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Guide To Self Publishing a Book on Amazon and Earn Money

This blog is your guide to self-publishing on Amazon and earning money through Amazon Publishing Hub.

 

Amazon is one of the largest online retailers in the world. They sell products from books to electronics or clothes. You should know that Amazon has a self-publishing platform called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which allows authors to publish their books and earn money for each sale.

 

There are two ways for authors to publish their books on Amazon:

 

1) KDP Select: Authors can enrol their book in this program and then offer it exclusively on Amazon for up to 90 days. This means they cannot make the book available anywhere else during this period, including on any other online store, retailer, or print.

 

2) Non-KDP Select: Authors can make their books available on other platforms and retailers and through traditional print distribution channels while selling them through KDP.

 

Authors will have to choose between these two options based on what they want from their publishing experience, but both options have benefits.

 

How to publish a book on Amazon

 

You must register for a Kindle Direct Publishing account before uploading and publishing your finished book. And anybody may buy and download your book in Kindle format from that point on. Here is all the information you require.

 

How to create a Kindle Direct Publishing account

 

Amazon’s self-publishing technology is known as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). You must start here if you want to publish a book on the Kindle platform.

 

  1. Launch a browser and navigate to the KDP webpage.
  2. The simplest way to use KDP is to link it to your existing Amazon account, so click “Sign in” and sign in with your Amazon credentials. If you do not already have an Amazon account, click “Sign up” and follow the instructions to set one up.
  3. Click “Agree” on the user agreement page.
  4. You should notice a message near the KDP setup screen indicating that your account information is complete. “Update Now” should be selected.
  5. Follow the prompts and input all of the required information. Begin by entering your country, then fill out the “Author/Publisher” information with your name, address, and phone number.
  6. Proceed to the Getting Paid section and input your bank details. This is required for Amazon to pay you for book sales. You’ll need your bank account’s account number and routing number, the same information you’d need to set up direct deposit with your employment. When you’re through with this area, click “Add.”
  7. To finish the Tax Information section, click “Complete Tax Information” and answer the questions. Indicate whether you are filling out the form as a person or a corporation, state whether you are a US citizen, and provide your tax ID (which, for an individual, should be your social security number). When you’re finished, click “Continue.”
  8. Check the consent box in the Sign and Submit section and enter your legal name. Click “Save and Preview.”
  9. If you don’t need to make any changes to the W-9 form, click “Submit For.” On the following screen, select “Exit Interview.”

 

How to create your Kindle book

 

  1. Click “Bookshelf” at the top of the KDP homepage.
  2. You have the option of creating a Kindle eBook or a paperback book. The technique is essentially the same regardless of whom you select. Choose between “Kindle eBook” and “Paperback.” (Another option is to pick “Series,” which you may do if you want to publish numerous titles in the same series, such as a four-book set of fantasy novels or several thematically linked how-to books.)
  3. Fill out the Kindle eBook Details tab. Enter a book title, subtitle, author information, and a book description. The subtitle is optional, although it may be quite helpful in informing potential readers about the work. The description is particularly significant since it displays on the Amazon details page and contains the most important information about your book that purchasers will view.
  4. Continue to populate this page with relevant terms. Keywords, like the book description, assist inform potential readers about your work while also helping search engines rank your material. Avoid using the exact words twice in your title; instead, use other common keywords to explain the book’s core topic or goal.
  5. Choose two categories from the Amazon list. Choose relevant categories with less competition or categories in which you anticipate your book will perform better to help your book rank higher and have a better chance with prospective readers.
  6. Finish the page by selecting “I am ready to release my book now.” “Save and Continue” should be selected.
  7. Select whether you wish to implement digital rights management on the Kindle eBook Content tab. You should generally choose “Yes” unless you want people to be able to share entire versions of your work freely.
  8. Please upload your book. If the book has a simple structure and was prepared in Microsoft Word or another typical publishing tool, choose the file and click “Upload eBook manuscript.” KPD supports various file types, including DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, and PDF. Suppose you want to make sure your book is formatted correctly. In that case, you may use Amazon’s free Kindle Create an application to prepare it — click the link to download the program, then modify your manuscript file before uploading.
  9. You must also design a cover. You don’t have to be a graphic designer; if you don’t already have an acceptable cover design, click “Launch Cover Creator” and use Amazon’s tool to create a book cover. Choose an image from Amazon’s cover art library, choose a colour scheme, and click “Save & Submit.”
  10. You must include an ISBN if you publish a paperback book. An ISBN is necessary for print titles but is not required for eBooks. ISBNs may be purchased from various websites, including ISBNServices and isbn.org.
  11. Click “Save and Continue” after you’re through the Kindle eBook Content tab.
  12. The last step is to include pricing information. You may pick any price for your title, but royalties will vary based on the list price. To receive 70% royalties in the United States, a book must be priced between $2.99 and $9.99. Royalties are 35% for books priced under $2.99 and over $9.99. For pricing ranges outside the United States, visit Amazon’s list price criteria page.
  13. Complete the remaining tabs and then click “Publish your Kindle eBook.”
  14. A pop-up window should appear, informing you that the book has been published. However, it may take up to three days for the book to appear for sale on Amazon.

 

How to track your book’s sales and performance

 

After the book is released, you may change it or track its progress using the KDP website.

 

  • At the top of the screen, choose the “Bookshelf” button, then scroll down to “Your Books,” where you can view your published titles, their status, and pricing, and make adjustments to the listing. This is where you would go to edit the description or keywords, for example.
  • To view your previous profits and book sales, go to the “Reports” option at the top of the website.

 

Amazon Publishing Hub aims to help clients write and publish their books. We assist clients from the conception of the book to the completion of the book.

 

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