Amazon is a great platform in many ways, but if you blindly follow the technical steps to publish your book on Amazon without taking the time to do it right, you’ll end up with a book you won’t be proud of.
You deserve better than that. Your book deserves better than that.
Some articles promise that if you follow their steps, you can be published by the end of the day. That’s true, I guess. But rushing through it will usually make your book, and thus you, look bad.
This guide will help you accomplish two things:
- Lay out the technical steps to publish on Amazon
- Walk you through the right way to do that so that you look as good as possible
Doing each step the right way might take a few extra hours. In some cases, it might take a few extra days. But it’s worth it to end up with a book you’ll be proud of, and a book that will sell.
How to Publish a Book on Amazon
Step 1. Create an Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Account
Visit kdp.amazon.com and choose “Sign in” or “Sign up.”
If you already have an Amazon account, use it to sign into the KDP system. If not, create a new KDP account.
Once you do that, you’ll see your Amazon Author dashboard.
Step 2. Add a new Kindle ebook (a “new title”)
Since this is your first book on Amazon, you won’t have any titles listed yet. Click the box that says “+ Kindle eBook” to add a new Kindle book.
As you start entering information, choose “Save as Draft” at the bottom of the page if you have to stop in the middle.
Step 3. Enter your book title and subtitle
Your book title is critically important:
Readers start judging your book the instant they see the cover, and the title is the first thing they read.
It has to be magnetic.
Step 4. Enter the Author name
For the Author name, enter the name you want to publish under—the name you’ll use on the book cover.
This can be your own name or a pen name.
If there is more than one Author, enter the other names using the Contributors box.
Step 5. Enter your book description
Amazon lets you enter up to 4,000 characters for your book description. This is the writeup that will appear on your book’s detail page. Your book description is a sales pitch for readers. It’s a key part of your book’s marketing materials. Write it carefully. For guidance, read my step-by-step guide to writing a great book description.