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Become a Published Author Using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

Updated on May 6, 2017
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Deborah has been a published author of books and internet articles for the past eight years, and often helps other writers succeed, too.

Anyone Can Publish Their Own Books, Today!

This is a photo of some of the books that this author has published using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing.  It takes patience, but anyone can use the same system to publish their own books at no cost to them!
This is a photo of some of the books that this author has published using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. It takes patience, but anyone can use the same system to publish their own books at no cost to them! | Source

Do You Want to Write a Book?

If you are like many people who spend time reading and writing articles on the internet, you have often thought about writing a book. You may even have an old manuscript lying around, and wondered if you should just toss it out. Perhaps you submitted it to a couple of publishers in the past, and it was rejected.

On the other hand, you may want to write a book that you know will only be of interest to a limited number of people. Perhaps you have written an autobiography which you think will only interest your family and your descendants. Or, you may have written a book on how to do something and know it will only appeal to a small group of people ... your students in a class or your co-workers, for example. You do not want to pay to publish it when only a few dozen people may ever be interested, but you would like to make the information available to those who will appreciate it.

If you fall into any of these categories, then learning how to publish books on using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing may be the answer to your prayers.

Amazon owns these two publishing companies. You use CreateSpace to publish a paperback copy of your book. Afterwards (or instead, if you only want an ebook), you use Kindle Direct Publishing to create a ebook version.

If you can write your book into a Word Document, and follow a few, simple formatting instructions, you can make your book available to millions of readers, or just a few, in no time at all!

To begin, you should start with Amazon's free service, CreateSpace, to make your book available as a low cost print-on-demand book. All you need to do is log onto CreateSpace.com, submit your Word document, and follow their simple instructions. Below you will find more details about the process.

Once you have followed their steps and approved a proof of your book, they will also ask if you want to submit your manuscript to Kindle Direct Publishing. Of course, you will want to do that, too.

I have gone through this process six times and been pleased with the results.

This is Example of a Book Published Using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing

Create Your Own Book Cover Using the CreateSpace Style Choices

Once I wrote my book, and had it saved as a Word Document ready to download to Kindle Direct Publishing, I needed to have a book cover. This seemed more daunting to me than writing the book. I quickly learned, however, that I had several different options.

First, I could use the Placeholder Book Cover which Amazon offers. This is simply a plain cover you often see in the book section of Amazon. However, I wanted something a bit more interesting.

Second, I knew I could go on Fiver. com and ask a stranger to make a cover for me for $5.00 (or more). Of course, I had no idea if I would even like what they created. I decided I would try to create something myself.

I have to admit I tried several times before I was even somewhat satisfied, and I may actually create improved ones in the near future. However, for my first book, I took a photograph from Morguefile.com, used Microsoft Paint to resize it to meet the CreateSpace and Kindle specifications, and added the title and author to the bottom. It wasn't perfect, but I thought it was preferable to a plain book cover.

Since this time, I have created book covers for all six of my Amazon books, several of which you can see in the photo at the top of this page. I even revised the first cover I had created and changed the design to one I liked better. I found that was easy to do. Once I created and downloaded a new cover, the old one disappeared.

The Easiest Way to Create A Book Cover

When you submit your book to CreateSpace, they will provide you with a selection of free-use photos related to your subject which you can legally use. I used the pictures they provided for several of my books, including "Your Guide to a Fabulous Las Vegas Wedding" and "What Would Jesus Tweet." But, in the case of "Romantic Budget Wedding Ideas," I decided to use a Morguefile.com picture and inserted it into their template.

You can play around with the cover designs and photos until you are satisfied. Once you have your cover set up for CreateSpace, your Kindle book will also have the same design when it is displayed on Amazon.com

Now You are Ready to Upload Your Book to CreateSpace

Once you have written your book, and thought about your book cover design, you are almost ready to upload your book to CreateSpace.

