Arial’s Author Toolbox

I’ve been doing a LOT of reading lately, but not fiction. This year (2015), I’ve been spending a lot of time honing my craft and doing my best to be a more efficient writer. In addition to that, I’ve been focusing on how to best market myself as an author.

Self-published authors – and actually most authors these days regardless of who publishes their books – have to devote a portion of their time to marketing. More and more publishers DON’T do marketing for their authors or the marketing is very broad (e.g., specials on a genre versus pushing a certain author).

So how does an author find the time to write AND market? THAT’S the big conundrum I’ve been putting nose-to-the-grindstone effort to find out. And guess what…you all will get to benefit from my efforts! UPDATED 2/9/16: I’ve just updated this post. See changes noted below. Also, though I’ve changed some pricing and removed other, please check pricing before you buy. They change all the time. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Boxed Sets

highland-shifters-3d-new_2000I’m no expert on the subject, but I did have some “lessons learned” from two boxed sets to which I recently contributed. I had certain expectations going in…

  • I’m going to make a lot of money!
  • I’ll get lots of new readers!
  • This will be easy to do!
  • I’ll get on a list!

Some of those expectations were satisfied…and some were not. And if you’re not familiar with a boxed set or what’s involved–like I wasn’t–the following information are things I wish I’d known going into such a project.
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How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 4

This is part 4 in a series where I give step-by-step instructions on how to convert your novel into multiple eBook formats. Here are the other parts to the series:

Step 4: Using Calibre

Calibre (pronounced cal-eh-ber) is a FREE eBook management program, which allows you to import eBook files, convert them to a different eBook format, and then transfer them to your eReader. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re looking to convert the PRC file you created in the previous post into the various formats you may need to promote your books. See the end of this tutorial for ideas on how to use these files for promotion.
If you don’t already have the software installed on your computer, please visit their website and download the program suitable for your computer’s operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.):
Once you’ve installed the software, follow these steps:
  1. Open Calibre
  2. In the top-left corner, click on the red book icon “Add books” (see Figure 1)
    Figure 1
  3. Navigate to the folder where you’re new PRC file is located and select that PRC file.
  4. Once you’ve added the PRC, it should now show up on the list of books and will probably either be at the top or at least highlighted. Of course, if this is your first book you’re adding to your new Calibre library…it will be the only one. PLEASE NOTE: In Figure 2, I’ve underlined in red some of the information regarding my book Midnight Hunt, which I used in the previous tutorial screenshots. All those fields I instructed you to complete when you entered the metadata on your PRC file. Now you can see those fields at work!
    Figure 2
  5. Click the “Convert Books” button (circled above in Figure 2).
  6. In the window that appears, there are a number of settings to become familiar with and may need changing or updating:
    • Input Format: (top-left of window) This should already have PRC selected. This is the original file format you imported when you selected Add Books. No need to change this, just be aware of it.
    • Output Format: (top-right) Use this drop-down box to select the file format you want to convert the PRC file to. The most common file formats are EPUB (used on Nook and iTunes’ iBooks), MOBI (Kindle and MobiPocket Reader app) & PDF. However, I do not recommend you create a PDF from here. The formatting gets all wonky. So for this first time converting, go ahead and keep the default of MOBI.
    • Tags: (2nd check mark on right) This was taken from the “Main Subject” field entered in the metadata when you created the PRC. Remember when I said you don’t really have many options? Well HERE you can add more. So for my example, I would also add “vampires” and “paranormal”, with commas in between.
    • Series: (3rd check mark on right) If your novel is part of a series, you can enter the series name here.
    • Book Number: (4th check mark on right) This will default to “Book 1.00” so just leave it if it is a stand-alone or the first book in your series. Change it by clicking on the arrows. Also some people have started using decimals for those in-between novellas and short stories in a series. So a short story that takes place between Books 1 & 2 of a series might be numbered 1.1, for example.
  7. Once you’ve made the changes or additions to the fields mentioned above, click the OK button. The window will close and you should see, in the bottom-right corner, a grey arrow pointing at the jobs it’s processing (right now 1). Once the eBook has been converted, you should now see that file version listed under “Formats” below the book cover (see Figure 3)
    Figure 3
  8. Rinse & Repeat! To convert your eBook to other formats, just follow 5-7, but instead of selecting “MOBI” from the drop-down menu on the right, select EPUB or whatever format you want to convert to. Each version will appear under “Formats” below the cover as pictured in Figure 3.
CONGRATULATIONS!! You’ve just now converted your PRC to one or more other eBook formats, which you can use for marketing purposes.

Now…where are those files??

It’s great you’ve converted the PRC file, but where the heck are they now? They’re located in the Calibre eBook Library folder, which can be found by doing the following:
  1. At the top of your Calibre window, click on the Calibre Library button (see Figure 4).
    Figure 4
  2. A small dialogue box will appear (also Figure 4). Click on the small computer-like icon next to the “New Location” text box. This will open another dialogue box. At the top of this box, you should see the path to where your eBook files are located. Make note of that location. Then cancel this dialogue box and the one pictured in Figure 4.
  3. Now go to your “My Computer” folder, or the window that will allow you to access your computer files, and navigate to that folder you took note of in the previous step.
  4. Calibre automatically creates an author folder every time you add a book. Within that folder, it also creates a folder of the book title. THIS is the folder where your eBook files are located. You can keep those files in your Calibre Library, but you might also want to COPY those files and then PASTE them into the folder where you created your PRC file (which is also where you put your MS Word Document and book cover image).
There you have it! Whew!

Promotional Ideas

So now you have your files. What do you do with them? Reproducing your eBooks (as long as you own the rights) costs NOTHING and it’s a great way to get your books into the hands of readers. I know many authors balk at giving their books away, but when you’re first starting out, your main focus should be to gain a following of readers who will talk about your books and get your name out there. If they enjoyed your book, they’ll recommend it to a friend. The more people who know about you, the more chance you have of increasing your sales. So don’t let giving your books away for free scare you when you’re just starting out.

Here are some suggestions on how to promote yourself by free eBook copies:

  • Guest Blog Giveaways – If you’re guesting on someone’s blog, you can offer to give away a few copies of your eBooks to those who comment on the post. This is a GREAT way to engage with readers. And if readers leave comments, please be sure to visit that blog and respond to every one of their comments (if you’re just starting out). Readers love to engage with authors.
  • Blog Tour Prizes – Team up with a bunch of author friends and have a huge giveaway of your books as an eBook bundle.
  • Book Clubs – Contact some book clubs and let them know you’ll give them free eBook copies of your novel.
  • Libraries – Contact your local libraries to see if they have an eBook loaning program and donate copies of your eBooks.
  • Charity Causes – Many charitable organizations are looking for prizes to auction off or reward people for giving of their time and money. Offer to give some copies of your eBooks to help out!
I hope these tutorials and suggestions were helpful. If you have any questions on any of the steps, do not hesitate to contact me! You can send me a message at the following locations:
That’s my two pence…

How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 3

This is part 3 in a series where I give step-by-step instructions on how to convert your novel into multiple eBook formats. Here are the other parts to the series:

In the previous post, we covered how to prepare your novel to be converted into a PRC file. Below are the step-by-steps instructions on how to use Mobipocket eBook Creator. If you don’t have this FREE program, be sure to visit the previous post for a link on where you can download it. On to the tutorial!

Step 3: Using Mobipocket eBook Creator

Be sure you’ve done the prep work in the previous post and installed Mobipocket eBook Creator before executing the following steps:

