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How to Submit Your Book to the Kindle E-Book Store

Published April 27, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist Spanner Spencer, Demand Media

book by the KDP system.

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I confess I borrowed this one from Amazon Kindle (I think the directions are in public domain). However, since I goofed up royally the first time I self-pubishied a book, I think it’s worth presenting this. Amazon now has a paperback format that Indie authors can use directly on it’s site. However, I still do it the old way, because Create Space allows me to purchase author copies of my books at a discounted rate. The last time I looked this feature wasn’t available on Amazon.

Kindle is’s ebook publishing platform available on the Kindle ebook reader, on computers, online, for smartphones such as Android and iPhone, and for tablet devices such as the iPad. Anyone can publish a book through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) system, which then distributes the e-book via’s online network. The KDP system is compatible with a variety of document files and requires you to include a cover image for your e-book that will be displayed on the Kindle store.

Items you will need

  • com account
  • KDP-compatible e-book file (kindle book publishing compatible)
  • E-book cover image

Step 1

Go to the KDP Web page on your computerand log in using your account details. If requested, read and agree to the KDP terms and conditions.

Step 2

Click the “Add a New Title” button in the upper-left corner of the KDP “Bookshelf” page.

Step 3

Enter the relevant details of your e-book in the “Book Basics” section, including a title, edition number and product description. The description is the synopsis people will see when browsing the Kindle store.

Step 4

Click the “Add Contributors” button and enter the details of the e-book’s author or authors. Click the “Save” button to finish adding contributors.

Step 5

Set the language of the e-book using the “Language” drop-down menu in the “Publishing Details” section and set a publication date using the calendar to determine when the e-book will go on sale. If you want it to go on sale immediately, leave this section blank.

Step 6

Click the “Add Categories” button in the “Browse and Search” section and select at least one relevant category for your e-book to be filed under.

Step 7

Click the “Browse for Image” button in the “Product Image” section and select the cover image from your computer. Click the “Upload Image” button to add the cover image to your e-book.

Step 8

Select your preferred option for adding copy protection to the e-book in the “Book Content” section using the two radio buttons. Click the “Browse for Book” button and select the e-book file on your computer followed by the “Open” button. Your e-book will now be uploaded to and its digital rights management (DRM) will be applied.

Step 9

Click the “Save and Continue” button and then select your preferred royalty option on the next page using the two radio buttons. Enter the price you want to sell your e-book for in the “List Price” box next to the royalty options.

Step 10

Tick the “Terms and Conditions” box at the bottom of the page followed by the “Save and Publish” button. Your e-book will appear for sale on the Kindle store within the next 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

How to Submit Your eBook to the Kindle Store

Submitting Your eBook to the Kindle Store

Getting your eBook on the Kindle format is a powerful way to get exposure to a group of people that may never actively search for your book online. You’ll be exposed to people who are ready and willing to spend money and can purchase your book quickly and easily at the click of a button.

Amazon’s process for submitting an eBook used to be long and complicated, requiring an ISBN number and a lengthy application process similar to its physical book process.

With the Kindle’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP) you can now submit your eBook to the Kindle quickly and easily. Here’s how.

Step 1: Sign In to the DTP

Go to:

You’ll be presented with the introduction page. Sign in to your Amazon account.

Step 2: Add Seller Information

When you log onto the DTP system, you’ll immediately be presented with a screen that says “Your account information is incomplete.”

That’s because you currently have an account for buying books on Amazon but not for selling books on Amazon.

Click the “Update Now” button to give Amazon the necessary information to have an account that can submit books to the Kindle.

Step 3: Fill Out Your Account Information

page that should be mostly self-explanatory. Fill out your name, tax ID / SSN number and how you’d like to receive your payments.

Step 4: Add Your First eBook

Once you save your changes, you’ll be returned to the main screen. Click “Add a new title” to add your first eBook.

Step 5: Fill Out the Book Details

When you click the add button, you’ll be presented with a long page of options for your book. Here’s what each section means.

Provide the title of your book and the description. Remember that these are two of the most important things people will use to consider whether to buy your book or not. The title and description should be both descriptive and compelling.

2) Book contributors – Who are the authors?

3) Publishing Details – What language is the book in? Everything else is optional.

Do you own the rights or is the book in the public domain?

2) What category does the book belong in? This will help people who don’t know of your title find your book. If you’re unsure, look for books similar to yours and see what categories they put themselves in. You should also add a few keywords to make the book easier to find.

3) Your book cover. Perhaps more than any other factor, your book cover is what will catch attention and get people to buy your book.

4) Upload your book. Amazon prefers HTML format, though they can accept PDF format as well.

When you hit continue, you’ll be taken to the rights & pricing page:

Here you’ll set whether you want to sell the book all over the world or just in certain parts of the world. You’ll also set your royalty percentage and your listing price.

Once you hit submit, your book will be reviewed by Amazon. Once you receive approval, your eBook will be live on the Kindle store


  • The KDP system is compatible with e-books in Microsoft Word, plain text, Mobipocket and ePub file formats.

