mims, hope your having a lovely day, thank you for your wonderful comment and i am so busy i had to put the book thing to one side but i have some super ideas already for next book 🙂 not sure about going on amazon though will update post soon as i get chance as usual i sneaked on here for quick look 🙂 have to get back to msewing 🙂 loves you mims xx

      1. Love you too..have a wonderful day..xox

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes | Reply

    This is a fantastic post. So many want to publish AND YOU’RE DOING IT! and you’re doing it & telling us how – thank you heaps! I am definitely coming back for updates. A very valid topic to me 🙂

    1. thats is very nice of you to say, thank you very much for your lovely comment i really appreciate it, i know how difficult it has been for me to learn about this self publishing thing and so i figured it may be new to others as well and i hope they can get useful information from here because sometimes like this morning i just look at the page on the publishing at amazon.com and my eyes just watch the words swim around in front of me! i will update post soon as i get chance to hopefully warn others but it was all to do with the tax , i feel for any one living in america their tax system seems so complicated to me, but i will go it another go later right now i have to work on my second duaghters dance costume 🙂 best advice i can give anyone about publishing is smashwords has been the easiest so far i tried lulu and amazon and smashwords and smashwords win hands down the others are good but a little complicated to set up, sorry i have to dash will do my best to come on later and do some more on the post,
      hope you and daniel have a great day xx

  4. Sounds like an exciting time for you, good luck!

    1. it is very exciting 🙂 thank you for your lovely comment and your wishes i do appreciate them especially the good luck one 🙂 have a lovely evening xx

  5. JUst a little tip – You don’t need to convert your file to PDF if you produce it in Word – the same file can be saved in multiple formats including PDF. It will save some time and confusion for you I think.

    1. i think it can in newer versions of word but mine is old 2003 i think 😦 i cant argue though it came with my netbook which was great took me two years to pay for it though 🙂 but just on the off chance when i get back to my netbook i shall double check you never know 🙂 thank you for your help and commenting i do appreciate your kindness have a great evening xx

      1. If you get stuck at createspace for the hard copy – email me. I have lots of experience. Les

      2. thank you very much for your offer i appreciate your kindness when i get chance later today i shall have another go at it 🙂 thank you again for your kind comment have a great day

  6. You are on your way Miz Kiz! I love your unstoppable spirit my friend!

    1. aw thank you my friend, i do tend to be quite focused 🙂 i cant rest until i have acheieved my goal no matter what it is, right now my goal is to finish my daughters dance costume finished before tomorrow so i best go get on 🙂 have a great evening

  7. Dance costume aside (which I’m sure you have mastered already), I agree with Bonnie…you are determined and so very smart and clever, this will happen and you will learn and share with the world the easiest way to get it done! You are a wonder Kizz, a brilliant wonder.

    1. thank you my gorgeous rhonda it is thanks to you and mims and the fiath you have in me that gave me the confidence to do this thats why i put what i did at beginning of book thank you for everything your help encouragemtn and friendship loves you rhonda xx

  8. Bookmarking this page, for sure. Your research on this subject is really in depth and will be helpful when I publish one, if I do…would love to publish my memoirs, as my life is fairly “not normal.”


    1. thats a good idera from what i have read from your posts where you go into your life a bit it sounds interesting i would read for sure , i chose horror stories because i love writing creepy things:) i am facinated by stuff that looks normal but when looked at closer isnt 🙂 a lot of people thought i would write comedy or humour or my life because i had a life that whole series of books could be written about but i didnt because i dont see that as fun but i do love a good scary story 🙂 so go for it babes and i hope you enjoy it as much as i do xx

      1. Oh, I could so see you writing comedy…for sure.

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