How to upload your ebook in ConvertKit Commerce

  1. Head to the Product tab right at the top of your ConvertKit app.
  2. Click on New Product.
  3. Give your product a name, choose a pricing method, and give it a price.
  4. Next, upload your product.
  5. Then choose the domain name and page URL you’d like to use when sharing your product with others, and click “Create Product”
  6. From there, you’ll be redirected to where you can edit and customize your product page, checkout page, confirmation page, and email receipt your buyers will receive.
  7. When you’re finished with customizing, you’ll click Save, Publish, and then choose whether you want to share it via a link with other people or embed a product button right on your website.

Save yourself the headaches and sell your ebook online using ConvertKit Commerce.

Warnings

  • If you create your own website and process your own sales, research any payment service you choose thoroughly before using it, so you can protect yourself against becoming a victim of fraud.

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How to Publish a Book on Amazon: Your Next Steps

If you want to write and sell your own book on Amazon, I have one piece of advice for you above all others. 

You should just get started. 

It’s not an easy process. As an indie author, our total investment for the book was a few hundred dollars plus the hours of time we spent in writing it.

But the payoff was enormous! This book gave me a better understanding of myself, what’s possible in business (passive $100 every day), and we made a lot more money than we spent.

If you have a dream to write a book or start a business that can provide you with passive income, the publishing niche is a good one. 

You can make it your full time living

There are even guys and gals out there who publish full time on Amazon KDP. My friend Steve publishes books about habits and makes over $40,000 per month with Amazon KDP. The opportunity is there, you just have to seize it.

Kindle has removed the gatekeepers of traditional publishing and allows anyone with an Amazon account to create digital books they can share with the world. Authors can make so much with a good digital book and even publish a physical book copy for bragging rights on the book shelf.

When I did the research for my book, I used Publisher Rocket. This tool helped me to find popular keywords with low competition.

Once the book was published, Rocket helped me have a better chance for success and nail down keywords for the description so I showed up even more in search results. Without it, I would never have hit my goal.

You can try Publisher Rocket right here to get the same success as I had (or even better!) when you publish your Kindle eBook. click here to get publisher rocket

Uploading Your eBook

This is the exciting part and you will be surprised at how quick this is to do.

To have your eBook on Amazon it needs to be in Kindle format.  You could organise for this to be converted before uploading, or you could upload the PDF or Word file and have Amazon convert it for you.  This was certainly my preference!

Amazon will take the file that you upload and covert it to a Kindle friendly format.  There is an option to view your converted file and I highly recommend you do this, especially if you have used pictures or graphics in your eBook.  Conversion can sometimes distort the formatting so it is incredibly important you check the final upload BEFORE you continue any further.  This is your book and you need to be happy with the final look.

Ebook File Types and Formatting

People have different ways of consuming content, and that’s why your ebook should be easy to read in a variety of digital formats. Also, there’s no golden rule that says your ebook must be in a vertical orientation.

For example, reading an ebook on a laptop is easier when it’s horizontal as the entire page is visible. The choice you make depends on how you expect your readers to view the ebook.

The next choice you need to make is the format and file type. There are four commonly used ebook formats and file types:

  • Printable PDF
  • Interactive PDF
  • Multimedia/Interactive HTML5
  • EPUB

The file format you choose will mostly depend on your ebook’s style. Many ebooks are just plain text, resembling a paper book but digital. Think Kindle readers, for example.

Other ebooks are highly visual and have more of a magazine feel, with large images and creative fonts. Furthermore, an ebook can be interactive with videos, animations and even sound.

But what’s the difference? Let’s take a look.

Printable PDF

The classic printable PDF is one of the most common digital formats for transforming paper books and documents into online versions. Essentially, a PDF ebook can be printed and bound or read on a digital device.

The main downside with a static PDF ebook format is that the pages aren’t responsive on screens, and the viewer needs to zoom in and out to read small text.

