How to publish a book on Amazon

How to publish a book on Amazon

If you have wondered how to publish a book on Amazon at some point, pay close attention to this post.

Do you remember, not long ago, that neighbor who published a book through a prestigious publisher? From that moment you got the “bug” to write a book and today you have practically finished it. It is no longer necessary for a publisher to grant you the privilege of being a writer and also be recognized for it. Now anyone can easily publish a book on platforms like Amazon.

In addition, if done correctly, it can become a full-time job that allows you to work from home or from anywhere in the world.

We are going to tell you how to easily publish a book on Amazon, even if you are from that small percentage of the population that has never used this platform at all.

Create your account

The first thing you will have to do to publish a book on Amazon is to sign up for Amazon KDP.

In case you have an Amazon account, you just have to log in as usual. If you do not have an account, you must create a new user. For that, you will only need an active email and remember the password well.

Set up your account

When you already have your account generated or you have logged in correctly, you must configure it to later upload your book.

The way Amazon grants access and sets up your account is by entering your current residence and bank details. (The account where you will receive the money you earn thanks to your books). It is also necessary to specify the tax information to comply with current legislation.

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Upload your book

Once the account has been successfully configured and you have accessed your work area, you have to click on the box that appears as Create a new title.

Next, you must fill in all the headings of each space, that is:

1. Ebook details

2. Content of the ebook

3. Price of the ebook

Let’s look at these points in detail:

Ebook detail

In this section, you must choose:

  1. The publication language of your book.
  2. The title and subtitle, if any. (It is always recommended to put it. Above all, to position a certain keyword and for the public to find you sooner when they search for a certain topic).
  3. If your book belongs to a series or saga, you must also indicate it.
  4. The edition number in case it is not the first time you publish it.
  5. Your full name and surname.
  6. Collaborators: if there are any. (These could be people who helped you write the book or even the photographer who took your back cover photo.)
  7. The description of your book that you can put in both text and HTML
  8. Right of publication: Declare what type of rights you have with the publication of this book. If you have written it in full, you must check the box: “I have the necessary copyright and publication rights.” 
  9. Keywords: Very important to position your book and to appear in search engines when someone is looking for a specific topic. To do this, it is recommended to do an exhaustive keyword search and see the ones with the most searches.
  10. Choose the 2 categories or subcategories where you want your book to be inserted.
  11. Choose the age range. That is, for what type of public it is directed.
  12. Click save and continue.
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(We recommend that whenever possible, complete all the information as much as possible)

Ebook content

  1. At this time you must upload your book. It is relevant that before taking this step you have it prepared in formats such as HTML, TXT or RTF, doc., DOCX, or PDF.
  2. You will then need to convert them to Kindle Publisher format.

Remember that the file must not exceed 50 megabytes at any time. Otherwise, it will not let you upload it and unless you include many images, even Don Quixote doesn’t take up that much; )

  1. Once you upload the text, wait for it to load completely. (Be patient)
  2. Now you have two options: Publish it right away or launch it in pre-sale. That is, they will be able to buy your book, but it will not be shipped until the day of the release. You must know that you can do this at most 90 days in advance.
  3. Then you must upload the cover of your book. You have the option to create it through the platform, but it doesn’t give you many options. You can always do it yourself or hire a graphic designer for it.
  4. Now you can see the preview of your book on most available devices. Try them on as many as you can to see that it does indeed look good on anyone.
  5. If you have the ISBN you must indicate it at this time. In case you do not have it, Amazon would apply an identification number called ASIN.
  6. Click save and continue.
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EBook price

In this section, you must decide the price of your book.

If your book costs between $2.99 ​​and $9.99, it is recommended to add a 70% royalty.

If your book is going to cost more than $9.99 or less than $2.99 ​​you should take the 35% option. Don’t worry if it appears in dollars, then the price will be shown in your country’s currency.

In any case, when you edit the price, the system will offer you the royalty automatically, so don’t worry about this. If you want your book to also be available in paper format, you must choose the MatchBook option.

Once you have everything ready, click on: “Publish your ebook”

Now, all you have to do is wait for the confirmation email that tells you that your work is published and ready to be sold all over the world.

It is important that if you want to increase sales, you establish an analysis of the target audience and carry out advertising campaigns to attract potential readers. Sometimes telling acquaintances is not enough… Let everyone enjoy your work!

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