A key element of setting your book up within KDP publishing is in choosing the correct categories for your publication, this option is within the upload process and is on the first page of the set-up process just below the section on keywords.
So why should you research your categories first?
Because when you select the right categories for your work, it can make the difference on how many people find and buy your book, it can also make your book an Amazon best seller, so it really is worth taking your time on this and getting it right from the get-go.
If you have chosen KDP Publishing for your book (and so many authors do), you may have uploaded it and are still waiting to see some serious sales come through, scratching your head, and wondering what’s going on.
But then most of us know that by just uploading your book with the basic information doesn’t necessarily translate into an overnight best seller, there is of course a bit more to it.
So, what should you do to give your book the best chance?
Firstly, you need to approach your book as an advertiser or publisher would, try to step away from it and view it from another perspective, as someone who will be its intended audience, and granted, this can be hard.
We all know that KDP is part of Amazon, and as such is one of the biggest online platforms for a self-publishing author, even if you are choosing to sell the book in person yourself, you’d still be crazy not to have in on their bookshelves too.
When you upload your book to KDP, you’ll see on the final third page of the process (which is for Rights & Pricing), in the section for Pricing, Royalty, and distribution, in the far-right section there is a check box labelled as ‘Expanded Distribution’, you may have wondered what this is, and should you enroll your own book into it.
So, first of all, what is Expanded Distribution?
You finally have your book ready to publish, the manuscript has been checked, double checked and checked again, you have a book cover designed, keywords ready and have decided to use KDP publishing for your new book.
So, how long should this take?
Well, the process of uploading your book to KDP publishing is quite easy, in fact we have an article on uploading your book to KDP which is worth a look, there’s also another article on selecting your keywords that you should check out too.
The overall steps in uploading are in three parts, covering the details of your book, the book itself and then the pricing of it, most authors can usually have this done easily in an afternoon (this is including the research for your keywords and writing a captivating sales blurb for your book's sales page too).
KDP Publishing is an incredibly popular choice for so many authors, and this is for a couple of very good reasons, firstly, their distribution is very large and part of the Amazon group, secondly, it’s free to set up your book and they make the process very simple too. Add to this the option of printing in paperback, hardback and of course eBook, and you’ll see why it’s so popular.
But how much does it cost to actually print your self-published book, because although it’s free to set up, KDP will make their money back with taking a portion from each book that you sell.
We all know that KDP Publishing is one of the most popular ways to bring your book to market and upon one of the largest online retail platforms (especially for books), add to this it’s cost-effective publishing model and it is easy to see why so many authors use KDP.
However, with so many authors publishing this way, the competition to get your book in front of a reader can be a challenge, so, getting it set up upon your KDP bookshelf from day one is crucial.
Amazon place weight upon their keywords and apart from factors such as sales history and their ‘best sellers rank’, keywords will play a vital role in getting your book in front of a searching customer.
KDP Select and you
As an indie author the self-publishing process can seem like a long and daunting road, from the moment you finish writing your manuscript you are faced with countless choices on how to bring this masterpiece to the public. Selecting editors, proof-readers, formatting, book cover design, advertising and of course, a printer or print on demand service, it can seem endless.
Being one of the industry leaders, KDP is a very popular choice with self-publishing authors looking to utilize the publishing wing of Amazon for their own book. And being part of Amazon, it does give you a large reach to wide range of readers in multiple countries.
One of the most popular print on demand services today is KDP, being part of Amazon it has a massive distribution and free to upload your book to, which is another reason why so many indie authors chose Kindle Direct Publishing.
However, a common question we get asked is, ‘how do I upload my book to KDP?’, well it’s easier than you may think (and if you’ve done it before, you’ll agree, however, if you haven’t yet uploaded your book, here’s a quick guide which you may find helpful.
Recently KDP took the long-awaited step of offering hardbacks as an option to their print on demand authors, they had trialed it with a large group of beta authors (we were creating covers for them some time ago) and with an obvious success, they rolled the option out to every KDP author.
The hardbacks on offer are case wraps, which are hardbacks using a front and back board with the cover wrapped around the edges of the boards and glued in place, they offer another option for the author and one which many are utilizing with the launch of their own books.
For many authors the easiest way to self-publish is via KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), being Amazon’s publishing wing, first launched in 2007, KDP has grown rapidly and allows an author to publish both eBook and paperback from one place (they have recently been trialing hardback books with a beta service aimed at selected authors, so we’ll have to wait and see if this becomes a standard feature of their current service).
You can also publish quite a wide variety of content via their service, publications such as the obvious fiction and nonfiction, but also book series, comics, cookbooks, journals, poetry books, and textbooks, are some of the other books published.
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