In February 2014 I pulled together everything I’d learnt about publishing a Kindle e-book and produced Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners. This concise e-book covers everything a writer needs to know in order to publish their first Kindle e-book and it’s written in simple language.
But nothing stays the same and over the last twelve months there have been some changes over at Amazon KDP. For example, UK writers who enter their National Insurance number in the Amazon on-line tax interview (not as scary as it sounds!) no longer have 30% tax withheld on their US royalties, pricing for EU Amazon sites is now inclusive of VAT (see my previous blog post for more information) and it’s now possible to allow pre-orders of a new e-book before it is published.
Therefore, I have updated Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners to reflect these changes plus a few more bits and pieces, such as the advent of Kindle Unlimited allowing e-books enrolled in KDP Select to be borrowed and earn royalties and the ability for authors to run paid-for ad campaigns on Amazon.com.
So, if you’re thinking about e-publishing a collection of short stories, a ‘how-to’ book or a novel then Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners will show you the way – and it currently costs less than a nice coffee (but I’m toying with the idea of putting it up slightly to reflect the extra work that’s gone into it).
And remember, the nice thing about e-publishing is that anything goes! There’s no rules about genres or word counts – as long as the product description and price reflect the content.
Extract from one of several 5* Amazon reviews:
“The field of e-publishing through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is full of tall grasses and hedges, but Sally’s straightforward advice offered a tidy path for my first foray into becoming an online author! Easy-to-read, this guide is clearly written by a writer who has experience with the format, and can either be read as a standalone account or dipped into as you’re on the Amazon website.”
#1 by Maria Smith (@mariaAsmith) on April 12, 2015 - 9:49 am
Sounds like an informative book Sally, will take a look, as our writers group is thinking of publishing an anthology via Amazon. Thank you for sharing.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on April 12, 2015 - 5:19 pm
Thanks for dropping by, Maria. I hope you find the book useful – and do let me know how you get on with the anthology.
#3 by john on October 5, 2015 - 2:57 pm
Is there any way that I can obtain a hard copy or pdf file of this book please. I need to reference this so that I can publish my own book please.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on October 5, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Unfortunately, John, there is no PDF. However you can download the Kindle App onto your PC (free) and read it on that. Hope that helps!