Getting Your Novel on Kindle

This is for MAC users who are writing their manuscripts in Pages.

Disclaimer: I’m not an expert; I’m just an author who was frustrated enough to figure it out! If you’ve never formatted a manuscript to upload to Kindle, then I hope I may be able to provide a few tips to alleviate all the mystery and frustration I felt when I wrote my first YA sci-fi novel, Nobody’s Clan.

Most authors who provided tips online were PC users. By trial and error, I was able to upload my first novel (and subsequent 5 novels).

I keep everything basic in my Pages document:

1) Title Page Goes First (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)

2) Dedication Page (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)

3) Table of Contents (with links) (insert a page break at the end of the page: go to Insert>Page Break)

4) Chapters

Formatting is up to you. Kindle allows the user to change formatting, so you choose. I use the same formatting for my Createspace template, such as font size and type.

Insert a page break after each Chapter: Insert>Page Break)

Linking Table of Contents to Chapters: Click on Inspector 03-open-inspector

Add Individual Chapters into Bookmark section

Go to Table of Contents and Highlight text. You will be prompted to hyperlink to a Bookmark (one of your Chapters) > click each applicable chapter

When you have finished and double checked all links work, now it’s time to export to an epub: File > Export > Epub > save it to a folder

Voila! You now have an epub file of your manuscript to upload to  Kindle. It’s actually pretty straight forward… of course, I didn’t think that when I struggled through the process on my first novel.

I wish you all the best and let me know if you have any questions or if I’ve missed any details!