It’s always been exciting to publish a book, whether you are a newbie or an expert in the publishing industry. But it’s never been easier to publish a book and earn money selling books and with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you have the added benefits of not dealing with impersonal book publishers, elusive agents, and editors who chew up your manuscript the way you no longer recognize it.
The book publishing industry has equalized and publishing a book is now available for anyone who has the will and all the necessary means to see it through.
Whether you’re just trying to make money on a part-time basis; or make a full- time income writing and then publishing books, with Amazon Kindle publishing it has never been easier to earn money writing and publishing own books.
But like the writing and self-editing process, for publishing on Kindle publishing you should input a little effort on your part to benefit from its platform fully. As a self-publisher, you will be in charge for each aspect of the book: from the writing, editing, formatting, and even marketing; and, of course, for your rights in the Kindle universe.
When you have already written your book, added all the key pieces of content and have everything ready for the Amazon account, you should click the ‘Add new title’ button and enter the title of your book book.
Then you will have two distinct steps to complete that are the same for making money with Amazon Kindle publishing:
Entering Your Amazon Kindle Book Details
1. Entering Your Amazon Kindle Book Title and Key Information. Here you should to tell your audience how great your book is and why it is important for them buy it. There are many details you can provide, but most authors are covering the following essential information:
- Title (mandatory) and/or subtitles or series title (optional): beside a great looking book cover image (as people really do judge a book and by its cover), a great title is one of the most crucial factors in whether someone will buy your book or pass by it. You should spend time to ensure your book title is attractive enough to attract people to stop and take an interest – and be sure it’s large enough on the cover that people will see it when browsing books on their mobiles.
- Description: One of the decisive mistakes most authors make is not giving a good and full description to turn browsers into buyers. People won’t purchase your book just because it has a nice cover and an attractive title. They should know the details of what your book is about exactly, what it will give to them, and why they should prefer it to the hundreds or thousands of other books competing in the same category. The more properly you describe, the more sales you’ll have. But a traditional physical book you have limited space to describe your book. On Amazon Kindle you have the chance to write a very long, detailed description to persuade readers to want to buy your book.
- Age and Grade Ranges: this is mostly important for Children’s Books, Romance, and other age-specific niches. It is not necessary for non-fiction books.
- Contributors: The author and co-authors, editors, illustrators, translators, etc. who merit consideration.
- Language: It is self-explanatory.
- Category: You should deeply study and select specific sub-categories for your book rather than selecting a high level or generic category. It will help your book rank higher and get found by people with the same interest in your sub-niche.
2. Uploading and Previewing Your Amazon Kindle Book Before Publishing. Amazon offers a Digital Rights management service that assist to prevent illegal copying and plagiarizing of the material. It offers an online preview tool that allows you to see your book as customers while browsing on their Kindle readers, iPads, and other electronic devices. Or you can preview your e-book on your own Kindle device by downloading a preview tool from the website.
You should enable the digital rights management to assist in preventing unauthorized sharing of your Amazon Kindle book.
Establishing Your Rights and Pricing Details
1. Confirming Your Amazon Kindle Publishing Rights
During the e-book uploading process there will be two places where you will be asked to confirm your rights to publish your material:
- Verifying your publishing rights, i.e. your book is public domain or original material
- Verifying your publishing territories, i.e. worldwide or only selected territories
If you are self-publishing then you have worldwide rights to your material, you should go ahead and list them in the global marketplace to increase your sales and royalties to the maximum from every country that Amazon operates in.
2. Pricing Amazon Kindle Book and Royalties Details
- Choosing your royalty option.
- Choosing your book’s price in USD only and allow currency conversion for the other markets. Or you can price each eligible country individually.
Now Amazon provides a strong reason for you to sell your works between $2.99 and $9.99 to get the maximum royalty of 70%. You can check different price points to see what price will increase your sales and revenues, but it is likely you will stay within this price range because it will (1) maximize your royalty percentage and (2) maximize the number of sales.
After you’ve submitted the necessary information, for about twelve hours later, your book will be available online for purchase. If you have a print version for sale, and your content, title, and contributors are the same, Amazon automatically links the digital version with the print edition. This will collect all of your reviews, sales, etc. into one product that can raise your book’s rankings in the Amazon marketplace.
Amazon also offers a service that makes it very easy to turn your Kindle book into a physical print. Here you can charge higher prices for your print version. Offering both the print and Kindle versions of your book will increase the amount of sales and royalties you make.
Changes to your book’s metadata, i.e. cover image, author name, etc., should be seen on the Amazon website within 48 hours. The changes are progressive in nature, and the other parts of the detail page, e.g. customer reviews, may require more time to update.
The best thing about publishing digital books with Amazon Kindle is that even after the book is uploaded and available for sale, if you notice any spelling mistakes, typos, or grammar issues you can go back and edit it, and re-upload the corrected version.