  1. Open Mobipocket Creator
  2. In the window that appears, go to the “Import From Existing File” section and click on “MS Word document
    Figure 2
  3. Click the “Browse…” button for “Choose a file:” and navigate to the folder where you placed your final MS Word document for your novel (mentioned in Step 2: #1)
  4. Then click the “Browse…” button for “Create publication in folder:“. This is where you want to save your final eBook files, which should be in the same folder as pictured above in Figure 1.
  5. Just leave the defaults for “Language” and “Encoding” (unless you have your own preferences to change this) and then click “Import” (see Figure 3).
    Figure 3
  6. In the left-hand navigation that appears in the new window, it should already be selected on “Publication Files” and you’ll notice in the right-hand area of the window, the MS Word document you’ve imported has been converted to an HTML file (Figure 4).
    Figure 4
  7. Now we’ll add your cover art. Click on “Cover Image” in the left-hand navigation area, and then click on the “Add a cover image” button and navigate to your cover image. If you did the prep work above, it should be in the same folder where your MS Word document was located. It should import your book cover once you’ve selected it. (Figure 5) At this point, you may need to maximize the program window since the “Update” button we’re looking for won’t be visible. (Remember, if your book cover image is too small, you will receive an error when you finally build your eBook. See Step 2: #2 above for details).
    Figure 5
  8. Now click “Update” (Figure 5) and it should take you back to the Publication Files view.
  9. Tagging your file is important for proper indexing on eReaders, so click on “Metadata” in the left-hand navigation area to do this tagging.
  10. Remember that optional information I mentioned above? This is where you’ll be using it. The fields are explained below. Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk, but like they are in the program. Though some fields are optional (like the author name) you’ll probably want to complete as much as you can (see Figures 6 & 7).
    Figure 6
    • eBook Title*: Type in the title how you want it to appear in an eReader. If you have a series, you might want to include the number of the book in the series (e.g., MIDNIGHT HUNT: Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles).
    • Author: Your pen name or whatever name you’re using for writing.
    • Publisher: I personally have created my own publishing cover for my self-published novels. Doing so prevents your book from screaming “I’m self-published!” Or you could leave it blank.
    • ISBN: For the eBook version of your book. Do not use the print ISBN. There is a difference.
    • Language*: The default is Enlgish (United States), so change as applicable for your novel.
    • Main subject*: Pretty self-explanatory, but keep in mind this list is pretty limited. I cannot, for instance, specify that my novel is a paranormal romance. Choose the genre that BEST represents your book. Technically, my novel is fantasy fiction, so I could choose “Fantasy”. But Midnight Hunt (and my series) has very strong romantic elements and romance novels sell more than fantasy novels do…so I choose “Romance” as my main subject. Think about how you want readers to find you.
    • Description: This is your back of the book blurb.
    • Review: This is where you’ll paste those snippets of reviews you’re proud of (if you have any at this point).
    • Publishing Date: Must be in the mm/dd/yyyy format
    • Adult Only checkbox: Be sure to check this if you have content that isn’t suitable for readers under age 18.
      Figure 7
    • Demo PRC file: Scroll down past your book cover and you’ll see this and the rest of the fields to complete (Figure 7). This isn’t really necessary since most websites already provide a way to give readers a sneak peak or sample of your book, so just leave this blank.
    • Suggested Retail Price*: You only have two currencies available – US Dollars and Euros. Just enter the number of your book price (e.g., 5.99) in the text box and select the appropriate currency (US Dollars is the default).
    • Territory Restriction: Complete this field only if you cannot distribute your book worldwide. You’ll type in the country/countries your book is restricted. I usually leave this blank.
  11. Click the “Update button and you should return to the Publication Files view.
  12. Woot!! You’ve prepped your file. Now to create your PRC. Click the “Build” button at the top of the screen (Figure 8).
    Figure 8
  13. You will come to the Build Publication page. Choose your “Compression Options” (I usually select “No Compression“) and I recommend “No encryption” under “Encryption options” (Figure 9). Please keep in mind that any encryption you do limits your readers. I, personally, have several eReaders on various devices. If I want to switch from one reader to another, encryption prevents that from happening. Just food for thought.
    Figure 9
  14. Click the “Build” button. (See Figure 9). This should take you to a screen that says, “Your eBook is now ready. What do you want to do with it?” I usually like to “Open folder containing eBook” by clicking the OK button. It will do exactly what it indicates and you’ll get to see your eBook files you’ve just created. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Whew! Now that we have an eBook file we can work with, we’ll need to use Calibre to convert it. If you already have Calibre, then you probably already know how to convert an eBook and can take it from here. However, for those who have no idea what Calibre is, go on to the next article – How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 4. (Sorry this is so long, but as you can see…it’s not easy to self-publish.)

Thanks for your patience as I walked you through all the steps! One day I’ll do a video (*sighs*).
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That’s my two pence…

How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series where I give step-by-step instructions on how to convert your novel into multiple eBook formats. Here are the other parts to the series:

In the previous article, I gave an overview of formatting your eBook, then step-by-step instructions on how to convert your formatted MS Word document into a PRC file (used by the Kindle) with Mobipocket Creator.

