Are you fed up of people telling you some new way to publish your Kindle eBook? Are you looking for a simple step-by-step process to get your eBook up and running? Well, that’s good because this is exactly what this post is about. Let’s get started.
First of all, Amazon KDP is the easiest and quickest way to get an eBook published, especially when you think about what the alternatives are. If you have an eBook written and formatted, then you could have an eBook selling on Amazon KDP in a couple of hours.
By the way, there are many different types of platforms for publishing eBooks and I don’t think you should concentrate on just Amazon KDP. Having said that, Amazon KDP is the biggest and the best so that’s what we’re going to be concentrating on in this post.
What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Just in case you’ve been living in a cave or under a rock, here is what Kindle eBook Publishing is. “Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon.com’s e-book publishing unit launched in November 2007, concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle device.
Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), originally called Digital Text Platform, to be used by authors and publishers, to independently publish their books directly, to Kindle and Kindle Apps worldwide.”
So, here is my step-by-step guide to publishing an eBook on Amazon KDP.
Set Up Your KDP Account
Okay, if you do not have an Amazon account or a KDP, I’m going to question whether you are absolutely sure you’re ready to publish an eBook on Amazon KDP. Anyway, if you haven’t got an amazon and KDP account, set those two things up first.
I’m not going to show you how to do all that. If you don’t know, google or youtube it. Just remember to make sure you get everything right otherwise you won’t get paid. Now you are ready to start publishing.
Formatting Your eBook
Before we move on, let’s just make sure you have all your piglets in a row. First of all, your eBook can be in any of the following formats:
– Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX)
– Kindle Create (KPF)
– HTML (ZIP, HTM, or HTML)
– Rich Text Format (RTF)
– Plain Text (TXT)
– Adobe PDF (PDF)
However, these days, your best bet is to go with Kindle Create. It pretty much does everything you need to and you can download it onto your PC or Mac and then upload everything when you’re finished. Easy stuff.
Make sure you have all your headings formatted properly. Again Kindle Create does all this for you. It also creates tables of content and will show you what your eBook will look like when downloaded onto a Kindle.
Write Your Book Description
Also, make sure you have written your eBook description. This is not easy and you should not rush it. Two things are vitally important to your success. A great eBook cover (more on that later) and a great description. If you can’t do it, get someone to do it for you. Fiverr is a good place to get it done.
Make Sure Your Grammar Is Good
Finally, make sure your writing is grammatically correct and all the rest of that boring malarkey. If your book is full of spelling mistakes, it will lose credibility as will you. Get some friends to check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
If you don’t have any friends or family, which I know you do. However, you may feel a little shy about sharing your magnum opus. If that’s the case, use Grammarly – The World’s Best Automated Proofreader. There’s a free version but if you want your eBook to be perfect (or as near as possible), use the paid version. It $30 a month and a great investment for your eBook.
Get Your eBook Cover Done
If you have an eBook cover, great. You are all set to publish. If you haven’t got an eBook cover yet, you need to get one. You can get one done for you on Fiverr. You can also buy a premade eBook cover for between $50 and $100. Or you can go to Canva and make one yourself. It really isn’t that difficult. Check out what others do, and copy them.
Publishing your ebook
Now, there are lots of ways to do this but since Amazon came up with Kindle Create, there is little point in trying any other way of doing it. Don’t waste any time working out other ways to publish. Just use Kindle Create as it’s the fastest way to publish your eBook. Enough said.
One point before we move on. Amazon will ask you to enroll in KDP Select. Do not enrol in it. It’s a big scam that benefits Amazon a great deal and benefits you almost nothing. It also means you can’t publish on any other platform. Which means you can’t publish on platforms such as Smashwords.
Why does that benefit Amazon? Because it means that Amazon is full of original content, which search engines love, of course. And it’s not like Amazon will promote your eBook more because you opted for KDP Select. Amazon promotes eBooks that sell a lot of eBooks, and that’s all. They certainly don’t care about the little guy.
Do Not Put Off Publishing
Okay, last point. Do not let the fear of failure stop you from publishing your next bestseller. This is probably where more would be Kindle publishers fail. They don’t fail because their eBooks fail. They fail because they don’t put their eBooks on Amazon in the first place.
Remember that no matter what happens, you will be a success. If you publish your eBook and it’s a huge success, then you are a success. If you publish and it doesn’t work out so well, you will be a success.
As long as you learn from your mistakes, you will do better the next time. If your next time is not a success, then learn what you did wrong that time, and try again. As long as you are learning, you are moving forward to eventual success.
I hope that you have got some useful information from this. There are 101 different courses you can do to help you succeed. I often think that the best way to start is to find a cheap course on Udemy. This will give you an idea of what is involved and, perhaps more importantly, give you an idea if it’s something you want to get into. Here’s the one I’d look at first.
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