Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing

A Story by barleygirl
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briefly, about self-publishing books . . .

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This is a brief summary of how to get started self-publishing using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offered by Amazon for digital and paperback books. I can only speak to the digital publishing, since I haven’t used the paperbook option.

Keep in mind that if you self-publish, you will be doing all your own promotion. KDP offers some tools to promote your books, but I have not used these. Options are explained along the way and you can decide if it’s worth it to get help from KDP to promote your book (amazon does not do anything for free).

SEARCH: KDP . . . to get to the landing page: kdp.amazon.com (this exact link may differ for countries outside the USA).

CLICK: “learn how easy it is” (link) to get to the “getting started” page. All the instructions are here, so I won’t repeat. This is what I learned by doing this.

CREATE AN AMAZON ACCOUNT, if you haven’t got one already. If you ever shopped at Amazon, you can use the same sign-on and account.

GETTING PAID: I recommend direct deposit. Must be set-up by giving Amazon your bank account information. This link is on the “getting started” page. Set-up takes a couple days (one time only). If you have ever sold anything on Amazon, the same direct deposit account can be used without doing anything more.

FOR BOOKS ALREADY LISTED ON KDP: use main “bookshelf” link (from “getting started” page) to get to and to make changes to existing listings. Also, go to “bookshelf” to get to “create a new title” (to begin entering a new book). You can never remove a listing, once it’s online, but you can deactivate it.

MOST EVERYTHING STARTS HERE:
https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/bookshelf

Forget about messing around with different fonts when you write your manuscript, because the process of converting your manuscript to a kindle document (required) will assign fonts that you cannot define. The only formatting that’s important is to use a page break before each chapter, if you want your chapters to begin on a new page. Individual font characteristics like bold and italic will carry over to your kindle document, albeit (usually) in a different font.

Entering a new title will lead you to 3 different pages (in succession):

1.     DETAILS: Enter title, description and author . . . save and continue.

2.     CONTENT: Upload manuscript and cover . . . wait until manuscript is fully converted (can take a few minutes) before you save and continue.

3.     PRICING: Set your pricing (KDP gives a price range based on book length). If you are only going to sell a few, consider using 70% royalties. If you plan to make it big, you may consider using 35% royalties (you get paid less per book, but kindle offers some selling support tools).

If you are publishing an e-book, you will get a chance to continue on and also publish a paperback, after you finish the three steps above. If you don’t want to do a paperbook version, you can skip this. Either way, it can take a day or two for your entire posting to be approved and ready to sell online. If you have postings on KDP already, it seems to take only a few hours for later book postings.

In the process of entering a new book, there is a part where you convert your manuscript. I start out with an MS Word document file (highly recommended) and it takes a few minutes to convert, so don’t interrupt it before it finishes. Right after this, you may want to see your book in kindle format (“Launch Previewer”) . . . cannot be launched until the conversion is fully complete (“uploaded successfully!”)

If you don’t have MS Word you can use Kindle Create or a plain text file.

Right after uploading and converting your manuscript, you will get the chance to design a cover using the KDP tool or you can upload a cover that you’ve already designed in some other application like Photoshop.

At some point you are asked about an ISBN number . . . don’t worry about it. Just leave it blank and eventually your book will be assigned an ISBN number by KDP.

Some people may like to explore every detail KDP has to offer. But if you do not care or if you do not understand what some of the fields mean, in general, many of these options can be ignored. I leave lots of stuff blank or I use the default. You can always go back and change anything from the main “Bookshelf” page.

Good luck and have fun!

© 2019 barleygirl


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I have published 6 books now using Createspace which belongs to the Kindle publishing group.
I have not made them into Kindle books only paperbacks.

Have to say i did my own editing and used their free cover choice and it didn't cost me a penny to self-publish these books which are on sale from Amazon. An easy and free way to self publish ..

Posted 5 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thanks for a great endorsement of my message! It's time to stop giving the publishing houses all the.. read more
Stella Armour

5 Months Ago

The publishing houses used to have a monopoly on the publishing process, ordinary people just can't .. read more
barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I have the same motivation as you! *smile*



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BBP
Thank you Margie! I have been thinking about doing this and been back and forth on it. Of course I want a 'real publisher' a 'real agent' but nowadays it seems anything online is the more beneficial route. Now I kind of think I am waiting for an agent just to feel like a book writing badass that says she has an agent! hhahaha

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BBP

4 Months Ago

LOL the pride factor that means nothing in the long run. hahaha and honestly though I would like a l.. read more
barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Everyone thinks about getting a movie deal!
BBP

4 Months Ago

True! But also I really don't cause I feel it could kill the story
I know I know procrastination is my enemy.:)

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I wrote two books in a passion earlier this year but now I'm stuck again. I have a great idea, I've .. read more
Is it really as easy as it seems after reading your post here?
Since you have used KDP more than once (right?) could you please tell me if there are any pitfalls one might encounter or certain tricks of the trade?
Thanks! :)

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Yes, self-publishing is very easy. Now that I've done it a few times, even if I hadn't done it in a .. read more

I reckon you have done a mahoosive big favour to all those who wanna get themselves published..

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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I love the word "mahoosive" & I envy your ability to make up great-sounding words that seemingly hav.. read more
Neville

4 Months Ago

I too fail to see why a poor poet and author should be prohibited from becoming published at the whi.. read more
Awesome. I ha e published two and will do more this route.
I did my first sighning at a library today.
That was Awesome!

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Congrats on your signing, especially! That's very cool, if that's what you want to do. For me, I lik.. read more
I have published 6 books now using Createspace which belongs to the Kindle publishing group.
I have not made them into Kindle books only paperbacks.

Have to say i did my own editing and used their free cover choice and it didn't cost me a penny to self-publish these books which are on sale from Amazon. An easy and free way to self publish ..

Posted 5 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thanks for a great endorsement of my message! It's time to stop giving the publishing houses all the.. read more
Stella Armour

5 Months Ago

The publishing houses used to have a monopoly on the publishing process, ordinary people just can't .. read more
barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I have the same motivation as you! *smile*
This is wonderful advice for self publishing for all on here ! What a lovely thing for you to take the time to write!!it’s great that you have started up on it yourself and thanks for this not that I’m publishing lol but if I ever do thanks xx

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I don't know alot about self-publishing, but people need to know it's easy & available. We are no lo.. read more
What a great share. I hope those with a story to share take a peek.

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3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

People are often stuck in that mode that we writers are subject to the whims of "publishers" . . . w.. read more
I've used createspace.com to publish all my poems. It is easy to do.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I thought I just read on Kindle that Createspace postings are going to be moved to Kindle? But eithe.. read more

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