As promised, I’ll go over how to take that PRC file (or just about any unprotected/non-DRM file) into multiple eBook formats with the assistance of Calibre.

Formatting Your Book: Overview

In the self-publishing process, converting my novel into various eBook formats is usually one of the last steps I take. Prior to reaching this point, I’ve done the following:

  1. Formatted my MS Word document so it’s ready to become an eBook and I usually create three versions: One for Amazon with Amazon hyperlinks; one for Smashwords with no hyperlinks (it will be rejected by their meat-grinder otherwise); and one to sell on my own website AND use for my personal marketing purposes.
  2. Created my eBook cover.
  3. Uploaded my formatted MS Word document and cover directly to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and it’s sitting in the queue waiting to be approved by Amazon.
  4. Uploaded my formatted MS Word document and cover directly to Smashwords and it’s ready to be downloaded by readers, but probably still waiting to be approved for their Premium Catalogue so it can be distributed to the other vendors (i.e., B&N, iTunes, Sony Reader, Diesel, Kobo, etc.).

Although Smashwords does create the various eBook format and I do have the option of downloading their versions, I like to create my own files for my personal marketing efforts because I can put whatever links I want to inside my eBook and I don’t have a vendor balking that I’m linking to a competitor. The Smashwords file versions (if you read item #1 above) doesn’t have any buy links, although it might tell users how to get to my website (e.g., “Go to” versus “Go to“).

Step 2: Convert the MS Word Document to a PRC file

Getting Ready to Convert to PRC

To make this process easier on yourself, I recommend you do the following:

Create or designate a folder on your computer where you have your novel. This will also be the folder where you’ll save your eBook files. Like most authors, I have a folder specifically for each of my novels, as I go through several revisions and I save many documents along the way. When I create my final file ready to publish to eBook, I will create a folder titled “eBooks”. Within that folder, I’ll put the two following files (see Figure 1):

  1. My formatted MS Word Document – this is the final version I’m going to convert to an eBook
  2. My eBook cover – you should use the largest resolution you have. As Amazon says in their image guidelines: “For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest.” These are  minimum requirements. My covers are a standard size of 1700 x 2550 (used by Lightning Source).
Figure 1 (click to enlarge)
You should also have the following optional information handy:
  • ISBN – If you’ve already published to Smashwords, you should have an ISBN assigned, so go ahead and grab that. From your Smashwords Dashboard, click on ISBN Manager in the left-hand navigation area, and scroll down until you see your book(s) listed in a table. Your ISBN should be there. (NOTE: The ISBN for your eBook will always be different for your print book, so do not use the ISBN from your Print On Demand book.)
  • Back of the Book Blurb – Again, if you’ve already published to Smashwords and/or Amazon/KDP, you should have this written. You’ll be using this in the “Description” field when we create your PRC.
  • Reviews – If you’ve already farmed your book out to some reviewers and have the text from their reviews, you will have the opportunity to put it into the “Review” field.

About Mobipocket Creator

Here’s the funny thing…the Mobipocket eBook Creator doesn’t actually create a MOBI file, as the title of the software seems to indicate. It actually creates a PRC file. Don’t ask me why…talk to the developers.
The Mobipocket eBook Creator is a FREE program you can download to create the PRC file and then that can be converted to whatever format you need with the help of Calibre. Since I had a dickens of a time finding a YouTube tutorial or even a comprehensible guide by Mobipocket on how to do this, I decided to create my own. (Sheesh! You want something done right…) It’s simple…you just need to know what to do.
Please Note: the following instructions DO NOT include an automatically generated Table of Contest (TOC). This will produce an eBook without one. If you’d like to generate an eBook that DOES have a TOC, you’ll need to do that in MS Word. Here’s the link that shows you how to do that: (E-mail me if you have questions or problems creating your TOC.)
For some reason, many people think you need to have the HTML version of your file in order to use Mobipocket eBook Creator. Mobipocket eBook Creator automatically converts your document into HTML. I NEVER start with an HTML version. I always convert directly from an MS Word file.
Be sure to download and install the program by following the Mobipocket eBook Creator link above. Once you’ve installed it, you can follow these steps outlined in the tutorial, which is in the next blog post – How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 3.
That’s my two pence…

How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 1

Now that I’ve addressed the issue of To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish in the previous article, I’ll tackle how to convert a novel to multiple eBook formats.

