Amazon self-publishing is the perfect option for a new or even seasoned writer to publish their books. It also provides an avenue for writers to submit their works and be read by millions of Amazon’s online customers. Some of the benefits of publishing your eBook on Amazon are as follows:
- Amazon takes a very small commission of 30% only after your book sells.
- Once you’ve uploaded it, your book will appear on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours, but it could take up to 72 hours in some cases.
- You have full control over the pricing and promotion of your eBook.
- You can also track how well your book is selling. The Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) dashboard provides sales data in real-time. It also has other valuable tools to help you manage your book details, marketing, and promotions.
Now you know why you should use Amazon to publish your book. But the process can be pretty confusing, especially if you don’t know how it works. This blog post will be your guide you through the steps to create and publish your eBook with Amazon. So, let’s begin!
Step 1: Create Amazon KDP Account
First, to publish your book on Amazon, you need to create an account with them. To start, go to kdp.amazon.com and click the “Sign Up” button at the top right corner of the screen. Then, you will be asked to enter your personal information, such as your legal name, address, and phone number (you can leave this blank if you don’t want to give it out).
After filling up the form, you need to agree to their terms and conditions and click “Create Account.” You only need your login details to access KDP if you already have an Amazon account.
Step 2: Set Up Your KDP Account Profile
After completing the registration process, you will be asked to enter your tax information and create an author profile so people can know more about you. This is also where Amazon allows you to select royalty options for each book that you publish in Kindle Store.
Your author profile should include a brief biography about you, your writing experience (if any), and the genre of your book. You can also list any awards or recognition you’ve received for your writing. Again, this is an opportunity to create an excellent first impression with potential readers. So, you must make sure that you are putting your best foot forward!
Step 3: Format Your eBook for Publishing
In this step, you need to format your own eBook for publishing. Again, Amazon provides helpful tools such as Kindle Previewer to view your book on different devices. This ensures a consistent reading experience across all supported platforms, including PC, smartphones, and tablets such as the iPad or Surface Pro series from Microsoft.
KDP supports a variety of formats. The most commonly used formats are as follows:
- Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx)
- Kindle Package format (KPF)
Step 4: Add Your eBook Details
Once you’re done with the format, the next step is filling in your title, subtitle (optional), book descriptions, covers, and so on. Keep in mind that these elements play a vital role. Think of them as a sales pitch to attract your potential readers. Also, powerful book descriptions will help you appear in Amazon’s search engine.
If you’re not sure about a book cover, or can’t afford to hire a designer, Amazon has a built-in book cover designer of some generic but attractive designs that you can use for free. Just follow the prompts to create your own book cover and you’ll be set up in less than 5 minutes.
Amazon also provides several guidelines to help you write a compelling title and description to make your job easier. For example, the title should be accurate, concise, and easy to understand. It should also pique the interest of the readers. The subtitle can be used to elaborate on the main points of your book or highlight its unique selling points.
Step 5: Choose Your Keywords
Like how you would do with a website, selecting the right keywords for your book is essential for readers to find it. Amazon gives you a list of suggested keywords that you can use based on your title and subtitle. But you can add other relevant keywords you believe best describe your book. Be as creative as you want!
Step 6: Upload and Publish Your eBook
The final step is uploading your book and publishing it. After completing all the steps, you are ready to publish. Click on “Publish Your Book” and follow the instructions. Amazon will guide you through the entire process, so there’s nothing to worry about. And congratulations – you’re now a published author!
Final Thoughts on Amazon and Self-Publishing
Amazon has made it easier than ever for authors—even new writers—to get their books published. But that doesn’t mean success is already guaranteed. It still takes dedication, hard work, and a lot of elbow grease to make it as an indie author. So, are you ready to take the plunge?