Tuesday, July 05, 2016

How to Self-Publish on Kindle: 3 Simple Steps to Publish Your eBook

Once you've written and edited your book, you need to find somewhere to publish it.  The most accessible platform is Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

Self-publishing sounds so complicated and baffling.  The reality is  Kindle is one of the easiest platforms on the internet to publish on.

I've self-published eBooks on Kindle in the past and understand the headache of paying someone to do it for you.

I want to share with you some of the tips I've learned, and help you to publish your own book on Kindle.

Really Good Reasons to Self-Publish on Kindle

Amazon holds the lions share of self-published eBook sales of around 80-85%.  With a share as high as 85% Amazon is still the biggest in the market by a long shot.  With an easy-to-use publishing platform, Kindle is a comparatively easier option.

How to Self-Publish on Kindle

Step 1

Your Book

Sign up with KDP here.

Click Add a title
  1. Book name.
  2. Book description (you can write up to 4,000 characters - use this to sell your book to your reader).
  3. Book contributors (put your own name if you're the author).
  4. Categories (the subject/genre you're writing in).
  5. Keywords (you can add up to 7 keywords in your genre, don't duplicate categories).
You can leave these items blank.
  • Series
  • Edition Number
  • Publisher
  • Language
  • Publication Date
  • ISBN

You're publishing your own work, so you have copyright. This means you need to verify This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing right.

Kindle Format Conversion

KDP welcomes these formats:
  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Ebook Formats (Html, Mobi, Epub)
  • Adobe PDF
I use Google Docs to write my eBook on.  Its' a straight forward save and easy to upload on Kindle.

I want to keep this easy, so just upload your manuscript and let Amazon reformat it for you onto Kindle.

Previewing in Kindle

If you've gone with the HTML format file, you can use Kindle Previewer.  You can see how well your book works on different Kindle versions.

Uploading Your Book

If you're happy with the format you've chosen you can upload your file to KDP.  The next option is Digital Rights Management.
  • You can enable if you want to make it difficult for people to copy your book.
  • Do not enable if your preference is to make your book available without restrictions.
Once you've uploaded you can preview it to see if it looks okay.

Step 2

Book Cover Photo

You have two choices, create your own eBook cover, or use the template-based cover creator.  I've tried both and prefer creating my own design using Picmonkey.  The cover is an important part of your book and will help attract readers.

Creating your eBook cover doesn't need to be difficult.  You can find a photo and put a title over it, or create a text based cover like mine below.

Cover Photo Size

You can use your own photo or artwork, or download one from an image library.  The easier and cheaper option is to use your own.

Kindle eBook image size 1563 x 2500 pixels.

Its advisable to make your cover in colour, even though Kindle only displays in black and white. Kindle Fire, Kindle app and windows etc all display in colour.

Click Browse for image, select your cover, then upload your image.

Its a good place to start if you want to experiment and see how various fonts and designs look.

Step 3

Your Rights and Pricing

Confirm your Publishing Territories

Click Worldwide Rights - all territories.  Your book will show up on Amazon sites all around the world.

Set Your Price

Best Place to set your price at is $2.99/£1.49 so you'll receive a 70% royalty.

Your price is set by the US price, which means you can customise your price in different territories.

Last Step Publish

Click Save and publish.

Within hours your book will appear on Amazon all around the world.

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