Nowadays, one of the more popular e-book readers is Kindle, by Amazon. People who love to read different kinds of publications find it compact, light, and easy to use. Writers, on the other hand, have much to gain as well: they can self-publish their books on Kindle. These e-books can then be promoted and sold through Amazon, and the writer can expect to earn and be paid twice every month, depending on the sales profits.
How does a budding writer publish his or her e-book on Kindle? The following steps show how:
Editing & proofreading
Of course, before anything else, the writer must ensure that the e-book to be published must be thoroughly edited and proofread. There is no editing tool on the Amazon site, so it is really up to the writer to make sure that everything is ready for publication. Oftentimes, it is not enough to simply make a “spelling and grammar check” on the text; there could be other errors that might have slipped through. The wisest thing to do would be to read the entire e-book, or to have another person go over it before proceeding with the publishing.
Creation of an account at Amazon
After editing, the writer must then create an account at the Amazon website. Upon logging in, the writer can then view the “Features and Services” page, and locate the “Publish on Kindle” option situated on the left side. Using this feature, he or she is ready to begin the self-publishing process through Kindle.
Formatting of the e-book
Remarkably, an e-book can be uploaded in various formats using Amazon Kindle. The writer can opt for a Word file, a plain text document, an HTML file or an Adobe PDF file. A word of caution, though, the Adobe PDF could be difficult to format. The e-book might also appear differently after it is formatted by Amazon for Kindle. Hence, it would be a good idea to avoid using this kind of format.
Uploading the e-book to Digital Text Platform
This is the next step in publishing an e-book on Kindle. On the Amazon website, writers are provided with a dashboard where they can upload and eventually publish their e-books. If they are not ready yet, they do not need really need to publish their work at once. After uploading an e-book, writers can choose to place it there as a draft first, until the time when they are ready to publish it.
Using the dashboard, writers can also start composing a “blurb” for their e-book. This may include a teaser about what the e-book is all about, as well some interesting information about the author. The blurb will serve as a promotional shout out, inviting Kindle readers to buy and read the publication. Of course, the book price should also be stated here.
Publishing the e-book
Once the writer is ready to publish his or her work, and all the pertinent information have been typed in — a simple click of a button completes the process. Within three days, the writer can expect to see his or her publication on the Amazon website. By using the dashboard, he or she can also monitor sales and add more e-books. Twice a month, the writer will be paid royalties by Amazon. Basically, writers are entitled to 35% of profits from sales. In the event that Amazon features the e-book on a discount, as they occasionally do, this will not affect the royalties and writers will still be paid their due share.
By taking note of these basic steps, aspiring writers can take advantage of the self-publishing features offered by Amazon through Kindle.