Amazon – As Easy as 1, 2, 3

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Self Publishing
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1. Getting Started

  • Set up or use an existing Amazon.com account to log in at https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin
  • Once logged in, notice the alert message in the upper right hand corner of your screen. “Your account information is incomplete. To publish a book you’ll need to complete this.” Click “Update Now.”
    • You’ll be asked to enter your Company/Publisher, Tax and Payment Information
    • As an individual I will have to use my Social Security number.  If I was a company, I would use a Federal ID
    • You enter your bank account information.  I’m kind of surprised it doesn’t mention Paypal in the tips, but maybe when I go to do these steps there will be a PayPal option.

2. Content Guidelines

  • Publications must in compliance with all local, state, national, and international laws.
  • If content is considered prohibited, Kindle has the right to remove it.  Prohibited materials include: pornography, offensive material, illegal items, stolen goods, Items that infringe upon personal privacy, recopied media, publicity rights, public domain.
  • You must own the copyright to the material you are publishing.

3. Publish your content

  • Use Word to create the doc
    • Use .doc or .rtf format, not .docx
    • You can use indentations, bold characters, italics and headings, but bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers will not translate.
    • Enter a page break at the end of every chapter and insert a page break after the last sentence of each chapter in the book.
    • Images should be inserted in .jpeg format with center alignment (don’t copy and paste from another source). Since I don’t use images other than the cover, this doesn’t affect. me.
    • Use spellcheck and carefully proofread your book.
  • Create Front Matter
    • May include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum. The guidelines tell you exactly how to format these sections.
  • Create Back Matter
    • Such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries.
    • Indexes are not recommended
  • Save your Word file to your Documents folder or Desktop in Web Page, Filtered (*HTM &*HTML) format.
  • Use Mobipocket Creator to build your eBook
    • More on Mobipocket in a separate blog
  • Use the Kindle Previewer to view your eBook to make sure it if formatted correctly.
  • Upload your eBook to KDP to make it available for sale on Amazon
    • Your book will appear for sale on the Kindle Store in approximately 24-48 hours.
    • Within 48 to 72 hours, all other book features should be available on the detail page, such as the product description and links to related physical editions.

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Easy, peasey, right? So far anyway. I’ll delve deeper next time and let you know what I find.

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