Laughter Feeds the Writing Muse

It’s one o’clock in the morning and I really should get to sleep. Yet, I can’t stop smiling and I’m still laughing. I have to write. Now. Why?

I just finished a rather long conversation with a technical support person from Amazon. I can honestly say that it was the most enjoyable tech support call I’ve ever experienced. And when you have something to write about, it’s best to write while the experience is fresh in your mind.

What does this have to do with writing? Nothing. And everything.

Nothing because I initiated the call due to a problem using my Kindle. Everything because after the man helped me figure out how to download the books I wanted, I asked him how I could publish my books on Amazon and he told me how to do this.

The man who answered my call for help had a lovely British accent, or so I thought—it turns out he’s from Capetown, South Africa—not British at all. And he had a sense of humor, which is much needed by any tech support person who helps me because by the time I contact tech support, I usually am so lost that I’m not very coherent. To each of his questions, I could only answer, “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” laughing giddily at myself. He took my answers in stride and even laughed along with me. I was impressed.

He gently and patiently guided me through the Amazon web site, encouraging me at every step by saying, “Brilliant,” in such a way that by the end of our conversation I actually felt brilliant.

Here’s what I learned and now want to share with you.

If you decide to publish your book on Amazon’s Kindle, it will be available to an audience of millions of potential readers because books published on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) are not only available on Kindle devices, they are also available on Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Macintosh, Blackberry, and Android-based devices. Think about the possibilities.

Have I captured your interest? Roused your curiosity? Whetted your appetite for a broader audience? Good. Read on then.

How to Publish Your Book on Amazon’s Kindle
When you are on the Amazon.com web site, click the Help link in the upper right corner of the window. In the Search Help box, type the words ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’ and click Search.

All you need to get started is a digital copy of your book, a book cover page, and a description of your book. You can also access the Getting Started & FAQ page and a video that explains how to get started publishing your book on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing site.

There’s more, however, that is for my next post when I’ll take you on my journey publishing a small book on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Until then, I am grateful for that wonderful conversation with a brilliant man halfway around the world in Capetown, South Africa—Thank you!

You made my day!

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