THE KDP HELP PAGES
Every few months for the past 11 years I’ve spent time browsing through the KDP help pages.
They have evolved considerably over the years.
When CreateSpace first merged with KDP, there was very little information on the KDP help pages regarding paperback formatting and submission requirements.
Now the paperback submission guidelines for Kindle Direct Publishing are far more complete.
Visit KDP. Log in. Look for the Help link at the top of the page.
There is ample information organized in the Help topics that appear in the left column.
For example, for paperback formatting:
- Look under Prepare, Publish, Promote
- Click Prepare Your Book
- Select Format Your Manuscript
- Below the first list, look for Paperback Submission Overview.
- Now you will find several topics, from templates (which I don’t recommend, but can be handy) to fonts.
Even Amazon Kindle’s Build Your Book has evolved over the years. This formatting guide used to be solely for Kindle, but now there is also a version for paperback formatting. The paperback version is available for Microsoft Word, Word for Mac, and even Pages for Mac.
If you spend some time browsing through the help pages, you can find some cool info. For example, check out both the Promote Your Book and Tools and Resources sections under Prepare, Publish, Promote.
One of the most valuable KDP help pages is found under Prepare, Publish, Promote > Publish Your Book > Enter Book Details > Choose Browse Categories. This page has the secret keywords needed to unlock special categories.
Another thing that has evolved considerably is Amazon’s list of recommended services. This list used to be just for Kindle conversion services, but has since been expanded to include editing, cover design, formatting, and translation. Find this list under Prepare, Publish, Promote > Getting Started > Before You Start Publishing > Publishing Service Providers & Resources.
Want to know more about advertising with AMS? Click Prepare, Publish, Promote > Promote Your Book > Kindle Merchandising Programs > Advertising for KDP Books.
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Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides