To a number of aspiring writers, getting published is one of their major goals. It feels great just to have a printed copy of your book sold at bookstores. But as we all know, the process can be really long. This is why a lot of the new writers prefer using self-publishing platforms. The Kindle Direct Publishing is one of the many platforms that you can use. This is an easy way to publish your own book without having to wait or to face rejection. This platform will aid you in creating eBooks and Kindle eBooks.
To start using the Kindle Direct Publishing, you must finish your manuscript first. This means completing every component of your book from the cover page to the back page. You must also have proofread your work and edited it. Ensure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors in your book. Have it checked by two or more people to ensure quality. You can save your files even in MS Word formats. Just make sure that you have saved it in compatible file formats. One more thing, make sure that you wrote the manuscript yourself. Never have the urge to publish what is not yours or you may have problems.
After guaranteeing that your manuscript is error free, you can now set up your own account. Go to the website and register. It’s fairly simple, you just have to provide all the necessary information required. You may also be required to provide your social security number including a method where you want to get paid, for royalties. After creating your account, you can now start the publishing process.
In Kindle formatting, start by putting your title. You can click the Bookshelf tab in your dashboard and add a new title. This is just easy. You are just required to fill in the fields that would ask for the details of the book, its description, and contributors if any. You also have to provide the categories of the book, the publisher, date of publication and ISBN if you have one.
After you have set up the details of your book, you can go ahead and start uploading it. The first thing to upload is the cover. Having a product image will allow customers to see what your book looks like. It will also help in selling your book. Have an image that is in .jpg or .tiff file. The contents of the book come next. But before you upload them, you might want to think over the digital rights management option. This will control on how the book is distributed digitally. Once you’ve picked an option, start uploading. You have an option to preview the book to see how it looks like after rendering. You can save the files if you’re satisfied.
Before you get to publish it, you will have to choose on the royalty and the price of your book. You can choose either the 35% royalty or the 70% royalty. When you’re done with this tough ordeal, you can now save your book and publish it. Your book will already show up in the Kindle store in a day or two.
Publishing the book is not the end of the self-publishing process. There’s actually more to go. Selling a copy is probably the ideal end that every writer should aim. So, there’s a lot more to do than just successfully publishing. You’ll have to market your book after making your title available to bookstores or online bookstores.
By successfully marketing your book, you are able to make as much sales as you can. Marketing is probably an integral factor in an author’s success in sales. There are actually a lot of marketing strategies that can be used in order to boost sales.
You can market your book effectively by using the right keywords for your book. Keywords are important especially if you want your books to be searchable. Make sure that you put relevant keywords that can help your book show up in the search results. You can use up to five keywords.
By putting your book into the right category, readers can readily see. There are readers who prefer certain genre over the other. When you’ve filed your book correctly into the right categories, it gives even more visibility.
Aside from these strategies, you could also make use of the promotion tips on the Merchandising page of KDP. By making sure that your book is available to a larger number of countries. This means that you have the right to sell copies of your book in the country.
There are some authors who prefer having a printed copy of their books sold aside from just ebooks. If you are also offering printed copies of your work, you can link this to your Kindle version. This allows readers and buyers to know that you are also offering printed versions and may also lead to sales for your printed copies. The KDP system will automatically search for a printed counterpart of your book in the Amazon catalog. So, make sure that you’ve placed the right titles so the system can easily look for the other version.
Website linking is also a good tool to be used. This can help you in promoting your book and in providing even more information about your work as well. KDP allows you to put a link to your website. However, there are certain rules that have to be followed when putting links so make sure that you follow each of them.
Most readers lend books to friends and family. Lending is probably an old tradition practiced by readers. This act of sharing one’s copy is also a good way to market your work. This can help encourage other readers to purchase a copy especially if they liked your work.
These are just some of the tips that you can do in marketing and merchandising your work through KDP. Combining different strategies together can help in creating a stronger marketing plan and can help you in boosting your sales.
Selling your work is something that pays all your efforts in writing and publishing your work. It is the aim of every writer to sell copies of his books. A writer’s success is measured by how many copies he has sold and how much money he has earned. So every author tries his very best in selling his work. This is the reward for all the hard work in editing and in creating your book.
