Step 7: Self Publishing your eBook through Kindle Direct Publishing

I published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This is a great service offered by Amazon that allows you to self-publish your work.

Why would you want to self-publish? Well, if you want complete control over your work then this is a good option. It is also good if, like me, you felt completely overwhelmed by the idea of trying to get someone to publish for you.

If you have not done so already, create an account by clicking here. They have a tutorial for formatting your eBook that goes into detail, but here we will just give a brief overview.

After you create your account you will be able to start to fill in the basic information about your book, including the title, author, and series information.

You will then want to include a brief description of your book. This will appear on the webpage for your book, so make sure to write something catchy that would give the reader an idea of what your book is about.

You will next have to pick a few keywords which will help people when searching for your book. There are suggestions for these here, but the basic idea is to pick words not already in your description, that someone who was searching for them might be interested in your work. You can always change these later if you feel that they are not descriptive enough.

For the cover of your eBook, they have a built-in cover creator that is fun to play around with. If you are good with a camera you could also snap a photo for your cover, but you will have to make sure that it is a JPEG or TIFF format and less than 50MB.

Now to uploading your eBook! KDP has a wonderful program called “Kindle Create”. It is an app you download to your computer and it will take your file and convert it to the correct “.kcb” format.

Simply take the file you created in the Step 6 and load it into the app. Once it is loaded you will find that the app is able to automatically create a Table of Contents complete with hyperlinks to each chapter. Talk about saving time! So take advantage of the Table of Contents creator. Once you are happy with the look of your eBook use the app to create the “.kcb” formatted file and then upload it to your KDP account.

After the files have been checked for accuracy, comes the difficult task of deciding what to price your eBook. Luckily there is a handy graph available to you that will let you know what ballpark you should be in.

For me, I also registered for KDP Select. In exchange for keeping my eBook only on the kindle format I was able to get a boost in royalties. It is definitely a program to consider if you are just starting out. The enrollment can be canceled if you later decide to publish in other formats.

You have come this far, you might as well make the paperback version too. Check out Step 8: Publishing Your Paperback Through Kindle Direct Publishing!