Your Kindle eBook: Formatting And Cover Design

Formatting & Cover design – two very important components

Once you have your Amazon publisher account set up, you will be able to submit your first publication. Before you do that, let’s take a quick look at Formatting & Cover design – two very important components in successfully selling your books on the marketplace.

Formatting:

Different publishing agents, like Amazon or SmashWords, require different formatting for your books. The easiest way to get started is to create one formatting style for Amazon and then change the spacing and alignment for all other distributors, depending on their requirements.

Formatting is quite often one of the most challenging aspects of publishing, especially if you lack experience editing and formatting copy. Don’t stress! Just create your book in DOC format, and when submitting to Amazon, make sure that you save it out as HTML. You will then need to create a zip file in order to upload via your Amazon Kindle account.

For complete information on submitting your book for publication, check out: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help

Cover Design

When designing covers for your books – keep it simple!

You really only need a flat image that represents your story and draws attention to your cover. Avoid white covers and instead, choose vibrant colors that will attract attention and stand out from the white background on Amazon’s Kindle marketplace.

Your cover design should be 600px by 900px in size. If you need images that you are allowed to distribute, check out http://www.DepositPhotos.com or http://www.BigStockPhotos.com

Choose the “Small” size for your image, it’s really all that you need and will save you a few bucks. When saving your cover image, save in PNG and JPG format as Amazon will accept either, however other distribution sites like http://www.SmashWords.com will only accept jpg.

Submitting Your Kindle eBook For Publication:

Once you have submitted your book, the waiting game begins. Amazon typically takes only 24-48 hours to approve a book, however your publication will go through a few different stages before going live on the marketplace.

The first stage is “In Review”, which simply means that Amazon support team is previewing your book to ensure that it’s compliant with Amazon’s submission guidelines. Once your book is approved, it will go into “Publishing” mode.

When in publishing mode, you will be unable to make any changes to your book and will have to wait for the status to change to “Live”. This can take up to 48 more hours after your book is approved.

Your book may also be declined for acceptance into the Kindle marketplace and if this happens, you’ll see the status of your book change to “Blocked”. Once a book is blocked it is unable to be re-submitted, or changed. In order to have it reviewed again, you will need to submit it as an entirely new publication.

After Approval

Once your book is live on the Amazon marketplace, you will want to “like” and “tag” it. Tags are just like keywords entered into search engines. They help potential buyers find your books so be careful with tagging your products with only relevant and accurate tags.

You will be able to enter up to 15 tags per book, but of course, you can create multiple Amazon accounts in order to agree to existing tags and add in new ones.

You will see a low ranking for your book when it is first introduced to the marketplace, but as you generate sales, your ranking will increase. With Amazon, the lower the ranking, the better.

For example, a book ranking at 4500 is better than a book ranking at 45000. Amazon updates the ranking every hour, so you will see your ranking shift slightly from day to day based on the overall number of sales.

Support & Networking Opportunities

As a Kindle publisher, you should consider getting involved in the Kindle Forums, available at http://www.KindleBoards.com

It’s a great place to network with other authors, learn the ropes and once you’ve gained experience yourself, you will be able to contribute and help other new authors. And of course, since readers often visit the boards as well, it’s also a great place to advertise your publications!

Making More Money From Every Book

Submitting your book and getting published is the easy part, but in order to really make money as a Kindle author, you need to know how to bolster your ranking and increase exposure.

One of the best selling courses on Kindle publishing is found at http://www.biz-alchemy.com/kindlemoneymastery

This website offers a simple, step-by-step system that allows anyone to easily publish their own hot selling products within the Kindle marketplace, but what makes this course so incredibly valuable to new authors is that they reveal short-cuts and proven strategies to maximizing book sales even if you only have ONE book published!

Here’s the thing. Amazon does a great job at recruiting business for your books but it’s your job to create compelling listings and descriptions that pull buyers in. You also have to make sure your cover pulls in readers and that you’re targeting active buyers. Kindle Money Mastery offers all of that and more, in a comprehensive all-inclusive blueprint that no Kindle author should do without.

Check it out : http://www.biz-alchemy.com/kindlemoneymastery

Resources

Kindle Money Mastery A step-by-step video training program for making money with Kindle publishing.

24 Hour Book Program (aka How To Write A Book In Less Than 24 Hours), is a step-by-step video training program on how to write a book in less than 24-hours.

Kindle Publishers account: https://kdp.amazon.com/

Kindle Money Mastery