Your best use of a printable PDF is to offer one as an option to the reader. Create an interactive PDF or digital experience and provide a printable PDF download as an option.

Interactive PDF

A great way to improve a regular PDF ebook is to make it interactive. Add hyperlinks, in-document navigation, informational popups, videos and interactive data visualizations.

Downloading interactive PDFs will only keep the links; everything else will deactivate. To share the full interactive version with the reader, you’ll need to share your ebook via a link and offer the option to download the less interactive version.

Multimedia/Interactive HTML5

Like an interactive PDF, you can share your multimedia interactive ebook as an HTML5 file or via a live link. Of all the formatting options, this is the one we like to call “a digital experience” due to the multimedia capabilities.

Not only can you add links, videos and popups, but you can also add animated elements and transitions between pages.

Pro Tip: With Visme, you can create printable and interactive PDFs and multimedia, interactive and animated digital experience ebooks. All of these can be password-protected. Plus, your viewer can choose to download a static PDF version right from the toolbar.

EPUB

EPUB is the universal ebook file format legible by most digital readers. To create an EPUB ebook, use a design tool like Adobe InDesign or Pages from Apple. Thankfully, you can also convert PDF files into EPUB files. But the best conversion suggestion is from HTML5 to EPUB.

You’re much better off publishing as an EPUB than a PDF for professional ebook publishing and distribution. EPUB ebooks are responsive and fit better on digital readers for easy reading.

3. Write an author bio that doesn’t put readers to sleep

A strong author bio humanizes you in the eyes of your readers. Write a strong one, and they’ll feel like they’re tapping into a genuine connection every time they read your words. The world of online advertising often feels faceless and cold, so playing up the personal touch can boost your sales. Think of your author bio as a perfect opportunity to do just that: showing off the brain and heart behind your book.

As a KDP user, you’ll set up your bio through Amazon Author Central. This service, available to all authors on the site, gives you access to a dashboard for tracking your sales and managing your reviews. Most importantly for our purposes, it also allows you to personalize an Amazon Author Page with a warmly engaging bio. You can learn all about how to set this up on our Amazon Author Central tutorial.

Public Domain Books

Books in the public domain – or books with expired copyrights – offer an excellent opportunity for the savvy reseller to resell them as eBooks on the Kindle. Public domain books include many timeless classics that may not be available as eBooks on the Kindle. You can resell public domain books as Kindle eBooks as long as a similar copy doesn’t already exist on the Kindle. Before uploading a public domain book for resale as an eBook on the Kindle, verify that the copy you offer is different from others already offered on the Kindle. Simply adding a new introduction to the book doesn’t qualify under Kindle Direct Publishing’s rules for publication and resale.

Want to Know How to Publish a Book on Amazon The Easy Way?

Publishing an ebook on Kindle is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but it was 100% worth it.

The steps I outlined above are 100% of what I did to sell my book. But looking back, I wish I had known someone who could have mentored me more.

Even though it ended up fine, I could have done so much better if I had someone to guide me through the kindle book publishing process.

Chandler Bolt was one of the first people I heard of who did well by self publishing. You can check out his podcast interview here.

Amazon Digital Marketplace

  1. Kindle users can only buy ebooks for download from Amazon's digital marketplace. This requires you to set up a seller's account with Amazon.com. The fees for using the Amazon digital platform for ebook selling vary by the amount of titles you sell each month from $0.99 per sale to $39.99 a month plus referral fees and closing fees, as of the date of publication. If your business owns master resale rights, you can upload your books for resale using Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing Platform. Using this publishing option allows you to sell your ebook at any price you choose, however Amazon will take a percentage of the sale as commission for offering the service.

Create an Amazon KDP Account

The first thing you need to do is open up a KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) account with Amazon.  You can sign up for this for free at the following link –  (If you already have an account with Amazon, you can use the same login details.)

Don’t worry too much if your eBook is not in Kindle format, you still need to sign up.  Your eBook will be converted to Kindle at a later point, so try not to worry.

