Self Publish a Book

Want to self publish a book - I can help you using Canva and KDP

Want to Self Publish a Book? I Can Help.

Have you got a great idea for a book, journal, planner, puzzle, diary, booklet 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 do know others who have thousands uploaded to Amazon now).

How I Can Help You Self Publish a Book?

Let me explain a few of the ways I can help you. Firstly, let’s talk about the process that you need to take in order to self publish a book on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. I’ll walk you through each of the three steps.

Having already published over 200 paperback books to KDP (and counting), I offer some of my suggestions on what you might consider, and what you should avoid, doing as well.

3 Steps to Publish a Book

There are three main steps to create and publish your book on Amazon KDP. It is also recommended you do some research on competition and keywords which I will cover at a basic level as well.

  1. 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 for your cover.

  2. 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 of course!)

    Again we will set up your interior in Canva, and I’ll share some ideas on what you might do with your interior.

    Get ready to self publish a book on Amazon's KDP

  3. 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 on KDP.  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. 

For one to one training we’d start with a 15 minute pre-call to discuss your book, so I can be prepared for our session. I might also give you homework to consider. Then we’ll roll on to Zoom and start creating the book and submitting it to KDP. The whole process usually takes a just few hours (or can be a little less or more).

If you don’t want to learn “how” I can still help you publish…

Maybe you don’t really want to learn how to self-publish a book, but you just want someone to do it for you. In that scenario, I can help too.

I’ve done this on several books for people. They supplied me with their copy and I created the manuscripts for them – or I simply tweaked their copy.

This route takes a discussion to ascertain the parameters and scope of the work to work out the estimated time involved and therefor my costings. It often takes longer than either of us expect!

Do you simply want to collaborate?

Another way to get a book published is we collaborate on a project. You come with the idea and contents. I help create the book and the cover and we split the revenue. Depending on your budget, there are a few ways to collaborate. 1) no money up front and I take the set-up fee off of the royalties, until that money is claimed and then it’s a revenue share that we agree upon after or 2) you pay a setup fee and we do a revenue share (again that we agree upon) straight away.

Each self-publishing book project is different and therefor a discussion must be had to work out the right route for you.

Some questions about how to publish your book

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

Though Canva Pro* is recommended, we usually just use 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?

It will vary depending on training you require or the scope of the project – as I’ve outlined above.

Naturally one to one is more expensive than group training whether in person or online. So if you have any friends or colleagues who are also interested – that will work out cheaper. Group trainings have a maximum of 6 people per session to ensure everyone is supported.

Group prices start at £199 ($259) a person. 1-2-1 £250 ($325) – let’s discuss your needs.

  • 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. Most 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.

In person group sessions taking place in Glasgow at the end of every month.

  • How long does it take before the book will appear on Amazon?

It can take a week before your book is approved by Amazon. I’ve seen it only day a day or two and it can take even longer than a week. It depends on holidays and time of year.

In Conclusion…

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.

Before you go…

Hey fellow creative, before you go please have a swing by my ever expanding Links page with all kinds creativity resources: tools, apps, resources, freebies, extended trials and more.

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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