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Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 8: KDP Publishing Part 4

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 8: KDP Publishing Part 4

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. What to Do for a Book Cover

    • 2. Using the Online Book Cover Creator

    • 3. Uploading and Reviewing Your Book Interior

    • 4. Why You Should Not Enable Digital Rights Management

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Self-publishing Kindle eBooks on Amazon KDP 8: KDP Publishing Part 4

In this class we conclude the KDP publication process before pressing the Publish button.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. What to Do for a Book Cover: hello and welcome to my lecture, what to do about book covers. Or it's not as straightforward as I was hoping this lecture is a little disappointing for me because I thought I had this all solved. And then it turns out it's not as straightforward as I was hoping. So I don't really have a great solution for you here, but I'm going to show you what the options are, and then I'm gonna make a recommendation. So this is the field that were filling in. It allows you to either browse for a book cover that you upload from your computer or to launch the online book Cover Creator, which is in beta right now, which is a free option and an easy option for creating a book cover. Now, this is the option that I thought made everything easy. But as you see in this lecture, we have some problems. So let's look at option number one used the online cover creator to create your book cover . Now Katie P provides this online Ah, but cover creator and it's free. It even allows you to load free images from their library to use on the cover so there's no expense involved. In all. This is the easiest and least expensive way to produce a book cover. The problem is that the covers created look very generic and unappealing. I can't really recommend that you do this because the cover is one of the things that is going to lead people to buying your book. If you don't have a great looking cover, you're not gonna be able to compete. And I'm afraid that the online cover creator just does not make great looking covers. I would recommend this is the last resort. If no other options of is viable. Now, let's look at the other options. You could create a book cover using the gimp. The Canoe image manipulation program or gimp, can be used to create professional looking book covers for very little money. Usually all you need is an image, and it costs about a dollar to get an image. So about a dollar a book cover the gimp is available for free for download on the Windows Mac OS and Linux systems, so this would seem to be a viable option. The problem with the solutions the gimp is complicated to use, as is photo shop or any other image manipulation program you might want to use to create the book cover. I have seen some people use power Point successfully, so you might want to consider that. And that's an easier solution. I didn't list that in here, but it is a possibility I would recommend taking my courses on the gimp to learn how to make really nice looking book covers using the gimp. Those courses include gimp for beginners and gimp. Advance where we get into making three D book covers. 1st 1 just covers making simple book covers, but they still look very professional and nice. Now, the final option that we've got is to pay someone to create a book cover for you. Okay. And this I've personally purchased. Ah, cover 5th $50 once, and the cover looked fair. It was all right. I think you're probably gonna end up paying about $100 for a decent looking cover. So this is the most expensive option you can use fiver or the lance defined people to make covers for you. Just goto www dot fiber dot com and search for book cover, and you'll find plenty of people. Now, another part of the problem with this solution is that you actually have to find somebody that's good and making book covers, and it's hard to do on fiber. You just It's kind of a crapshoot, and the book cover is so important to make that I don't know how viable this solution is. This is the most expensive option. Okay, so what do I recommend? Unfortunately, my recommendation comes down to my recommendation is that you do not use the Amazon Online book creator so either go onto fibre and unfortunately, try to find somebody that's going to make you a decent cover for not that much. Or use the gimp and take my gimp courses and learn how to make a book cover. So that's the solution to filling in this field. Unfortunately, I don't have a good solution for you if you really want a great book cover, which I recommend in, which is going to be required. If you want to sell books than make the book, cover yourself using the gimp and take my courses on how to do that and you'll have a great looking book cover. So that's about all I have to say on this, and I'll talk to you more in the next lecture 2. Using the Online Book Cover Creator: in this lesson. I'll show you how to use the online book cover Creator to create a book cover within Amazon display on your product pages. Uh, primarily that's where they display. Actually, we'll go ahead and launch the book creator. The first thing it does is it shows you the kind of an overview of the three steps of the design. Uhm, I'm going to go ahead and continue here, Okay? At this point, it asks you how you want to get your images. Do you want to pull some up from your computer? Do you want to skip this step or do you want to pull so from the gallery? I'm gonna go look at the gallery and see what they haven't old, let's say in black and white Oh, here's a picture of a city. I really like that picture. I'm having the idea of a of a city story here. Let's go ahead and use that image. Now it's showing you various book cover designs using that image. Um, these obviously don't. They've got a solid design, but these air showing the cityscape. Oh, I really like this one down here. For some reason this appeals to me. I'm gonna go ahead and select this. Now what we end up doing, how is having to configure pretty much to mawr elements here before we move on? The first is the title. I'll go ahead and click on that and then I'll select it. Let's give it a title. Something cute like New York. Same old problems. How's it? Uh, I like that title. Yeah, go ahead from fit in the window and see if we can get something a little smaller to get all that text. Oh, that's way too small to fit in here. Maybe 36 is even too small. I like 48. There we go. Now, the next thing that I'm going to configure is the author title here in the Pink Space and, ah, hero type Brian Jackson after clicking on it and then just click anywhere outside of it to be done with that. And there it is. There's our basic cover. I rather like this. Actually, um I thought it was neat that in a matter of seconds that I could create a simple cover. Let's go ahead and will save this, though There are other things that we can do it well to it. We can change colors and stuff like that, but we're not going to do that. In this particular case, I like discover the way it is. Okay, we have First, I guess you have to preview it. And, uh, it's taking a while the upload to build my cover. Here