Tuesday 1:40 pm: Pilot-tested Kindle publishing with a short story. Katey Hoagland runs 1,200 words/seven pages, and seems like the best candidate for a test in which I was prepared to load the file, fail, reload, refine HTML, unload and reload again many times according to almost every blog post I read. Found Amazon's Digital Text Platform (DTP) to be intuitive and easy-to-use.
I completed the title, product description, tags, and uploaded the story manuscript (MsWord.doc file/Mac OS X (10.5)/Firefox). DTP's conversion tool churned for about 40 seconds and notified me that Katey Hoagland was successfully converted. Reviewed the file, noticed that paragraph indents were uniformly eliminated, but that was the only revision to the manuscript.
DTP Dashboard displayed the message: 'Publishing Katey Hoagland. Your content is being published. Most titles take between 1 to 2 hours to become buyable.'
Tues. 3:20 pm: Katey Hoagland appears in the Kindle Store online, without product description, but otherwise as expected.
Wed. 9:00 am: DTP Dashboard still displays 'Publishing Katey Hoagland. Your content is being published...' message. As a result, I'm unable to access the file for this upload so that I can learn more about what is happening (or not happening). Not sure if I should wait longer for DTP to come around or if I should simply repost. e-Mailed email@example.com request for assistance.
Wed. 9:00 pm: Dashboard remains unresponsive. firstname.lastname@example.org just responded and confirmed that my upload is active, they will be adding my product description, and they will follow-up to confirm again in 1-2 business days.
Thurs. 10:30 am: Received e-mail from email@example.com confirming active account status, and intention to post product description.
Fri. 07:30 am: Product description displays on listing in Kindle Store. Dashboard functioning properly.
2010-01-14 Thurs. 20:15: Katey Hoagland has turned the head of at least one acquiring editor. So, Katey is coming back home for now. I de-listed her story from Amazon's Kindle offerings.