How to Publish on Kindle

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How to Publish on Kindle

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Want to write the next great novel or a how-to guide about writing amazing novels? No matter what you want to write, Amazon offers a program called Kindle Direct Publishing which makes it easy for you to publish your books and have them available in the Kindle Store. Amazon is the most powerful paid search engine in the world. People go to the website with their credit cards ready. Why not have them purchase your Kindle published work?

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Write and edit your text. Whether you plan to exclusively publish on Kindle or you are creating an e-book version of a book that you’ve published in a physical form, you’ll need to make sure that your content is pristine. Many writers encourage you to write a “vomit” draft or a rough outline with ideas thrown here and there. Then start writing. After you have a review draft, start to focus on structure and grammar. Have friends and family members look at your text to help perfect it. [1] X Research source

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Write a strong hook. Think strategically. Think about the Kindle platform and gear your writing to it. What aspects of the Amazon page convince users to click the purchase button? Potential buyers have the ability to peruse its opening pages. This is just like going to a book store and reading the back cover and flipping through quickly. When you are writing your text make sure that the first couple of pages are really engaging. Have something scandalous occur immediately. Make sure that your prose is impressive. Whatever you want the reader to take away from your text needs to be fore-fronted.

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Look at successful ebooks and model your style on them. Figure out what your genre is and then look at the best-sellers in that genre. Figure out what their formula for success is. How long are they? How many chapters normally are included? How do they open their story? Is their book a part of a series? Many mystery novels on Kindle come in series. Consider turning your single, stand-alone mystery into a series. Some people like to invest in long series. There is a sense of accomplishment in it and if you have 20 novels in a series, someone will purchase them all.

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  • “All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except in the case of a reviewer, who may quote brief passages embodied in critical articles or in a review. Trademarked names appear throughout this book. Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, names are used in an editorial fashion, with no intention of infringement of the respective owner’s trademark. The information in this book is distributed on an “as is” basis, without warranty. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author nor the publisher shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this book.”
  • If your work is fictional, include this statement also: “This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.”

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Step 1 – Manuscript


Most of the time, you will choose to upload an existing manuscript. You can upload a doc/docx, a txt file, rtf, html, or an epub. The NOOK store sells epubs, so if you upload something other than an epub, NOOK Press will then convert your document to an epub file. I find that for the most control over the end product, it’s best to upload an epub. NOOK Press does give some basic formatting guidelines here, though, so take some time to look over them. To see their guidelines, simply click on the format of choice in blue and a new box with these guidelines will pop up on your screen.


Click “Choose a file to upload”, locate the manuscript file on your computer, then click “Upload Manuscipt File”. It may take a moment for your file to upload and convert, but once it is finished, a new set of information will appear in the box on the right. It should look something like this:


From here, you can edit your manuscript, replace the manuscript file, invite collaborators to work on this project with you, or you can preview your NOOK Book. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to preview your NOOK Book. This is especially important if you uploaded anything other than an epub. You want to make sure nothing went wrong during the conversion process!!

STEP 2 – Cover Image


When you have your cover image ready, click ‘Choose a file to upload’. This will bring up a system dialog box where you can choose your image from your computer. Locate the image you want to use, then click ‘Upload Cover Image’.


A question will pop up asking “Would you also like to add this cover image to your manuscript?” I always say no because I have already added my cover image at the front of my epub. If you are uploading a doc or txt file and you didn’t already put your cover image into the document, you should say “yes” here. If your epub or doc already had the cover image at the beginning, say “no.” Once you answer, the “Upload Cover Image” button will become blue. Click it now.


Hooray! You now should have a cover image showing up on the page. You should also see a highlighted green message saying “Your cover image has been successfully uploaded!”. If you don’t see this message, go back and make sure you are following the sizing rules listed above.

Notice that you also now have a green check beside the “Cover Image” section. If you ever need to replace this cover image, just click on this section and choose “replace cover image”. This will bring up a new dialog box where you can choose and upload a new cover image for this project.

How to order author copies on KDP

#1 – Go to your “Bookshelf” and locate the paperback you want to order a copy of.
#2 – Click on the “Order Author Copies” link in the menu (it looks like this: …)
#3 – Enter how many copies of your book that you want to order.
#4 – From the drop-down menu, the Amazon marketplace closest to your shipping address.
#5 – Click “Proceed to Checkout.”
#6 – In your Amazon shopping cart, complete your order.
#7 – Your book copies will be printed and shipped to you.

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