Is it easy to publish an eBook on Amazon Kindle?
If you’re looking to publish a book on Kindle via KDP then the question you should be asking yourself is – should I? This Step by Step Guide to Publishing on Kindle is completely FREE below to help you in your new career.
So many people, self-publishers, indie-publishers and internet marketers think they can make a quick buck by selling on Kindle and I’m sure they can but is that really going to work out in the long run? Maybe not.
If you are thinking of publishing to KDP then make sure you have a product that is ready, edited, proofed, professionally checked over and produced to the highest standard you can create. If you’re looking for the easiest way to create a quality product that is ready for sale then take a peek HERE for a software that will blow your knockers off.
Nothing is worse than releasing an eBook on Amazon that is not ready to be published. Not only that, Amazon is starting to cut out badly formatted and poor quality products from their stores and I don’t blame them, there is a plethora of absolute crap on the kindle store.
But if you’ve read this far then you’re in the select few that has something positive and quality to sell and you’re looking for how to publish a book on kindle.
The basics of KDP and a Step by Step Guide to Publishing on Kindle…
Firstly you need to head over to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) HERE to sign in with your normal Amazon account, if you don’t have an Amazon account then it is incredibly easy to get hold of one for FREE. Just go to the Amazon site in your country and sign up.
Then start filling out your details, everything including your name, address, phone number etc – word of advice, don’t make any of it up (you’ll be surprised how many do) treat KDP exactly as what it is - it is your future business.
Your own Name or a Publishing Company Name?
I made this mistake first off the blocks – You can have any publishing name you like, you can have as many pen names as you like but when it comes to receiving payment, if you don’t have a business bank account set up in those names then you’re not going to get paid.
I initially put in my own publishing company name, made sense to me to do that, but when I received my first check from Amazon, long before EFT was made worldwide. It had my publishing name on – I couldn’t cash that at my local bank account under my real name! Aghhh!!
My first check was not that much so I took it as a learning experience, I still have it in a file of oddities somewhere. Anyway make sure that if you don’t have an official financially registered publishing name then put you OWN real name in the KDP account Full Name section.
EFT Bank Details for Payments
Be grateful you have come into this game when you can get instant payments into your bank account. Luckily for some, checks have long gone but there was a time… oh yes, there was a time when a piece of paper was sent half way around the world…
Fill out your bank details for EFT payments (direct to bank) for instant payments when they are do. You will need your IBAN and BIC bank codes, these are found at the bottom of your bank statements, if you only use online banking then you will need to access the bank statement section of your account where you will find those details at the bottom of the digital statement.
For some reason you can’t find those details on the account summary screen, you have to look deeper but they are there, waiting to be discovered.
Okay, done that? – Now you’re ready to begin!
This is assuming you already have your eBook ready to go, ready to publish and ready to be released to the entire planet!
Click on the BOOKSHELF page where you will see an empty box down below – this is where all your titles will be once they have been published or saved as draft. You can only delete a title if it has no information but you can change anything at a later date so don’t worry about making mistakes.
Click on ADD NEW TITLE where you will be taken to an initially confusing page but fret not.
All you have to do now fill out the details of your book as you scroll down the page.
To KDP Select or not to KDP select?
Much has been said about this but use the pros and cons on THIS page to decide whether it is for you. Personally I think everyone should give it a try to see if it works for them.
After you have made your decision, fill out your TITLE and series title if it is part of a series. The volume number will not show up on the sales page ans is only for Amazon to list your books chronologically if they are part of a series.
EDITION NUMBER – If it is the first time you have published the book digitally then I would recommend putting ’1st’ of ‘First’ it appears to look more professional than nothing at all.
PUBLISHER – Here you can have some fun! If you don’t have an official publisher and don’t want to use your name then create you own publishing company and name it anything you like. “Teddy Bear Publications,” or “Monkey Sock Books” – keep it in line with your genre and make sure no one else has the same name.
A word of advice would be to have the same publisher name on the copyright page of the document you are uploading to keep it all nicely in sync.
