Self-Publishing sites such as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Ingram Spark and Lulu allow you to publish your work for the world to see without much hassle. Most of the companies have an easy step-by-step process and take care of most of the legwork for you. And best of all, you can publish your work with little to no cost to you and still maintain your work’s rights. Kindle Direct Publishing is an Amazon Company and preferred choice of many self-publishing authors. If publishing through KDP your book is immediately available for purchase on Amazon.com in USA, UK, Canada, India and many more countries. The customer service at Amazon KDP is very responsive and you can reach them if you are stuck at any point during your publishing process.
So what are the steps involved to get your book out on Amazon? Here is a quick overview:
Create a KDP login
Go to kdp.amazon.com and create a free account.
Follow the Guided Setup Process
Under the bookshelf, click on “Add New Title” option. Then add the name of your project and choose paperback or ebook version for your book. If you are a first time author select the guided step by step process and KDP will help you along the way.
Add your book’s information
In the next step you will be asked to add title, subtitle, author and other relevant details pertaining to your book.
ISBN or The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. Every title must have its own ISBN. This number is like the book’s social security number. I highly recommend you to purchase your own ISBN. Again, KDP will guide you through the process if you select the Custom Universal ISBN option.
Next choose your Interior Type . Black and white or full color interior are the two options available. For black and white interior you have the option of selecting white or cream colored paper. However, for colored books only white paper can be selected as pictures/images don’t look very good on cream colored paper.
Format and Upload
The next step is to upload your interior files. I highly recommend you format your files as per KDP guidelines before you upload it. Run your uploaded file through CreateSpace interior reviewer to check for any potential formatting issues. If so correct those issues and re-upload a new file. You might have to go back and forth few time before you are happy with the final formatted version. However, this step ensures that your book passes the final review process by the CreateSpace review team. You can always hire professional services to format your book properly.
You have two options here. Either you can use the pre-designed templates that KDP offers or you can upload your beautifully designed cover in a PDF or JPEG formats for paperback and Kindle respectively. Remember to check your publishing platform guidelines on bleed, image dimensions and ISBN barcode if you are planning to design your own cover.
Submit your files:
Once you have uploaded both your cover and interior and are confident that everything is setup properly, you can submit your entire work for review. It usually takes them anywhere from 12 to 72 hours for them to get back to you regarding their decision. If there are any issues then you will be asked to make the changes and resubmit the files for a second or even a third review.
Proof your Work
I highly recommend you order a proof of your work after the initial online review process. Once you have proofed your work, you can then release your paperback to the world! It will normally take unto 72 hours for you to see it up and available on Amazon.com.
That’s it!!! Publishing your book is easier than you think it is.