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How to Sell eBooks on Amazon – KDP Amazon Self-Publishing

Selling ebooks on Amazon is easy.

With KDP, Amazon self-publishing is pretty straightforward. KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s Amazon’s platform for creating and distributing Kindle ebooks. Getting an ebook on KDP is simple.


First, you have to create your content.

Finding a NicheThis is where you do your niche research and find the information and images you want to use inside of your ebook. It’s easiest to do this in a Word document.

Kindle ebook page lengths are different than Word document page lengths. In general, Kindle uses 200-300 words per page, so keep that in mind. A good Kindle book length is 30-50+ pages of great content.

If you don’t want to write the content or design the cover yourself, there is always the option of hiring a freelancer. There are a few good freelance sites out there. Fiverr is a great site for getting simple jobs done for $5.

If you go through Fiverr, you’ll have to discuss how much you are going to pay the workers for a full book. You can also hire Fiverr workers to create blog posts and email newsletters as well.

Freelancer and Upwork are two great sites as well. With these sites, you can view different freelancer’s profiles and see their current rates. You can also post jobs that you want to be done and people will bid on them so you can see who will work your job for the lowest pay. Keep in mind, though, that the lowest pay may also be the lowest quality.

When hiring a freelancer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Always make sure that the freelancer speaks fluent English and understands different euphemisms and other sayings. Always check their portfolios. A good freelancer will have examples of their work available.

Check for writing style and see if they have a good conversational tone. If everything seems alright, then feel free to work with them.


Next, you need to format your content to match KDP’s requirements.

Uploading a .doc file may work, but it has the potential to come out kind of jumbled. Your table of contents and images could be a little screwy. Check out KDP’s recommended file type here.

If you can’t figure out how to properly format your content, you can always hire a freelancer. Fiverr is great for this because you can get it done for $5 to $10. There are people on Fiverr that have specialized jobs for this and they do several jobs like this a day.


After formatting, it’s time to upload to KDP.

Check Your FormattingThere are several fields to fill in such as Title, Subtitle, Contributors, etc. You want to fill in all of these fields to the best of your ability. If you are unsure about any of the options, feel free to message me in the comments section below and I can help you out.

So, you fill in the fields and then you get to upload your cover and content file. After you upload all of that data, you get the opportunity to see how the ebook will turn out on Kindle. ALWAYS check to see how it appears on Kindle.

You want to make sure all of the images are in place. You want to see if the table of contents works. You want to double-check how your promotions look inside of the ebook (more on this in another post). Read parts of the book. See how it flows. If you don’t like something get it changed and reupload.

Once you have everything the way you want it, it’s time to hit that big submit button. This will take you to the next page that has a few options you need to choose.


First, what is the geo-targeting of your ebook?

For most people, this will be just global. There’s no need to set restrictions on your book unless there is a legal reason why it can’t be shared in certain countries. The more people that see your book, the better.

Count Your RoyaltiesNext, you have to decide on the royalty options you want to use. For many people and many books, the 70% royalty option is ideal but you have to opt-in to the KDP Select program. There are 2 reasons you wouldn’t want to opt-in for the 70% royalty.

One is if you had a book with a much higher price on it, such as a textbook or technical manual, your royalty payment will be higher without the KDP Select program.

The second reason is that for 3-month intervals, your KDP Select opt-in will renew automatically and until you opt out of KDP Select your book will legally be exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle market.

With royalty options figured out, you have to decide on the price. You want to pick a price that you think the book is worth. Take a look at the book.

Looking at the cover and the description you have set for it, what price does it look like it should be? With KDP Select, this will be between $2.99 and $9.99 USD. Otherwise, you can set the price as high as $200 USD.

After that, you’re all set up! Click that last confirmation button and get your book posted for review. Amazon will take a look at your book to make sure it’s not chock-full of affiliate links and that it’s not plagiarized material. If everything with your book checks out, your book will be placed on the Amazon market!


As you can see, getting a book created can be simple.

