Kindle Direct Publishing is a Great Self-Publishing Start

Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, is the fastest and easiest way for authors to get their books published and available for purchase on one of the largest online book selling retailers in the world. If you don't know how to publish your book through Kindle, here's how to get on top of the exciting hot market of electronic books.

Kindle Direct Publishing

Now you can publish and sell your fiction books on the best (my opinion) electronic book reader for free! That's right! It won't cost you a penny out of your own pocket to have your books available to all Kindle users worldwide.

Of course, you need to learn how to market your kindle books too. I will cover that on this page also, so continue reading to find out how to make money selling your kindle books once they are published.

Publishing Your Books Using Kindle Direct Publishing

The first step you must take to begin the process of electronic publishing is to create a Kindle Direct Publishing account. Kindle uses the same credentials as your account, so if you don't have an account, definitely set one up. If you do have an account, ensure all of your information is up to date before you start publishing on Kindle as it pulls the author information from your profile.

Once you sign into your Kindle Direct Publishing account, you will notice an alert in the upper right of your screen. You will need to click the alert in order to publish a book. This is where you will add your company profile, tax information, and payment information.

There are a variate of formats you can use to get your books published on the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Supported formats include zipped html (.zip), word (.doc), Adobe PDF (.pdf), ePub (.epub), plain text (.txt), and MobiPocket (.mobi and .prc). MS Word 2007+ .docx file format is not currently supported.

The best format to use is HTML. To convert your file, you can start with a word document program like Microsoft Office Word. Take out all of the page numbers, use hard page breaks between chapters, and use only simple fonts. Size and type of font do matter because you want your book to be comfortable for all of your readers. When you are done formatting everything to .html, save the file as "Web Page, Filtered" and it will create the required HTML file. If you have images, it will zip them up and put them in a folder. You can also put hyperlinks in your text that people can click while reading your book on their computer or Kindle device and it will take them to your website.

If you are going to get your books published in .html (which is highly recommended), be sure to understand all of the supported HTML tags for Kindle. If you have no images to add to your story, there is no need to zip your file.

The next step once you have your .html version ready is to upload it to the Kindle Directory. When uploading, you will upload one folder with your zipped images and HTML file.

Creating your book is also very simple using Mobipocket Creator for Kindle Direct Publishing. This eBook publishing program allows you to import from most of the formats described earlier and converts them to a .prc file, the file that will be uploaded into the Kindle Directory on Amazon.

As any good publisher, you must now review how your book will be viewed or "proof your work". It probably won't be right the first time you convert it. That's okay, because you can edit and reconvert it as many times as it takes to be perfect.

You can use a Kindle Reader to view your book as will be viewed by your readers. If there are any problems on any of the pages or the formatting doesn't seem right, you can rework your publication until everything is correct.

Once your book is ready, upload your final file to the Kindle Directory. This is where you will set up the finishing touches and price for your book.

The price for your book can make or break your sales goals. There are two options you can choose for your royalty payout. You will most likely choose the 70 percent option, but there is a 35 percent option that is available. For a better understanding of how pricing works, please read Kindle's Pricing Page FAQs while logged into your account getting ready to choose your pricing.

Once complete, the book you added to Kindle Direct Publishing will be available about two to three days after you upload it to the directory. Once you verify your book is available and published on Kindle, be sure to tell all of your friends and family how to find it so they can purchase and download it to their Kindle Reader Device. If you don't spread the word about it, no one may ever find it.

Sell Your Fiction Books Published Using KDP

Marketing a Kindle book is a great way to help make money with your fiction book to build your writing budget. After going through the entire process of publishing your story, you need to get the story out to potential readers (your customers). There are several cleaver ways to get your story out to the world in one of the fastest growing marketplaces for fiction novels.

Sell a Kindle eBook

The process at Kindle Direct Publishing is just the first step. Any book can be turned into a Kindle eBook, but it does depend on how it was published, either by you or your publisher. A publisher should automatically publish it in electronic format, but you will manually have to submit it if you self-published the book. The process above shouldn't have been too difficult for you.

Marketing is your sole responsibility as an author, whether you publish through a major book publisher, self-publish, or have all of your books published using Kindle Direct Publishing. If you don't put forth the effort to market you and your published book, no one will probably ever know it's out there. If nobody knows your book is out there, no one buys your book and you don't make any money from it.

Do a Little Pre-Marketing Before You Publish

You should start marketing your book before it is published to start the buzz about your book. This is easy using social networking because you can keep your circles up to date on where you are at with your story. Once it's published, just let everyone know it has been published and where to find it. Also tell everyone to share your message so word gets out to your extended networks too.

Studies have shown that the more people see your message or advertisement, the more they trust it and will likely check it out. Don't just send one bullet out for your book and expect a lot of results. Send at least seven announcements letting them know about your fiction book. Seven is the magic number in any kind of marketing. Sending excerpts from your story is a big help too. Let them get a taste of your writing.

Getting Word Out to Everyone Quickly

Immediately after your published book is available on Kindle, you must write and submit a press release to as many media outlets as possible. This is your opportunity to let the world know that you are a new author out there and that you have a must read book for them on Kindle.

Your press release is published throughout the news media outlets you submit to and rapidly spreads the word about the great news of your publishing success. You must make your press release very interesting so people will want to purchase your book.

After your press release reaches circulation, another way of marketing a book published using Kindle Direct Publishing (and probably the best way) is to tap into your social networking circles. At least once a week for a month or two before you publish your book, let your social networking friends on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and all of the others know that you have a new book you are about to publish.

Let all of your friends and family know about your book and your writing. These will be your best and most loyal customers. They are the start of your fan club. You can do this with a simple phone call, email, or letter in the mail. You can ask them to put a good word out there for you to make some good referral sales as well.

If you happen to have some money put aside and allocated to advertising your book, there's always direct mail advertising, solo email advertising, Ezine advertisements, and text/image advertisements on different websites related to your book's content. You can also find websites dedicated to marketing books publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing and pay a small fee to have your link added to their site. This way of selling your Kindle books is more random and less targeted, but can get your name out to more potential readers.

There are several ways marketing a Kindle book will get the word out so people can find your work. The secret to marketing success is to take action. Remember, if you don't spread the word, no one will ever find your book.

Do You Have Books Published on Kindle?

If you have a book published using Kindle Direct Publishing and would like to list it on my website for others to find and buy, please contact me [contact.html] and I will add a link for your Kindle eBook on my site. A story of how easy (or hard) your experience was with Kindle Direct Publishing would also be great.

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