This is part 1 in a series where I give step-by-step instructions on how to convert your novel into multiple eBook formats. Here are the other parts to the series:

This series will cover how to convert an MS Word document to a PRC file, which is used by the Kindle. I will then show you how to convert that into multiple eBook formats, and even provide a few suggestions on how to use those files for promotion. For the author who already has an eBook file, skip to Part 2.

The article below is for the author who wishes to convert their MS Word Document to an eBook format for self-publishing purposes. OR how to convert any file to an eBook format. Click here to read a tip for promoting a series.

Here are the four “big picture” steps I take to convert an MS Word document to multiple eBook formats.

  1. Prep your MS Word Document for eBook consumption
  2. Convert the MS Word Document to a PRC file
  3. Import the PRC or other file into Calibre (actually pronounced cal-i-ber)
  4. Convert to any eBook format using Calibre


I am absolutely not advocating piracy or a method to take advantage of your publisher. You are responsible for the agreement you have with your publisher, so know this doesn’t give you carte blanche to make as many formats of your book as you want and give them out free to the world if your publisher has specifically stated you can only give out 10 or whatever your contract says. Nor is this permission to take what eBooks you have written by other authors, convert them and e-mail them to your friends and family. PLEASE respect the rights and hard work of the authors and publishers who produce these eBooks for your reading pleasure. Piracy SUCKS!

Step 1: Prep your MS Word Document for eBook Consumption

I will not be going into great detail on this step for a few reasons. First, I’m assuming every author has a working knowledge of MS Word and since there are so many versions of MS Word out there, I can’t possibly illustrate every step for every version. If you’re writing a book fresh (meaning starting a new document), I recommend writing your novel in the Smashwords template (either theirs or the one I modified – links to both are below). If you have a book already written, then you can copy and paste your book into the template…but you’ll have quite a mess to clean up. This is why it is to important to know how to use Styles in MS Word.

There are three resources I’ll provide to help you achieve the goal of formatting your own book for eBook:

  1. Smashwords – Smashwords is how I learned to self-publish. They already have a slew of advice, templates and information that will teach you about what you need to know to self-publish your book – including giving you a distribution platform. I know it’s a lot of reading, but if you want self-publish your own novels OR learn to do everything yourself instead of hiring out, thereby saving money, then you must read it all. This is part of being a self-published author. Also, try some of these tutorials.
  2. Modified Smashwords Template – Because I’m not crazy about the way they did their template – meaning, they didn’t have enough guides and placeholder text for my taste – I decided to modify the template for my own use. It also has a Table of Content (TOC) included, with instructions on how to update it. Clicking on the heading for this topic will download a zip file with the template I use, and this template, so far, has never been rejected when it goes through the Smashwords “meat grinder” as they so affectionately call it. You can also use this same template for uploading your MS Word Document to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). The comments I’ve included will guide you how to change the document for those purposes and the content is that Latin filler text.
  3. Styles in MS Word – To properly use the templates, one should have a familiarity with Styles in MS Word, as I mentioned in my previous article. The heading link for this topic should take you to the search results for “How to Use Styles in MS Word” on has a lot of very useful and informative tutorials. You can also search for tutorials on “how to format your MS Word document for ebook” and explore those videos.
We have some prep work to do before you can create your PRC file, so let’s go onto that post – How to Convert Your Novel into Multiple eBook Formats – Part 2.
That’s my two pence…
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How to Send Your eBook to the Kindle

How to Send Your eBook to the KindleDid you know that an eBook can be sent directly to the Kindle via e-mail? I know, right???? OMG what a convenience! *Arial grumbles at B&N for not getting with the program*

If you’re an author and have a few beta readers who help you test out your novel before it gets published OR if you’re a blogger and would love to receive ARCs and beta books from authors for reviews, this is a great option! It takes just a little bit of time to set up, but once you’ve done it, not only is it a breeze to do again, you only have to do it once per author/sender.

