Kindle Self-Publishing: Amazon Made Easy
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Learn to Self-Publish on the KDP Platform Within Minutes
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Created by Anna Yeatts
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of the course, students will be able to create a document, format it correctly, upload it to a variety of platforms, and produce a self-published book.
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  • Basics of word processing
  • Basic grammar and English language skills
  • Basic familiarity with
  • Have a drive to succeed in business

In 2016, Kindle Direct Publishing paid out nearly $200 MILLION to authors. That's money on the table for anyone with the knowledge and ability to reach for it.

From manuscript formatting to listing your book in the Amazon store, this guide will walk you through the process of Kindle Direct Publishing, and ultimately, to becoming a self-published author.

This course includes:

  • How to maximize your profits with some simple tips & tricks
  • An easy to follow publishing checklist
  • Formatting directions for MS Word, Pages, & Scrivener platforms
  • The basics of cover design including how to use Kindle Cover Creator
  • Software suggestions
  • Keyword techniques
  • All the steps you need to upload and publish your book onto the Kindle bookshelf
  • Insider tips & tricks
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for authors and entrepreneurs who want to create, format, and sell their e-books on a variety of platforms.
  • This course is for authors wishing to self-publish with KDP and
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 03:12

Ebooks are no lie.

Ready for me to explain why?

Listen up.

Do you remember the very first Kindles? They were roughly the size of a refrigerator and had maybe two functions -- page forward and page back? Those beasts?
They're still out there.
And when Amazon sells an ebook, it has to fit the programming of EVERY Kindle device stretching back to those dinosaur Kindles and stretching forward to Kindles that haven't even been made yet.
Sound daunting?
Sure is.

So what's their plan?

Make their files so simple, so bare bones, so few options, that they'll work on any device. Oh yeah, and take as many different types of Kindle files as possible and smash them together into these huge files we call a Mobi.

So why wouldn't the files I copy/pasted from manuscripts work?

Because they came from word processors. And word processors are intended for...oh...WRITING. They're meant to make our lives as WRITERS easier, not our lives as PUBLISHERS.
What does a writer want? Bells and whistles. Auto-formatting. Spellcheck. Grammar-check. All kinds of other invisible bits of code that hide on the back side of a document that non-code speakers never see.
What does a publisher NOT want? All those pieces of code hanging out in their words when they attempt to make an ebook file.

All of this is a very long way to bring you full circle.

Many people will tell you that self-publishing is soo easy. Anyone can do it.
This is true to some degree.
But it's also a malicious untruth.

Not many people can self-publish and do it well.

Now, if you want to do it well, you can take my long and circuitous route, fumbling about in the dark and trying to figure out what the hellfire I was doing. Or you can learn from my mistakes and do it right the first time.

My other advice is this:

The internet is forever.

Never publish something you don't want floating around out there in fifteen, twenty, or even fifty years. If it's not work you're proud of creating, wait. Work harder. Edit. Outsource if needed. But do not hit "publish" until you're ready.

Preview 03:12
Using MSWord (Pages/Mac)
3 Lectures 11:43

The great thing about writing a Kindle book is that the setup isn't that difficult because you actually use less formatting than you would publishing a blog post or making your book into a PDF file.

  1. Save your document in .Doc or .Docx Format.
  2. If your book has tables, use either an image file or use Insert Tables.
  3. Use the default MS Word settings. Make your document as plain as possible.
  4. Do use MS Word styles such as normal paragraph, headings, and title settings so that you can insert a table of contents after everything is done. A table of contents is required.
  5. Insert page breaks when you want to go to a new page, especially at the end of a chapter, or else it will appear on the same page.
  6. If you want a blank page inserted, use the new page but state that the page is blank.
  7. To insert images properly use JPG and use "insert" with only center alignment. Never copy an image from another source and paste it into your document.
  8. Images can be in color and will be shown in color on other devices outside of the regular Kindle, such as Kindle Fire.

You must have a table of contents, choose justified alignment, include page breaks after a chapter is done, follow the rules about the dimensions of images and resolution. Do not use tabs for indenting - use hard indents and put your book in the best format depending on your book.

If you have a picture or graphic book, use .mobi. If you have a text-based book without anything fancy, it’s fine to upload a Word document in either .doc or .docx format.

Preview 04:03

Your cover image is uploaded separately from the rest of your book file.

Preferred format:

  • AT LEAST 2700 x 1668 pixels
  • 300 PPI (pixels per inch)
  • File should be 5MB or smaller

Basically, you want a high resolution, crisp, clear image that doesn't load too slowly.
If it's too small, you'll get a warning message.
DO NOT stretch your image to make it fit. Go back to your imaging software (Photoshop, iPhoto, Preview, whatever you like best) and RESIZE the image to the correct format.


  • Must not infringe on anyone else's copyright.
  • Must not mention a price.

The lowdown here is use stock photos that are either copyright free and have a commercial use license attached or that you've legally bought a license to use. Or use your images. Hire an illustrator or professional cover artist.
DO NOT Google search and randomly use any image you like. Grabbing random pics without permissions is a copyright violation and can land you in hot water, not to mention, it'll get you banned from Amazon. It's also stealing intellectual property and a giant No-No.
Don't put a price on the cover because you'll eventually want to change it. We're not in the old days where you can peel off the sticker during slow times in your shift. Nor can you stick another price tag over it. Just leave the price off. Price is entered elsewhere and is easily changed without having to upload a new cover.

Internal Cover

Your file must also include a cover image.
What? You thought you could just type up a quick Word document, upload it, and never learn how to insert an image properly?
Au contraire.
Your internal cover image must be a large and high resolution as well, or Amazon will fail your quality assurance test.

Uploading Word Documents to KDP Part III
2 Lectures 08:37

Let’s look at how your KDP account from the back end and go through uploading and publishing a book on Kindle.

Using KDP (Amazon) Part I

Using KDP Part II
Formatting Your Epub
3 Lectures 13:32
Format an Epub Part I: Validating, Hyperlinks, Table of Contents, Copyright

Format an Epub Part II

Format an Epub Part III
About the Instructor
Anna Yeatts
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Anna Yeatts is a professional publisher, editor, and author. Her short fiction literary magazine, Flash Fiction Online, reaches over a half million readers every year. 

Her own fiction has appeared in multiple magazines and anthologies including Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Mslexia, Daily Science Fiction, and Penumbra eMagazine and has been translated into multiple languages. 

Anna's newest publishing project, NASTY: Fetish Fights Back was recently launched from a successful Kickstarter campaign and features top fiction writers like five-time Bram Stoker Award Winner Lucy A. Snyder, New York Times Bestseller Selena Kitt, and Shirley Jackson Award Winner Gemma Files. 

Anna has read tens of thousands of stories, spent countless hours in the editorial slush-pile, and knows what sells and doesn't sell in today's fiction marketplace.