Ally Nathaniel’s first book, a children’s cookbook, was rejected by a hundred publishers. In desperation, she turned to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). After many trials and tribulations, she published her first Kindle e-book and sold over 30,000 copies within five months. Since then, she has published eight children’s books and sold over 50,000 copies. Now, she has published The Ultimate e-Publishing Guide to share her expertise with other writers who want to publish on Amazon KDP but don’t know how.
In her book, Ally has broken down her system into a series of easy-to-follow steps:
Preliminary steps before writing your book
Before you sit down to write your e-book, Ally advises you to define the purpose and topic of your book and its target audience. You also need to analyze your competition, which will help you to position your book.
Writing your book
In this stage, Ally describes how she writes her books by brainstorming ideas, creating an outline, organizing the topics into a logical order, etc. She recommends that you hire a professional editor to ensure your book is high quality and free of errors.
Publishing your e-book on Amazon KDP
Ally gives many insider tips on
- formatting your book (as a Word document),
- selection of relevant keywords
- selection of the right book categories
- creation of an attractive book cover
- right pricing of your book and
- creation of an effective book description
Uploading your e-book on Amazon KDP
In this section, Ally takes you by the hand and guides you through all the technical steps needed to upload your book on Amazon KDP, including creation of a new KDP account, adding your book details, keywords, book categories, royalty package, etc.
Marketing your e-book
Finally, Ally gives many valuable insights to promote your e-book. For example, she gives details on how you can set up a free Amazon author page, create a book trailer, enroll your book in the KDP Select program, use social media, ask for reviews, etc.
If you want to self-publish your first book on Amazon in the Kindle format, check out Ally’s Beginners Guide here.
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.)
(23 April 2014)
Rohi Shetty is a freelance writer who riffs about the importance of humor, mindful mojo, and creative entrepreneurship at http://rohishetty.com. He is also a star student of Danny Iny’s Audience Business Masterclass. You can connect with him on Twitter at @rohishetty.