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Format a Book in Word: Self-Publish Your Kindle Ebook

By Colin Dunbar

Self-publishing a Kindle ebook is really easy. It takes a few minutes to fill in your details and upload your files. Then within 12 hours (English language books) your Kindle ebook is live in the Amazon Kindle Store. Easy-peasy.

Before you open the Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) site, you should have the following readily available:

  • Your formatted Word file (see Kindle Formatting)
  • Book title and sub-title (if you have one)
  • Your cover image
  • Your book description (400 characters or less, including spaces)
  • Know the category for your book (or have a good idea)
  • Keywords (choose up to seven); two words count as one keyword, e.g. self publishing is considered one keyword.
  • Your financial information (for your royalty payments)

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Format a Book with Word: Why Self-Publishing Online Makes Sense

By Colin Dunbar


The first question an aspiring author asks: Should I go the traditional or self-publishing route?

This is a brief overview of the traditional publishing industry. In this area the world has changed drastically over the past 10 years or so. The Big 5 publishers are cautious to take a risk on an unknown author (as the saying goes, “it’s nothing personal, it’s just business” ☺). And publishing is big business. Going the traditional route means you need time (mostly a lot of time) to find an agent who is interested enough in your book, and then it’s time to find a publisher who is prepared take a risk on you and publish your book. This can take years.
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