Kindle Publishing: Self-publishing eBooks on Amazon KDP

Kindle Publishing: Self-publishing eBooks on Amazon KDP: Publishing a book is easy. Publish your book on Amazon KDP.
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  • Lectures 57
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Newly Updated 5/27/2015

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 5100 Students Currently Enrolled!!

34 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.

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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!


What are the requirements?

  • A PC or a Mac
  • Microsoft Word
  • A Working Knowledge of Microsoft Word

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Correctly format an ebook using Microsoft Word
  • Publish your ebook on Amazon using the KDP web interface

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who would like to self-publish an ebook

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction to Self-publishing

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.


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


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.


A brief description of the course contents.

Section 2: Formatting Your Document Using Microsoft Word

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.


A brief overview of displaying formatting characters.


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


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


Learn how to apply our style formatting to the document.


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


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).


Add a Table of Contents to your manuscript.


How to format the title page and chapter titles.


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

Section 3: Using KDP to Publish Your Work - 2015 Update
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.

Section 4: Step 1: Your Book

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.


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

KDP Select Status Update: 6/12/2015
KDP Select Status Update: 9/20/2015

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.

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.


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


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.

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.

Why You Should Not Enable Digital Rights Management
Section 5: Step 2: Rights & Pricing

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

Always Enter the Kindle MatchBook Program
You Have Little Choice But to Allow Lending of Your Book
Section 6: Step 3: After You Publish
Publishing and Modifying a Book
CreateSpace, Reviews, Free Promotions and Your Next Book
Monitoring Sales in KDP
Section 7: Conclusion

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

Downloading the Word Template
Section 8: Using KDP to Publish Your Work - Original 2014 Edition

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 1,800+ Reviews, 4.58 Stars and 37,000+ 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 wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.

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