Amazon Kindle Direct Publish (KDP) is a direct self-publishing platform that allows anybody to create books and self publish. Amazon publishing is a viable means to make money online in Nigeria as it is easy to navigate. If you create quality content, the chances are that you will make an honest living with it.
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It is one of the most convenient ways to make money online in Nigeria, and you do not necessarily need to know how to write to start publishing. You can outsource the writing process and still make money from the Amazon KDP platform.
How To Make Money With Amazon Publishing
Here’s how you can start earning with Amazon publishing in a few steps:
Research And Identify A topic
The first step towards earning with Amazon publishing is identifying a topic that people are interested in. Of course, the best way to identify topics that people are already interested in is by researching.
One method of researching topics is keyword research to find out the types of resources that people are actively searching for on search engines. After that, you can use a free tool like Ubersuggest to determine the number of people searching for that topic. Armed with that information, you can then decide if the topic is worth the work. Do this for the topics you are considering work on.
Another way to research the most profitable topics to write on is to plug in the search term “Amazon Bestsellers” into the search engine, click on the results to see the popular topics, and consider writing a topic similar to the popular bestsellers.
Write Or Outsource The Writing Of The Book
Now that you have chosen the topic of your book, the next stage is for you to write the book. The first step towards writing your book is creating a structure of the book you are looking to create. Next, divide the book into chapters, subtopics and other sub-structures. After that, you will find it a lot easier to write.
In another vein, if you are not knowledgeable on the topic you want to write on, you can opt to commission a freelance content writer to help you research and write for an affordable fee. You can get freelance content writers on many platforms, but I have found Fiverr to be the place to get the most affordable content writers that are reliable.
Format Your Book
Formatting is an integral aspect of amazon publishing on the KDP platform. Amazon has some stringent formatting rules that you must follow if you want to get approval for publishing.
Amazon KDP wants to make sure that books published on its platform are accessible to everybody whether they are accessing amazon on PC, smartphones or tablets, so you need to follow their publishing guidelines. For a complete understanding of Amazon’s formatting guidelines, click on this link.
Design A Cover
Design is critical to your success or failure on amazon publishing because most people will first see your book cover before they have the opportunity to read your book. Therefore, you must ensure that you design your book cover to attract people’s attention.
It is important to note that your book will appear in a feed with other people’s books, and often, when you put a lot of images together in a feed, the most appropriately designed one stands out. So, to increase your chance of getting noticed on Amazon Kindle and make money with Amazon publishing, you must pay attention to your design.
To get a well-designed cover, you should consider commissioning a graphics designer on Fiverr or other freelancing websites to help you design a stunning cover.
Register On Amazon KDP
Now that you have written your book, properly formatted it following the amazon guidelines, and designed the book’s cover, the next stage is to register on the KDP, the Amazon publishing platform.
Registering on the Amazon KDP platform is not complicated at all. All you need to do is enter either your email or phone number, then choose a password. After that, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to your email or phone. After inputting the OTP, you will be redirected to a page to enter your contact address, payment details and sign a tax form. When you do that successfully, your account will be created, and you are ready to publish your first book on Amazon!
Publish Your Book On Amazon
Publishing a book on Amazon is pretty straightforward. From your dashboard, navigate to the “bookshelf” tab. From there, you will see an option to choose which book format you want to publish. Choose between paperback and ebook kindle, and the platform will redirect you to fill in the book’s details.
You will need to fill in the book title, author’s name, contributors names and other important information. After filling in the necessary details, the platform will prompt you to upload your ebook and wait for the approval process to begin.
Write Your Book Description
When publishing your book, you will have to write a short description of your book. This description is the synopsis of most prospective buyers.
The trick behind writing a good description for Amazon publishing is that you need to write something interesting without necessarily divulging too much. If you are not good at copywriting, I advise you to consider hiring someone to help you write your description.
I should also mention that when publishing your book, Amazon will ask you to enter up to 6 keywords. Therefore, you want to ensure that those keywords are important search terms that will help you drive traffic to your book.
Things To Note When Looking To Make Money With Amazon Publishing
Don’t Cut Corners
Amazon has a very robust mechanism that will most likely penalise you if you try to cut corners on the platform, so I advise you to avoid cutting corners. Besides, you don’t necessarily need to cut corners to make a decent living on the platform. If you create a good book and adequately optimise it, the chances are that you will make money from it monthly.
Get Ready To Do Some Work
Amazon publishing requires a lot of work. Even if you are using freelancers to create content for you, you still need to be very hands-on in reading, editing, and checking to ensure that the content is appropriately written and delivers value to the end-users. If you are not interested in doing the necessary work, Amazon self-publishing might not be for you.
Lastly, you have to be very patient to start earning on Amazon publishing. A few people started making a good income with their first book, but for many people, you will need to be patient and keep working on your craft before you start earning. There is a high chance of you eventually earning good money on the platform if you stay persistent.
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