Amazon Kindle eBook Self-publishing via KDP = Passive Income
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Write a Kindle book for Amazon: Self-publishing an eBook via Amazon KDP publication: Passive income
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Correctly format an ebook using Microsoft Word
  • Publish your ebook on Amazon using the KDP web interface
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  • A PC or a Mac
  • Microsoft Word
  • A Working Knowledge of Microsoft Word

This course was recently updated with 23 new lectures adding 2 hours of content explaining how to fill in every Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) field while publishing your content in order to optimize your sales on Amazon. This new content takes the course well beyond simply filling in some fields on a web form by explaining how I publish books to maximize profits. Marketing your book should begin well before you publish it, but how you fill in the KDP fields to define your book's Amazon product page will determine whether your book blossoms or withers on the vine.

More content to follow soon.

Want to Become a Published Author Today?

Ebook sales represent a $3+ billion dollar yearly industry waiting to be tapped by you. The Amazon Kindle eReader dominates the reading world accounting for nearly 2/3 of all eBooks sold. Isn't it time to get your piece of the pie? Isn't it time that you were published?

4 Hours of High Quality Online Video Training!

Over 6600 Students Currently Enrolled!!

51 Reviews Averaging 4.72 Stars!!!

Learn How to Self-publish on Amazon

In this course I'll teach you how to format a novel, novella, or short story using Microsoft Word and then how to publish the output of that process for sale on the Amazon website, the world's largest bookstore, right alongside the big boys in the industry (King, Grisham, ...).

Clear and Precise Brian, thank you for showing ALL the steps to publish thru KDP using WORD. What a treasure! Each step enlightened, clearly explained, and brought the whole picture into focus. From Centering, to Formatting Characters, you made it easy to follow and apply. This is the best on-line course available for KDP Publishing instructions. Thank you. ---Cherri Gabbie Galbiati (5 Stars)

View the Entire Process Over My Shoulder

I know what you're thinking... Brian, self-publishing on Amazon is so easy that anyone can do it without a training video. Well, that's true, however some of us like a little guidance along the way. I'm ready to provide that guidance via screen captures of me formatting and publishing an eBook on Amazon. We'll even spend a chapter outlining how to create a simple book cover using the online KDP interface.

In this course you'll learn to use Word to:

  • Format you document for publication
  • Include a title page
  • Add a table of contents
  • Review and save your work

Excellent course! Easy to follow, well explained, step-by-step course on how to format and upload a kindle ebook, together with template. ---Bronwyn Wilson (5 Stars)

Be a Self-published Author By the End of the Day

After a few introductory slides, this course is meant to remain open while you jump back and forth between the live screen capture demonstrations and either Microsoft Word or your browser. In other words, plan on publishing your first book within a few hours of viewing this video.

In this course you'll learn to use KDP to:

  • Publish your book
  • Provide a book description to be displayed on Amazon
  • Monitor sales

But wait, there's more...

Great Clear and concise course with useful tips, thanks Brian. ---Anthea P (5 Stars)

Three Complete Sections Crammed Full of Lesson Material

The course is divided into three parts: an introduction, a section on formatting your book using Microsoft Word, and a section on using the KDP web interface to submit your book for ebook publication on Amazon. The course material is presented through slide presentations and live screen capture.

Don't forget the standard Udemy 30 return policy, no questions asked! This should make your decision a no-brainer ;-)

Have Something to Say to the World?

So, if you have something you'd like to share with the world and you'd like to make a buck or two along the way, check out my training course to simplify your first KDP submission.

Best of luck with your new ebook!


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who would like to self-publish an ebook
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Curriculum For This Course
57 Lectures
Introduction to Self-publishing
4 Lectures 13:31

A review of traditional publishing vs self-publishing shows that there are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches but that self-publishing wins out in the end when compared with it's older sibling.

Preview 04:30

An overview of the self-publishing process from the writing of the manuscript through the money generated through sales on Amazon

Preview 02:38

Where to self-publish? KDP, Nook Press, Smashwords, CreateSpace, and ACX, in that order.


Join the Kindle Select program and publish only through KDP, CreateSpace, and ACX.

Preview 04:17

A brief description of the course contents.

What this Course Covers
Formatting Your Document Using Microsoft Word
10 Lectures 35:49

A discussion about why I recommend using Microsoft Word to format your documents and a quick aside look at the Navigation Bar and how to display it.

Why Use Microsoft Word?

A brief overview of displaying formatting characters.

Displaying Formatting Characters

Getting rid of tabs and replacing the -- with an em dash.

Replacing Invalid Characters

A discussion of how to set styles for the body of your text, chapter headers, bold, italic, and underscored text.

Formatting the Document Pt. 1: Modifying the Normal and Header 1 Styles

Learn how to apply our style formatting to the document.

Formatting the Document Pt. 2: Applying the Styles

Although it's probably trivial, we address the page layout, and although it's definitely not trivial, we focus on page separators.

