With the advent of self-publishing platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Publishing, self-publishing has become a much simpler and easier process than it is today. It’s so accessible in fact, that nearly anyone can do it. However, despite the relative ease of the modern self-publishing process, there are still certain things you have to get right if you want your book to be a success. This is especially true for eBooks, which have absolutely flooded an already saturated market.
Don’t let that deter you though! Amazon self-publishing has made an easy-to-use system for authors looking to self-publish their eBooks. If utilized correctly, you could see huge success with your published content! Many aspiring authors get overwhelmed by all this information and all the steps required to get an eBook self-published, but you don’t have to be. We’ve compiled a quick and easy guide for you to get the ball rolling, so keep reading to learn all you need to know about self-publishing your eBook with Amazon today.
Why Amazon’s Kindle Publishing is the Best Option for You
With Amazon’s Kindle Publishing, you can circumvent the tricky and tedious process of getting published traditionally. In addition to this, you won’t have to worry about cutting book deals with large publishers and missing out on a large chunk of your well-earned profits. While traditional publishing can certainly benefit a select few authors, self-publishing has become a much more common method of publishing one’s work.
Here are some interesting statistics about Amazon and book selling, showing you why they’re the best option to go with for self-publishing. To start, more than 70% of books sold worldwide are sold from Amazon, meaning you’ll be accessing a large and robust market. Just last year, there were around 310 million people who bought books through Amazon, accounting for $178 billion in total sales. This means that self-publishing with Kindle Publishing can be a great way to make money off of your eBook.
What Does it Cost to Self-Publish on Amazon?
One of the best perks of publishing on the Kindle Publishing platform is that it costs you nothing! Amazon simply takes a portion of the profits your book makes in exchange for publishing and printing it. You’ll get to enjoy a cool 60% of the royalties earned on your published eBook.
It might be hard to visualize the potential profits you could make from self-publishing an eBook this way, so let’s give you an example. Say your book is listed for $17.99 on Amazon’s marketplace. With a profit of 60% of the book’s listing price, minus a printing fee of $4.85, you’ll make around $5.94 per book that is sold. This can quickly add up to a pretty sum, especially if your eBook becomes popular. As you can see, this is a great way for you to make money on your written work!
How to Publish an eBook on Amazon
If done correctly, publishing your eBook on Amazon can quickly become a great source of passive income. However, it can be tricky to navigate all the steps while making sure your work has a successful launch. Let’s take a look at the process of publishing on Amazon, and how you can optimize your chances of success.
#1 Create Your Kindle Direct Publishing Account
Before you can do anything related to self-publishing with Kindle Publishing, you’ll first have to create an account. Complete the following steps to get your account all set up:
- Navigate to amazon.com and get registered using either your own Amazon account or an email address.
- You’ll next want to update your account and tax information by clicking “Update” on your account. Remember to complete your tax forms as soon as you can, because you won’t be able to publish anything until you have them all filled out.
- Once you have successfully fulfilled in the required information, click the “Finished” button. This will finalize your account.
Once your Kindle Publishing Account has been finished, you can start to fill in the information about the eBook you want to publish.
#2 Come Up with Your eBook’s Title
You’ll next need to come up with a fitting title for your eBook, which can take a fair bit of thought. There’s also the option to add a subtitle for your book, but this is entirely optional. Having a catchy title and subtitle can make all the difference in bringing more attention to your book once it’s published, so give it some careful consideration.
If you need some tips and ideas for creating an informative, catchy title, follow these handy tips:
- Make Your Title a Hook: Your title should be something that “hooks” potential readers’ attention, while also giving them a basic idea of what the book might be about.
- List of Benefits: Try listing the benefits readers will get from reading your book. This really only applies to more informative eBooks and wouldn’t necessarily make sense to include with a fiction novel.
- Keep in Mind Your Audience: Who does your book cater to? If you’re publishing a self-help eBook, for example, give it a title that will cater to those who are seeking sources of self-help. Or if your eBook is something like a fantasy novel, title it accordingly.
Additionally, your title should be clear, unique, and simple. Try searching potential titles to see if there might already be other published material out there with the same name. Try to stay away from titles that are too similar to the titles of other published works as well.
#3 Write a Book Description
To list your book on Amazon, it’ll need a solid description. You can look at your book’s description as a product description, which will tell potential buyers all they need to know about its contents while enticing them to buy it to read further.
In fact, the first three things readers notice when looking at books are the title, the cover, and the description of the book. As such, it’s important for you to write a solid, clear, and precise description of the contents of your eBook. This description will ideally entice readers to buy it so they can find out more.
#4 Select Amazon Keywords
You also have the option to add a selection of keywords to your eBook, allowing it to show up when people search for specific products on Amazon. If your eBook has no keywords, or poorly chosen keywords, it may not show up in the search list when potential readers are searching for a book.
When choosing keywords, try to think what kinds of words and phrases would lead searchers to your eBook. For example, if your book is about investing, try adding all the variations of the word “investing” to your keywords list. Also add phrases and words that might be related to investing, like “making money,” “passive income,” or anything else you can think of.
#5 Choose Amazon Categories
Amazon’s products are all categorized into different product categories, so you’ll need to choose the category your eBook falls under. The Kindle Publishing platform will actually provide you with a list of categories and how they rank in terms of trending. Taking a look at this list can help you decide which categories will be most beneficial to your eBook’s sales.
Try to choose trending categories that don’t have a lot of competition. The less books available in a certain trending category, the more your book will sell. In a category with a lot of competition, your eBook may be lost among all the others.
#6 Upload Your Manuscript
After having completed the previous steps, you’re ready to upload your manuscript! To do this, make sure it is saved in a format supported by Kindle Publishing.
Once you make sure it’s in the right format, navigate to the section of your account called “Your Bookshelf.” Click on the “Kindle eBook Actions” button next to the listed title of your eBook, then click on “Edit eBook Content.” On this page, select “Upload eBook Manuscript,” then select the file you want to upload. And voila! You’re done!
Once this is done, you’ll then have the option to upload the cover for your book. Try to choose something that you have the rights to and make it something that is eye catching and communicative of your eBook’s contents.
And lastly, set the price of your book. Take a look at how your competitors have priced their books for an idea on what you should price yours. It can also be a good idea to keep the price of your book relatively low when just starting out, at around $2.99. As your eBook makes more and more sales and gets more reviews, you can steadily increase the price.
When you have become an established author with a large audience interested in your books, you’ll be able to set the price of your books however you want. Good luck, and remember to follow our tips to ensure your eBook has a higher chance of a successful launch!