Amazon Self-Publishing for Beginners 2020
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- Properly research your book ideas, to make sure they will be profitable before you start.
- Format your book as you write, making publishing a breeze.
- Use the free promotion tools built into Amazon to kick start sales, and then boost sales every so often.
- Publish as both a Kindle version and a paperback.
- You should be happy using a Word processor.
- You should be planning to write a book, or want to publish one you've already written.
Have you ever wanted to publish a book?
Even 10 years ago, seeing your books in print was a time-consuming, ego-sapping process that often involved untold rejection letters from publishers and agents. Even if you did strike it lucky and get a book deal, you shared most of the revenue with agents and other middle men.
Today, thanks largely to Amazon, self-publishing means anyone can write and publish a book. Within 48 hours of submitting your book, you can see it for sale on the largest online bookstore in the world. You can see your own book on your bookshelf, or on your Kindle device. How exciting is that?
Amazon Self-Publishing for Beginners Course
I have been successfully writing and publishing my own books on Amazon since 2012. It has been a great additional income stream for my business, and I want to teach you how you can do this too. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the entire process in a logical and steady manner. The course covers everything you need to know to start publishing your own books on Amazon in both Kindle format and as a paperback.
I'm not going to boast numbers like you see in many courses and books on this topic. My goal is not to impress you with numbers, but teach you how to self-publish.
In the introduction, I'll tell you a little bit more about my own background and why I am qualified to teach this course. You'll also see how some self-publishers hit it big when we look at the opportunities for self-publishers.
The course will teach you how to do your own market research into whether or not a book would be profitable. Once you decide on your topic, I'll take you through my process for brainstorming a book (possibly more useful for non-fiction writers), and creating a skeleton plan of the book from that brainstorming session.
I cannot teach you how to write well, but I will show you how to setup your Word processor to make the process of formatting your book easy. We'll cover some important issues like:
Self-publishing doesn't have to cost you anything, and the only exchange of money is when Amazon pays you. There is no money up-front for printing or stock charges, even if you use Createspace to publish your work as a paperback.
Why you cannot use any font you want, and how to find fonts you can use.
How to use headlines correctly, to help with the later creation of a table of contents.
What the pilcrow is, and how you can "turn these on" in Word, so as to avoid common "spacing" mistakes.
Proper use of page breaks to mark the start of new chapters.
How to add hyperlinks to a Kindle book, and how this differs from a hyperlink you want to include in a paperback.
How to manually insert bullet points if Kindle scrambles them during the conversion process.
What resolution images you should be using, and why you should resize images before inserting into your book. We'll look at an example of that.
Why screenshots represent a resolution problem, but why it's not as big a deal as you might think.
How to add page numbers to your document, and why you should do this even if you are only currently publishing on Amazon Kindle.
How to add a Table of contents, and make sure it is included in the Kindle App "goto" menu.
Whether you should hire an editor (I'll even give you the contact details for the one I use), and a budget-friendly way of doing it yourself with a free Word addon.
How to save your book in a format that can be uploaded to Kindle during the submission process.
Creating a simple book cover, and where you can get these done for you on the cheap.
A detailed list of the information you will need to include in the submission process, plus a worksheet with hints that you can use to collect all of the submission details in a single document.
How to use the worksheet from that last point to successfully submit your book to Amazon and sign up for KDP Select so you can take advantage of some great promotional tools only available to KDP Select authors.
How to setup an author profile on Amazon Central, and which countries you should create these profiles on.
How to use the Look Inside feature to pre-sell visitors on Amazon.
How to use other promotional tools offered by Amazon to KDP Select authors, like the free promo and kindle countdown.
How to check on book sales.
How to launch a book even if you don't have a list of subscribers.
Converting your book into a paperback, and submitting it to Amazon.
The course finishes with a bonus lecture that includes links to all of the resources listed in the course.
There is a famous quote that starts off "“Everybody has a book in them.."
If that is true, then ignore the second part of that quote which states "but in most cases that's where it should stay”, and get it published!
You have nothing to lose.
Can you imagine seeing your own book for sale on Amazon. Not just Amazon in your own country either. I'm talking about every Amazon store out there, in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Mexico etc. etc.
This course can make your dream a reality.
You'll also be learning from someone that is still actively publishing books on Amazon, 5 years after his first book was published. Get started today and see your book on Amazon in as little as 48 hours!
- Anyone that wants to self-publish on Amazon.
- Budding authors that just want to publish their book, without endless rejection letters from publishers.
The introductory lecture will give you information on what to expect from this course, but just as importantly, your instructor. Find out why Andy Williams is qualified to teach you this course, and a little bit about his own self-publishing history.
A few years ago, publishing a book was far from straightforward. You needed an agent and publisher to begin with, but even then it was an uphill struggle. Today, self-publishing allows anyone to produce and publish a book. What's more, it's easy to get that book into the largest online marketplace in the world - Amazon.
This lecture looks at a few successful people in the self-publishing space.
You can use any Word Processor you like to write your books. I'll show you a few of the alternatives, and tell you which on I recommend and am using in this course.
When you are writing your book, it can be tempting to use the carriage return to space things out. Don't do it. It will mess up the formatting of the book in Kindle. Use Styles to control spacing, and page breaks to move chapter titles to new pages. This lecture shows you how.
If you want to add links to webpages in your book, you can. E.G. If you are a fiction author, it makes sense to include a link back to your author site. If you write non-fiction, you might want to include URLs to important documents on the web.
The way you handle hyperlinks depends on whether you are creating Kindle only, or Kindle & Createspace paperbacks. This lecture explains how to insert hyperlinks into your books.
Page Numbers are required for paperbacks, but not for Kindle. I recommend that if you are going to be publishing your book on Createspace too (paperbacks), that you insert page numbers when you start writing the book. During the process of saving for Kindle, these will be stripped out anyway.