Publish First Book in Minutes using Kindle Direct Publishing
This blog will be a saving grace for all the writers and authors, who were struggling all those years, waiting for their books to get published. Well not to worry friends, I bring you the blog which will educate you all about publishing your first book in minutes with the help of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Kindle Direct Publishing: A Source of Making your Book reach Millions
Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s self-publishing platform which makes Kindle eBooks and Paperback books, both of which are sold on Amazon outlets. You have the option to market the print books at a lower royalty worldwide through Ingram via the Expanded Distribution Program. The reach of your books is very well up to 70% of the American market and 40% of the Canadian market.
There is an option to opt for Kindle Unlimited with requires you to make your eBook exclusive to Amazon for at least 90 days and the ability to extend it further. Under this program, you are paid for each page read the first time by free subscribers. You generally make $1 to $3 based on the size of your book. If a person reads the book cover to cover you’ll earn money. For example, the $3 figure on large books is earned when the retail price is at $4.29. Bear in mind the higher you price a book the harder it is to sell that book. Sales are entirely dependent upon your popularity, quality of content, and past publications on Amazon.
KDP allows you to publish eBooks (Kindle) and paperback books. However, KDP does not allow the creation of magazines, periodicals, or spiral-bound books. Content types typically published using KDP include but are not limited to the following:
- Book Series
- Children’s Books
Also if you own the rights to your book you can publish using KDP if it has previously been published elsewhere.
Well that Sounds Interesting! How to Benefit from this Service?
KDP’s book setup makes it easy for you to upload, enter, and modify your book before publishing. The information you enter during this setup will be used in creating your book’s Amazon detail page. The detail page is where readers go to buy your book. If you want to sell your book as both an eBook and a paperback, be sure to create both formats in your KDP account and link them together.
Before we begin the Setup we have to follow a certain process to reach the KDP book setup. I’ll explain the process step by step for your clear understanding.
The first step is to visit the website: https://kdp.amazon.com/ and sign up for a free account. It should take only a few minutes while you are a step closer to making your book reach millions of readers.
I’ll explain each section using the picture shown below.
Bookshelf: Bookshelf is the page where all your created books will be shown. It is also the homepage where you can start creating or publishing new books. I’ll explain and get into the details in later sections.
Reports: This is a sales dashboard where once you create or publish a book, you’ll get all the information that you need. For example, payments, orders, related promotions, and ad campaigns of all your books are shown on this page.
Community: Here, you’ll find both new and accomplished authors and publishers who are very knowledgeable about self-publishing with KDP and whose titles are currently selling in Amazon’s Kindle Store. You can ask for help from fellow publishers or lend a hand to someone new! This is a huge forum where you can ask any query or question from people who are already selling their books online. You can also answer and lend help to questions which many users ask on this forum.
Marketing: Once you have created or published a book, you can start promoting it using Amazon’s Ad campaigns. This page will offer you many programs like KDP Select which will help you in marketing your books on Amazon.
Lets Understand How to Create/ Publish a Book
As I explained earlier, visit the Bookshelf page for creating a new book for using KDP book setup. Here you’ll find two options:
- Kindle Ebook – This is a setup that will guide you in creating E-books for sale on Kindle by Amazon. We all know that Kindle is an e-reader that allows you to access books, magazines, newspapers, and other content. If you read frequently, the Kindle is an item to consider purchasing. For Creating E-Books you must have a Manuscript in HTML, docs, e-pub, or pdf format. You can create a cover of your book using the Kindle Cover Creating software. This software will help you make a cover using various layouts, designs, and images. You can also upload a Copyright-free image that you own and create the cover of your book.
- Paperback- This setup will help in publishing a hard copy of the digital content uploaded by you. It will publish a physical book that will be sold on Amazon and thus allowing you to take your content to millions of readers. The setup is fairly simple and self-explanatory where you’ll be asked to follow a setup and provide all the details like Title of the book, Description, Format, Category, Age guidelines, Keywords associated, etc. You have to mention the Author details, Edition, Series( if any), and the publishing rights of the content. after completing the first page, you’ll proceed to the next setup where you’ll upload the content and create the cover of your book. I’ve explained about Kindle Cover Creator and mention in the comments if you want a separate blog explaining how to create a cover. Finally, you’ll have to list the book on Amazon while deciding the price and Royalty you’ll receive.
Once you complete the book setup, it will be published in 24-72 hours after review as per Amazon policy. Once published you can track its sales, promote the book and create Ad Campaigns for the same. The best part of KDP is that there are no limitations and you can publish as many books as you want. So if you think you can create awesome content, publish a book and sit back, you’ve generated an endless source of passive income. I hope you liked the blog and if you did hit the like button and share it with your friends and family. This might be a stepping stone on someone’s journey to a Best Selling Author while creating a strong passive income source.