Formatting the Document Pt. 3: Page Layout

An example of using a well formatted document to cut & paste a title page and about the author page into your manuscript (see the Microsoft Word template at the end of this document for an example).

Formatting the Document Pt 4: Title Pages and Author Notes

Add a Table of Contents to your manuscript.

Adding a Table of Contents

How to format the title page and chapter titles.

Some Formatting Tricks

We review the manuscript formatting process and then save our work for publication.

Reviewing and Saving Your Work
Using KDP to Publish Your Work - 2015 Update
2 Lectures 04:50
Preface to the 2015 Update

In this lecture I introduce the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) interface where we'll select "Create a New Title" to begin publishing our book on Amazon.

Using KDP to Create a New Title
Step 1: Your Book
23 Lectures 01:43:10

In this lecture I describe the pros and cons of entering the KDP Select program and conclude with the recommendation that you conduct your own 90 day experiment with the program.

Preview 05:06

In this lecture I provide up-to-date information on my own research and experience regarding the KDP Select Program

Preview 06:55

In this lecture I describe techniques that can be used to define a book title that people are actually searching for.

Choose a Title People Can Find

Instructions for purchasing and installing the Kindle Spy plug-in for the Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Where to get Kindle Spy

In this lecture I explain why you should always consider using a subtitle on your book and further discuss techniques for identifying applicable search keywords.

Always Specify a Subtitle

In this lecture I explain why it's preferable to always write short books in a series.

Always Write a Series

In this lecture I explain how to set your edition number and when and why you should increment it.

Maintain Your Edition Number

In this lecture I discuss the creation of appropriate fictional publisher names to include on your book description page.

Specify an Impressive Publisher

Use tried and true ad copy writing techniques to write a book description that grabs attention, develops first interest then desire and concludes with a call to action.

Copywrite Your Book Description

In this lecture I discuss punching up your book description using HTML markup to include bold and italic text and other formatting elements to make you book description more interesting and effective.

Enhance Your Book Description with HTML Markup

In this lecture I explain why it's best to only have one book contributor, which would be you.

Only Use One Book Contributor: You

In this lecture I point out that the majority of the Kindle books sold are in English.

Why You Should Write Your Book in English

In this lecture I explain why ISBN numbers just don't matter any more and why you shouldn't waste time or money trying to get one for you eBook.

Never Specify an ISBN Number

The work you're publishing is probably not in the public domain, but here I provide a few pointers for those publishing public domain work.

Enhance Public Domain Work

Choose Categories to Become a Bestseller

In this lecture I explain the benefits of specifying Age and Grade Ranges for books targeting readers age 18 and below.

Specify Age and Grade Ranges for Children's Books

In this lecture I explain why, as a new author, releasing for preorder is a waste of time.

When to Release for Preorder

In this lecture I present 3 options for obtaining a book cover: 1) Use the online book creator, 2) Use the GIMP to create a book cover, 3) Purchase a book cover off Fiverr or Elance.

What to Do for a Book Cover

Using the Online Book Cover Creator

In this lecture I explain how to upload your previously formatting book interior and some section you might want to include at the end of your book.

Uploading and Reviewing Your Book Interior

Why You Should Not Enable Digital Rights Management
Step 2: Rights & Pricing
4 Lectures 21:40

I don't have a lot to say here except that you'll probably be specifying All Territories.

Selecting Your Publishing Territories

In this lecture I explain why you should set your royalties rate to the maximum of 70% and set your book price to $2.99.

Price Your Book to Optimize Revenue

Always Enter the Kindle MatchBook Program

You Have Little Choice But to Allow Lending of Your Book
Step 3: After You Publish
3 Lectures 14:41
Publishing and Modifying a Book

CreateSpace, Reviews, Free Promotions and Your Next Book

Monitoring Sales in KDP
2 Lectures 01:31

Some closing words pointing to your next hurdle; namely, promoting your book.

Final Steps

Downloading the Word Template
Using KDP to Publish Your Work - Original 2014 Edition
9 Lectures 41:18

A review of the initial steps involved in publishing via the KDP web interface.

Publishing a Book Via KDP Pt. 1: General Information

How to use the Amazon online book cover creator to produce your book cover.

Using the Book Cover Editor

Information on uploading your well formatting Microsoft Word document for publiscation.

Publishing a Book Via KDP Pt. 2: Uploading and Reviewing

A discussion of pricing and the $2.99 sweet spot is provided.

Publishing a Book Via KDP Pt. 3: Setting Price, Etc.

Writing your description and formatting it for added impact using HTML markup.

The Description Revisited

A review chapter in which we emphasize the importance of providing good categories and keywords for your book.

Category and Keywords Revisited

Waiting through review to be published and modifying a published book.

Publishing and Modifying a Book

Show me the money... Show me the money...

Monitoring Sales in KDP

A discussion of the pros and cons of entering the Kindle Select Program.

Kindle Select Program
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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57,902 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2900+ Reviews, 57,600+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.