Publishing on Kindle

Publishing on Kindle is about the fastest, least expensive (free) way to publish. So far, I have published 5 books on Kindle. You will need a cover in gif or tiff format. The manuscript must be in mobi or ePub format. If your manuscript is in Word, it will have to be converted. There are inexpensive or free conversion apps. However, you can’t just convert a Word manuscript because the result won’t work on Kindle. Kindle will do the conversion for a fee. There are instructions you can get on Google that purport to show how to do this, but I didn’t look at them. I got all my files in the proper format from my previous publisher.

When you are ready, go to https://Kdp.amazon.com  and create a username and password to set up your free publisher account. You will then be taken to a dashboard where you can enter a new book. You will be prompted for the following info:

Book Name and subtitle (if needed)

You will be asked if it is part of a series and, if it is, you will be asked the number in the series

Description; This is a synopsis like you see on the back of a published book.

Contributors; There must be at least one – you as the author. You can add co-author, cover design, etc.

ISBN; That is optional. Put one if you have one.

Categories; That is like the genre – fiction, non-fiction, biography etc. Your book may be more than one.

Age Ranges; I think these apply to children’s books. I left them blank.

Keywords; These are words that people may use in a browser to find your book. You can use up to seven. Things like; serial killer, mystery, romance, sci fi, etc. Serial killer would count as one word.

Upload your cover; If you can have more than one ap open on your screen, you can drag and drop this, otherwise you can browse. It must be in gif or tiff.

Confirm you have digital rights; If you wrote it, it’s yours, and you have all the rights even if you don’t have a copyright.

Upload the content: You can drag and drop or browse. This must be in mobi or ePub format.

Verify publishing rights; Like digital rights, if you wrote the book, you have the rights.

From here you will go through a process of setting a price. You can put a price in the blank, and the last column will tell you what your royalty is. When you settle on a price you like, select it.

After that, you Save and Publish.

Your book will then go into review. The note says it will take at least 12 hours. I always waited until the next day to check. In all cases the book was online the next day. If you have all the files in the right formats, it will have cost you nothing. If the grammar is horrendous or the book is a mess, they may send it back for editing – but it has to be pretty bad.

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