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  1. It's not hard! The first thing to do is to make an account at http://kdp.amazon.com/. Then make sure you have your tax info all correct. I know it's a pain, but I'm sure we all know the saying that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." (I have no idea how this works if there are multiple authors, sorry!) Then you simply take your docx file and cover file, then upload those two on Amazon. This works if your docx is already formatted (with all the pages like title page, copyright pages, back matter, etc). Otherwise, you can either use Kindle Create or another service. Most people use Kindle Create. I prefer Reedsy - https://reedsy.com/write-a-book Just make sure you don't click on "publish" on KDP until you've checked the previewer. You can launch the previewer on the KDP page where you upload your manuscript.
  2. Yes, I have 16 sold as of today. I'm pretty satisfied because I'm self-published and I've spent $0 on promotion. I don't know if people still remember, but I did post that I've been posting my story on Royal Road and Scribblehub. I've also managed to set up a Patreon. It has 20 patrons right now, which is not bad for an unknown author's first book! I did spend $80 on the anime/manga-style cover for my ebook. Looks like I can't post an image here, lol, but if you look at my Amazon page https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094CY14YW and scroll down to the "Customers who bought this item also bought," you can see that the books similar to mine have a similar style. By the way, if anyone else is also interested in Royal Road or Scribblehub, I could post the basics and pros/cons of doing that.
  3. Thank you! I am setting up an author website and all the stuff.
  4. My book is available for preorder on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094CY14YW
  5. Great! I'm rooting for you. Don't forget us when you're a rich and famous author!
  6. Congratulations! Sounds interesting! Good luck with it!
  7. I've just started Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone. It seems like the standard coming-of-age fantasy. Same old "farmer/peasant finds out he/she has powers/chosen of the prophecy" thing so far. But it's good for what it is. I'm entertained and that's all that matters to me right now.
  8. She's obviously having a meltdown. I'd give her space rather can "cancel" her over a silly twitter brouhaha. So what if she called someone a rapist Nazi? It's basically Internet 101 that all online discussion, including twitter ones, obey Godwin's Law that I've seen it a million times. Maybe I'm too tolerant, but this is par for the course with internet posts/tweets/whatever. I've been on the internet so long that Nazi posts don't even make me raise an eyebrow. Edit: Forgot to say in my original post that I mentioned it since I had read a post about it earlier. (italics mine) From - https://fangirlish.com/2021/04/19/lauren-hough-shows-us-what-not-to-do-on-book-twitter/ Unless it's a different Lauren Hough from the one I know, she is not a cis woman.
  9. Uh, for context, the author grew up in a Christian cult with rampant child and sexual abuse. She is a lesbian who was in the army. She's had a tough life. I read her essay "I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America." Normally I would point and laugh at an author who did this, but this time I'll her a pass.
  10. That's where the websites that I mentioned can help. There are quite a few serial/web fiction websites that authors can use nowadays. People don't have to put their book up on Amazon and pray it succeeds. Anyway, my first draft is complete and I have been editing it as I post it for my readers. It's going well and people seem to like it well enough. I've also attracted a few people to my Patreon, which is always a good sign. I expect to publish my first book on Amazon in two-three months.
  11. Okay, I see that everyone here is going for trad? At my age and state of health, waiting for trad to notice me will probably never happen. Since that's the case, I have published serial fiction in Scribblehub and RoyalRoad, two websites for fantasy web novels. I am not sure if the readers here are familiar with those two websites, but it's a good way to get noticed and the top writers earn a lot of money with it. For example, He Who Fights with Monsters has been very successful on Amazon and the Patreon has 2,660 patrons, making $19,959 each month. ...Though I'm sure everyone here knows that most writers don't earn enough to live solely on their fiction writing. I invite you to take a look at the websites. If you have manuscripts that have been rejected, you can publish them and get feedback from readers. Just don't release 100,000 words in one day. Serial fiction is a process - writers publish chapters over months and do proofreading, editing, and rewriting with input from readers. It's fun if you want to join a community of readers and writers.
  12. I was wrong, Kindle Vella is US-based authors only for now. I guess it's a no for me.
  13. Hi guys, have you heard of Kindle Vella? It will be launched in the next few months! I think I'll give it a go! Anyone else looking into this?
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