Amazon Kindle: Publish and Earn Money

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Maybe you have something to say about politics, or maybe you just want to write the great American novel. Both dreams are possible if you self-publish with Amazon Kindle and paperbacks.

It’s simple! The hardest part is actually the writing. But with step-by-step instructions and the willpower, you could be a published author. Here’s how.

eBook sales are big

It used to be that if you weren’t published in a hardcover book, you weren’t a real writer. But that era is over. In 2019, $983.3 million was generated from e-books. This number jumped to $1.1 billion in 2020. E-books are legit and more are being read every day.

Write the right length book

It all starts with an idea. Maybe you started one. It’s time to sit down and write. You don’t need a pen War and peace. If this is your first time, start with a small book. A short book is around 25,000 words. This is about 100 e-book pages.

A short book is probably all you need if you are writing your book for professional purposes. But you’ll probably go longer if you’re writing a novel or a textbook.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) lets you self-publish e-books through Amazon. As the world’s largest e-book seller, having a book on their first reading device, the Kindle, puts you at the forefront of people’s minds. You would have a global platform.

The beauty of KDP is that it goes beyond an e-book. You have the option of publishing a printed version. Thus, your book could be published in e-book and printed; you decide.

Publish with KDP

It all starts with a manuscript and an Amazon account. And it works with PC or Mac. Once connected to KDP, downloading your book only takes a few minutes and you will be worldwide in 72 hours.

And unlike traditional publishers, with Amazon you own and control the rights to your book.

You simply go to Kindle Create on Amazon and choose the type of computer you have. Then follow the instructions.

The Kindle Create allows you to upload your manuscript for both an eBook and a print publication. You can choose the e-book only or both. Besides the manuscript, you can have an author’s biography and dedication pages. It’s your book.

The formatting of the e-book and the printed book is done in the Kindle Create program.

How much does it cost to create KDP?

The beauty of publishing eBooks with Amazon’s KDP is that it costs nothing. You download the Kindle Create program and download your book. And in 72 hours, your book is sold on Amazon. Amazon keeps a percentage of the sale price.

However, it costs to publish a printed version. But you won’t need to mortgage the house. So there are no upfront costs and you don’t have to carry inventory.

KDP prints your book and subtracts your printing costs from royalties. You will earn a little less, but you will be published without paying anything in cash.

The cost of printing depends on the type of ink and the number of pages.

Percentage of royalties earned

Amazon pays royalties based on sales. Royalties for e-book sales depend on the countries in which you sell your book. For example, book sales in the United States will earn 70% royalties. This means you earn 70% of your book’s list price. Other countries go as low as 35% royalties. When creating your book, you will have a choice.

Paperbacks have a different royalty structure. A KDP paperback will get you 60% of your list price. But remember that Amazon subtracts printing costs from that 60%. It is therefore not a real turnover. Yet the print doesn’t come straight out of your pocket.

But you can see where the e-book might seem more lucrative.

What to charge for a book

If you plan to publish your manuscript, go to Amazon and check book prices. This will give you an idea of ​​what the market will bear.

But a good rule of thumb is $2.99 ​​to $9.99 for an eBook. A paperback can range from $10.99 to $17.99. You’ll want to keep your price low if you’re not a well-known writer. You can always raise your price when your book sales start to pick up. You are not tied to any price.

What makes a KDP book sell

Writing and publishing a book is one thing; selling it is another story. Start with an intriguing title. If it’s a non-fiction book, be very clear about what it’s about. Your subtitle should also be succinct. Let the reader know what he’s getting into. Your book should also be well edited. Don’t change yourself; ask someone to take a look.

You also want great coverage. The KDP program allows you to upload your book cover design. This is where you might want to make an initial investment. If you’re not artistic, you might want to hire a designer. It can cost you between $300 and more. But it is not a necessary investment as you can design your own cover.

Write a good description. What is this book about? Give the reader information, leaving them hanging, so they need to buy the book.

Amazon will allow you to place your book in a category. For example, non-fiction, science fiction, etc. There will also be subcategories. For example, non-fiction is the category and real estate is the subcategory. You will also need to enter keywords. These are words a reader would use to search for a particular topic. Don’t use the same keywords you used in your description.

If you’re a new author, price your book so people will buy and review it. Reviews are essential for a book. The more reviews you get, the more you will sell the book.

Share your knowledge and experience

Gone are the days of sending a manuscript to publishers just to get rejection letters back. Amazon’s KDP makes self-publishing easy. With no upfront costs, the only real investment is your hard work and time.

And the best part is that you can earn some money by spreading your wisdom to the world.

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