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.
This 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.
There 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.
Next, 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.
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