When you go through reviews on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you get such an irresistible appeal to try it out. One common question many authors wishing to self-publish on KDP will ask is about their eligibility to do so. For any successful business venture, there must be compliance to regulations governing a certain business field for the investor to be successful. Likewise, there are things you will be required to do to be successful in self-publishing with KDP.
In order for you to successfully make your book available to millions of potential readers all over the world, you will be required to comply with some guidelines as highlighted below. These guidelines are easy to follow and they will also make your work easier as you undertake each step in the publishing process. Once you embrace them, you will find it easier to handle your task with greater ease. These guidelines are crucial in enabling gain access to all the benefits you stand to gain on publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing.
a) Put your book in order
You will need to pay attention to all the major parts of your book putting them in their proper order. These may include; introduction, dedications, acknowledgements, copyright page, table of contents and resources. On the other hand, you will need to set in place all the elements of a page including the headers, page margins, page numbers and appropriate content spacing. Fortunately, with KDP, you’ve got ready-to-print templates which you download and simply fill in your content.
b) Set up your new book in your KDP account
This process involves a few steps which include; book title, size, paper color, credits, description and uploading cover and interior files. KDP makes the work a little easier for you by providing a cover creator tool and templates. Then choose your ISBN number.
c) Submit your book for a review
Once you are done with the first two steps, then you will be required to submit your book for review in order for KDP to crosscheck each file for possible errors so that they can notify you to correct them. Then your book will be approved for printing in case it is not found to be wanting. This will take at most 24 hours and you can put up your book for sale. However, it is important to order for a physical proof copy of your book and ready it before putting your book up for sale.
d) Set up distribution preference
Before approving your book for sale, you will need to setup a price and select sales channels for your book. Then calculate your royalties depending on how many pages your book has, paper type and the book size. Actually, it would be advisable to get informed on KDP profits before deciding on the format and size of your book.
e) Promote your book
You will now need to market your book after it has been listed. KDP will offer you a range of marketing options such as press releases or video trailers. Here, your social networks have a great role to play. KDP will keep you updated on the sales of your book; hence you can track the progress at which your book is selling.
For the independent writers; self-publishing remains one of the most yielding yet unexplored territory that can bring unprecedented breakthrough to your writing career.
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