HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON EFFORTLESSLY
The feeling of seeing your name in print and having your ideas read worldwide is one of the most rewarding feelings ever. These days one doesn’t need to be a Shakespeare or a Dickens to have a book out there; heck you do not even need to go through the editors and publishing houses as the process has been made remarkably easy. I know this from first-hand experience as I published four books this past week.
I keep getting emails asking how I manage to publish books so easily, and that is why I decided to write this post. The steps I have shared below can empower anyone to publish their books via Kindle, and these are the most straightforward steps you can find anywhere; following them could mean having your book published by the end of the day.
First and foremost, you must know that although there are other options out there; I found that the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the easiest to use. It’s entirely free and gives you up to 70% royalty on every sale. Find the steps below;
Step 1: Create your Account
Visit kdp.amazon.com and create an account by clicking on the: sign up” link. Keep in mind that you may need to provide some personal information including your bank details which will be used to send your royalties earned from your book sales.
Step 2: Proceed to your KDP dashboard
Once you have created your account, the next step will be to go to your dashboard; from here you can add any books you have written, gain access to relevant reports and figures, preview the Kindle publishing community, etc.
Step 3: Add your book title and subtitle
The title and subtitle should elaborate a little on what your book is about so your readers will know what they will be getting out of reading it. For better result; it is advisable to use keywords that are often searched for in your niche to increase your book visibility.
Step 4: Add descriptions:
Keep in mind that this is your readers’ first taste of your content. Hence you should ensure it is well written, engaging and explanatory enough to give your readers a good insight into what they are about to encounter. Also, remember to add all of the relevant facts about your book such as
- The title
- Is it a part of a series/sequences?
- Edition number
- The publisher info
- The description
- Contributors and publication date
Step 5: Choose a book category
With the Amazon KDP, you have an option to choose between two categories as well as add seven keywords. Keywords are crucial and must be picked carefully as the right keyword/category can push your book up the search pages. It is your keywords that determine how easy it is for someone to find your book via search; I recommend mixing in short and long words also.
Step 6 Add Your Book Cover
Remember the expression: never judge a book by its cover? It appears most people disregard that as your book cover determines whether a potential reader buys or even previews your book. You can create a book cover yourself, or you can hire a professional book cover designer, your choice. Thanks to numerous freelance sites today, it is now easy to find someone to design a deluxe cover for you at a decent price.
STEP 7: Time to upload your book
Here we have the easiest process. Just choose whether you want to enable digital rights management, and then select the book from your computer or a storage device; then click upload. Amazon accepts a wide variety of book formats including word, HTML, pdf, plain text, etc.
Step 8: Preview Your Book
Once uploaded, you should click on “preview” to see if your book displays well on the platform. Keep in mind that this online preview is precisely how the book would appear when someone clicks on it to preview or buy it. I would recommend you preview it page by page to make sure every page appears right.
Step 9: Choose Your Royalty
At last, we have gotten to the money part; you can select the price of your book and then choose either 35% or 70% of that price as a royalty. If your book sells between $0.99 and $200.00, you may select the 35% royalty, but if your book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99, then you can choose the 70% royalty. I often advise people to lower their book price to gain more sales at the beginning, and then raise their price over time.
Congratulations!! you are on your way to becoming a published author whose book sells on the most prominent publishing platforms worldwide. Also, note that it takes anywhere between 12-48 hours for your book to become available to customers after uploading, although you will get an e-mail from Amazon once your book goes live.
There you go, you are now a published author; sit back, watch the dollars roll in and thank me later.
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