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Dear Ask The Geek,
Bugging you with another quick question you’re an expert on – a small ebook publisher contacted me wanting to contract me for a short 30-page ebook. I could probably hammer something out, but then it got me to thinking, because he actually wants me to sign a contract that gives me 8% royalty. So if I’m going to go to the trouble to write an ebook, why should I go through a publisher? How much royalty percentage do you make off your ebook on Amazon?
Publishing with myself
Dear Publishing with myself,
I mentioned back in November that I would start talking about self-publishing after I published my first book on Amazon Kindle. Since then I’ve published another book and I’ve got another in the works!
Today I’m only going to talk about publishing ebooks, and specifically Amazon’s KDP program – Kindle Direct Publishing. Right now the ebook market is very hot and growing, and you can get your book in front of a worldwide audience who can buy it and start reading it in seconds. What’s not to love about ebooks? (If you want to learn more about ebooks, check out my Guide to Ebooks series.)
So here are 7 macro-steps which I’d like to highlight for getting your ebook from idea to published on KDP. Hopefully in the future I’ll go into more detail on each one. Note: this is for people wanting to do it all themselves. There are conversion services out there for payment who will do the majority of the work for you, too. Continue reading
I spent some time reformatting a post of mine (on my food & travel site) about How to Order an Italian Coffee to be ready for the Amazon Kindle platform. In addition to formatting it for publication, I spent some time adding & expanding content and updating & adding new photos.
It was a great experiment and I’m really pleased with the results. Soon I’ll share what I learned on the technology side, but for now I’m just enjoying seeing it for sale online.
If you want to check it out, you don’t need to have a Kindle to read it! Here are links to the (free) Amazon Kindle App software for Android phone, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac or a PC. After you download and install the Kindle App software, you can buy the book and read it on your device!
Buy How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy in your Amazon store! (note: the content is in English regardless of the Amazon store you buy it from):