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How To Become A Published Author In 24 Hours For Free

Updated on May 22, 2014
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The days of traditional publishing as we know it, are over! Thank goodness! The long tedious chore of submitting your synopsis to big publishing houses, getting rejected over and over again because your book just does not fit into there general niche. Well its a new day, Their are a lot of great authors out there, that would have never gotten a chance to prove themselves if It wasn't for KDP Direct, which is amazon's author house, open to the public. Yes, everyone can become an Ebook author, it's quick, it's easy and yes it can happen in 12 to 24 hours, it's that simple! If you have already written a novel, all you have to do is create an account and upload your manuscript. It toke me all of Thirty Minutes to create the account and upload my book. Within the next 12 hours my Ebook was posted to the kindle library for millions of people to view and purchase. You set your own price, KDP keeps 30% and the author keeps 70%, so if you set your price at $3.99, this means you will receive $2.79 per sale. Remember these are Ebooks so the prices are generally lower then a traditional paper back book. Also if you want your book in paper back format you can go through a company called create space, but I'm not completely sure of the process, this is another avenue for indie authors to sale there books in paper back form. You may think receiving $2.79 for your work is a rip off, remember if you had gone through a traditional publishing house like I did, 99.9% of the time, you will only receive a whopping $1.00 per sale, so these prices are not bad at all. Also Amazons payout is monthly, that's right you get paid every month, which is a plus, with traditional publishing you are paid quarterly which is four times a year, so payment would be every three months. Amazon also offers their authors direct deposit, so what ever you make can be sent directly to your bank account, for those who like paper checks, they will send them out monthly to the address provided.


Most authors do worry about the length of their books, well with KDP their is no page number requirement, i have seen some Ebooks that are 20 pages long, although I would recommend at least writing a novelette, which is 7,500-17,500 words, and roughly 25-49 pages or a novella which is 20, 000 - 50,000 words which is approximately 50-100 pages long. If your an author who can write 200-300 pages of great fiction or non fiction then your already good to go. If you do write a book under 50 pages, I recommend you set your price at .99 cents. Remember these are just my recommendations, you can write as much or less as you want and set what ever price you want, It's all up to you. Before uploading your book you want to take the time to make sure your manuscript is polished. Editing is a big problem with indie authors, and most of their work has a lot of grammatical errors. Since your doing everything your self, remember there is no team of editors through a publisher that will edit your book, you want your book to be flawless so edit it as much as possible. I know professional editing is pricey, some companies charge $5 dollars per page, most indie authors just don't have that type of money. For those of you who do have the money to spare, then yes, of course, buy the professional help. If you don't have the money then I suggest you go through your book with a fine tooth comb, use Microsoft word and then have a friend or family member read over it as well. Get as many people as possible, but people you trust. try to get at least three sets of eyes, including your own, editing is key. As authors we are blind to our own errors and having those extra set of eyes will help tremendously!

Now that our book is edited and up loaded We need a Cover page for our book, don't worry if you don't have the funds for an artist, you can make a free cover using the tools in KDP's, make a cover section. Here you will find pictures and graphics, different colors, formats and fonts for your book and title. This is a wonderful tool for Indie authors, you want your cover to look professional as possible, remember you are competing with covers from professional writers. Realistically, for most indie authors paying a professional graphic designer is not in the budget. For those of us who have the money for a professional artist, then by all means use them, you also want to be original and unique, some indie authors pay about $10 for photo sharing, to insure that no else using KDP will have the same cover. For those of us who are talented and can make our own cover, or use a photograph you have taken, you can go ahead and upload your own or paid work in the cover section. Now that our cover is made, we need to tackle the issue for a ISBN number and copy rights, don't worry, KDP covers all of this for you, they issue you a ASIN/ISBN number and they copy right your book.

10 Tips to Marketing Your Book

How To Market Your Book

Congratulations, if you have followed all the steps above in this blog you are now a published author. Now you need to market your book, and the best way for an indie author to do that, is social media marketing. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, linkedin and more, Make a Facebook "Like" page for your book and if you already have a personal twitter or facebook you can promote your book to your followers and friends. Also you want to make an amazon author page, this helps to promote your book as well. Go all out for your book, make a book trailer for your Ebook as well. If you have windows xp or windows 7, they all come with windows movie maker. Post your book trailer to Youtube and upload it to your social media sites, this is more exposure for your book. Now that your book is out and people are purchasing it, please ask people to write a review. If the person who has purchased your book is a friend or family member, ask them to write a review on Amazon. The big trick to getting free advertisement for your book are reviews. The more reviews you get the higher you move up in rank, and Amazon will start advertising your book for free. A lot of authors don't know about this trick. Authors who make top 100 are making thousands some even millions, their are even teenagers publishing books and becoming Amazon best selling authors. Remember, Reviews equal sales and I wish you all the best of luck on your journey to becoming a published author!

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    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @ProspectBoy Than You so much, glad to be back writing :-)

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      Bradrick H. 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Hello cherrycrime26! Good to see you writing again. I enjoyed reading your hub on this topic. Very thorough and detailed on becoming a published author. Voted up, rated useful.

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @DDE Your so very welcome!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the follow I appreciate your kindness.

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @DDE Thank You so much I'm glad I could help passionate writers become authors :-)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub! A useful way to become published in such simple way. Your suggestions are helpful to all writers.

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @MinnetonkaTwin Indie is short for Independent, basically your doing everything yourself, not through a publisher, I think everyone can benefit from this valuable information, their are actually people who charge for this information, I like to Share and help others :-)

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      Linda Rogers 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you so much for this helpful and informative article on publishing. What exactly does indie author mean? I am guessing it's publishing on line instead of the traditional way. I am sharing this helpful hub all over.

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @alanprefontaine I know not having the funds to do something you really want to do right now is frustrating, and social media marketing is actually great! I have sold so many Ebooks on twitter, people are more willing to spend $5 and below on a Ebook then there willing to buy paper backs, my Ebook sales are way higher then my paper back sales, but I think for an indie author, social media is key.

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @johnf775 I'm just trying to help as many people as possible, from my experience self publishing is better, I've gone through publishers and most of them are a rip off. And as far as marketing they don't help that much, but there are some good ones out there that will pay you up front, but there very competitive. I'm glad my article could help.

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      Alan Prefontaine 

      4 years ago

      It did. Its just encouraging because I am stuck on the editing and I keep on needing to find an editor, and I am just a poor college student so I can't really afford too too much and trying to make extra money here...so I am just writing new and new stuff, editing on my own, and then thinking of new stuff to edit, but there is not a lot of people it seems right now who is willing to edit my work and I need to find one to get to that next stage. But your blog was helpful because if I can get through that one road block, well, I can probably start getting my work published, then I need to do the next big hurtle, marketing.

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      Johnf775 

      4 years ago

      Hello there, I discovered your website by the use of Google while looking for a related subject, your web site came up, it seems good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks. cfkcbdedbeke

    • cherrycrime26 profile imageAUTHOR

      January Moon 

      4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      @Alan Prefontaine, yes editing is very important, my last book was put out by a publisher and they still screwed up the editing, my book is getting great reviews but people are complaining about the errors, you can try that site fiverr.com I'm sure there are some affordable editors on that site. Hope my blog helped :-)

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      Alan Prefontaine 

      4 years ago

      Nice commentary. Still need to give this a whirl but right now I am having trouble finding a consistent editor.

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