6 Steps to Self-Publish on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) with Amazon-includes pictures and video

Welcome to a new Self-Publishing Success Series. This series will break down 15 Easy Steps to Self-Publish on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This blog post covers the first 6 steps that you can accomplish. By the end of this series, you will know the exact steps I have used over the last 7 years to self-publish 10 plus books and how I help other women of faith to do the same. Watch the video inserted for a discussion of each step. Let's dive into part 2 of 5.


Self-Publishing Steps


Step 1- Set up a Free KDP account- you can do this today go here. It will look like the picture below.


Step 2- Get the Full Cover size for your Book- For example, if you are publishing a standard

6 x 9-inch book the full size you will need is 12.52 x 9.25 inches for a 120-page book. This will be important for designing your cover. However, there are many different book sizes to choose from. KDP offers a cover calculator https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/cover-calculator

Below is just an example



Step 3- Research at least two Categories to publish your book with- example of a category is non-fiction self-help, inspirational and motivational. You will need two categories to self-publish on KDP. Below is just an example


Step 4: Research Keywords to use when self-publishing. I recommend you have at least nine from Amazon. Keywords or phrases searched on Amazon help your potential reader to find your book. You can use the AMZ Suggestion Expander. It is a great tool to find more keywords on Amazon.

Step 5: Include Keywords in the Title or/and the Subtitle section of your book. Use keywords with at least 1,000 search results when in the books section. Make sure your title matches your book cover title, however, the subtitle is optional.



Step 6: Include your Book Description and make sure to start with the benefits of your book and then list the features. Amazon will give you 4000 words to write a great book description. Remember this is what your potential customer will read when making the decision to purchase your book.


Watch my video for details of these 6 steps.




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Hi, I'm Tahira! Author, Writer, and Self-Publishing Consultant at TahiraGift Consulting LLC. As a Blessed Author, I share on this blog tips to help other women of faith write and self-publish a book for impact and income in 30 days. Learn more and get my Self-Publishing on KDP Free Checklist click here.

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