What You Need to Submit Your Book For Kindle Publishing

June 6, 2011

Information Marketing

We’ve talked why you should write a Kindle book, but we haven’t touched on just how easy it is to submit your manuscript for publication.

Unlike traditional publishing, there’s no need for an agent, you don’t have to submit your manuscript for consideration, and you don’t have to wait the months or even years it takes to have your book press-printed.

Instead, you just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to sign in using your Amazon account.
  2. Read and accept the terms of service.
  3. Click “Add a New Title” and enter your book details including:

-Book title
-Language, publication date, publisher, and ISBN (all optional)
-Verify your rights (whether the book is public domain, or you own the rights)
-Add categories and keywords to target your book
-Upload your book cover
-Upload your book file

  1. Determine Rights and Pricing, including:

-Publishing territories
-Royalties (35% or 70%)
-List price
-Kindle book lending

It’s really that easy! If your manuscript and cover are finished, the whole process can be completed in just a few minutes. Then you’ll wait for approval, which can occur as quickly as 24 hours.

Compare that to the year-plus that print authors must wait to see their books in the bookstore, and you’ll know why authors love the Kindle!

A note on formats: To publish to the Kindle, you must have your content in the right format.

Here are the supported formats for the Kindle:
-.txt and .prc

A note on covers: Would you purchase a book from Barnes and Noble that had no cover, or had just a plain brown wrapper? Possibly, but probably not.

We’re visual creatures, and in the online world when you can’t pick up a book to leaf through it, the cover sells the book. Spend some time and money on getting your cover right.

When a customer is browsing the Kindle store in Amazon, you want your book cover to be professional and eye-catching.

Look at other book covers to see what appeals to you, and find a graphic designer who can assist you in creating the look you want.

Graphics don’t have to be expensive; try sources like,, and odesk.comfor graphics help.




Published April 20, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist


By the Practical Artist

A great many artistically talented young men and women become discouraged from pursuing an artistic career because agents and gallery owners won’t even consider their work. In many cases, this lack of interest on the part of galleries is not because the art is bad, but because the work is poorly prepared to be shown at a professional level. It is one of the purposes of most art groups to help teach these young artists how to frame their art for art shows and presentation to galleries so they can realize their potential as artists.

Presentation is everything!A poorly presented piece of artwork might as well take itself back to the studio. Would you buy a painting that was dirty, had dust on the frame, smears or scratches on the glass, ripped paper on the back? Would you want it if you cut yourself on sharp picture wire sticking out the back when you lifted it? Would you show up the prom in greasy jeans? When making a first impression, your art should put its best foot forward. When you take your art to an art show, a gallery or present it to a prospective client, it should be ready to hang on the wall. The Frame should glow with polish, if the painting is under glass, the glass should shine and be free from dust, scratches and smears. Oils and Acrylics should have been cleaned of dirt and dust with a soft, damp cloth.

All paintings should be framed; gallery wrap (1.5” to 2” wide on the edge) is acceptable.  Frames should be in good repair and ready to hang.  use flat hangers with wires only, no Saw-tooth, eyelet hangers or quick frames and no screw eyes. The ends of the wire should be taped or sleeved. Screws for hanging should be no more than 4” inches from the top of the frame and the wire should not show over the top of the frame. All oils should be completely dry. Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing and some types of mixed media should be under glass or plexi-glass.

Hanging wire should have the ends either taped or be enclosed in plastic sleeves. (Inexpensive tubing can be bought at the hardware store, cut in small lengths, and then slipped over the wire before you twist the wire around itself.) Why are shows and galleries so picky? Hangers should be strong enough to support the art. Shows and galleries don’t want to be responsible for damage to your frame if your art falls off the walls or show standards! Most shows require wires attached with a flat D-Hook and the ends of the wire taped or sleeved so they don’t cut or stab anyone. If you are planning to enter the art in a show, don’t use either sawtooth or screweye hangers. What’s wrong with them? The sawtooth hangers are usually not sturdy enough to hold a painting (besides being hard to fasten with most hanging systems) and the screw eyes stick out and can poke holes in the wall or standard behind the art!