Make sure you have followed all the simple formatting instructions that CreateSpace requires. In particular, you want to add a page break at the end of each chapter, set up automatic paragraph indents, and saved your document. I like to make my margins extra large on the sides of the pages, because it saves me editing later on.

First, log into CreateSpace.com and open an account, just like you would on any website. Next, read everything thoroughly. Submit your book. Use their tools to create your book cover.

When you submit your book, they will show you a proof of what it will look like and tell you what corrections you need to make. Usually, I have to imbed the font; they provide the instructions for how to do that depending on your version of Windows. In addition, as I go through the pages, there may be some words that fall outside the margins and I sometimes have to adjust the original Word Document for that and resubmit it.

Once you are satisfied, go through the various steps to select a price (they will make suggestions) and make your book available worldwide.

If you want to see how I set up and organize my books, you can download the first 10% of any Kindle book for free. This will give you examples of the front material you will want to use.

You can see most of my books in the picture at the top of this page or by Googling "Deborah Dian on Amazon." It will take you to my Amazon author page.

If you list your book for sale for at least $2.99, you are allowed to offer free days at least 5 times out of every 90 day period. It is a great way to promote your book, and attract a potential audience. Books priced between $2.99 and $9.99 provide you with 70% royalties. Books that are priced higher or lower than that only offer about 35% royalties. Obviously, Amazon wants to encourage you to price your books within that range, although you can list them for other prices, if you wish.

You can either order proof copies of your books, which cost about $5 to $8, including shipping, or you can simply look at the digital proof of your book for free and approve your book that way. I like to order a few copies of my books to show my family and friends!

Join Shelfari

After your book has been published for a few days, you will get an invitation to join Shelfari. This is a way for you to touch base with other Kindle writers, see what they are reading, and participate in their writer's public forums.

If you do decide to join, my Kindle author name is Deborah Dian. I hope to see some of you over there!

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      JamesCrind 2 years ago from Macon, Georgia

      I am very new to hubpages. I have known about it for years, but never opened an account. I read this article and I had to open an account to comment. Just like everyone else, your article is chopped full of great points! I used a very good publishing company to publish my book and fortunately the person I worked with did a good job of explaining a number of the points you mentioned with me.

      I am looking forward to reading your other posts and contributing to this community too!

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      Cygnet Brown 2 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I have been thinking about possibly putting my books together on Createspace as I have on Lulu.com, and Kindle. I think you have convinced me that is a good idea! Thanks!

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Anyone who has written articles, poems or stories online for sites like Hubpages, could put together a book using Createspace, even if the only people who ever get a copy are their family and friends!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Good point I love some of the short stories on hubpages !

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I was happy to provide this information to some of the other aspiring writers here on Hubpages. I think a lot of writers here would write a book, if they only knew what was involved.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Wow you are very talented, love the book cover ! Thanks for showing us how to do this !

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You're so right, of course, Deborah. I did my first book the traditional way, and I have no relationship with the Publisher. I keep begging him to tell me of sales, and he lies when he responds, if he responds.

      I will get round to Kindle. Only a matter of time. Was thinking of you today. Thought that you would be useful just in case I got stuck when ready. Much peace.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm glad that you found this information useful. Today, anyone has the opportunity to publish a book, whether they have a large following or they know that only a small group of people would be interested in their subject matter. It is such a rewarding feeling to have written books. I have now published six Amazon books under my Amazon author name: Deborah Dian

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I keep meaning to go that way. Haven't managed it as it. Very useful information here, Deborah. Happy New Year!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have not used BookRix before, but it sounds like a great way to increase your book distribution!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have to admit that it was much easier to publish a book than I ever thought it would be. I have no regrets about taking that giant step.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I still have nearly 100 Squid/Hubs to sort through. Meanwhile, I have to say that I am really glad that I have written those six Amazon books. They continue to sell and I really enjoy the fact that it didn't cost me anything to have them printed!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Perhaps one day you will want to publish your own books, too. It is very satisfying to be able to show your friends the books you wrote.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I agree that it is wise for all of us to create multiple income streams. Writing e-books is a very satisfying way to have control over your own writing projects.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm still following you about this subject. I'm finding it hard to follow through on all the good info you are covering in the comments, as i still intend to write a eBook.

