Maybe you have something to say about politics, or maybe you just want to write a great American novel. Both dreams are possible if you self-publish with Amazon Kindle and paperback.
this is very simple! The hardest part is actually writing. But with step-by-step instructions and will, you can become a published author. Here’s how to do it.
E-book sales are huge
In the past, if you didn’t publish a hardcover book, you weren’t really a writer. But those days are long gone. In 2019, eBooks generated $983.3 million. By 2020, that figure soared to $1.1 billion. Ebooks are legal and read more every day.
Write the correct length book
It all starts with an idea. Maybe you’ve been tossing one. Time to sit down and write.you don’t need a pen War and Peace. If this is your first time, start with a short book. A short book is about 25,000 words long. That’s about a 100-page ebook.
If you’re writing a book for business purposes, you probably only need a short book. However, if you’re writing a novel or textbook, you’re probably going to go longer.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) allows you to self-publish eBooks through Amazon. As the world’s largest e-book seller, owning a book on their preferred reading device, the Kindle, keeps you at the forefront of people’s minds. You will have a global platform.
The beauty of KDP is that it goes beyond e-books. You can choose to publish a print version. So your book can be published in ebook and print; you decide.
Publish with KDP
It all started with a manuscript and an Amazon account. It works on PC or Mac. Once you log in to KDP, upload your books in minutes and you’ll be globally available within 72 hours.
Unlike traditional publishers, at Amazon, you own and control the rights to your books.
You just go to Kindle Create on Amazon and choose the type of computer you have. Then follow the instructions.
Kindle Create lets you upload your manuscript for use in ebooks and print publications. You can choose just the eBook or both. In addition to manuscripts, you can also have author biographies and dedication pages. This is your book.
Both e-book and print book formats are done in the Kindle Create program.
How much does it cost to create a KDP?
The beauty of using Amazon’s KDP for ebook publishing is that it costs nothing. You download the Kindle Create program and upload your books. Within 72 hours, your book will be available for sale on Amazon. Amazon reserves a percentage of the sale price.
However, publishing a print edition does cost money. But you don’t need to mortgage the house. So there are no upfront costs and you don’t have to carry inventory.
KDP prints your book and subtracts your printing costs from royalties. You’ll earn a little less, but you’ll get published without paying anything.
Printing costs depend on ink type and number of pages.
percentage of royalties
Amazon pays royalties based on sales. Royalties on eBook sales depend on the countries in which you sell the book. For example, book sales in the US will receive a 70% royalty. This means you can get 70% of the book’s list price. Royalties in other countries are as low as 35%. When you create your book, you have a choice.
Paperbacks have different royalty structures. The KDP paperback will earn you 60% of the list price. But keep in mind that Amazon subtracts the cost of printing from this 60%. So, this is not an actual revenue figure. Still, printing doesn’t come straight out of your pocket.
But you can see where eBooks look more profitable.
How much does a book cost
If you’re considering publishing your manuscript, visit Amazon and see a comparison of book pricing. It will give you an idea of what the market will bear.
But a good rule of thumb is $2.99 to $9.99 for an ebook. Prices for paperbacks range from $10.99 to $17.99. If you’re not a well-known writer, you’ll want to lower the price. When your book sales start to increase, you can always increase the price. You are not bound by any one price.
What Makes KDP Books Bestsellers
Writing and publishing a book is one thing. Selling it is another matter. Start with an interesting title. If it’s a non-fiction book, be very clear about what the book is about. Your subtitle should also be concise. Let readers know what they’re getting into. Your book should also be well edited. Don’t edit it yourself; have someone look at it.
You also want a great cover. The KDP program allows you to upload your book cover designs. This is where you might want to make an upfront investment. If you’re not an artist, you might want to hire a designer. This can cost you upwards of $300. But this is not a required investment as you can design your own cover.
Write a great description. What is this book about? Give readers some information and leave them hanging so they need to buy the book.
Amazon will allow you to put your book in a category. Such as non-fiction, science fiction, etc. There will also be subcategories. For example, nonfiction is a category and real estate is a subcategory. You also need to enter keywords. These are the words readers use to search for a specific topic. Don’t use the same keywords you used in the description.
If you’re a new author, price your book so people can buy it and review it. Reviews are vital to a book. The more reviews you have, the more books you will sell.
Share your knowledge and experience
Gone are the days of sending a manuscript to a publisher just to send a rejection letter back. Amazon’s KDP makes self-publishing easy. There are no upfront costs, the only real investment is your hard work and time.
The best part is that you can make a little money by imparting your wisdom to the world.
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