This post follows yesterday’s post – Self-Publishing on Kindle – Part 1
Once you have clicked on the ‘Add New Title’ button, you will be taken to Step 1 of the publishing process. (There are only two steps, but I will be breaking down the process into several posts, so they don’t get too long).
#1. Enter Your Book Details
You need to enter your book title, which should be the exact title as it appears on the cover and how you want it to be listed on Amazon.
You can enter a subtitle – same rule as above applies. Don’t use a subtitle if it’s not actually on the book cover, or if it a tagline on the cover.
You can check the box if the book is a part of a series, and a new box will pop up asking for the series title and the volume number. This information helps your readers know in what order they should read you books.
Enter the edition number. If this is the first time you are publishing your book, you would enter ‘First Edition’.
You can enter a publisher name, which could just be your own name (or pseudonym) but please do check out my post on having a publishing imprint before deciding on what to put in this box. Unless you already have a publishing imprint name, in which case, enter that.
In the next box, you want to put your description of the book, which would be what you would see on the back cover of a print edition. This description will be the synopsis that is visible on your book product page on Amazon, so you will need to work on making it interesting, gripping and intriguing enough for people to be interested in buying your book. I will write a post in the future about writing the book ‘blurb’.
The next button is to add all the contributors to the book. First of all, you need to add your name and choose ‘author’ then you can add other contributors, such as illustrators, editors or the author of the foreword. The names of the contributors are displayed prominently in the Amazon listing, underneath the title of the book. If you have a foreword written by a well-known person, it’s definitely a good idea to include them.
In the language box, leave it as English unless you are publishing another language of course!
Finally, there is a box for the ISBN. As eBooks are assigned an ASIN number, and on Amazon you can link the print and eBook editions together, I have never bought ISBN numbers for my eBooks, as it seems unnecessary. If you do decide to have ISBN numbers on your eBooks, they MUST be a different number to your print books, as all version of your book should have their own ISBN.
For part 3 of the process, click here!
Disclaimer: All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.