You can outsource most of the process to freelancers if you really want to. So, what do you think? Does this sound like something you can do?

Creating ebooks can be a rewarding hobby or even career. Helping people find the information they are looking for and helping to improve the global community one book at a time is a great feeling.


Is this not your style?

If KDP Amazon self-publishing doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I recommend trying affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a great way to turn your passion into a full-time income.

For those interested in learning about affiliate marketing, I recommend joining an online community. The community I’m a part of is called Wealthy Affiliate University. To check out my review of the Wealthy Affiliate University, click here.

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Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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College Students Scammed By Online Employment

College students are being fooled by online job scams.

Fraud AlertAs a college student or recent graduate, you’ve probably considered supplementing your income with an online job. There’s nothing wrong with wanting online work but you have to be careful when dealing with online employers.

Within the last few years, online job scams have been responsible for the loss of millions of dollars nationwide. These scammers pose as online employers or “job coaches” and have some requirements in order for you to have a chance to work with them.

You may find these kinds of “employers” under college job postings or unsolicited emails. These companies demand upfront payment with promises that you will have employment after working with them. They ask for your credit card or bank account information before you can make any progress in their programs.

After receiving your information, the companies don’t provide any form of their guaranteed employment or may become completely unresponsive. Trying to reach them about the services promised gets you absolutely nowhere.

Don’t fret, though. There are ways to avoid these scam artists and hold onto your money. Looking for work does not have to be so dreadful. When considering online employment, think about these tips:

  • Don’t open links in unsolicited emails! First, you want to research the company through sites like BBB.org, The Better Business Bureau provides a grading system for businesses similar to how you get graded papers in college. You also want to double-check the email address to see if the address matches the real company’s URL. If the email doesn’t match, report the email to your email service provider immediately. If it does, then it’s probably safe to open links from that email, though I wouldn’t open any emails I didn’t sign up for.

 

  • Always double-check the business rating through sites like BBB.org! When you come across a job posting on a college website or see a flyer on one of the messageboards in the halls, you always want to check the company’s business rating before replying to the posting. And as mentioned in the previous tip, check the URL. Make sure the URL matches the one listed by the Better Business Bureau. If everything seems legit, then feel free to check out the business.

 

  • Think twice before giving out sensitive information! If a site you find through a job posting demands credit card or bank account information before joining their service, avoid that company. Legitimate companies will not ask for payment to process credit reports or background checks before you have an interview. Don’t even pay for “certifications” or training materials. That’s just another trap set by these scammers.

 

  • Never wire money to people you don’t know! Wiring money to someone through companies like Western Union makes it incredibly hard to track the money. This creates a very difficult situation where you will probably never get that money back if the person you sent the money to is scamming you. Always be careful about this.

Caution SignDealing with companies online does not have to be dangerous. Just use caution and check the appropriate sites to make sure a company is legit. Your online job search CAN be fruitful as long as you are aware of potential scams.

Have you been scammed by an online “employer” before? What was that experience like? Did you ever resolve the issue and get your money back? Let me know in the comment section below.


Would you rather work for yourself?

While some online jobs can be great work, sometimes the kind of work you’re looking for doesn’t have any job openings. There is a lot of competition for jobs like Social Media Management or being a Virtual Assistant. So, what can you do about the competition?

Avoid them completely! Become your own boss and create your own online business. One great way to do this is with Affiliate Marketing. Don’t let the term scare you, though. With affiliate marketing, you can turn your passions into a full-time online business just by sharing your knowledge about it!

If you’re new to the idea of affiliate marketing, it may be beneficial to join an online community that knows all about it. I joined one such community and I love it there. Wealthy Affiliate University is full of tremendously helpful and encouraging people. There’s always someone around to answer your questions at any time of day or night.

Since joining Wealthy Affiliate University, I’ve become a premium member and I don’t regret it. To see my review of the Wealthy Affiliate University, click here.

Thanks for reading. See you next time.

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