The instructions below are addressed to the person who owns the Kindle, so…

  • Authors – You can send your readers here for these instructions OR copy and paste them into an e-mail to send to your beta readers/bloggers who will be reviewing your book. And please Click to Tweet this page with your author friends to spread the word!
  • Book Reviewers/Beta Readers – Just follow the instructions and refer authors to this page or Click to Tweet and spread the word!

Don’t Have a Kindle?

No prahhhhblem!!! (<—Chicago accent coming out) Amazon provides a FREE application you can download on your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, PC or Mac! Click here to get yours!

Once you’ve downloaded your app and registered it with your Amazon account, you can receive books via e-mail just like a regular Kindle device. Here’s how!

Basic Steps

  1. You need the e-mail address to your Kindle
  2. You’ll need to approve the author’s (or your) e-mail address (the address that will be sending the eBooks) as a sender of documents
  3. The file sent to the Kindle must be either a MOBI or PRC file.
  4. The file is e-mailed to the Kindle e-mail address and the book will then be automatically loaded onto the Kindle the next time it connects to Wi-fi/3G.

How to Find the Email Address to Your Kindle

  1. Go to
  2. Toward the top right of the home page, you should see a button/section that says “Hello, [your name or “sign in”] Your Account”. Hover your mouse over (don’t click on) the Your Account button/section.
  3. From the menu that appears, click on “Manage Your Content and Devices” (formerly “Manage Your Kindle”)
  4. It will probably ask you to login to your Amazon account – go ahead and do that and you will be forwarded to the Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  5. When you arrive at the Manage Your Content and Devices page, there are some tabs at the top. Click on the “Your Devices” tab.
  6. Your Kindle device and any devices that have the Kindle application (e.g., smartphone, iPad, computer, etc.) will be listed here with picture icons. Click on the device where you want to receive documents or eBooks.
  7. Clicking on the icon for the device of your choice should display, just below the icons, an e-mail address that ends in THAT’S the e-mail address of that Kindle device/app. Put that information aside for now.

How to Approve an Email Address to Receive Documents

  1. If you did the above steps, you’ll already be at the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page. If not, please follow steps 1-4 above before proceeding to the next step.
  2. Click on the “Settings” tab at the top (just right of the “Your Devices” tab)
  3. At that new page, scroll down (it’s a long scroll, so keep going) to the section titled “Personal Document Settings” and there is a sub-category titled “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” and click on the link “Add a new approved e-mail address.”
  4. In the box that appears, type in (or your e-mail address or the e-mail address of the author/person sending the eBook).
  5. Click the “Add Address” button.

And there you have it! Your Kindle is now prepared to receive documents and eBooks from that e-mail address. Of course, you can follow the same instructions if you’d like to remove an address. Just click on the DELETE link to the right of the e-mail address on your approved list. (Click on above image – look under “Actions”)

How to Email an eBook to the Kindle

  1. Be sure you follow all the steps above for both sets of instructions, or this won’t work.
  2. If an author or friend is going to send the eBook to your Kindle, then you need to send them the e-mail address of your Kindl, which you grabbed and put aside back in Step 7 above. (Remember, they needed to be the e-mail address you added in Step 4 of “How to Approve an E-mail Address to Receive Documents” above.
  3. If you are sending the eBook to your Kindle (or an author is), then compose an e-mail addressed to the address for your Kindle.
  4. Attach the MOBI or PRC file of the eBook to the e-mail you’re composing.
  5. Do not put anything in the body of the e-mail. It won’t be seen by the Kindle anyway. The only thing that matters is the attachment(s). Yes, you can send more than one eBook file in the same e-mail.
  6. Click send and off it goes!!
  7. On the device/application, you must sync the device, so it must have a wireless connection.
  8. Once it’s synced, you should find the eBook in the “Docs” section of your Kindle device or app. Sadly, you might not see the cover of the book, but you should see the name of the file.
For those of you who have a Nook and aren’t sure how to load a file onto your device, go to this link for detailed instructions:  How To Transfer Files from Computer to Nook Tablet.

Tips for Authors

Do this for your own device! Just set your Kindle up as instructed above, then e-mail the eBook to your own Kindle. You’ll not only see how the process works, but you’ll get to test the book on your reader and see if you need to make any fine-tuned adjustments.
Authors, in my next article, I’ll show you how you convert your MS Word document into the various eBook file formats for any eReader!
Until then…
That’s my two pence…
Arial 😉