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Jessica Lawlor April 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

Amazing post, Heather! Thanks for the extremely detailed breakdown of how Kindle Publishing works. I’m not ready to publish there yet, but I’ll definitely be hanging onto this post as a resource for the future.

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Heather van der Hoop April 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Thanks, Jess! I’m glad it will be helpful for you. Best of luck with the process!

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Susan April 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Great work, Heather + Lexi! I’m sure a lot of people will be bookmarking this is an awesome resource!
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Heather van der Hoop April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Thanks, Susan! It was a fun project, and hopefully the lessons I learned will save others some time and effort during the publishing process.

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Annette April 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

THANK YOU!!!! I have a post series that I want and need to convert to an ebook. I, too, have put it off for several months because of my fear of the unknown. Now I can’t wait to get started!!!
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Susan Stilwell April 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

What a detailed and helpful post! Thank you, Heather (and Lexi) — I’ll be sharing this with my friends!
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Heather van der Hoop April 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Susan — I’m glad you found it helpful!

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John Shea April 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Great tips in this article! I published my book this morning and plan to do some promotion through out the rest of the month.
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Lisa McKay April 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Great summary, Heather, thanks!! Love the tips on Scrivener. I haven’t tried that function yet, but will.
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Heather van der Hoop April 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Thanks, Lisa! Scrivener’s Compile function made conversion so much simpler than I thought it would be.

I just read your recent posts; congratulations on the all-clear and best of luck with the return to Laos!

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Lisa McKay April 18, 2014 at 1:47 am

Thanks Heather! Yeah, we’ll be glad to get back to “normal life”. It’s been a torrid year so far.
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Sara April 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Wow, Heather – thank you so much for putting time into creating such a fantastic resource! (And thanks, Alexis, for sharing!) I can’t wait to share it further, especially for people who think that self-publishing is well beyond their reach. And I’ll certainly be bookmarking it for future projects up my sleeve :) Cheers!

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Tony Jones April 17, 2014 at 3:00 am

Thanks for this, it’s useful to get information collated that covers the whole process rather that the many detailed guides that cover any single stage.

As someone hoping to put their first book out before the summer I was particularly interested in the comments on the use of Scrivener and .mobi file creation.

Thanks again!
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Heather van der Hoop April 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I’m glad you found it helpful, Tony! Scrivener made creating the .mobi file much easier than it would have been otherwise, and it was great to be able to play with options by converting, reviewing the result, then tweaking settings again. It takes some time to find your preferred result, but it’s worth it!

Best of luck with the release of your book!

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Michael Feeley April 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

This is fantastic — detailed, organized and lots of good energy and emotion. It’s the ultimate guide. Thank you Heater and Alexis!
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Heather van der Hoop April 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Thank you, Michael! I’m glad you enjoyed it and found it useful.

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Angela April 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

Hey Heather

This is definitely a post to be shared and filed! I found it super helpful and easy to understand, something I’m sure my fellow techno-phobes will appreciate as much as I did! Nice one.

Ang :-)
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Heather van der Hoop April 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Thanks, Ang! Yes, the nice thing about the process is that it isn’t actually that technical. Scrivener’s ability to convert the file means that you don’t have to strip it down to HTML, which can be a relief!

I’m glad you found it helpful!

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Xavier April 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

You deserve a standing ovation! Very well put together and easy to follow steps :-)
I’m encouraged and not intimidated about publishing now. Thanx a million!

Xman

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Heather van der Hoop April 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Haha, thanks, Xavier! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that it’s helped demystify the process — it definitely seems more intimidating than it really is. Good luck with your projects!

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Lisa McKay April 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

Thanks Heather! Yeah, we’ll be glad to get back to “normal life”. It’s been a torrid year so far.
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