We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead.
I am a sonneteer heading for America on 31 August this year on what my girlfriend Emma and I call the ‘Sonnets & Cities Tour‘. And I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that Steven Lewis's eBook course conducted at the Australian Writers' Centre in late 2011, was an indispensable step to being able to self-publish my poetry and other writings on Amazon.
In only two hours, Steven provided invaluable information about ebooks, pitfalls to avoid, the Kindle phenomenon, the Amazon author page plus Amazon's pricing and payment structure; and a practical guide to creating a Kindle-ready ‘.mobi' file able to be uploaded to Amazon, including tips on cover design, recommended html editor software and some customised code to make it simple for non-programmers.
As a direct result of this course, I was able to set up my Amazon author page and self-publish 11 Kindle ebooks to Amazon. My initial motivation was to create a Kindle ebook version of my traditional print book ‘A Plate of Eggs' published in August 2011 by Zeus Publications in Brisbane, Queensland. However, as it turned out, that was just the beginning and I've since created Kindle ebooks for three collections of poetry, two non-fiction works and five short stories.