Many web content writers and bloggers want to publish Kindle ebooks, but don’t know where to start. E-publishing is all the rage, and there’s no better place for a web content writer to publish an e-book than on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Platform. But how do you go from having a word processed document to having something you can sell online? These tips may help you make the switch from aspiring author to published writer, using one of the fastest growing e-publishing platforms. These tips assume that you have already written the ebook you want to publish.
1. Sign Up
You may already have an Amazon account, but that doesn’t mean you can leap into e-publishing. Before you can upload a book, you’ll need to use your existing Amazon.com credentials to sign up for the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Approval doesn’t take very long and you’ll soon be ready to publish your first ebook. When you log in to the Kindle Direct Publishing interface, you’ll see a link to add a new title – that will take you to the next step.
2. Add Book Details
Click on the ‘Add New Title’ button to get to a one page form. There are fields for the book title, edition and description near the top of the page. Fill out the description as completely as possible, making sure to use any important keywords related to the topic of your ebook. This will help readers to decide whether they want to buy your Kindle ebook or not.
Next, add the names of any contributors (in most cases, that will be you, as the author). There are also fields for the language, publication date, publisher and ISBN. The ISBN is optional, but it might be a good idea if you ever intend to publish the book in other formats. Next, choose the Amazon categories your book will belong to, and add some search keywords in the appropriate fields.
3. Upload Your Book
Upload a book cover to avoid having that ugly placeholder image when your book appears online, then select whether or not you require digital rights management. Then it’s time to upload the book file. You can choose among several options, including plain text, Word and HTML. This is usually the most challenging part of the process, so many people prefer to use a text file and include Kindle formatting codes to make it go smoothly. Be sure to preview the book before you hit the button to okay the conversion. While you are waiting, you can proceed to the next step.
4. Manage Rights and Pricing
In this step, you need to select where you have the rights to publish your Kindle ebook. You can choose worldwide publishing rights or select individual countries. Then you choose a 35% or 70% royalty option (availability depends partly on price), and enable lending for your ebook. Once this is done, you press ‘save and publish’ and you will get an approval email within 48 hours.
Once your Kindle ebook is live, be sure to head over to Amazon Author Central to set up your author page and claim your ebook.