Making a sale through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) goes a certain process. In getting paid with KDP, you can either receive your payments either through mail or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You need to have earned at least 100 either in euro, US dollars, or British pounds to get a check mailed to you. For EFT, you need to earn at least 10. The payments for your sales will be made 60 days after the last day of the calendar month. In order to receive payments, make sure that you have updated your account information like your bank details and such.
You can also monitor your sales with KDP. You have the option to use three tools in viewing your sales. You can see your sales from the prior six weeks and toggle between different countries. You will see a table with your earnings per week. It has the number of copies that you sold and refunded per week, list price and royalty.
The month-to-date unit sales option is a report that allows you to see the sales you’ve made from the prior and the current month. You can also see here the number of units that you’ve sold, refunded and borrowed. The last option is the prior months’ royalties. This gives you a report on your KDP transaction per month. These reports are usually tabulated on the 15th day of the month. With this option, you can see the invoice, the number of copies that you have sold and those that you have refunded, the royalty, list price and list price currency, and the discount percentage.
You’ll have to be reminded that your sales will also depend on the kind of royalty that you opted. In KDP, you can choose two royalties, either the 35 percent or the 70 percent royalty. Each of this royalty has its own perks. Each has different covered territories, royalty calculation, delivery costs and matching competitor prices. You will have to weigh your preferences and what you think is a better option for you.
Self-publishing is the new trend for writers. Instead of having to submit your manuscript to agents and wait for a miracle, you can skip all the drama. But the initial impressions of most people with self-publishing are mostly negative ones. Not a lot of people are confident enough that they can make their own name and sell their works by self-publishing. Let’s face it; having a famous publisher can really help a lot in selling your works.
But not everyone knows that there are a number of success stories with self-publishing. There are those writers who carved their own name by just self-publishing their work. Let’s say, John Locke who sold a million eBooks and used Kindle Direct Publishing to format his work. Locke never really wanted to try traditional publishing. He opted for self-publishing since a lot of people do not really consider his work to be “worthy.” He used a free platform that would allow him to do Kindle formatting, Kindle Direct Publishing. This platform allowed writers to publish and sell eBooks for Kindle. This also allows more freedom for pricing and for sizing the book.
He also priced his books for only 99 cents. In self-publishing, by starting out small, you can already attract quite a number of readers. Although this isn’t much, this allows creating a following which can aid in further works and in getting success.
Although he has sold a million copies of books sold at 99 cents, this does not necessarily mean a huge amount of money for him. There are different types of royalties with self-publishing platform. Kindle Direct Publishing has 70% and 35% royalties. This depends on the price range of the book. In Locke’s case, he only got 35% because his book is priced below $2.99. Nevertheless, he still got a really good pay for a self-published writer.
Although he already sold eBooks, Locke was still unable to get contracts from publishing companies. So, he used the services of Telemachus Press. They publish and print on demand books. With the availability of the paperback version, Locke still earns more through his eBooks. Now, Locke already has a deal with Simon & Schuster who will print and distribute his thriller books on paperback.
Just by this example, Locke proved that self-publishing does not necessarily mean a failure on your end. This can also be a stepping stone to being a recognized writer. You don’t have to be a traditionally-published writer to sell you work. A good story and a good price are enough to capture the attention of the readers. By banking on these factors, you can already create your own path. It takes time and perseverance to do so.
The answer is NO. Amazon will not format your manuscript neither CreateSpace nor Kindle Direct Publishing. If you want to publish in Amazon for print on demand books, choose CreateSpace as a self-publishing platform. What you would do is format your manuscript and export it to PDF then that PDF file which conforms the CreateSpace requirements will be uploaded to their system together with your book cover.
If you want your book in eBook format, Kindle Direct Publishing is the right place for you. Again, KDP will not format your manuscript but they do convert your Microsoft Word document into mobi file. Mobi file is a format that can be read by Kindle device.
All formatting is done by the author himself or a book formatting service like The Fast Fingers.
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