Do you want to put your manuscript onto kindle to see how it looks?
You can do this at any stage of writing your book, even if you haven’t finished it yet.
I did this after writing just a third of my book, because my wife wanted to read it and she didn’t want to do that from a Word document on a laptop. So I put it onto her Kindle, and also onto mine.
Doing this gave unexpected results. Not only did I begin to feel like a real published author (great for self-esteem!), but also I noticed all sorts of things that I had not seen when reading from the original Word document. There were a number of gaps in the plot, typos, incongruities and so on that I had not picked up on before.
So I heartily recommend having a go at this.
Here’s how to do it.
You will need to download two bits of free software. You can use these again when you come to upload your book to Amazon for sale when you’ve finished it.
1. Sigil. Go to code.google.com/p/sigil and download it for free.
If you are writing your book in Word, (and I apologise now for those of you writing on a Mac), then open your document and pick File > Save As.. and choose ‘Web Page, Filtered’ as the format.
Save the result, and the open it in Sigil. You can format your book in Sigil if you would like to, adding a cover, indexes, metadata etc.. but this is not necessary if you are only part way through and just want to take a peek at how the book may look when finally published.
When you have finished, save your book in ePub format (this should be the default Save format on Sigil).
2. Next, download and install Calibre from calibre-ebook.com. This too is free.
Click on Add Books and add your epub saved book.
Click on Convert Books and select Mobi as the output format .
Click Page Setup and check that it is correct for your model of Kindle.
Click OK to perform the conversion.
3. Finally connect your Kindle to a USB port in your PC and use the ‘send to device’ button on Calibre to load your kindle with your book. And voila! You’re done.
I have to say that it was all very easy. I know that when the book is finished and ready to be published I will need to go through a lot more hoops in these pieces of software to get the cover, formatting, and publishing details right, but for now this was a quick, simple and free way of testing out my book.
Oh, and one last personal note. I have spent countless hours on my book (I absolutely love it, so no hardship there!), but it only took Donna one and a half hours to read all 12 chapters so far. I’ve got a lot of work still to do!
Do you have any experience with epublishing? I’d love to hear your comments and ideas.
Did you find this useful? Then please let me know, and tell your friends!