You may not have to pay anyone for this if you already know how to Save an Microsoft document. In March, I had quite a headache trying to figure out how to convert my MS Word.docx (2007) into Kindle friendly format. Kindle uploads html. I found that information on one of the help screens within the Amazon Kindle digital text platform (dtp). Microsoft supports most formats, and you most likely already have html within your Microsoft format. You can check by opening a BS (junk) file you may already have on your computer. Once you open the file,
1.Select "Save as" from your drop down menu (upper left of your screen). That brings you to the "Save As" menu.
2. Find "Save as type..." at the bottom of that menu (under "File Name").
3. To the left of that bar is the scroll down arrow. Click on it.
4. Scroll down until you find "Web Page (*htm, *html) and select it.
5. Make sure your BS file has a name, and save it as an html file. You will than have the BS file under 2 formats, normal (doc OR docx) and html.
6. For your pictures, be sure to use jpeg for Kindle.
That file will upload to Kindle. To give you an idea, you can see how well it worked for me if you check out my Kindle book which I finally uploaded in May after many headaches. It's "Emily's Hope" by Gran' Emee B.
Also, in case you don't know, you can visit Microsoft and download any file formats you may need for the future for free. They even have a compatability pack that allows you to save your document in previous and more recent versions of Office so you can share it with your friends, if you like. Depending on which publishers you deal with, some accept only certain file types, such as PDF (for text) or TIFF(for pictures) which are Adobe formats, but MS has them. You can also check out "Omnipage," which retails for $500, but I bought it on sale for $99. However, I don't recommend it. I found it too slow and too technical, and MS does much of that for free and faster.
I forgot to mention that "Omnipage" claims to convert any format into another while retaining all information exactly as is. Therefore, the translated file will not have any odd symbols or altered text or repositioned images.
Phillip60 and future Kindle authors
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also I have a question or 2, is it better to use word or word publisher and convert to web file or does it matter; do you send the cover as a seperate file (jpeg since its a picture with text box above and below)?
Hi Camnic, we're the publishers of the guide someone referenced above: [i]The Indie Author's Two-Step Guide to Publishing in the Kindle Store http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ECFQM4[/i].
To answer your query, it's best to use plain old versatile Word for Kindle, and converting and publishing via DTP can be easily accomplished directly from this format. As to an image file, you can insert a tiny jpeg of your cover (color or greyscale) into your Word.doc's first page, but you must also separately upload a larger version of that cover which will be seen in the Kindle Store and on your title's detail page. Make sure that one is a minimum of 500 pixels on the longest side and that the file name is all in lowercase letters, including the file extension, ie. [i]mycover.jpg[/i]. Our Kindle publishing shortcut is cheap and covers all the simple formatting tricks to use in order to accomplish everything on the first upload, so check it out if you need more assistance and let us know what you think.
[i]also I have a question or 2, is it better to use word or word publisher and convert to web file or does it matter; do you send the cover as a seperate file (jpeg since its a picture with text box above and below)?[/i]
I would suggest that you create a bogus title and upload a short article or piece of your book to it. MS Word works okay, though not brilliantly. You will quickly discover its limitations, and more slowly you'll figure out how to overcome them. Come back here as often as you need.
Even better, you can write in plain text, using MS NotePad or some other text editor. One of the lads here has posted a simplified format that will help. All you really need is that basic outline, plus the html code for a chapter heading, plus a paragraph code, plus a page break code.
Yes, you upload the cover separately. Putting images in the file, so that they appear in the book as the reader opens it on the Kindle or iPhone, is a whole other matter, and one that you may or may not want to bother it.
It's not easy. It's not even profitable, for most people. And it's not necessarily cheap--one thing you really ought to do is buy a Kindle or an iPod Touch (or the iPhone if you're in the market for the ultra in phones) so you can see what the reader sees.