Published April 13, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

By the Practical Artist

To grow as artists, we must have viable, flourishing art communities to nurture our progress as artists. Here in the  Fresno/Clovis area alone we have at least five such art groups, and I can think of at least seven within driving distance of these cities! Sadly, dwindling membership has caused many of these valuable resources to cut back on their activities. Fewer artists are stepping up and maintaining our art community.  If you want to stop the drain of this valuable resource, stop sitting on the sidelines and actively look for an art group that meets your needs. When you find that group, look around and see how you can contribute to its healthy growth. If you are already a member of a group, make it one of your New Years Resolutions to become a more active member. Joining a local art group can be rewarding both personally and professionally. Why is it so important to associate with other artists? Well, although you can create art in a vacuum, if your art is never evaluated by your peers, you may simply be stuck repeating the same type of art and art subjects at the same skill level forever. Peer groups challenge us to stretch our skills, reach for new goals and generally provide support when we are feeling down. it is important to seek out those who are Sympatico with our ideals and feelings about our art. Local art groups can be irreplaceable in this area. Let’s face it, while our friends and family members may oohand ahhover our art, they really can’t provide an informed opinion about it. In addition, most of us suspect they are praising our art because they love us, and not really because they actually love our work or are really interested in art. While most of the same local artists also belonged to many of the groups, each group didhave a different “feel” to it, depending on the group’s mission statement and who was actually directing the groups focus.  In my area alone there are five or six art groups, all with different standards and goals. One of the associations is simply a painting group that gets together to talk, paint or draw and critique each other’s work twice a month. Another aims its standards for professionals and is very picky about what they accept in their shows. A third group is warm and welcoming to new and beginning artists and seeks to encourage its members to strive to improve their skills. A fourth group is a very loose association that tracks events from all the others and tries to find places for artists to exhibit and show. All of these groups have valuable insights into the local art world.


 Resolution 1—Improve myself and my art by joining one or more of the local art groups

 Resolution 2—Become an active member of each group I join

 Resolution 3— Remember that it is time to pay my yearly dues!



  1. Creating a viable Art Community
    1. What is?
  2. Our local art associations are dwindling in membership
    1. fewer younger artists are joining
      1. Activities/shows/workshops not geared to their interests
      2. Local Art is not promoted by us
    2. How can we change this
  3. Participation
    1. Develop a “how can I help mentality”
    2. Be willing to do your share
      1. Activities
      2. Meetings
  • Shows
  1. Workshops
  1. Leadership
    1. Positive attitude
    2. Look for a need
    3. Promotion
    4. Make suggestions
  2. To grow as an artist you must look outside your own needs
    1. Learn about new techniques
    2. Move into the modern world
  3. Growth happens subconsciously as well as consciously
    1. Stop being afraid



Published April 6, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

By the Practical Artist

Art competitions add creditability to your portfolio. Entering and being accepted shows that you are serious about your art. It has the added benefit of exposure to the art world. If you are relatively unknown as an artist, an art show is one of the easiest ways to put your work in front of the maximum amount of people in a short space of time. You should pick your competitions wisely, however. Look at the events track record regarding your target market. If you are marketing your art to the illustrative market or decorative items (cups, plates, clothing), you should be entering shows or competitions that are in that industry not fine art competitions. Typically, most art competitions produce an entry form called a Prospectus. Read it carefully to make sure that your work will meet acceptance standards as to hanging requirements and other criteria given on the prospectus. And PLEASE, make sure your frame is clean and in good repair (a dusty, dirty frame shows a lack of respect for your own work!), if your work is under glass, take the time to clean the glass before bringing it to a show! Not doing these things is the equivalent of sending your children to a fancy party in the same clothes they raked leaves in!

An artist is most likely to hear a critique of their work at a juried show. Are you and emotionally prepared to have your work criticized or perhaps not accepted? Entering a juried show means you are putting your art out there to be judged. You should always enter what you consider being your best work to date. Keep in mind though that your art may not be accepted into the show. Does this mean you are a poor artist? Or that your art is “bad”? Not necessarily. A juried art show is a subjective format and there are many reasons your art might not have been accepted. It may mean that the space to display art was limited. Perhaps the art was good, but your presentation (framing/matting) detracted from your art and the judge preferred art that was better presented. Or maybe this just wasn’t your best work. Just because a show is classed as “open” might not mean they are looking for your type of art to represent their show. If you are entering a show that caters to representational art and your art falls into another genre such as abstract or illustration, perhaps you need to look for art shows and venues that appreciate the art you create.

If your art wasn’t accepted by the judge into the show, you might have an artist whose opinion you respect critique the work for you. Informed criticism can be helpful. Please do note that I said “Informed” criticism; the person who does the critiquing should be a more experienced artist with some knowledge of technique and the principles of art. We love them, but the opinions of our friends and family who know no more than we do about art aren’t useful as critiques.

In some local shows, the judge may offer critiques as they judge, and a member of the art group putting on the show will follow the judge and write what is said. If you would like the judge to critique your work, approach the show chair as ask if this is permissible. If the judge offers a critique of your work, please pay attention. This person was highly enough thought of by your local art peers to be paid to make choices and approve or disapprove the art presented to him or her. Above all, don’t take this rejection personally. If the judge doesn’t offer critiques while they are judging, (some of them prefer to do this privately) sometimes it is permissible to privately approach the judge and politely ask them what they liked or disliked about your work. If the judge is gracious enough to do this, always thank him or her, and please, please, don’t argue with their opinion even if you don’t agree with it.

Nationally known artists get rejected from shows as well. Sometimes the judge just doesn’t like the subject or maybe he/she doesn’t care for the colors, or the shape, etc. Above all however, trust your own instincts. If you feel a piece of art is good, don’t give up on it, enter it into another show with a different judge and see if you get a different decision.


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