Saturday, October 29, 2016

Currently: Celebrating Formatting Success!

With my personal tech guru, Gosho, by my side, I downloaded my Riding with the Hides of Hell* files from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in HTML format. We reviewed the KDP supported formats section and got to work.

Gosho downloaded HTML Tidy (Google says: "HTML Tidy is a web browser application whose purpose is to fix invalid web code, beautify the layout and formatting of the incorrect markup. The user interface is composed of two main editors where you can edit your content in a visual and a source editor.") and "we" got busy eliminating unnecessary code as per KDP's HTML guidelines. Basically, I watched while Gosho did all the heavy lifting (and swearing, etc)...

...and my loyal companions were equally helpful, offering up their morale support...

Tilly Bean and Tango "The Rug"
Heat-Bathing and Dreaming of Mexico

"How could I be so blind? He's in love--with a machine!"

"Let's plan a weekend getaway in the basement on our computers."

"Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant." ~ Mitchell Kapor

"Tech Support Made Easy"
Hello? Can you hear me now?

Gosho...are we done yet?


After getting KDP confirmation (after a 5-hour wait) Gosho and I eagerly checked the "Look Inside The Book" previewer and nearly cried. The spacing was off just like before and where the hell did my image go? Well...after another hour of research, Gosho found this on the KDP site: "That's it -- the new file will overwrite the old file within 24-48 hours. The 'Look Inside' sample will update within a week."

Maybe all this fuss was for nothing? More wait-and-see? I think Gosho needs a drink. a week, I hope it all turns out so readers will have confidence in the ebooks they're buying.

* Riding with the Hides of Hell has a new title: Burnout.

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