we are. Now we are previewing it. I like it still. So I'm going to save and submit here. It's saying some new information popped up to populate in Ah, the product description page that we were building. Let's go ahead and update info and we're almost back here we are back on our page where we were describing a book that we were creating, and the uploaded book cover is still processing. And here it is. Our new book Cover In the Next Step will finish describing the book and publishing it and submitted for review 3. Uploading and Reviewing Your Book Interior: Now that we've defined or a book cover using the online book editor, it's time to actually upload the content of our book. This is the time at which we upload that well formatted word document that you spent all that time creating before we do, though, let's look at this radio button here. You get to enable digital rights management or do not enable it. This is a really debatable issue out there on the Net. Um, digital right management is a way to keep people from copying your book illegally. Now, you would think that it would be a no brainer to turn it on. Unfortunately, it also keeps legitimate people from copying your book and the rial book Hackers. The people that are going to try and steal your book can easily break digital rights management anyway, So I find it is a vote of confidence on my readers to not go with digital right management . So we will. I'm sorry. Do not enable digital rights management. The default will go with that. Now we go ahead and we browse for our book. Our book is contained in documents. This was self publishing course and here it is the sample doc. The Kindle version actually sample book hyphen kindle dot Doc is the thing that we finally saved, so we'll go ahead and double click on that to start uploading it. Now the upload is a fairly long process. While that's happening, I guess we can begin to talk about what's going to happen next. Katie P is going to give you an option to review your book. This is important to do, and there's a number of ways that you can review your book. One. You can review it online, and the online reviewer or pre viewer gives you the option to review as several different devices. You could set yourself as a paper white as a kindle fire and see what your book is going to look like on multiple devices. It's a good idea to check this out. At least check the first few pages and chapters to make sure that you got everything right . You don't necessarily have to flip through the whole thing. The other option that you have is to actually download your book to a Kendall, and I'm gonna show you how to do that. To do that, you just simply plug your Kindle in using the ah USB cable that came with it. You plug it into your computer and you download your document to your Kendall to your documents directory. But let's go ahead and it's finally done converting. You know that it's done converting cause it added a bunch of stuff and it's his upload and conversion was successful. We're going to the spell checker said it found some stuff. Don't worry about that Spell checkers always find stuff. Um, here's the online previous preview or we're gonna hold Go ahead and say preview book up will come the preview our And here we can page forward and backward through it to make sure that it looks all right. Table of contents looks fine. First chapter, I like the chapter heads and so on. This is all looking fine. So what I would do at this point is I would go back to book details, and I would consider this a fine publication effort. Now let's look at, see if there's anything else left on this page. There doesn't appear to be so. What we're going to do is save and continue and begin this lecture with the contents of the next page. Some required information is missing or invalid. This sometimes happens and you got to go back at highlights. The fields that you were missing, the description we haven't put in our big fancy description. Let's go ahead and we'll go over to our editor. Where will cut Unpaid are paste our description? Actually, we were editing in word, weren't we? Let's go over the word where we have our description here, with all the bold highlighting and the I Tele sized on it will right, click and say, Copy will come here and right click and will save Paste And here's our description. Now we should be able to save and continue CEO. We haven't added categories, either. Okay, let's go ahead and break this lecture and we'll talk about categories and keywords in the upcoming lecture. 4. Why You Should Not Enable Digital Rights Management: Hello and welcome to my lecture in this lecture. I'm going to convince you why you should not enable digital rights management on your book . This is an important issue that you could get wrong, so we're going to cover it. And here is the field that's in question. It's a simple field. You either check enabled digital rights management or you check, do not enable digital rights management. Now the problem is, is that once you said it and publish your book, you can't change it later. This is one of the things that's permanent, so you got to get it right the first time. So let's talk about it. What is digital rights management anyway? Digital Rights Management is a copy protection mechanism that's aimed at preventing piracy of copyrighted material. DRM attempts to bind a copy of a book to a device so that it can't just be copied from one device to another. Good idea. I'm all for it. I'm all for stopping the piracy of books, although I haven't been spanked by it really bad yet. I'm expecting someday all my books are going to be Pirated. To some extent, there's just one problem with DRM, DRM could be easily disabled by any pirate using a freely downloadable. I think it's a Python script. However, DRM is not easy enough to disable for the casual reader to disable it if they have a legitimate reason to move their book from one device to another. Now I can't think of a lot of reason other than piracy. So in the good old days, I always enabled digital rights management. But nowadays, enabling DRM is almost viewed as a hostile act by readers. It's viewed as saying, Hey, I don't trust you. I've got to keep you from pirating my book And that's certainly not what you want to say to your readers. In fact, you want to see it say the exact opposite. Here's what you get out of disabling DRM in your book. Put the following in your book description somewhere near the bottom. At the author's request. This book is being distributed without digital rights management. Copy protection enabled. This is going to be a selling point for your book. Now notice what's happening here with every one of these fields. It may not be terribly important that that field is filled in right but you're going to get every field right. And cumulatively, the total effect of this could be a sale. Okay, If you follow the rules here, you're going to get more sales. So what I recommend do not enable digital rights management. Tell the readers that you did not enable digital rights management in your book description . Here's the field in question. Just leave it. I think by default, it enabled or does not enable digital rights management. So just leave it alone and move on to the next field, and I'll be talking to you in the next lecture.