Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners

As most of you will be aware by now, I am very interested in e-publishing and have been building my own Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginnerse-publishing empire(!) for the last twelve months. I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge along the way and have also had many people say to me that they wished they were ‘technical’ enough to do the same.

A couple of months ago Helen Yendall asked if I would talk about e-books and e-publishing to the writing class that she tutors at Moreton-in-Marsh. Whilst sorting out what I might say, quaking in my boots and being glad that I made the effort to join Sutton Coldfield Speakers’ Club, I realised that I had enough material to write a short e-book for beginners who want to publish their first e-book via Amazon KDP.

And so Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners was born.

It starts with the definition of an e-book and moves on through topics such as choosing what to write (if you don’t have a manuscript ‘ready to go’), how to get your book cover, basic marketing and much much more.

Once I’d finished, I followed my own advice and found a beta reader who matched my target audience i.e. a writer who is contemplating e-publishing for the first time. Peter Hinchliffe is an ex-journalist and news editor who has also completed a novel. He gave my manuscript a big thumbs up and said in his review, “This book shares the skills needed in a detailed, easy-to-follow way. It could be the most rewarding book you ever buy.”

The launch of Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners took place yesterday, following my talk to the lovely writers of Moreton-in-Marsh. There was Bucks Fizz, chocolate cake, coffee and one of the writers celebrated her new grandchild by providing cream cakes for the class – so no one went home hungry! It was really nice to be able to involve other people in the launch instead of doing everything virtually.

So, if you’ve ever fancied seeing your work for sale on Amazon, go and take a look at Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners – it might help you on your way!

KDP for Absolute Beginners Book Launch

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  1. #1 by blogaboutwriting on February 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Sally, thanks once again for a FABULOUS (highly recommended!) talk to my group yesterday. And what a lovely picture! That’s the first/only picture we’ve ever had taken (shame two people were missing) and it looks great. We all look so intelligent! (as we are, of course!). Good luck with your book – I’m just about to buy it!

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on February 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

      Thanks for allowing me to hijack your class with a book launch, Helen!

  2. #3 by shirley stow on February 28, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    ‘Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners’ is an excellent step by step instruction book which I can highly recommend to authors wishing to publish on Kindle.

  3. #5 by Pam on February 28, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Sally thank you for such an inspirational talk yesterday in Moreton. I said at the time it is something I have toyed with but been too ‘scared’ to even attempt. You have taken that fear away. Good luck with the new book; one will be heading my way soon.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on February 28, 2014 - 7:32 pm

      It was nice to meet you Pam and very best wishes with your e-book – let me know when it’s out!

  4. #7 by Jenny Roman on February 28, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Just bought the book, Sally – you couldn’t have written it at a better time. Thank you for taking the time to share your e-experience! 😉

  5. #9 by Harliqueen on March 1, 2014 - 11:25 am

    This looks like just what I need 🙂

  6. #11 by Tracy Fells on March 1, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    What a terrific idea, Sally. Good luck with this and I shall be coming back to this book later in the year.

    • #12 by Sally Jenkins on March 2, 2014 - 8:24 pm

      Look forward to seeing your e-book on Amazon, Tracy!

  7. #13 by Wendy Clarke on March 2, 2014 - 8:14 am

    As you know Sally, I’ve bought it and I’m sure I’ll find it useful when the time comes.

  8. #15 by Sharon Boothroyd on March 3, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    The very best of luck with your new book Sally, I’m sure it will do well. I think a lot of people have been waiting for a book like this!

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