Amazon KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing what you may not know is that as well as Ebooks you can very easily publish Paperback books on KDP as well! This post will teach you exactly how.
Publishing Low content Notebooks, Colouring books, journals, Logbooks, Scoring Books and so on and so forth is an excellent and simple way to start making a passive income. Whether you’re after an extra $50 a month or a full-time income both are certainly possible with some work!
It’s simple you’ll need these three things.
- An Amazon account
- A Graphics design program (Or online one)
- Ideas and Niches
Contrary to popular opinion you don’t need any graphic design skills, of course, it would be beneficial, but I do not have much skill at designing and am still successful!
Head over to the Amazon KDP Page, Sign in with your Amazon account and follow the simple instructions on Amazon, filling in payment details and tax information, this should be simple unless you’re in a country amazon won’t send payments too. If this is the case consider setting up a worldwide bank or a bank based in another country
There’s plenty of options for graphic design here, I’ll list some of the most popular that plenty of peers and friends are using for KDP, I personally use Photoshop.
- Canva (Online Free)
Choose depending on your graphic design skills, I’d recommend Canva if you’re just getting started as it’s free, simple to use and web based!
Ideas and Niches
This is the most important element to your success with low content books! If you’ve ever heard of the long tail this is the place to use it! Basically, niche down as much as you can! For example say you pick the niche of Football, Instead of just Football you could use “6 Aside Futsol Score-book” it demonstrates the point that you should niche down as much as you can!
When you’re first getting started I’d suggest thinking of hobbies, interests and anything else you can come up with! From there you can start seeing what sells well and try and narrow down on those niches or widen out and try other things you think would work well!
Research and Niches
There’s a few different programs and methods to do research and find niches some are free some paid, I’ll list them below
- FREE AutoComplete on Amazon – Simply type in your first word and observer what amazon autocompletes, these searches have a high volume
- FREE KeywordPro – Type in a keyword and KeywordPro will show you words related to that search
- PAID MerchantWords – This is pretty much the best program for finding keywords on Amazon!
Designing is far simpler than you’d imagine, simply take your niche, write a title, choose or create a cover for the book, simple as that!
Let’s walk through an example with screenshots! Let’s choose the niche of “Conspiracy” and go for the sub-niche of “Bigfoot” so “Bigfoot sightings Logbook”
Choose the size and page numbers of the book you’ll be making and download a template image from Amazon here – I’ll be using 6 x 9 and 100 pages for this Logbook.
Open this image in your editing program, I’ll be using Photoshop, it Should look like this
Then head over to Dafonts and pick a suitable font for the theme of your book here I’ve searched for Bigfoot and found one matching font! Download this font, Extract the Zip file and search fonts on windows then drag and drop this file into your fonts folder.
Write your font in the space given on the template image being sure to stay within the Red and Orange boundaries.
Either design your own cover image using graphic design skills or download a copyright free one from pexels or unsplash, resize to fit your cover.
That’s it you’ve designed you’re cover, I used Pexels to find my copyright free image.
As for inners, you may design your own or use some available online, I personally use Tangent Templates which is, in my opinion, is the best out there.
After this you’re ready to upload!
Uploading and SEO
As well as your design this is a key part to your success, head over to Amazon KDP and your bookshelf and click add a new paperback book.
Now you’ll have to fill in the metadata of your paperback book. The title MUST correspond with the title you wrote on the cover design of your book or else it’ll be rejected.
For the subtitle, SEO is key so use your researching tools and find some commonly searched for keywords!
Skip series number and edition
For author also use a keyword phrase, for example, Bigfoot for first name and Journals for the second name
Add in a verbose and keyword heavy description for your book, although it doesn’t rank for Amazon it will for google. Here’s a great tool for writing KDP descriptions at Kindlepreneur.
Publishing rights – I own the copyright.
Keywords – ok this is where the SEO comes in, list out as many relevant keywords as you can the, try and use 3-4 word phrases as this works best.
Categories – Nonfiction – choose the most relevant niche categories you can.
Now click save and continue and move on to the next page of uploading your Cover, Inner and other info about the book.
You must click assign a kindle ISBN, this is basically a unique identifier for your book, do not click this if you’re selling elsewhere.
Choose your print options based on what you want, I’ve gone for 6×9 and black on white paper!
Now upload your manuscript (The 100 pages inner from tangent templates) and the cover PDF
Once both have uploaded click Launch preview this may take some time then check both the title cover and inner are all in order click approve and then click save and continue.
Now choose your price point, 7.99 is pretty standard o 9.99 I’d suggest clicking expanded distribution for some extra money as well. Then his publish, congratulations you’re finished!