HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK ON AMAZON KINDLE
If you are an aspiring writer, there are a range of different things you can do to get noticed. You can use blogs and social media to promote your work. You can create a clever pseudonym, which draws attention to your book. You can even hold live presentations, focusing on a chapter, character or theme.
However, the single most powerful tool you can use, is Amazon. In the current, digital age, Amazon is the undisputed king of book sellers. It is a marketing machine, aimed at fast publication and big sales. Our How To Publish a Book on Amazon Kindle guide will teach you the fastest way to get published on Amazon Digital Text Platform.
When you publish via Amazon, you concentrate your sales to a single place. Furthermore, readers are now turning to digital print, and Kindle. The easy access/buy-it-now aspect of Kindle means that, combined with the selling power of Amazon, publishing via Amazon Kindle is swiftly becoming the number 1 choice for authors worldwide. In this guide, we will show you how you can publish your own work via Amazon Kindle, and lend you some helpful tips on the best way to do it.
1. Writing the content for your Kindle book.
The first step, of course, is to write your book. This will likely be drafted several times, have many different versions and continuous changes. When you feel you have reached your final draft, lend it to grammatically astute friends or family to check over.
It is also worth considering hiring a professional to perform this service. You want your work to be as complete and fool-proof as possible, since it will be going out without the backing of an esteemed publishing company.
When writing your work, try to find a niche. You need a niche that is large enough to produce good sales, but small enough that you can make a significant impact in the field. Think about you can make your work different from other writers in the genre or area in which you are publishing.
2. Kindle book cover design.
Once you have had your work copy-edited and proof-read by several different people, you will need to design a cover. This is an extremely important part of the process, so it is vital to ensure the cover of your book stands out, and looks as professional as possible. It is highly recommended that you either hire a professional cover designer, or use crowdfunding sites such as 99designs, to generate a good quality image. The cover, and consequently the thumbnail design, will be a key component in attracting readers to your work.
3. Formatting the content for Amazon DTP.
The next step in the How To Publish a Book on Amazon Kindle process is to format your book for Kindle. You can either perform this task yourself, using programmes such as Calibre, or pay a professional to do it for you.
Formatting your own work can be an extremely tricky, and difficult process, and therefore the latter option is highly recommended. Particularly if this is a work you feel passionately about, or have spent a long period of time working on, it is normally worth paying to ensure it is formatted correctly. If you are someone who really wants to format their own work, then Amazon has prepared a simplified guide for you, https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A17W8UM0MMSQX6
4. Publishing – getting your book on sale.
Now that you have proof-read, copy-edited and visually enhanced your work, it is time to publish. When publishing via Amazon Kindle, the first thing you will need to consider is whether to publish via ‘KDP Select’. ‘Select’ will allow you to publish your work directly to Amazon’s Kindle eBook store.
It will give you the option of publishing your work in several different languages, and your work will be available across the world within 24 hours. You’ll also be given 5 days of promotion, where you can offer a number of free copies to readers.
The disadvantages of publishing via ‘Select’ are that your work remains exclusive to Amazon for up to 90 days. You cannot place the work on your blog, or sell it elsewhere. If you opt out before the 90 days are up, your work will still be on the Kindle market, but you will lose all of the promotional tools. More details can be found here https://kdp.amazon.com/select
Once you have decided whether to use ‘Select’ you will need to upload your book. In order to do this, take the following steps:
-First, make an Amazon account. Then go to https://kdp.amazon.com/ and sign in.
-Register your tax information in order to ensure you receive the correct royalties from your work.
-Click ‘Bookshelf’, then ‘Add New Title’. You will be given a form to fill in, which will include listing information such as the title of the work, a description of the book and keywords which will link readers.
-Upload the Cover File in JPEG format, and then upload the Book File in EPUB format.
-You will then be taken to the ‘Rights and Pricing’ page. Amazon will give you a choice between two royalty plans, 35% and 70%. For new authors, this can be a confusing and intimidating process. You may not any have idea of how you want to price your book at, or what the right amount might be.
You should consider how much you have spent on any professional editing or designing services, and how many books you realistically expect to sell under each bracket. If you choose the 70% plan, the minimum price of your book will be from $2.99, to $9.99.
You should bear in mind that the majority of Kindle eBooks sell for well under the $2.99 price point, and therefore if you do choose to take 70% royalties, you will need to ensure you make up the difference via smaller sales.
-After you decide on the rights and pricing, you will be given the option to save and publish your work. Amazon will email you once your book is ready, which may take up to 48 hours.
5. Promoting your Kindle book to boost sales.
The final stage of publishing your eBook, is to promote your work. We have written an entire guide on the best way to promote and market your Amazon work, and therefore increase your sales. You can find it here.