A few years ago I was talking to some friends about this guy who used an old refrigerator to make a home smoker. As a professional chef this started the cogs whirring "what a clever idea" I thought. My son expanded on the home smoker question by saying "did the refrigerator work or not?" To cut a long story short I obtained an old wine cooler that worked. A few holes were drill in the fridge, smoke was fed in and sucked out. Records were kept, notes made, recipes invented, altered and changed to suite.
Two years past, both family and friends started to ask for samples. What was a hobby was fast turning into a way of earning extra money. So both my son and I decided to write a self publish cookery book for Kindle on home smoking (hot and cold), Curing and Dehydrating based on the notes collected. Hence we wrote our cookery book in Microsoft Word (a huge mistake, although we did not know that at the time), what a learning curve ensued. The book was proof read twice to be on the safe side, extra photographs were taken and added to the book.
All went swimmingly until we tried to convert the file for Kindle. The pagination used by Word is not recognised by Kindle so your beautiful document now becomes totally unreadable once converted. Microsoft was as useful as a chocolate fire guard when presented with this particular problem. Both my son and I felt deflated and very angry. The book had already taken a great deal of time and effort to produce and we were now confronted with the possibility a total rewrite. Unthinkable but true we required a different format.
Enter Kindle Writer2, written and produced by Fred Harding. The software is a pleasure to use and the steps required to produce a .mobi file are very easy to follow. We asked for some help finding an error in our book and his service was over and above our expectations in getting the book back on Amazon. Would gladly recommend this software for anyone looking to write their first book for kindle.
- Stephen Pape (12th May, 2014)
I am so very glad I came across Kindle Writer. I was coming towards the end of a free trail period with Schrivener; had written all the chapters to my book but still felt unsure of how Schrivener worked. In fact I could not link it all to the Amazon downloads that you had to have to get a book published. Everything was kind of guess work. There were way too many buttons and different ways of using Schrivener, and the tutorials and video guides were all too difficult to understand, keep track of and utilise.
In fact it was when I was searching for how to download onto Amazon that I came across Kindle Writer. At that time I was feeling very tired and deflated. I didn't feel I could visualise my book, couldn't use the Amazon preview because I couldn't link it to Schrivener. I also was not that confident of the finished chapters I had written so far...
However with Kindle Writer, I was so made up, and felt a "can do" attitude" even on the first day of trying the free download you provide, so much so I bought it the following day. I love it for so many different reasons.
One is I have found no problems what so-ever in linking the downloads you suggest to Kindle Writer. Everything was seamless, easy to understand. The second thing is I just love the lay out. Everything on it so user friendly; draft and book Maker are so easy to navigate to and from. You were right about the File Manager! I found that a little not daunting, but more difficult to use at first, but that is because of my limited knowledge as to to computers, but I love it now. I can move things around so easily and add to folders; I think it is brilliant.
I haven't missed anything from Schrivener, and I've deleted the 14 days or so remaining on the trial. I do think that Kindle Writer far excels anything in Schrivener; I find Kindle Writer helps so much too in actually looking at the work completed, in reviewing the work. For editing, it is such a dream. I was able to re-arrange and edit the chapters; I could see them building as I went. I went from "can't do this" and even thinking about paying someone to handle the download for me, to a "can do this now"...
I like being actively involved in putting the book together. I felt that with Kindle Writer, I was the one putting the chapters together. Kindle Writer is as creative as the person using it; you can see your book being born really. You can see it unfold, you can re-mould it to what you want so easily, and mistakes, errors in the text just stand out! I found for example, there were more than a couple of errors that I had not come across in Schrivener, that just stood out in Kindle Writer.
It was so easy to transfer the chapters too from Schrivener into Kindle Writer, as it was transferring an image from say word or my picture files. I found what I read about Kindle Writer to be true, you do pick up some HMTL knowledge as you go along. I would like to add that I have M.E., and although I am better than I was, it is difficult for me to learn new things, but with Kindle Writer it nurtured me along. I think it is a system that links to what ever computer skill you have.
I was able to put my book on Amazon, and am so proud of it. Your system saved me hours and hours; I felt ready on Kindle Writer to publish on Amazon, whereas with the Schrivener, I did not feel in control at all.
I think I only had one query, which you so quickly answered and helped me with. Your guide though is absolutely brilliant. I spent time in reading it through, that again is a bonus. With Schrivener I was so busy looking up this and that from different sources, and barely was able to remember anything, yet with your book, it was like you were sitting there, taking me through step by step.
Sincerely, Fred, thank you so much. Anyone who cannot see the quality of KW must be bonkers, it is such a dream. It is user friendly but sophisticated too, if it did not suit everyone, from beginner up, you wouldn't use it yourself, cos it would have drove you nuts with the skills you have...
I was thinking KW could have helped me so much when I was in University, I could have easily have managed all my work on Kindle Writer; it isn't just for publishing, and you know what, with K.W. I can Kick Worrying and Keep Writing!
- Georgina Green (16th February, 2014)
"My interactive children's book involves making a decision at the end of every page so that the reader can create numerous stories for themselves. I could not have begun to write such a story and created the necessary HTML without the Kindle Writer software. It is easy to navigate, the accompanying manual is extremely thorough and Fred could not have been kinder or more patient with the questions that I had.
I have no idea why anybody would struggle to write a book for Kindle using another other software when Kindle Writer does it all - and creates the covers - for such a reasonable price.
I can't recommend it highly enough, and have already started on my next interactive adventure which will - of course - be created with Kindle Writer!"
- Christine Perry (15th February, 2014)
I have written several articles for various publications, all on musical topics, but writing a work of juvenile fiction was a new venture for me. I looked on the internet to find out about formatting books for Kindle devices but found it rather intimidating.
Then I found Fredís program and downloaded the 30 day free trial version. It was very simple to follow but I managed to make some fairly basic mistakes. Fred was always on hand to help me to sort things out and without his help I would not have been able to finish the project, or maybe not as easily. It took me a little while to understand how to use the Kindle Writer 2 but now that I have mastered the basics I am sure that my future projects will be far more simple to complete.
My novel is now available to buy and I canít begin to explain just how proud I am! I have been on cloud nine ever since!
Thank you so much, Fred.
- Petra Lloyd (5th January, 2014)
Today, I finally saw my Kindle science-fiction novel, Storm on Venus,
published on Amazon. I have Fred Harding to thank for that, for I doubt
if I could have managed it without his marvellous program. There are, of
course, other ways to do it, but Iíd already looked into those, and they
were either dauntingly technical or very expensive. Fredís program is
neither of those things.
The whole job of formatting the text and
creating a book cover took me only about ten evenings and a couple of
weekends (some of which was spent obsessively revising the first few
paragraphs!) and cost only the price of Kindle Writer 2. Naturally,
there was still a little to learn - as is the case with any unfamiliar
program - but Fred was always there to kindly and patiently answer any
technical queries. My only criticism is that he should be charging more
- R A Bentley (29th November, 2013)