      I did a challenge with Ed Dale, he used Scrivener, but I haven't really used it much, even joined up Amazon Kindle Direct Publisher, must get moving and get it done.

      Be glad to finish sorting my hubs I think I have about fifty more to do.

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      Gordan Zunar 3 years ago from New York

      I published my e-book with BookRix, they then distributed it to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and ITunes. Interesting post!

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      TycoonSam 3 years ago from Washington, MI

      First of all Congratulations on your published books! very informative hub and an inspiration to anyone who as ever wanted to publish a book but didn't know how (Myself included).

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have helped people get publish on CreateSpace and Kindle. Not so much my own writing.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have to confess that I was very nervous the first time I uploaded one of my books. It took me much longer than necessary because I kept reading and re-reading all of the instructions. However, when it was all said and done, I was surprised at how easy it was. Thanks for pinning my article.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Deborah Diane you did a great Hub Page here on a much needed subject and self promotion is fine. I've done it for years and with huge success. I publish at Create Space and Kindle under many different names. I just got my checks in the mail in the last week and it made me happy. Self promotion works. I hand out flyers and business cards and put up signs at busy intersections. You did a wonderful job with this Hub Page and it will help a lot of people. I have voted this page up, shared it and will post links to it from a few of my sites. A lot of people are writing books now and they should. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Create multiple income streams and you'll get all kinds of nice surprises. O.P. have a nice day.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you for your suggestions. I will change download to upload. I appreciate your suggestion. Even though I use CreateSpace to make the Kindle version, I have never had a problem separating them. They are listed under my two different accounts. However, that could be because I had already written several Kindle books before I started using CreateSpace, so I have accounts with both entities. You made a good point, though.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks, Au fait! I have been popping back and forth working on my Squid/Hubs, too. So you will probably see lots of me ... sometimes as Deborah-Diane and sometimes as DeborahDian. It's keeping me pretty busy!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I found your article to be very interesting. I have never thought of publishing a book but you certainly do make it sound simple and easy. Thanks for sharing this information with us. Will be pinning this to my "Do you know this?" board and will also share.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you all for you comments and suggestions about my article on writing a book using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. I have been very happy with my experience on those sites and hope others will also give it a try. Today there is no reason why anyone cannot write a book ... even if their intended audience is no larger than members of a club or a family.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Just what I needed. Great hub and very helpful. Thank you. Voted up, sharing,+

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I have published many books with both. Covers are easy to make if you have any kind of picture program in your computer. I have designed all my covers. The one thing here you might want to correct is you are uploading your book not downloading. That could cause some confusion to readers. Also I don't allow Create A Space to make my book in a kindle version I do them both separetly. That way you can keep better tracking of how many books you have sold. Just some ideas of my own and I am not critizing your article just some suggestions to add.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      There are getting to be more and more people out there who are writing books. This is an invaluable article on that subject and I hope they find it! I'm going to do my part by posting this article on FB and sharing with followers. Haven't seen you in so long, hope all has been, and is well.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have NEVER purchased an ISBN. The only reason to do that is if you have written a book that you honestly believe might become of interest to a major publishing house and, in that case, you should just submit it to them before publishing it yourself. Once you have published your book on CreateSpace and approved everything, they will give you the option of making it available for the Kindle, too. Everything transfers over. You just have to click a few boxes, set a price, etc. ... and then you are all done!

