Hello SErs. Harmony here. As promised, here is part thirteen in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.
If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.
So, here’s Part Thirteen: How to Upload Your Paperback.
Access your KDP dashboard. You will see something that resembles the image below >>>
At the top of your list of books (if you have any here yet), you will see two options:
- + Kindle eBook
- + Paperback
Select the second option: +Paperback.
The following ‘paperback details’ page will open >>>
This page is where you input such things as the language of the book, the book title, a subtitle if it has one, set a series number if it is part of a series, the edition number (which is optional), the author name–along with any contributors, the book description, keywords, categories, confirm that you own the copyright, and the reading age. At the very bottom of the page, you can choose to save and continue or save as a draft without continuing.
Note: Unlike e-Books, paperbacks do not have a pre-order option on Amazon.
If you save as draft, Amazon will save the information and return you to your dashboard.
If you save and continue, Amazon will take you to the ‘edit paperback’ content’ page >>>
At this point, Amazon will ask you to either input your own ISBN catalogue number, or it will offer to assign one to you for free. If you choose an Amazon ISBN, this number is only valid for the KDP published version and not for use on other platforms.
For ease, I allow Amazon to allocate my ISBN to me.
This page is where you set up your print options. For example: black & white interior with cream paper, black & white interior with white paper, premium colour interior with white paper, etc.
Also, you will set your finished book size here. This is called the Trim size.
For a list of industry standard sizes, see HERE.
Avoid choosing any trim sizes that Amazon lists as non-standard. This is because any non-standard book size will have a limited and much reduced distribution platform.
Generally, I choose 5.25 inches X 8 inches. This is the size the majority of traditionally published paperback novels come in. Of course, this final choice is up to you. I would, however, avoid overly large (comic-book sized) trims–unless you’re publishing a comic book!
Once you’ve chosen your trim, bleed (the above link will show you more about bleed), and size, you’re ready to upload your PDF manuscript. See the image below >>>
Although Amazon will accept other formats, such as RTF, HTML, and DocX, I would strongly advice AGAINST uploading these file formats for a paperback. Unless you know HTML very well, that is.
For ease and simplicity, along with at-a-glance access to your PDF for checking the formatting and knowing that what you see is what you get, then I would go with a PDF file every time.
Once you’ve uploaded your PDF, Amazon will then ask you to upload your paperback cover. (See Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2jY and Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kf)
When Amazon has processed your interior and cover, you have the option to use the online previewer to view what the finished book will look like. This is where you can check your margin settings and ensure you don’t have orphan words or lines at the end of a chapter. (See part 14 for more on this.)
The next page is the ‘Kindle Paperback Pricing’ page, and this is where you will set your book price, set the markets (countries) where you want it on sale, opt in to expanded distribution or not (see below), and read the Ts & Cs.
A note on expanded distribution:
This option allows Amazon to send your book to other booksellers and libraries. Here is where having a standard trim (book) size becomes so important.
You will find the check box right below your first price box (see above and below).
Find out more about how expanded distribution works HERE.
Once you’ve input all the information, you can either select ‘Save as Draft’ or ‘Save and Publish’.
Take great care here! I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve hit publish when I wanted the book to stay in draft mode for a while, lol. And once you’ve hit that ‘publish’ button, it goes into a queue for Amazon to review the file for quality, and you cannot undo the publish.
That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again on Friday, August 21st, where we’ll be taking a look at how to preview and review your paperback file.
Past posts in this series:
Part 1 (Software for Writing) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29t
Part 2 (General Formatting Necessities) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29J
Part 3 (Ebook Conversion) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2ah
Part 4 (Paperback Formatting) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2eS
Part 5 (Image Software for Making Book Covers) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gi
Part 6 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gQ
Part 6 B (Making your own ebook cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2hQ
Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2jY
Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kf
Part 8 (Setting up your KDP account) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kF
Part 9 (An overview of your KDP Dashboard) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2lq
Part 10 (Uploading your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2pL
Part 11 (Previewing your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2qc
Part 12 (Editing your eBook): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Aa
To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.
©Harmony Kent 2020
(If you’re reading this post on or after August 21st, 2020, then here’s the link for Part 14 in the How to Publish with KDP series: https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Kf. Please note, the link won’t work until August 21st, 2020.)