Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

So here is is October! Happy October, the month of ghosts, goblins and all good things that go bump in the night! Today I opened my email to find a letter from Amazon ( you can read it in an update on my “Self Publisher’s Helpful Links”) informing me that CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are merging and becoming one service. So now KDP not only will handle your Kindle ebooks, but also your print books. I suppose this will make things easier for both Amazon and us, having both formats in one location. I took a look at KDP and found some interesting tools there. They have a Kid’s Book Creator and a Comic Book Creator that are for you ebook formats. I noticed something interesting that there is a tool where you can make your text pop off the page, making it appear bigger. This is because so many time the text is too small when you read it on your phone or tablet and will make the text much more easier to read! How cool is that!

You should check it out HERE

And here is a link where you can download the Kindle Kid’s Book Creator

I downloaded it and it looks like a great tool that is simple and fun to use! Give it a try!

Kindle Create Tool

Kindle Direct Publishing has now made a tool that will easily format your Word document or pdf file into a format called a “kpf” file. A kpf file is your manuscript that you can upload when publishing your book to Kindle. Here is a link where you can download the tool:

Quick Publishing Tutorial

I know how intimidating publishing on Amazon can be so I have created a brief tutorial to help get you started. First you want to create a Kindle Direct Publishing account if you have not already done so. You want to go to this link:

Once you have created your account on Kindle Direct Publishing you can begin your publishing process. We are going to assume you already have your document written and your cover created and ready for upload. Here are some images I have created to help you along your way.

Step 1-Sign into your Kindle Direct Publishing Account
Step 2- Click on Bookshelf. This is where you will do all your work.
Step 3-Create a New Title!
Step 4- Enter title name and information.
Step 5- Here is where you will upload your manuscript and your cover.
Step 6- Here is where you will enter your pricing and other information.

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Self Publishers Helpful Links

Several of my clients have asked me questions about page count and book dimensions when formatting their books. I have gathered some information that I thought I could share with you. Below are some links and other information that you may find useful.  This first link takes you to CreateSpace’s website where there is a form to fill out that will give you a template for your cover.


Here you can choose from the drop down menu, “TRIM SIZE” and these are the book dimensions that Create Space will allow. I use this page to get my template for the book covers I create for CreateSpace. They have a minimum page count requirement of 24 pages to a book. So with a children’s book, if you have 12 pages of text you can have 24 pages total if you put text on one side and a picture on the adjacent page. You can also add in the front of the story a title page, a blank page, an ‘About The Author’ page, a ‘Dedication Page’, and at the end of the story you can add a ‘About the Illustrator’ page, and a page with a list of Coming Soon Books page..and anything else you can think of. These are just some ideas that will help give you additional pages.
 Here is a link to templates you can use for your Interior if you are using Word to write your book.


INGRAMSPARK: If you do not want to use Create Space, there is also Ingram Spark that is a popular self publisher. Here is the Link:

They are not as simple to use as Create Space,IMO, and they do charge a fee. Also, when you want your cover done, you will have to obtain a 13 digit ISBN- (which is the number that identifies your book that goes in the barcode with the price on the back of your book).You will have to enter all your book info into a place on the site to generate your cover: Link:

Here is a link about ISBN numbers on their site:
( CreateSpace provides you with an ISBN free of charge.)
Here is a link to a PDF with IngramSpark’s File Guidelines:

I do not think Ingram Spark has the 24 page rule, but they do require a page count to be a multiple by 2 so if you say, had a 11 page count , they will add a blank page at the end to make it 12. Also, they do want a blank page at the end so if your book is 24 pages they will add 2 blank pages at the end.
There is a lot to process here, I know! But once you get it figured out, it will become easier.

Once you get your book done and are wanting to promote it, you will probably want to have a website where you can display and tell about your book/books. Building a website is now easier than ever with so many website builders available. You no longer have to know HTML to create your own website! Here is an article that contains helpful information on the available site builders out there:

I hope these links help you along your self publishing  journey!
Have a great day!


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