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      Larry Sells 3 years ago from Decorah, IA

      I'm confused about something. After I published a book through Createspace then go through Kindle I get to use the same ISBN since it's the same title. Or do I have to remove the ISBN since the Kindle e-book might be another product. Is there a way to get an extra ISBN from CreateSpace without going to Brocks and paying $300 for 10 or whatever the going rate is.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing together is the perfect way to publish a book. It is completely free and you can promote your books in lots of different ways.

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      Larry Sells 3 years ago from Decorah, IA

      I through CreateSpace and with a couple books went through KIndle.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm glad that you found this useful. I'm looking forward to getting all this Squidoo stuff sorted out, too. I think we are in for a very busy fall. (Sigh)

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Great page with lot's of helpful info. I will be back to try writing a eBook at a later date when I have got all this Squidoo stuff sorted out.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful to know and good luck with the books. Thanks.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again because everyone needs a place to start when they begin thinking about writing a book no matter what it's about. This article is a great place to learn about how to go about self-publishing.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      WriterJanis - give it a try. It's easier than you think!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I have thought of writing an E-book, but haven't decided what to write about yet. It's something on my to do list.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      The writers club I belong to just formed a separate Publishing Club that is specifically geared towards teaching people how to publish their work. We will also be holding book signings and other special events. I hope that more Writing Clubs will branch out in this way, too!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again because a lot of people are thinking about publishing and they need a place to start learning how to go about it. This is a great help for people just getting started.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I now have five books that are published on both the Kindle and I used Amazon's Create Space system to also have paperback versions of them created. I love really feeling like a published author! I hope more of you will give this system a try.

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      Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the info. E-books seem to be the hot thing now. I see people with E-readers all the time on the bus. I am blowing the dust off a couple of books that I have not been able get published and publish them on Kindle for sure.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I've thought about doing this. Thanks for the interesting article. I've been a little afraid of trying, but this gave me some incentive.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This may be just the thing someone has been thinking about for a long time and wondering how to go about it. Finally publishing that book may be the perfect thing to put at the top of somebody's list of New Year's resolutions. Sharing for those followers who may want to review or just read this valuable info for the first time.

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      ladybluewriter 3 years ago from United States

      I have been wondering about this e-book of my novel. I feel like it is difficult to deal with the graphics because of the way the Kindle readers do. Thanks for writing this article. You take the fear out of my writing.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Good luck with your new e-book. I'm glad you found my article to be helpful!

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      Hi Deborah-Diane!

      Thanks to this hub and your encouragement I have just published my book on kindle and it was SO easy! If anyone is interested the link can be found in my profile.

      Fingers crossed I will sell some in the run up to Christmas. It is a children's short story with a Christmas theme.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      It is hard to predict how much you can earn. I only $10 to $30 a month, while some people make thousands ... especially if they have a work of fiction that becomes a big hit. Yes, you can edit it if you want to make changes. You just edit your original manuscript, re-save and resubmit it. It's very easy.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I've always thought about trying this, but haven't done so. Do you earn decent money doing this or is there too much competition? Once you've published a book, can you edit it if you want to make changes? It sounds like fun.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing again for anyone who may have missed this article. I know when doing something for the first time a person usually has hundreds of questions and this article is a great way to get some answers.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks for getting the word out. I hope others learn about the wonderful potential that comes from writing their own ebooks.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Helpful information for people wanting to publish for the first time but have so many questions. Sharing again, and pinning on my "Everything About Writing" board.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have not tried to do that because you can't participate in the Kindle lending program if your book is available on any other platform. However, since my books are rarely borrowed, it is tempting. I'll be interested to see if anyone else has information on Lulu.

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      I also intend to try to publish my ebook with lulu (lul.com). You get 90% and free distribution to the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore, as well as the Lulu Marketplace.

      Has anyone else done this?

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Just Helen ... it is NOT as hard as it looks. I have never tried to do pictures in my Kindle books, but I know it is possible. You might ask a younger friend to help you with that part. However, the rest is pretty easy. I hope you enjoy the process!

