How to Publish with KDP: Part Twenty-One

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part twenty-one 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.

Sad to say, this is the final installment of the How to Publish to KDP series of posts. I have a tear in my eye as I type this:Download Crying Face Emoji Icon | Emoji Island

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 Twenty-One: How to check your sales reports, and do lots of other cool stuff from your KDP dashboard.

First up, open your KDP dashboard, where all your books are listed.

As well as your bookshelf, you have a few options:

  • Reports
  • Community
  • Marketing
  1. Reports:

This shows by default your last 30 day’s sales and KU reads. You can choose which timeframes you want to look at.

There is also a Beta option, which takes you to a more detailed sales and KU report area, where you can see which books are active or not.

Have a play with the different options and see what you can find. You can’t break anything in this area, lols.

2. Community

This is where you can chat and ask questions of the KDP community and report any issues.

3. Marketing

This is where you can enroll a book in KDP Select if it isn’t in already. You can also run a Kindle Countdown deal from here. Or you can manage or set up your Author Central. And, finally, you can access Amazon’s marketing facility from this page too.

NOTE: For both marketing and your author central, you will need to choose which marketplace you wish target. For example, Amazon US, UK, India, Australia, etc.

To go into using Amazon marketing is beyond the scope of this series, unfortunately, and my experience is that Amazon changes this all the time. The best I can suggest is to research it at the time you want to market.

TOP TIP: You can also access the marketing options from your bookshelf by clicking on the dots to the right of your listed books. A dropdown menu will open, and you can select the ‘Promote and Advertise’ option.

That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this How To Publish to KDP series of posts useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again next year!

Have an awesome New Year, everyone, and thanks for sticking with me throughout this series.🥳 Face with Party Horn and Party Hat Emoji

Past posts in this series:

Outline: https://wp.me/p7OGru-29c

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

Part 13 (Uploading your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Dz

Part 14 (Previewing your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Kf

Part 15 (Your Book Descriptions and HTML): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2P2

Part 16 (Your Book Categories and Keywords): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Pm

Part 17 (Your Book Pricing and Distribution): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2T5

Part 18 (Your Book Sales Pages): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Yk

Part 19 (Linking your Various Book Editions): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2YI

Part 20 (Creating your Amazon Author Page and Using Author Central): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2YY

To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. Each post includes links to all past posts in the series.


©Harmony Kent 2020

44 thoughts on “How to Publish with KDP: Part Twenty-One

  1. Your entire series is brilliant, Harmony. Thank you for cataloging the posts for us, as I will surely need to revisit them. May your New Year be filled with blessings of health, happiness, and abundant joy. 💗

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