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Self publish a book with ease, your book my expertise

Self-Publish with Ease: Your Book, My Expertise

Updated April 2024: I don’t really promote this service any more but still help a person or two each month with this.

Ever dreamt of seeing your name on the spine of a book? Whether it’s a novel, journal, planner, puzzle, diary, booklet, or any other type of paperback, the journey from idea to printed page can seem overwhelming. But what if I told you there’s a straightforward way to bring your vision to life?

Hi there! I’m here to guide you through the exciting world of self-publishing. With the power of FREE tools like Canva and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, your dream book is just a few steps away. I understand the process might seem daunting at first, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be on your way to producing not just one, but potentially hundreds or even thousands of your very own self-published books.

How I Can Help You Self-Publish

Having successfully navigated the publishing journey with over 200 paperbacks on KDP (and that number keeps growing), I’ve not only amassed a treasure trove of experience but also a keen understanding of the intricacies of the process. My hands-on experience equips me with unique insights, ensuring I can guide you through the best practices while helping you sidestep common pitfalls. When you work with me, you’re not just getting advice; you’re gaining a partner dedicated to making your publishing dream a seamless reality

3 Steps to Publishing Your Book

Let’s delve into the process. To bring your book to life on Amazon KDP, there are three pivotal steps to follow. Here’s the first:

  1. Design Your Book Cover

    The cover is the first impression your book makes, so it’s crucial to get it right. Amazon enforces specific sizing requirements to ensure your design gets the green light. Whether you’re aiming for a compact 5″ x 8″ size, a more expansive A4 format (8.27″ x 11.69″), or something in between, I’ve got you covered. I’ll assist you in setting up the perfect book cover dimensions in Canva and offer expert advice on crafting a cover that captivates.

  2. Craft Your Book’s Interior

    The heart of your book lies in its interior – the manuscript that holds your story, ideas, or content. While the page count can range from a concise 26 pages to an extensive 800 pages, it’s essential to remember that it’s the quality of content that truly resonates with readers. Whether you’re looking for a minimalist design or a detailed layout, we’ll use Canva to craft an interior that not only meets technical requirements but also captivates your audience. With my guidance, you’ll discover creative strategies to enhance the appeal and impact of your book’s content.

    Amazon KDP - self publish a book with Canva and Amazon

  3. Submitting Your Book to Amazon

    With the design and content in place, we embark on the final phase: introducing your book to the world via Amazon. This step involves navigating through three specific pages on KDP, but don’t worry, you won’t be doing it alone. I’ll be right beside you, offering insights, tips, and recommendations to ensure a smooth submission. Whether you choose to ‘Submit to Amazon’ immediately or opt to ‘Save as Draft’, flexibility is on your side. Even after submission, you have the freedom to refine your design in Canva during the review phase. And once Amazon gives the nod, you can effortlessly update with your polished, final design, ready for readers to discover.

A Little Prep Goes a Long Way

Before our session begins, I’ll provide you with some preparatory tasks to ensure we make the most of our training time. Additionally, it’s a wise move to familiarise yourself with potential competitors and relevant keywords. Rest assured, I’ll introduce you to the basics of this research, setting the stage for a productive training session.

Bespoke Publishing Assistance

Maybe the idea of learning the ins and outs of self-publishing isn’t your cup of tea, and you’d rather have someone take the reins. You’re not alone; many opt for this approach.

I’ve stepped in for numerous clients, taking their content and either crafting or refining their manuscripts. Given the tailored nature of this service, we’d need to have a chat to understand the extent of the work and time involved before I can provide a quote.

Collaboration: A Win-Win Approach to Publishing

Collaborating can be a brilliant way to bring your book idea to life. Just bring your concept and content to the table, and I’ll lend my expertise in design and creation. Once the book hits the shelves, we’ll share the revenue. The best part? We’ll agree on the percentage split before any work begins, ensuring transparency every step of the way.

Here’s how our collaboration can work:

  1. No Upfront Costs: We’ll agree on a revenue share, and the set-up fee will be deducted from the initial royalties earned. Once the set-up fee is covered, we’ll split any subsequent revenue as per our agreement.
  2. Upfront Set-Up Fee: You cover the set-up fee, and then we share the revenue generated from the book sales. Again, the exact revenue split is something we’ll decide together before starting.

Given the unique nature of each self-publishing project, it’s essential we have a chat to determine the best approach for you. Every book has its own story, and I’m here to help you tell yours in the best possible way.

Some answers to commonly asked questions

Q: How much does it cost to create and publish a book on KDP?

A: The cost to create the book and upload it is FREE! We use the free version of Canva and it’s free to submit to Amazon.

Now the cost of my services depends on the type of training you choose and the specifics of your project. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Group Training: Ideal if you’re teaming up with friends or colleagues. These sessions are both informative and cost-effective. To ensure quality attention, I limit the group size to 5 participants. The training runs once a month online.
    Price: £295 per person (depends on exchange rate: around $375 US).
  • 1:1 Training: For a tailored, in-depth experience, opt for 1:1 sessions. Available both in-person and online, these sessions are designed to cater to your unique needs. I’m on hand 7 days a week, including evenings.
    Price: £595 UK (A bit shy of $750 US).

Q: When and how do you deliver the Canva/KDP training?

A: Here’s how the training sessions are scheduled:

  • Group Sessions: These are held once a month. Fancy joining in? You can secure your spot by messaging me.
  • 1:1 Sessions: Prefer a more personalised touch? Availability 7 days. Use this Calendar. If these days don’t suit you, reach out, and we can discuss alternative dates.
  • Delivery Method: All sessions are mainly conducted online via Zoom. So, whether you’re nearby or halfway across the globe, as long as you’ve got a reliable internet connection, we’re good to go!
  • In-Person Option: Fancy a face-to-face session? In-person sessions can be arranged upon request. Please note if you need other days or times – this can often be arranged manually.

Q: How long does it take before my book will appear on Amazon?

A: After you’ve submitted your finished book, it typically can take about 72 hours for it to be approved and then listed for purchase on Amazon. However, do bear in mind that certain factors, such as holidays or specific times of the year, might cause slight variations in this timeframe. I’ve seen it happen in as little as four hours and as long as a week!

Let’s Get Your Book Published!

Eager to see your name on a book spine? I’m here to help make that dream a reality. If you’ve got questions or are ready to kickstart your self-publishing journey, here’s how you can reach out:

  • Email: Drop me a line at thea@[this site’s address].
  • Phone: Give me a ring at +44 (0) 141 483 9996.
  • Social Media: Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, or my Facebook page.

I’m excited to collaborate and bring your vision to life!

A Few Tools & Resources…Try a book creator now for all kinds of activity books

I recommend a few cool tools for book creators like ‘A Book Creator’ a fabulous keyword/categories tool ‘Publisher Rocket’ and if you wanna go the ebook route – try Designrr.

Note All three affiliate links but tools I genuinely use all the time!!

Finally, for all you fellow creatives, please have a swing by my ever-expanding Links page with all kinds of creativity resources: tools, apps, resources, freebies, extended trials and more.

Fancy a Canva FREE Canva Trial? You can try Canva Pro for FREE here.

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