I am fairly new to Kindle, so I'm learning things all the time. One thing I learned recently was that I could send my novels as rtf documents to my Kindle email, and they would soon show up on my Kindle. Not only this, but they actually looked good.
This is probably old news to you guys, but to me it was a revelation. I had no idea it could be so easy to get your novel on your Kindle - that you didn't need .mobi format. And I only found out this simple truth after a friend and I swapped novels, and she sent me this in an email:
I want to ask if you do anything special to make the documents so easy to read on the kindle? Is it just saved as rtf and nothing else special?
My response was as follows:
I had no idea you could read just a document like the ones I sent you on Kindle, so I'm not the one to ask. haha. Maybe .rtf is the trick? I just use that format because it's supposed to be universally readable on different machines, i.e. Mac and PC.
Since then, I have in fact been gleefully sending my own novels to Kindle, and dancing around waiting for them to appear on my little screen. Also for the last few days, I've been foregoing reading all of your books and the mountain of others I should be reading, just so I can read my own. ;)
I feel almost silly staying awake way past lights out for this purpose, and dragging my carcass to work the next day, sleep deprived and longing for my pillow. But I can't help myself! Not only is reading my work on the Kindle a great motivator to dive back into editing - some of those dodgy lines have needed editing for years now - but I'm also hooked because I think my stories are cool (yes, I'm biased, and I'm fine with it). And seeing them on a Kindle, even my own Kindle, makes me feel quite special!
So yeah, this Kindle thing is pretty cool. Even if I do still prefer paperbacks.