Publish Paperback Books on Amazon through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) NOT CreateSpace!

this is a video that's going to show you

how to upload a paperback book to Amazon

at KDP and I'm gonna be

specifically talking about the changes

between doing it this way and doing it


CreateSpace now you can use this process

to upload a fiction book a nonfiction

book or low content books such as a

notebook so what we do at KDP is go onto

the bookshelf and we click this plus

here as we are making a paperback now of

course we choose the language English

now already we are confronted with the

book title and subtitle and this brings

us on to one of the big differences

between KDP and create space although

you are allowed two hundred characters

which is quite a lot

Amazon clearly doesn't want long titles

here they say customers are more likely

to skim past long titles it's clear that

Amazon really wants our titles to have

around 60 characters so I'm actually

using word here if you put your title

into word and go tools word counts you

then get the character count there so

I'm going to create a book that kids can

write lyrics for songs they want to

write I've been doing a lot of uploading

at KDP and you can get away with a lot

of keywords here again they don't want

you to put keywords in the title but for

notebooks you really have to in a way I

mean you have to say it's a notebook and

then it's a blank line journal or

something like that here I'm saying it's

for kids which again could be construed

as a key word but I have got away with

doing that but the other thing to say is

you can't mention the trim size or the

size of the book in the title in the

same way you could do at create space so

we're gonna skip the series and the

addition number we're just having one

title here with no series and here we go

to author now author was an opportunity

to put some keywords in there

I think now it's one that you should

really just pass on and you would either

give it a pseudonym a pen name a name of

a publisher if you want to build a brand

or a completely made-up publishing name

that's just random that won't get you

into any trouble and that's what I'm

gonna do now okay Jeffrey Church

publishing that's not going to get me

into any trouble

we've got no extra contributors so we go

straight on to the description now if

you want the HTML for a description what

I usually do is Google Kindle preneur

book description HTML generator or

something like that and you've got a

really useful tool here that will allow

you to put your description in and then

give it bold italics and bullet points

and here is my text document where I

usually put all of my description titles

and keywords so the HTML for the

description I had already got and what I

do is I just copy and paste the title in

to the already existing HTML so I don't

have to write it out each time there

isn't a lot in here it's mainly just to

persuade the customer give them anything

I can think of about the book to give

them reason for buying it another thing

I do is it because we can't put the trim

size in the title I usually put it quite

prominently at the beginning of the

description so we'll put that into the

scripture publishing rights we usually

always choose the fact that we own and

hold the necessary publishing rights and

now we get onto the keywords so we've

got a marvelous opportunity to add in

words here that people would use to

search for our book there's seven fields

and they can contain 50 characters each

do not choose any of the words that

you've already used in the title because

that would be a waste and don't use

commas or full stops because that would

also be a waste

and don't repeat words in there plural

form like gift and gifts because that

would be a waste of the second word so

here's an example of my first string of

keywords what I'm doing is I'm not

thinking about the string of keywords in

that one keyword follows each other so

word artist group you know nobody's

going to type in word artist group but

they may well type in notebook for my

artist son who wants to write words to

music or something like that so anything

you can think of that is relevant to the

book's title or to who the book is for

or what the book may be bought for so

they're my keywords done now we'll go in

to choose categories and I know it's

very important but I don't tend to spend

a lot of time here what I do is go

straight to my biz at category XLS and

you can find this by googling vizak

category Amazon XLS or something like

that and then I'd either search for one

of the keywords that describes the book

closely so I'll go on music not

autobiography fine next again biography

- no that's the wrong one this is

juvenile nonfiction there's a music

category in of its own so I want to look

our music songwriting okay I probably

could have found that anyway so this

will be under nonfiction here and then

you'd go music and you had to go into a

subcategory there and there is the

songwriting category that I was looking

for I might put it in children's genre

there of music there's are two

categories remember if you want to put

it into another category that you can

find on Amazon but you can't find in

that category tree that they give you


all you have to do is to go down here to

contact us and let them know what

category you want to put your book in

does it contain our content no it

doesn't save and continue' so what we do


we assign a free KDP ISBN and you will

be doing that 99% at the time I should

imagine I will leave the publication

date blank so the print options the

default choice is different to how it

was on CreateSpace so you have to choose

the white paper whereas last time it was

white paper as default and the 6x9 is

the default trim size so we've got to go

in and choose the letter size now the no

bleed is what you should choose if there

is no ink or type or imagery or

illustration or lines if you're doing a

notebook going to the edge of the page

here's the PDF of the interior but as

you notice the lines don't go to the

edge of the page if you go into

properties you'll see that this is

exactly the same size as the trim 8.5 by

11 inches the letter size now if the

lines went to the edge then I'd have to

make the PDF a little bit larger to

include the bleed and I would choose the

bleed option here in order to make

everything simple with notebooks or

anything else I would not put any ink or

type or illustration or whatever going

to the edge of the page keep it within

the margins and I'm keeping it within

0.5 of an inch margin and then

everything is simple you don't choose

bleed and you use the same trim size for

your interior as the trim size for your


okay paperback cover finish that's up to

you I'm going for glossy right now here

is where we upload the PDF that I just

showed you the PDF of the interior with

all the pages and you have to wait a

little bit for that to upload but not

very long hopefully and then you've got

a choice for the book cover I'm going to

talk about the cover creator in another

video I'm going to upload a print-ready

PDF for my cover and here it is it's got

an illustration on the front

no type on the front whatsoever no text

so my title is there on the spine and

it's over a hundred pages so I can do

this and that is exactly the same as the

title I put in at the beginning of this

video it's very important your title in

KDP needs to be either on the cover or

on the spine or on both so I'm uploading

that PDF now and that won't take too

long either and we don't have a barcode

on it so we don't check this box don't

bother about that and they will put a

barcode on the back cover so no need to

worry about that now we've uploaded

everything what we've got to do now is

launched the previewer we have to do

this in order to get to the next step

and this is the moment where everyone

complains because it takes a long time

here it is it really doesn't take that

long if you go and wait and do something

if you sit here and watch it yeah a

couple of minutes seems like a long time

but it really isn't so now the preview

is open I'll leave it up to you whether

you want to check everything if you want

to check all the pages are centered but

if you're doing notebooks like me you're

pretty confident you've got it right so

you just hit approve here at the bottom

and then you go back to the same page of

the paperback content you have to scroll

all the way down in order to continue

and now you're on the last leg of the

process not long now you've just got to

decide on your price and how much money

you want every time somebody buys one of

these books so all territories I go for

and I check expanded distribution now

you might sell a few more if you do that

it's not much but the point is I got

this from Katherine Shelton really put

the price up because this is a larger

book put it for sale everywhere you know

in Europe and Japan you'll get some

sales even in Japan you'll get sales

you'll definitely get sales in in UK and


and what I tend to do is I put these

prices up to with a ninety nine or

something like that as the euro price is

so close to 6.6 euro I'm going to put it

down to $5.99 and put them in the rest

of the year you don't have to do this I

don't know if it's going to sell much in

Italy and maybe put a 99 at the end of

the Japanese yen price but it really

doesn't matter the point is just always

make sure you're getting between one and

two dollars royalty don't put it down

less than one dollar or one euro or one

pound even in fact you know a book like

this could be sold if it if it becomes

successful I might put it up great 99

but we'll see but that is it all you've

got to do now is publish your paperback

book and then in a few hours as long as

there isn't an issue with the title then

it will be on sale on Amazon in America

Europe Japan and every time someone buys

this book it will get printed and

delivered to them and you will receive

your royalty my name is Rob Cohen I'll

see you in another video