Once you are all signed up, you will be taken to your “Bookshelf”.  This will list all the books that you have available for sale on Amazon.  This will obviously be empty right now…. but not for long!

5. Avoid Amazon book categories that are too competitive — or obscure

The first thing to know about Amazon categories? There are a lot of them, more than 10,000. Here’s how to navigate this particular minefield without missing out on possible readers.

Contact Amazon to get 8 bonus categories for your book

Pro tip: you’re prompted to select up to 2 categories when you go to publish your book through Amazon’s KDP dashboard, but you can also add up to 8 additional categories post-publication by contacting Amazon directly.

You should absolutely take this step. Note also that not all of the sub-categories are available through the publication dashboard. Some can only be added post facto, or by using a specific keyword as part of your seven keywords. (More on this below.)

Pick categories with under 10,000 titles

Some categories are more competitive than others. If you can, try to slot your book into niche sub-categories with under 10,000 books, which will give you a much better chance of climbing up the Best Sellers and Popular Lists. (Hitting #1 on the Best Sellers List will get you an orange “Best Seller” badge, which is great for conversion!)

Jeff Wheeler’s Mirror Gate is the #1 Best Seller i
Jeff Wheeler’s Mirror Gate is the #1 Best Seller in Gaslamp, a Fantasy sub-category with fewer than 200 books.

Of course, picking the right categories can be a bit of a balancing act. You don’t necessarily want to target the smallest sub-category possible — some will barely have 100 books — because those will naturally have fewer buyers. You’ll want to find the sweet spot: categories that aren’t cutthroat-competitive or hopelessly obscure.

If you’re new to this and are unsure how to pick the right categories to sell ebooks on Amazon, don’t worry! We have an essential guide to Amazon book categories for authors.

Starting an Ebook Business — Where You Sell

As an ebook publisher, you have a few options available for selling your works.

You can set up your own website and sell your ebook directly online. You might make a PDF available to your readers for example. A simple shopping cart or PayPal link and you’re all set. A reader visits your site, they order, and they get a download link and get your book. It’s pretty much all automated, and you simply keep an eye on things to make sure the site is running smoothly.

The benefit of this is you control the entire process, get all of the customer information (so you can promote additional products, services, or books), and you can charge higher prices.

One of the easiest ways to sell ebooks is to work through a third-party site like Amazon. You may have ordered products, even books, from Amazon in the past. But this is a whole different side to this massive e-commerce site.

The big benefit to working through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, even though they charge you a commission on your sales, is their reach. Around one fifth of Americans (21%) are said to be active ebook readers in the last year. That’s your potential audience, all those people visiting this site and browsing for a new book. It could be your book they find when doing a search on a related keyword.

While you may not make as much money as you would selling directly on your own site, you'll have the opportunity to reach an audience who you wouldn't otherwise have access to.

The process of selling your ebook on Kindle is straightforward. You sign up, then upload your ebook. They take care of converting it to their proprietary format. Then you’re ready to sell and grow your business through Amazon.com.

Which of these options should you go with? I recommend doing both.

Put one (or two) of your books on Amazon and think of that as a traffic source… a way for new people to find you; and you get to make profits from the sales of the ebook. Use your Amazon ebooks to drive people back to your website and get them onto your email list.

The best way to do this is to include a free bonus offer inside your book and have them go back to your website to claim their bonus. In order to get access to the bonus, they have to opt-in and give you their email address.

Once you have them on your email list you can follow up with them and sell them additional ebooks from your own site, at a higher price point. Use the best of both worlds!

Advantages and Disadvantages

  1. The advantage of obtaining resale rights is it allows you to recoup 100 percent of the sale price for your ebook. This means you're not paying a royalty to the author or a percentage to the publisher every time a customer decides to purchase an ebook from your business. This advantage diminishes with the Amazon Kindle platform as the company charges a commission based on the number of sales as a requirement of making the publication available as a digital download. This could affect the price you choose for your downloads.

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