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How To Publish Your E - Book On Kindle
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So, you have finished your book. Congratulations and well done. Now, what do you do with it? If you are a new writer, do not be discouraged if you find that you cannot find a publisher will to consider reading it. To get a book published, you really need a lucky break. Getting a book published is like the preverbal “You can’t get the job unless you are in the union and you can’t get in the union unless you got the job.” This might be a time to consider self-publishing which I have I have covered in an article title How to Self-Publish your Book. Many of the top writers out there, including people like Stephen King, started with self-publishing. Today, there is a huge market for e-books, including Chapters and Kindle readers.

You may wish to make your title available right away and, hopefully, start making some money while you continue marketing your book to regular publishers or while you are shopping around self-publishing companies. The news here is good. Amazon has made the process of making your book available to millions of e-book readers easy and, get this, FREE! While Amazon provides a venue for print publishing via their company Booksurge, their e-book venue is Kindle Direct Publishing.

Once you create an account, you can begin the steps to publish your e-book. You should have your text in a Word document and formatted properly according to Kindle guidelines. You find all the necessary information on their site so read through it. It will make the process much smoother if you give them the files the way they want them. You will need a picture of what your book cover should look like. Luckily, I am fair with Photoshop so I had no problem creating an attractive cover. That does not mean you cannot produce a facsimile of your book without fancy graphics. Make it look as professional as you can. Also, have a “hook” written about your book to make it sound appealing. This will be your description of your book to your reader. Picture yourself reading the little blurb on the back of a book. Many times, you bought that book simply because the story sounded interesting. Pick a genre, eg. science fiction, history, travel, etc. and be ready with some keywords which will direct readers to your book.

Have your complete book formatted in Word and ready to upload. Make sure you go through the information on the Kindle Direct Publishing site. Once you are logged in, you will see a menu on the left which will help you get your book into the proper format and ready to upload.

I will now walk you through this amazing simple task.

1. Go to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and create an account.

2. Once you have an account, sign in and click on “Add New Title.”

From there, simply follow the steps as they walk you through the simple process. Remember to make sure your name matches the book author name or they will kick it back to you for correction. Determine how much your e-book should sell for. Being an unknown author, you may not want to overprice it. If you have a hard time getting them to accept your text, you may find it works smoother by converting it to a PDF file first. If you have formatted your text as required, all should go smoothly and in about 24 hours, you will get an email stating that your book is now available on Kindle. You will then get a monthly royalty statement or payment as you have arranged with Amazon. SIMPLE and FREE. You can’t beat that.


Street Talk

You sure do make it seem easy!

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  about 4 years ago
S.P.Byrne  

Cheers for this

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks and to you.

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  about 7 years ago

I would market it everywhere you can as long as you retain the rights. I think Mobi books is tied in with Amazon. Been a few years. I had given up on getting anything from Mobi until a cheque showed up in the mail one day. I never thought of iBooks so, thanks for that, and I will look into it. By the way, through Amazon/Kindle, you can also market your book overseas. Millions of English speakers plus India. Every sale counts.

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  about 7 years ago
Dom Wells  

thanks for this! Would you recommend selling on both Kindle and iBooks, or sticking to one?

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the info Dave, I can use it!

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  about 8 years ago

No problem, Shawn. I also found that BookSurge/Amazon dropped all the costs for publishing on Amazon if you want it in hard copy. If you can do all your own artwork and formatting, it is a great way to extend your sales. Regards

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  about 8 years ago
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