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Next Level Self-Editing: Send to Kindle by Email

kindle fireIn 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:

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.

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Five Lessons I Learned From Attending My First Writers Conference

Palace of VersaillesA little over a year and a half ago I attended my first writers conference. While there, I was reminded that so many of the lessons I’ve learned about writing transcend the practice and apply to life in general. Sometimes these lessons aren’t new, but serve as reminders of the life we want to live. From the humbleness and approachability of a New York Times best-selling author, to the “butt in the chair” mentality of the just-published, never-been published, and everyone in between, I learned something from everyone I came across.

Lesson 1: People do judge a book by its cover. When you’re the author of the book, that can be a great thing – if the cover says everything you want it to say about what’s on the inside. But as readers (and observers of life), we should be wary of judging a book by its cover alone. That judgement (the conclusion we come to about that book) is only skin deep, and we might miss out on some wonderful content just because the packaging doesn’t look the way we expect it to.

It’s a great metaphor for how we look at people who, at first glance, appear different – even very different – from us.  By focusing only on outer appearances, we bring all our history and baggage (often unfairly) into the judgment process and by so doing, miss out on potentially life-changing conversations and relationships.  Great covers are great to look at, but be prepared to value a book, not for its cover, but for its content.

Lesson 2: I’m not one to strike up conversations with strangers, but I find that (particularly at a writers conference) people will talk if you will listen. I didn’t want to take the easy way out and hide behind my phone or tablet so I took the opportunity to sit with people I didn’t know.  Every time I did, I was inspired by their stories of tenacity and perseverance. In the span of two days, I had conversations with: Continue Reading →