Today, I will be posting on How To: Publish a book on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). First, do you know what Amazon KDP is and how it works? I will introduce Amazon KDP; and the step by step guide on how to publish a kindle book on Amazon KDP! Read on and get yourself ready for passive income!
Amazon is a massive company which can be relates to Ebay, Qoo10, Alibaba and other online wholesalers/retailer. They pretty much worked the same except that Amazon is famous for its kindle book, or known as eBook. Research have found out that Amazon sold every 300 books per second and this is something that we, as an indie (individual) publisher would want our book(s) to be published in a place like this and earn massive income from it.
Compare to other eBook seller company like Nook, ITunes book and other services, I personally think that Amazon provides a near-perfection platform for indie publisher to setup their book and sell in the Amazon store. With book, cover image and descriptions ready on hand, indie publisher only need about 5 minutes to submit their book for review. This is especially useful when we are in a fast pace modern world and every second counts in earning passive income!
Below, I will show you the steps on how to publish a book on Amazon KDP. First, register your account at https://kdp.amazon.com. Sign up are simple, just follow the instructions and you should be able to create an account in about 15 minutes.
Now, login your account and you will be brought to the BookShelf Page.
Click on [Create new title] as shown in the image
You will be sending to a page where you need to key in details of your book. Let’s do this one at a time.
Tick on [Enroll this book in KDP select]
This is very useful to market your book. For every 90 days, you will be able to give your book for FREE for 5 days or at a discounted rate. I personally recommend that you give out your book for free for 5 days, every 90 days. The idea is to get as much people to download your book as possible to increase your ranking. Ranking plays an important role on your sales, the higher ranking your book gets, the more exposure your book will be and people are more willing to buy your book. I will explain more on marketing your kindle book in the following post.
Enter your [Book title]
Enter your [book sub title (If any)]
Enter the [description of your book]
Click on [Add Contributors] and enter your name as Author (if you are an indie publisher and you own the book). Otherwise, put the name as according to the contribution of the book.
Click on [This is not a public domain and I hold the rights]
Click on Add Categories and look for a suitable category that your book falls onto. Amazon KDP made it in such a way that you can only insert TWO categories for every book. So, choose wisely or your book might not expose to the targeted audience. Avoid putting your book as [General] in specific category as there are thousands of books that may have the same content you wrote. Be specific in the category. Your book are likely to sell when you targeted a specific niche than a general audience.
If your book is erotica or romance in nature, then set an age limit to the book, otherwise you can just ignore and proceed.
You are allow to key in 7 keywords on every. This is also another factor that affects your sales; choose relevant keywords to your book.
For example, I publish a book on saving marriage; I would go to Google.com and type save marriage. Scroll down and see what are the common keywords that people searched for, then choose the appropriate keyword including the one which you keyed in search engine (Save Marriage for my case) onto the keywords box too. Keywords could be change as and when you want. Along the way you might feel that you found a more suitable keyword for your book, feel free to change it. What you did might boost up your sales!
You are almost there!!
Next, upload your image cover. Do lookout for approved dimension and pixel. It is recommended that you hire someone who is experience in kindle cover design. In this way, you will save time and hassle. If you need to create a professional ebook cover, I can do it for you for $5. I have helped many to design professional ebook cover and boost their sales. You can look for my service here (https://www.fiverr.com/probookdesign/design-professional-kindle-cover-in-36-hours)
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Click on [Enable Digital Rights Management]
Click on the button [Save and Continue]
Now you are at the 2nd page of the setup. (Remain the option as worldwide rights) and Set the price you feel is right for you. For new book, I suggest between 0.99 and 2.99 USD.
Amazon KDP has its own royalty’s payment system. Every book you sell between 0.99 and 2.98, you will get 35% royalty.
In between 2.99 and 9.99 USD, you will get 70% royalties.
If you book doesn’t get any reviews and you are selling at a higher price, chance is that nobody would want to buy that book. In the next blog post, I will show you exactly how to market your book and boost up your sales.
Accept the terms of condition of Amazon KDP and DA DANG! You are almost done.
Wait for about 24hours for your book to be reviewed. Generally, your book will be approved and up in stores in less than 24hours.
Congratulation on your first book published in Amazon KDP and your path to passive income!
In my next blog post, I will post on how to market your kindle book the inexpensive way. Do sign up my newsletter and get updated.