Are you an author who's looking to self-publish a book on Amazon? If so, you've come to the right place!
Whether you want to self-publish a no/low content book, lead gen book, novel, children's book, ebook, or other, if you're ready to take control of your writing career, keep reading!
In this episode of The Online Business Clinic, I'll teach you everything you need to know about self-publishing your book on Amazon.
1. Create a Book
For the sake of this episode, I'm going to assume that you've completed this part.
If you haven't created your book yet, then be sure to tune into this episode where I share with you my secret writing hack that allows you to write a lead gen book without ever picking up a pen.
Or better yet, join me for my next live cohort class, where I'll not only teach you how to self-publish a book but how to pre-sell your group coaching opportunity and create an online course. - aka multiple streams of income that allow you to have a fully operational online business up and running in less than three months.
Head to mollyannluna.com/incomeamplieir to learn more.
2. Create a KDP Account
Head to kdp.amazon.com and create an account.
Amazon's KDP book setup makes it easy for you to upload, enter, and modify your book before publishing.
Note: Before you begin to self-publish your book, be sure to format your manuscript and cover it adequately.
3. Enter Book Details
The first step toward self-publishing your book is entering all of your book details correctly.
You control what is displayed and what is not. However, remember that some of these fields can't be changed once your book is published. Pay extra close attention to ensure all these details are correct.
Visit my book links to see how your details will appear on the live link:
My children's book page for The Grateful Gorilla
Or my business book Step Up.
For a list of details that can and can't be changed after publishing, visit the Update Your Book Details page.
Go to your Bookshelf.
Click the "+ Create" button.
Click to choose which type of book to create.
Upload and Preview Book
Upload your manuscript to see what your book will look like when published.
4. ADD AN ISBN
An ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a unique number assigned to printed books; it's the most important identifier for your self-published book.
ISBNs identify the book's physical attributes, such as the book's dimensions, title, and author name. Think of ISBNs as a license number for a car.
You will need a unique ISBN for each format of your book: paperback, eBook, or hardcover.
KDP offers a free ISBN.
Note that a free KDP ISBN doesn't allow you to book references elsewhere outside the KDP self-publishing platform.
The free KDP ISBN option is unavailable if you publish a low-content book. For low-content self-published books, you can use your ISBN or publish without an ISBN.
Note: If you plan to publish your book elsewhere, purchasing (and registering) your own ISBN is recommended.
As the U.S. ISBN Agency, Bowker is the ONLY official source of ISBNs in the United States. Without an ISBN, your book won't be found in most bookstores online or down the street from your house.
Note: If you publish a paperback or hardcover book, you must enter your print options before previewing.
If you want to sell your book with the option to be printed as a paperback, eBook, or hardcover, then create all formats in your KDP account and link them together.
5. Set Rights & Pricing
Now it's time to set your book's price and royalty rate here and agree to KDP's Terms and Conditions before publishing.
Don't worry about landing on the perfect price; your book's price can be modified at any time after your book is published.
6. Order Proof
If you are publishing a hardcover book or paperback book, it's time to start thinking about ordering your proof copies.
If you order a proof copy of your book, you can submit your book for publication immediately or wait until you've received and reviewed the proof. Requesting proof is not mandatory, although it gives you the option to see your book in person before publishing. It's up to you.
7. What's Next?
Congratulations, you're a self-published author! Now it's time to focus on sharing your book with the world.
Like any great product or service, you'll need a marketing plan. Tune into the next episode to help you get the word out about your business.