What’s the Buzz About Kindle Direct Publishing?
As a publishing coach and self-publisher of some 22 books; writers often ask, which is the best self-publishing platform? I personally use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. With the development of independent digital publishing a multitude of so-called “self-publishing companies” are making a big splash. This makes it hard to sort through the pros and cons of all the “self-publishing” companies available.
If you are here because you need the link to the Kindle Direct Publishing Paperback Cover Template and Calculator, You may also specifically be looking for the Kindle Direct Publishing Cover Creator page if you want to use the do-it-yourself cover option. Be sure and login first. If you do not already have a KDP Account you may get one for free or simply sign in using your Amazon account.
Before I make my recommendations I need to say that I am a proponent of printed books. I like to touch and turn the pages of a book in physical reality. Many books with beautiful graphics and design elements do not translate to Kindle and other electronic platforms. And I believe that being a published author is being the author of an actual physical book. My advice is given based on that premise. The main e-book publishers are Kindle and Smashwords. With an abundance of publicity covering the trend of e-books, the novelty has started to dwindle. New statistics are showing that significant numbers of people still love to have that book in their hands.
Self-Publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing
Have you ever tried to get published through a traditional publishing company? I worked for a traditional publishing company and I know what a long process it is. I also know statistically how difficult it is to get published through a traditional publishing company. As an editorial assistant for a publishing house, I have read and reviewed thousands of manuscripts. I was the person who sent the rejection letters to 99% of them. Before the print on demand process, books were printed using a printing press. This required an expensive investment. To be profitable you needed to print at least 10,000 books on the first run. With print on demand technology, once you create the digital files, books are printed one at a time as purchased. Getting published no longer requires a partnership with a big publishing entity. There is no need for an inventory of books. Getting published is now about setting up the digital file at a print on demand company, and distributing through online booksellers. No longer does getting published need a lengthy manuscript submission process.
Kindle Direct Publishing Pricing
I use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for most of my publishing projects unless the book is a four-color book. One advantage of Kindle Direct Publishing is book pricing. KDP pricing is based on a couple of variables. Before I go any further, let me say that I am talking about printed paperback books. Hardcover books are more expensive and time-consuming to print. The other issue with hardcover books is that the Biggest Bookstore on Earth, Amazon.com has restrictions with shipping of hardcover books. Print on demand can print the inside of the books fairly quickly, but producing a hardcover for the book is not an overnight project. Because of shipping issues, Amazon discourages hardcover books in their inventory. There may be a few exceptions, but hardcover books are not a good fit for print on demand efficiency, nor for online purchases. As for pricing for standard paperback books, as the author, expect to pay from $2.50-$5.00 per book (plus shipping) depending on the number of the pages.
Amazon Ready with Kindle Direct Publishing
Once your files are approved by Kindle Direct Publishing, your book is immediately available for purchase on Amazon. Your book can be purchased through the regular Amazon shopping cart. Amazon will collect the monies and ship the book to the buyer. The royalties show in your Kindle Direct Publishing account within a day or two of the sale. Furthermore, the Amazon Bookstore has a worldwide distribution. When selling a book through Amazon you will be charged the cost of printing the book plus about 40% commission, which is standard mark-up for book sales.
Kindle Direct Publishing Cover Template
A strong book cover is essential for selling books. I recommend a custom-designed book cover. The Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Cover Template gives you the specifications for you to produce your own print-ready custom designed book cover. If you hire a graphic book cover designer, they will benefit from this template. The cover must be made to accurate specifications to be accepted for publishing by KDP. The book cover template is available in a zip file, PDF, and Word documents to send to your graphic artist.
Register or sign in to Kindle Direct Publishing with your Amazon account, before downloading the cover template. Once you open your account, return to this page at Kindle Direct Publishing Cover Template to use their calculator and download your correct cover template. KDP offers many tools including excellent customer support. If you have not signed up for a free print on demand KDP account, do it now. Sign up to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing now!
If you want to try the do-it-yourself approach to design your own book cover, but are not a trained graphic artist and do not own professional graphic arts software, try Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. We offer an overview and instructions in my article entitled:
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