Do you have a book ready to publish? This blog is specifically for anyone looking for a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing your book to Amazon Kindle and getting it front of the masses.
While self-publishing isn’t quite the Wild West it was a few years ago, it’s still easy to get your book in front of millions of potential readers. And there are still plenty of examples of authors who have gone on to sell thousands, and in some cases, even millions of books online without a traditional legacy publisher.
Amazon makes it really easy to publish your book on it’s Kindle e-reader platform.
STEP ONE: Write & build your book:
- This is, without the doubt, the hardest part. Before you can press “publish” and see your book on the Amazon store, you’ve got to do the work of actually writing it. Don’t skimp on this process. No matter of marketing in the world will make up for a poorly written book. Take your time, hone your craft, get it right. You can write it on Scrivener, Pages or Microsoft Word but you’ll want to save it as a .doc file. Skip the .rtf and .docx formats. They don’t work as well on the Kindle platform.
- Avoid bullets, headers, footers, and fancy fonts. Using italics and bold are fine.
- If you use images in your book, save them in JPEG format.
- Be sure to double-check your work. Even better, hire a professional copy editor to check your work for you. It might cost a little, but it will be well worth it.
STEP TWO: Setup a Kindle Account
Go to https://kdp.amazon.com/ and set up an account. Here, you can create your own personal publishing company, upload the actual book file & cover artwork (or use Amazon’s cover creator), and determine the book’s price (more on that in a future blog). In this step, you’ll also be able to set up how you want to get paid — have checks mailed to you or direct deposit. That’s the fun part, right?
STEP THREE: Get published
Amazon KDP has a built-in previewer so that you can see exactly how your book will look on a Kindle device. Once you’ve checked this out and everything looks good, just press “publish” and you’re off to the races. You’ll want be sure to put together a solid book marketing plan so that people know about your book. After writing a book, this is the next hardest part of the process. It takes time and effort. You can do this by telling your friends, buying online ads, doing a special free promotion on Kindle and posting to other online sites about your new book.
OK, that’s it. You’re published. Go, treat yourself to a day off. Celebrate with friends. And then get back to work. The best thing to do after publishing a book on Kindle is publish another one.
Have any specific question about this? Shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to help you any way I can. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.