Getting bored of your normal 9 to 5 routine and want to pursue your dream as a writer? It’s time for you to take a leap in your career and venture into new avenues.
If words are your strength, then you’ve come to the right place. Many of us secretly write stories and poems, some even share them with friends for validation. What if we told you that you can write books and earn money for sharing them with millions of readers online? Every time a reader buys your book, you make money.
If one goes through the traditional method of publishing and printing a book, it’s long, tiring and cumbersome. For example, if you’re a non-fiction writer, you’ll be required to submit a proposal of your book with three sample chapters, and their synopsis. Once you’re through with this step, then you’ll go looking for an agent. Those who are working on the side will give up somewhere in the middle.
On the contrary, self-publishing your books on Kindle is an easy procedure. Read through to understand the simple steps involved in it.
How to Publish A Kindle E-Book?
- Make a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Account and fill details
Uploading your own book on Kindle is super-convenient. All you need to do is make your own Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account. Once your account is in place, you need to fill a title for your book. Put in other details such as your name (author) and description of the book. Carefully choose a cover for your book. Though a reader must never judge a book by its cover, yet it’s imperative for it to be visually appealing. For this, you can hire freelance graphic designers. If you know someone who wishes to get into freelancing, then here’s an informative article explaining the details to you.
If you do not have the time or means to write a book yourself, you can always hire ghostwriters. Ghostwriters are the people who write the content for you, to be published in your name.
- Choosing a Topic for E-book
While choosing a topic for your Kindle e-book, it’s important for you to be sure about a few things. The theme of your e-book should have a decent market size but low competition. To ensure the same, you can search the keywords on Amazon and find out about the already existing books on your topic. It’s always better to write multiple books and then upload them on Kindle. So, you can choose a genre and publish several e-books to become an authority in that area. This will help ensure sales for your books.
- Pricing and Uploading The E-book
The final step is uploading your e-Book file and mentioning the price. For every sale, Amazon pays you a royalty – either 35% or 70%, depending upon your book’s price. To qualify for 70% royalty, price your book anywhere between $2.99 (Rs. 212.22) and $9.99 (Rs. 709.04). All your royalty earnings are sent through direct deposit into your bank account by Amazon every month.
To self-publish your e-book on Kindle, you are required to provide your taxpayer identification once your KDP Account is active. There’s a short online tax interview which guides you through the process and collects all your necessary information. You can start publishing once a “Completed” status appears in the Tax Information section.
The royalty that you’ll receive for selling your Kindle e-book in the Indian market, is subject to a 10% Singaporean tax withholding.
Marketing Your Kindle E-Book
Once the publishing has been done, you need to focus on the marketing. The fact that Amazon puts its best foot forward to sell and market your book for you, is icing on the cake. But this doesn’t mean you refrain from marketing it yourself. The easiest way to go about it is through social media. You can also contact bloggers to promote your book for you.
Kindle is by far the most favorable platform for uploading your e-books. It lets you keep your rights and offers a Digital Rights Management Service that helps prevent illegal copying of your material. To top it, Amazon handles the customer support for your e-book, making it hassle-free for you. Similar websites where you can self-publish your books are Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.