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Step-by-step guide to publishing a Kindle eBook

If you have always wanted to write a book to go with your blog, you can do this. However, you might be short of time and wonder just how you might be able to achieve this. Kindle eBooks offer the perfect opportunity. The setup for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is easy to follow. You can upload, enter, and even modify your book before you publish it. Here, we’ve created a step-by-step guide that will take you through the process of publishing a Kindle eBook.

Create your Kindle eBook

Any information that you enter during the setup of your books is used to create the Amazon detail page. This is what individuals see when they are looking to buy a book. You have control over what details people can see, so it is up to you to ensure they are correct. Choose how you want to sell your book and ensure you create options in your account for all types. They should be linked together. You will also need to remember to format both your manuscript and cover before you publish your book.

Any details that you add for the title, author name, information about a series, etc, need to match the details that you enter whilst you complete the title set-up; this will allow your eBook to be automatically linked to any paper copy of your book you also want to publish.

Entering the details of your book is a simple process, with the following steps:

  1. Find your bookshelf
  2. Click on the +Create button
  3. Choose the type of book you want to create

It is important to remember that HTML tags within the title, author, subtitle, contributors, or keywords cannot be accepted.

Upload and then preview your book

Once you have created your book, you will need to upload it. Then, preview it so that you can see exactly how it will appear to others. Every book that you publish will need a unique ISBN number (even if you are publishing the same book in several formats). There is a specific page on KDP that will help you obtain this.

Title creation limit

There is a limit to the number of titles that you can create within a set period of time, this is done by KDP in order to enhance the customer experience, but if you want to create more that this number you can discuss exceptions with them.

Set your price and rights

The final step that you will need to follow in order to get your Kindle eBook up and running is to set both a price and things like your royalty rate. You must also agree to the Terms and Conditions set out by KDP before publishing. If you are unsure about your price, don’t worry. This can be modified at any point once the book is published. If you are unsure about the royalty rate to choose you can find more information on the KDP Price Your Book Page.

The whole process is very simple to follow, and you will be able to get your eBook up and running in a very short timeframe.

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