Smarter Artist Smart Links: Last Lines and Publishing to Kindle

Smarter Artist resources - Last Lines and Publishing to Kindle

It’s getting to be just gorgeous in Southern California, which means that I’ve moved to working from my backyard hammock. Reading these articles out in the springtime air just makes me so excited and energized to publish 95 novels this year!

The End of the End: Writers on Last Lines — “Writing the final pages of a novel is difficult enough, but then comes the final challenge. It’s the end of the end, the last stop on the line, the dazzling dismount: a damn good closing sentence.”

Plotting your favorite novels visually — Professor Matthew Jockers is undertaking a project to determine whether there’s a set of common plots in literature. Interesting to determine the commonalities between popular work

How to Publish a Book to Kindle — a short, easy-to-understand video from our friend Garrett with the screencast step-by-step process.. Ideal for those of us that are *just* starting out our self-publishing careers.

Writing Questions Answered — A master list of all kinds of writing-craft articles. From Dialogue to Copyright. There MUST be something on this list that helps you.

Top 10 Best Ideas for Setting Goals — Professional goals, personal goals. I have trouble with #8

In case you missed any of the previous Smart Links posts, you can find them all here!


  1. Garrett, your video was very clear. Well done.

    I heard (on SPP) that Amazon lets you upload epubs now. Is that true? Is there a downside to that, if true?

    • Blaine Moore says:

      When you upload an epub to Amazon, it just runs it through kindlegen, same as if you ran it through yourself locally. The only difference in the final file is that it’s more of a pain to test the files when you have to then re-download from Amazon, and you can’t set the same command line options (and will likely have a larger file size than you need as a result.)

    • What Blaine said! If you can generate the .mobi file yourself on your own computer, and you can see exactly how it’s going to look, do that. When Amazon converts epub to mobi, you don’t know if something will change in that translation. They don’t change .mobi files in any significant way.

    • Thanks! I’ve been making my own .mobis via Calibre without a problem and using Smashwords for the rest of the sites (via a Word upload). It looks like D2D will be easier.

      Creating an epub from Word is a PITA, but I wonder if it’s worth it or if D2D just does a good enough job on its own.

  2. Also, you show Draft2Digital (D2D), which I’ll be using for my next book instead of Smashwords, primarily for the quicker price changes and updates.

    Are there certain platforms where it’s worth the time to go direct vs D2D? I saw that R&S used D2D for iBooks on Invasion, even though we know they have gone direct to Apple in the past.

    • I use D2D for everything except Amazon and Kobo. Although, I might start using them for Kobo soon. D2D is sooo convenient, but if 90% of your sales are coming from Amazon, it just makes sense to publish there directly.

      Unless Apple change something major with their iBooks publishing, I would NEVER recommend going direct to them. It takes forever, IF you can even do it, which is doubtful.

  3. The only reason I was considering going direct was for quick price changes, but if D2D does it quickly (or even quicker) than Apple direct, I won’t even bother trying direct.

  4. Cathy Pelham says:

    Hey Amy-
    We’re you being whimsical, or do you really intend to publish 95 novels in 2015 (about 3 1/2 per month)?

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