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      Deborah-Diane, you have inspired me to put my children's story on Amazon Kindle. I have finished the story, with pictures and edited until I'm blue in the face! But I am confounded by the dense wording on the 'how to' pages of Amazon Kindle. I am not terribly computer literate. I can do normal basic things, but reading through their stuff overwhelms me. Is it as hard as it looks?

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Hi Eileen! Glad to hear your travels are going well. I'm glad I may have inspired you to write a Kindle book. Here in the US, you only have to earn $20 if you opt for a direct deposit, so I get a deposit at least every other month. I have two more books in the planning stage, so I hope to be earning money even more often soon.

      Stay in touch!

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for great article. I think it was either yours or another IB member that encouraged me to create a couple of ebooks on kindle. Although I don't think I have received any payout as yet but still hoping.

      Not sure but think have to earn 100 before payout. Still traveling so not doing much these days. Just taking lots of photos here and there.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a wonderful way to get your novel published. Good luck with it!

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      brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

      I have some great ideas for a novel. This sounds like a great opportunity when I actually finish it.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I am not a "techie" but I was easily able to follow the instructions that were posted on the Amazon site for Kindle downloads. You start with your word document that has been saved to filtered HTML, make a simple cover using a photo, and then download both at the Kindle Direct Publishing website. You can easily be a published author in half an hour! Do some of the free promotions that they allow, and you will see your audience grow. It's so much fun to be able to say that you have written Kindle books, and that you earn a little money from them every month, even if it isn't very much! :)

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      I loved your article. I have 2 novels and a collection of short stories ready. How do I go about it ?

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I think this is another excellent article than can be very helpful to people who don't know where to start with publishing an E-book. Going to share it again.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks for all the questions in the recent comments. I will try to answer them here: 1) Although you can load your word document to the Kindle editor as a plain word document, it will not look as crisp and professional to the reader. To do that, you first need to save it as filtered html and then download that version to the Kindle editor. 2) I did not need a special program to save to filtered html. It was part of my version of Microsoft Word. When I hit "save," and entered the title I wanted it "saved as", I could also scroll down to select how I wanted it saved ... and filtered html was one of the choices. 3) Whether it is worth it to write a Kindle books is up to you. I sell about three copies a month of my most popular book. I sell occasional copies of the other books. I can earn anywhere from $10 to $30 a month from my Kindle books. The way I look at it, it's more than I would earn if the manuscripts were sitting in a drawer! 4) Another commenter asked about pictures in a picture book. There is a way to add them, and the instructions are included in the instructions for the Kindle Editor. I have never tried, so I'm afraid I am not too helpful in this regard. 5) Another commenter asked about publishing a book in both English and your native language. Once you upload a book to the Kindle, it will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, and more. I have sold copies of my books in several languages.

      Again, thank you all for your comments and questions.

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      very nice article, I likes to publish a book in my native language and in English, thank you very much

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      I have written a children's picture book-type short story. I have thought of publishing on kindle, but I don't have any pictures for the picture book! Is this a problem? How can I get over it?

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      You said you need to set up your book as filtered html. Do you need a special program to do that? I just have the Microsoft Word Starter. Does the full version give you the choice to use filtered html?

      Do you get enough sales to make the endeavor worthwhile? This is an excellent article. Sorry that I have so many questions.

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      Joseph Renne 4 years ago from Milton

