The purpose of this lesson is to walk you through the steps of publishing your first Kindle book.
It assumes you have a “Kindle Direct Publishing” (KDP) account and, of course, a book you wish
Publishing your book is synonymous with adding your book and this is done through your KDP
dashboard. Go to kdp.amazon.com and sign into your account, then, on the “Bookshelf” page
(which is the homepage for your dashboard), click the “Add new title” button.
Note: Remember, your book should already be formatted and ready to go with a cover already
Once you click the “Add new title” button, you’re taken to another screen that has two pages
(tabs) of information for you to enter. Not to worry – it is not a lot of information and it is very
easy and quick to enter.
The two tabs you’ll see are:
• “1. Your Book”
• “2. Rights and Pricing”
The first detail you’ll see is the “Introducing KDP Select”. This topic is covered in more detail in
another lesson, but for going forward you want to check the “Enroll this book in KDP Select”
option. This doesn’t set up any promotions or anything like that but does enroll the book so you
won’t have to do it later. Once the book has been reviewed and approved, you’ll then be able to
go about setting up your promotions, etc.
The first section you come to is “1. Enter Your Book Details” where you can enter:
• Book Name – this is the title for your book
• “This book is part of a series” option (*don’t worry about this for the 7-Day program) –
if you’re following the promotion methods outlined in these lessons, you will be using
series, so go ahead and check this option
• Series title (*don’t worry about this for the 7-Day program) – if you checked the above
option, this field is enabled
option, this field is enabled
• Edition number (optional) (*don’t worry about this for the 7-Day program) – if you
have an edition number, enter it here
• Description – this field allows 4000 characters. Write your book’s description in this
field. Write an informative description of what your book is about but, remember, this is
what’s going to determine whether or not some buyers buy your book. So, write it like it
is sales copy.
• Book contributors – here is where you add details such as author name and title. The
title may be one of the following:
o Author (*the only one you need; don’t worry about others)
For basic book additions, this may just be your name with “Author” title. You may also
add pseudonyms here if you don’t want to use your real name.
• Publication Date – not required; you may choose not to so that potential buyers avoid
purchasing if they think your book is too old
• Publisher – you could put your company name here
• ISBN (optional) – not needed for Kindle books but if you have one, enter it here
The next section you come to is “2. Verify Your Publishing Rights”, which basically has 2 options
to select from (choose 1):
• “This is a public domain work.”
• “This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing rights.”
Select the 2nd option (NOT a public domain work).
The next section you’ll come to is “3. Target Your Book to Customers”. This is where you select
the categories you want your book listed in (up to 2) and add keywords that might be used to
search for your book (up to 7, optional).
To add your categories, you just click the “Add categories” button. When selecting, be aware
that these categories are just the initial categories your book will be listed under. Amazon
than one you’ve selected.
Another thing to think about when choosing categories is that the first category you want to be
as specific as possible but the second category should use more “out of the box” thinking. For
example, if you are publishing a book on weight loss, your primary category will probably be
something like “Health & Fitness” >> “Weight loss” (sometimes you don’t an exact match so
choose as closely related as possible). For your secondary category, you might select something
like “Self Help” >> “Stress Management” or “Motivational or Inspirational”. While aerobics may
not be specific to weight loss, there is a loose connection there and so potential buyers who may
never look in the “weight loss” category but would look in “Aerobics” can come across your
book. The idea here is to make it possible for more people to locate your book without placing
it somewhere completely unrelated.
For keywords, you are helping Amazon determine what keywords to show your book for when
someone types them in. You will also be able to play around with these to test which ones get
the best results. It should be noted that entering keywords here is not the only place Amazon
will look to determine keywords. Amazon will also check your product description, reviews, and
tags for other relevant keywords.
The next section you come to is “4. Upload Your Book Cover”. Here you simply click the
“Browse for image…” button and upload the cover image. Once uploaded, you may also want to
leave the option “the book cover inside your book” checked so that when someone is looking at
your book on their Kindle device, they’ll see the cover again.
The last section you come to is “5. Upload Your Book File”. You’re able to select a “Digital
Rights Management” (DRM) option which offers you two options:
• “Enable digital rights management”
• “Do not enable digital rights management”
What DRM will do is make it so that your book can’t easily be shared between devices. You
usually want to select option 2 to enable customers that have multiple devices, such as their
Kindle device, PC, or whatever, to share the book between those devices.
Finally, you will click “Browse for book …” to upload your book then click “Save and Continue”,
which will take you to the next page for information.
Like the previous page, this page is broken into sections. You’ll notice the status below the
name of the page which, at this time, should read “Not Started”. Under the first page’s name
you wouldn’t even be on this second page.
The first section you will notice is “7. Verify Your Publishing Territories“. This is not numbered
incorrectly in this lesson – that is how it’s numbered on the KDP page. In this section you have
two options to choose from:
• Worldwide rights – all territories
• Individual territories – select territories
By default, the first option is selected and unless you have specific territories you are wanting to
specify, you’ll probably just want to leave the default.
The next section you see is “8. Choose Your Royalty“. Pricing is covered in a different lesson in
much greater detail so we’ll not cover it here but just know that this is where you configure your
pricing for the different Amazon countries.
One detail worth pointing out at this time, though, is that you are able to specify for each
individual country or you can set the pricing in one and have all others simply convert based on
that one value. Amazon will dictate the conversion rates when you do this. Not to worry
though – it is clearly stated that the conversions are based on the rates that were in effect on
the date they are initially calculated.
The final section you’ll handle is “9. Kindle Book Lending“. Here you can uncheck the option
“Allow lending for this book” but in order to get this out to more people, you may want to leave
Finally, you click the option indicating that you confirm your right to publish the book in
compliance with the KDP terms and conditions and click “Save and Publish”. It can take
anywhere from half a day to 3 days for Amazon to review the book but typically this happens
within 1 day. Once approved, the book can now be seen on Amazon listings and also on your
KDP Bookshelf list.
As you can see, the process of adding or publishing a book to Amazon is very straightforward
and takes very little time. In other lessons you’ll drill deeper on some of the details so you can
be even more prepared before publishing and selling your book.