Want to Self Publish a Book? I Can Help.
Have you got a great idea for a book, journal, planner, puzzle, diary or any other sort of paperback but simply don’t know where to start? Well, I can help you self publish a book using free tools like Canva and Amazon KDP. While it’s challenging if you don’t know the steps, once you learn them, it’s easy to make one, a hundred or even a thousand. (I would always opt for quality over quantity but I know others who have thousands uploaded).
How I Can Help You Self Publish a Book?
Let me explain the process that you need to take in order to self publish a book on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and how I walk you through each of the three steps.
Having already published over 130 paperback books to KDP (and counting), I offer some of my suggestions on what you might consider, and what you should avoid, doing.
We start with a 15 minute call to discuss your book so I can be prepared for our session. Then we’ll roll on to creating the book and submitting it to KDP. The whole process takes around 90 minutes (or can be a little less or more).
Design Your Book Cover
First you need to design a cover in the correct dimensions. This could be small like 5″ x 8″ or big like A4 (8.27″ x 11.69″) or several sizes in between. Amazon has certain specifications you need to follow in order to get approved for your cover design. I help you set up the book cover in Canva and give you suggestions on different options you might consider with your cover.
Create Your Book’s Interior
Next it’s time to create your interior (or manuscript) of your book. Your page set up will depend on how many pages you’re going to be creating. You can do one with as little as 26 pages to upwards of 800 pages. (I’ve never published a massive tome like that and generally stick to 50-150 as a rule of thumb – unless it’s a year planner!) Again we will set up your interior in Canva, and I’ll share some ideas on what you might do with your interior.
Submitting Your Book to Amazon
After you’ve completed steps 1 and 2, then we move on to our third and final step, the upload-to-Amazon process. There are three pages we walk through together. I offer tips and considerations along the way. Then you will either submit to Amazon or save as draft. Either is fine. Even if you submit the “unpolished draft version”, you can be tidying it up in the Canva while it’s being reviewed. Once it’s approved, you can update it with your new, slick design.
Other questions about how to publish your book
How much does it cost to create and publish a book on KDP?
We use only the FREE version of Canva and it’s always free to list your books on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. You can list as many books as you like – all for free. The only cost you may have is to use ads to promote it either on Amazon itself or Google ads or your social media.
What do you charge for your service?
For the rest of 2020 the price for the bespoke 1-2-1 training is £150. It is likely to rise in 2021. The process of creating and publishing your book on KDP generally takes a few hours. The session can be split over two sessions if you’d prefer. Most people do it all at the same time but it can make sense to do it at different times. It also includes a 15 minute follow up for any questions or troubles arising.
When and how do you deliver the Canva/KDP training?
I am happy to work seven days a week in order to suit as many schedules as possible. I work evenings too. All training is currently being done online via Zoom. Training can be done with anyone, anywhere in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection.
Ok so if you’re ready to take on this training – then please get in touch. I am currently working on setting up the calendar and payment process. For now, please email thea@ this site’s address or ring on 0141 483 9996 (if you’re in the UK). You can also get in touch via social media – like my Twitter. My instagram is @alltheasthings (see it below on the fun little video I made to show the KDP process….) or via my Facebook page.
By the way, Canva is always FREE but there is also a Canva Pro membership which you can try FREE for 45 days here.
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