How To Publish A Book On Amazon

How To Publish A Book On Amazon

Your guide to Amazon’s KDP: Learn how to prepare, format, and publish your book on Amazon, plus tips on pricing and promotion.

Publishing a book on Amazon can be a rewarding endeavor, allowing you to reach readers all over the world. 

Amazon’s self-publishing service is called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Here is a step-by-step guide on how to publish a book on Amazon through KDP:

Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Edit and Proofread: Make sure your manuscript is polished and free of typos and grammatical errors.
  • Format: Format your manuscript to meet Amazon’s guidelines. They offer a tool called Kindle Create that can help with this.

Design a Book Cover

  • Professional Design: Consider hiring a professional designer to create a high-quality cover that will appeal to your target audience.
  • DIY: If you prefer to do it yourself, use Amazon’s cover creator tool.

Create a KDP Account

  • Sign Up: Visit the KDP website and sign up for an account.
  • Details: Fill in the necessary details, including your name, address, and payment information.

Create a New Kindle eBook

  • Dashboard: Once logged in, go to your KDP dashboard and click “Create a new Kindle eBook.”
  • Language: Choose the language of your book.

Enter Book Details

  • Title and Subtitle: Enter your book’s title and, if applicable, a subtitle.
  • Description: Write a compelling description that will entice potential readers.
  • Keywords: Choose keywords relevant to your book’s content to help readers find your book.
  • Categories: Select categories that best describe your book.


  • Obtain an ISBN: You can provide your own ISBN or use a free ISBN from Amazon.

Manuscript and Book Content

  • Upload: Upload your formatted manuscript and cover design.
  • Preview: Use the online previewer tool to see how your book will look on various devices.

Book Pricing and Royalties

  • Royalty Options: Decide on a royalty option (70% or 35%) and set a price for your book. Consider factors like the prices of similar books in your genre.
  • KDP Select: Consider enrolling in KDP Select, which gives you access to additional promotional opportunities but requires exclusivity.

Create a Paperback Version (optional)

  • Setup: If you also want to offer a physical copy, return to your KDP dashboard and create a new paperback book, following a similar process to the eBook setup.

Publish Your Book

  • Review: Review all the details to ensure they are correct.
  • Submit: Click “Publish Your Kindle eBook.”

Review Process

  • Approval: Wait for Amazon to review your book, which can take up to 72 hours.
  • Notification: Once approved, you will receive a notification, and your book will be live on the Amazon store.

Promote Your Book

  • Marketing: Consider ways to market your book, such as through social media, email newsletters, or Amazon ads.

Monitor Sales and Reviews

  • Dashboard: Use your KDP dashboard to monitor sales and reviews and respond to reviews if necessary.

Remember that publishing is just the first step. 

Building a readership takes time and effort, including effectively marketing and promoting your book.

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