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  1. Hi! So, finally, the paperback version of my book for geared toward ages 9-11 is now available in paperback format. It is called Memory Lane was Moved, and it is about an 11-year-old who suddenly lost his memory and finds himself friendless and alone in the city. This book deals with national security threats, secret agents, and more! I am going to discuss some of the process of trying to get your paperback printed using Kindle Direct Publishing. It is rather technical, and it caused frustration to me as I tried to figure it out. If electronic jargon scares you or stresses you out, I would recommend perhaps getting on the phone with KDP customer service and having them talk you through it. Okay, so if you're looking into making a paperback, I would suggest not necessarily using the template they provide for the interior design cover. That was what I used first, and I would recommend a different method simply because that was the method that worked for me. I'm not saying that the template won't work, but whatever I did when I first tried ended up in my first version not working. I'm not exactly sure what I did, but I think that it could have been that I used an online converter to convert from .docx to .pdf (which is what it's supposed to be). Anyway, I was on the phone with KDP customer service for almost half an hour, and by the time I hung up, I hadn't gotten my cover formatted yet. Fortunately, though, that helped to figure out where to go from there. I used Canva and got the measurements from KDP of how big to make the cover. From there, I converted inches to pixels and used those numbers (approximately) to format a cover. Then, I just kept uploading different versions of that file, previewing it, and making slight adjustments to get everything to line up. So, there you go! I know it's very confusing, but basically, if you just use Canva and get the right measurements, eventually it should work. Just make sure to export your Canva file as a PDF that is small in file size. The link to my new paperback book is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JLQLPXH/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1600877949&sr=8-1 I've ordered one author copy. Hopefully, it will turn out!
  2. I keep on updating my ebook, yet I notice that the version people bought during my free book promo is not updating. I've heard that there is a way to allow updates, but several looks at the Kindle app's settings prove fruitless. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? I want my test readers to be able to view changes I made to the book for feedback before I submit the manuscript for paperback format. Edit: So, I found this article: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200966010 Basically, I have to go through a long process, and the Amazon team will review my request to update the book and, if they grant the request, they will send everyone who bought my ebook before the edits an email. That's too bad! I didn't know the process was so complicated.
  3. @Zee My giveaway went great! I sold one pre-order copy before the promotion started, then I gave away eighty-six copies and sold one more. So, for sales practically nothing. But for free giveaways a lot!
  4. I did it. 😀 I made it so that, before the agent was compromised, he pulled strings because he has connections so that, if any of them want to get on a flight (which they were planning on anyway), they simply had to use a code (I can't tell you what it is, it's top secret...just kidding, it's 7593), and they are free to go. Thanks for the help!
  5. I'm new in the publishing scheme of things, and I recently published my first ebook via Amazon. I have been updating small things in the book, but now I have to change something, and I'm not sure whether I should publish a new edition or just revise the current version. Is there a hard and fast rule about when to do this? I don't know if the change is significant enough.
  6. @PenName, I think I should have the tickets paid for and sorted out in advance by the adult (Larry) that was responsible for Travis (he wasn't his official guardian, but he was heading up the mission until he was compromised). I wonder if that would work? Could a responsible adult pay for a child's ticket without being their parent? Actually, since Larry is a secret agent, he could have connections that could make it work...
  7. @PenName, Interesting. I wonder if she do that without actually being there? I wonder if I should just it so that the airport doesn't have a lot of policies about minors. This is only semi-realistic children's fiction. Obviously, in reality, an airport would have to have certain policies but since it isn't an important part of the story...hmmmm....
  8. @PenName, It is a domestic flight. The tickets were pre-paid for Lewis by Lewis' grandmother (who wanted to buy the seat next to him because she didn't want him sitting next to a stranger). I found an article that says: "Children ages 5-14 are not required to show an ID at time of check-in, however, they are always encouraged to have some sort of ID on them during travel. If your child already has a passport, at least send them with a copy of it in case of an emergency." So, Travis doesn't necessarily need an ID (it is recommended but not enforced). It's crazy to think of the technical stuff I didn't think of (well, actually, I couldn't really have known)! 😬 I wish there was just some way to fix it.
  9. To me, according to an article I read through, it looks like although it is encouraged for an unaccompanied child to bring ID and his or her birth certificate, it is not absolutely required. Anyone find something different?
  10. Hi! So, I published an ebook and I hope to release it as a paperback soon. I first want to make sure it is pretty much rid of mistakes first. Although it has been edited, every so often someone brings something to my attention that struck them odd. Sometimes, they are not mistakes, but I like to know about the ones that are. Today, someone brought to my attention that my main character didn't have an ID when he went on an airplane. Now, I've never been to an airport or traveled by air before, so I had to research it while I was writing about it. To give you more context, my character is an eleven-year-old boy (Travis) with amnesia who, at this point in the story, is alone and needs to travel somewhere immediately. He befriends a teenager (Lewis) who is traveling where he is going who offers him a pre-paid ticket. I never mention ID or boarding passes or whatever kids need. I would like to figure out some way to fix this part in the story (if it even needs fixing as there might be some way around the situation) without making significant changes to my book. Does anyone have any ideas? I've researched it, but I'm confused by the amount of different information about minor air travel. I was hoping someone with actual experience could help me. Thank you so much!
  11. @Zee That's okay, Zee! I had my sister edit it (after I did). I also had a beta reader, and then my other sister helped a little. I found a typo recently, but when I looked for it again, I couldn't find it! 😬
  12. Be careful of financially investing in companies whom you don't recognize. Or ones that haven't established themselves as reliable. For example, if they have been around for years and years and a lot of people love their services and say they are worth the money, that may be something to consider. But the question is: what do they have to offer that other companies don't? Hope this helps!
  13. @JosiAtara I know! It was shocking to find out he was dead. I found out several months after it happened because my sister told me. Thank you so much for the encouraging words! Do you and/or your kids read Andrew Clements books?
  14. Hi! If anyone of you picked up a free copy of my ebook, Memory Lane Was Moved, while I had the five day promo, I would encourage you to let me know if you found any spelling/grammatical errors. This would be a big help to me as I want to make my ebook available as an actual book but would like to make sure it doesn't have any mistakes. Just letting you all know that I am aware that the book has several fragment sentences. However, I did this on purpose as it is a style of writing that the late Andrew Clements incorporated into his middle school novels (by the way, shortly before he passed, I sent him an earlier draft of my first chapter, and he sent back some positive feedback. I am trying to sort of carry on some of his legacy through writing books that are in some ways similar to his). Also, there were a few edits I had to make in my ebook after the promo that haven't seemed to update on the version that was free. However, I will let you know if I had already fixed an edit you found. Hope that wasn't too confusing! Thank you in advance!
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