In a previous post I wrote about stepping away from your WIP as an integral part of editing your own work. What’s fast becoming one of my favorite quotes about writing is this one by Zadie Smith: The secret to editing your work is simple: You need to become its reader instead of its writer.
As a proponent of quality self-publishing, an essential part of my publishing plan is hiring a great editor. But even then, I want to edit my book to the best of my ability before I send it to her. That means becoming its reader instead of its writer. One of the ways I’ve found to do that is to send my pages to my tablet and read it using my Kindle app. There’s just something about reading those words the way I read just about everything else that almost fools me into thinking I’m reading a finished book. One that I didn’t write. Trust me, it makes a big difference.
If you’ve got the Kindle app on any device, it’s easy to send your novel to that device. Here’s the proces.
1) Sign into your Amazon account
2) Click on the “Your Account” link at the top right of the Amazon home page.
3) Once on the “Your Account” page, navigate to the “Digital Content” section and click on “Manage your content and devices”. Enter your Amazon password when prompted.
4.) Click on the “Your Devices” tab. You’ll get a list of all of your devices that are running the Kindle app. Click on the icon of the device to which you want your document to be sent. Your kindle email address will be shown in the second column.
5.) Now head to your email account, attach the document as one of the file types listed below, and send it to your kindle email address. Make sure you’re connected to the internet so that your device syncs and your document is uploaded.
*Bonus tip: If you’re a Scrivener user, insert a cover image via Scrivener, save the document as a mobi file and email that file to your Kindle address. Your book, with the cover you’ve created, will be sitting in your carousel will all the other published book covers. It’s a pretty awesome feeling.
A few things to note from Amazon:
- Documents can only be sent to your Kindle devices or apps from e-mail accounts that you added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List. To add an e-mail account, visit the Personal Document Settings page at Manage Your Kindle.
- To send a document to your Kindle device or app, simply attach it to an e-mail addressed to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail.
- It is not necessary to include a subject in the email.
Amazon supports the following file types:
- Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
- HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
- RTF (.RTF)
- JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
- Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
- GIF (.GIF)
- PNG (.PNG)
- BMP (.BMP)
- PDF (.PDF)
Reading from your device is a great way to read your work as a reader and not as a writer. It’s also a helpful way to send your book to beta readers.