      I will be working on a Book soon, thanks for the inspiration

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information! I hadn't really thought about publishing. I might try it someday just to say I did it. Maybe my adventures with the elderly. Voting this up and bookmarking it for later reference!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this useful article again. I've been reading about people who want to write a book lately and maybe some of them will find the help they need in this hub.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks for sharing this information about how to get published on the Kindle. Anyone can do it. It is a great way to permanently make a record of your family history, write your memoirs, or put together your favorite family recipes. You may also be able to write a wonderful romance novel, or something more complex. The Amazon Kindle has made it possible for anyone to be a published author!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I'm going to pin this on my book board. It may be of help to lots of people.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I hope more people will try publishing their own books on Kindle Direct Publishing. It is exciting to know that you can be a published author and sell copies of your books ... all without spending a dime of your own money. Good luck to all those other aspiring book authors out there!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Thank you but I have trouble just writing 500 words. Will share this.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I have a middle grade reader that is edited and ready to be published. This is just the thing I was considering. I've marked this for future reference. I don't yet have a book cover, but it wouldn't take much to make one with your helpful instructions! I will look for you on Amazon as soon as I can find the time to do this. Thanks!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Moonlake, I hope you do try to write a Kindle book someday. You are an excellent writer, and think you could turn many of your articles into a short e-book for the Amazon Kindle. Thanks for you comments!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great information. I will never write my own book but I like reading about how to do it. Your book cover is very nice. Voted up.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you, Thelma! I hope you do try to write something for the Kindle. It is a great way to get your books out to the public!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great hub full of informations. I did not know about publishing on Kindle. I have to research this first, for I have been thinking for a while how to publish my own writing without spending money. Thanks Deborah. Voted up and useful. Happy Sunday!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Bake Like a Pro --- you could easily compile your recipes into an ebook and promote them on Amazon!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Great info Diane. I know someone who is thinking about doing just that. Thanks for the info and share. Voted up and sharing :).

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks! There is software that some people use to make their covers, but I still use Microsoft Paint. I have a couple of covers I would like to redo, so I may try something different in the future.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I find creating a cover the most daunting as well. Good info for people who would like to publish.

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I hope you do decide to publish your book on the Kindle. It is wonderful to know that no writer needs to go unpublished today. Once you publish, you can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to create an audience. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I just participated in NaNaWriMo... just yesterday I was looking into publishing my book off of Kindle. While it isn't ready yet for that step, I wanted to see what I was getting into. Great tips and advice for those who are getting to that stage. Thanks for the tips!

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Hi WritingInAlaska, Perhaps saying a review of your Kindle book was not the right wording. Depending on your topic, you can write short articles on the topic, or about your experience writing your book, and include a link to your Kindle book. In this way, you can earn money off your article on the topic, and promote your book at the same time.

      As for shelfari, go to www. shelfari. com and set up a page. List the book you wrote on your shelfari bookshelf. Join a couple of discussion groups. Some of them allow self-promotion.

      Also, do some free give away days with your books. All these things together will help promote your book. Good luck!

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      writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

      thank you Deborah-Diane. Yes, I have been doing FB promotions. I don't have a Tweet account and really don't want one. Write a review on my own book?? Isn't that a little biased?

      Still confused by the Shelfari thing....

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Keep putting links where you can; Tweet and Facebook links to it; write reviews on different sites, with links. Keep promoting it!

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      If you want to promote your books, making comments like the one you just did should help. You can also go to the Amazon page for your book and Tweet it to your followers; put a link to it on Facebook, too. You can even write a book review about it. I just added my third Kindle book, "Your Guide to a Fabulous Las Vegas Wedding."

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      writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

      great hub, short and straight forward with leaving nothing out on the KDP publishing format submission for Kindle. I wrote my first book for Kindle and recently got it accepted http://www.amazon.com/This-Side-Flatirons-ebook/dp... but i do not ever remember receiving an invitation to Shelfari. My sales are slow and i have done links on FB etc. what more can i do? thank you in advance. LVH

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      Kayleesnider 5 years ago from USA

      Excellent read.

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you both for your comments. I found that submitting books to Kindle Direct Publishing was much easier than I expected it to be!

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Super hub, I think self publishing is the way of the future and great way for authors to control their own content. Thank you for your great tips!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      I really enjoyed this hub. It's packed full of information but easy to follow and does make you think much more seriously about writing a book.

      I loved the cover that you created. It's beautiful and classy without being over the top - lovely and very eyecatching.

      Great hub + voted up!