DESCRIPTION is obvious but keep it succinct, to the point and full of keywords. You have the description box to really sell your book, if you can’t sell it in 2000 words or less then it might not be possible to sell at all. If you need help with this then have a look HERE
LANGUAGE – Normally English but if you have work translated into other languages then pick the right one.
PUBLICATION DATE – There is no need to add anything here and it has no real effect on anything you want to do, so leave it blank and move onto…
ISBN – If you have a registered ISBN specifically for the digital book you are uploading then enter it, if not then leave it blank and move on.
Verify Your Publishing Rights?
It sounds confusing but it’s not – if you wrote the book and hold the sole copyright for it and haven’t copied it from somewhere and you are sure you own the rights to it then check the box next to: This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing rights.
If you are uploading PLR or material that is available elsewhere as public domain material then check the other box although most of us will never have the need to check the box. Update – uploading PLR (Public Label Rights) material is strictly forbidden but other self written public domain material is allowed.
ADD CATEGORIES – This is the fun bit because you get to choose from over 100 different categories where your book is likely to be discovered. Of course, if you have a book about puppy training then don’t add it to the horror category because people will tell on you!!
KEYWORDS – You can only pick SEVEN Keywords to put into the box. Keywords are when people type in something in the Amazon search bar to find what they’re looking for. If they type in a keyword related to your book then you will appear on the subsequent list.
- Never use less than seven, you’ll be selling yourself short otherwise.
- Think outside the box for keywords that attract people to your niche.
- Check bestsellers in your category and browse their description for good words.
- Keywords can be short (one word) or long tail (many words)
- Research what keywords are best for your book.
Upload Your Book Cover
Book Covers can be relatively easy and cheap to create, more on this in another post – I’ll link it here when the time comes. Simply browse for the file on your computer and upload it.
Digital Rights Management – What the…?
Now hold on, this next step is pretty simple. Before you upload your book file, you have to choose whether to enable or not enable DRM.
There is a lot of information on this but the next sentence is basically what it boils down to:
Enabling DRM means that the buyer/reader can lend it to their friends on other devices, it also means that they can ‘gift’ the book to a friend or family from the Amazon store. Not Enabling DRM means the opposite.
Contrary to how it sounds it is the BEST idea to ENABLE Digital Rights Management (DRM) as you’d be surprised how many people don’t buy an eBook because they won’t be able to transfer it from device to device.
Now, you’re ready to upload your book document!
UPLOAD BOOK – simply browse and upload, and then – THIS IS IMPORTANT – use the online previewer to see what your book will look like on different devices. If there is something that stands out as being out of place or wrong then you better go back and change it now.
If you are happy to continue then click SAVE AND CONTINUE
You’ll be taken to the pricing screen where most people – unless you specifically don’t hold the rights for the book in certain countries – will click on WORLDWIDE RIGHTS.
Once you’ve done that scroll down to the pricing table and set your prices.
There will be a post soon on how to price your eBook the right way to ensure more sales but everyone finds their own way to do this over time.
We assume then that your price will be $2.99 – the most standard of prices for eBooks on Amazon. Put $2.99 in the price box and then click all the boxes for each country going down the list.
There is NO need to have individual prices for different countries because Amazon will only price match the lowest price anyway. If you tick them all to be the same price based on Amazon.com prices then the whole pricing system will fully automate itself so that you don’t have to go back in and keep changing the prices.
Then tick the final box confirming that you are ready to publish and that you own the rights and then HEY PRESTO – a box will appear saying “PUBLISHING”
This will make you very because in less than 12-24 hrs your book will be live on the Amazon.com Kindle store – over the next few days your book will appear as far away as Japan or Brazil.
Sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy the next few days…
You can rub your hands together with glee and then begin telling all your friends and family that you are a published author.
I hope that the Step by Step Guide to Publishing on Kindle has been beneficial and I hope you stick around for a little while and explore the other guides, tips and products on offer.
But for now – Good Luck and if you have any questions then please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you within 24hrs.
© 2013 Kash Laden
Step by Step Guide to Publishing on Kindle – Updated Mar’ 2013
Step by Step Guide to Publishing on Kindle – First published Dec’ 2012