In this article we will discuss how to publish a picture book on Amazon. A children's book is full of colourful pictures and it is important that the beautiful images look great on all devices and in print. We will walk you through the process, discuss tips and best practices. Items highlighted in Blue are important tips. Topics covered:
✔ Amazon KDP
✔ Kindle Kids Book Creator
✔ Publishing a paperback
Step 1: Sign Up
Amazon KDP is an online portal where you can publish your work, request printed copies of your book, set the pricing and lots more. The first step is to setup an account with Amazon KDP . Follow the prompts, enter the author's details and tax information. If you add your Australian TFN the U.S. withholding tax rate will reduce from 30.0% to 5.0%.
Step 2: Bookshelf
When you login to Amazon KDP you will start in the "Bookshelf". The Bookshelf gives you two publishing options: Kindle eBook and Paperback (see screen shot below). The best practice is to publish both e-book and paperback and link them together on Amazon. Your digital e-book will be available worldwide. However, printed paperbacks are limited to 7 countries and not Australia at this time.
Step 3: eBook
Publishing a Kindle eBook is relatively straight forward. Click on "+Kindle eBook" and follow the prompts. If your book has images and text on the same page, select "One image at a time". If your book has an image on one side and text on the other, select "Two images side-by-side". Upload your e-book cover, inside pages and press publish. If there are any problems with the PDF, you will need to create a MOBI file with "Kindle Kids Book Creator", otherwise, skip to "Step 4: Creating a paperback".
Kindle Kids Book Creator
Kindle Kids Book Creator is an APP from Amazon that helps create and layout picture books. If something goes wrong with the PDF upload, this is the failsafe. First you need to download
Kindle Kids Book Creator and Kindle Previewer, which will give you a visual preview of how the book with look on different devices.
What you will need: (1) Kindle Kids Book Creator (2) Front cover (3) Inside pages
Step 1: Open "Kindle Kids Book Creator" and click "Create a New Kids Book"
Step 2: Select the orientation and "Two images side-by-side". For square books select "Landscape"
Step 3: Import your cover from a separate image
Step 4: Add the inside pages from a PDF with single pages (not side-by-side)
Step 5: Click File, "Save for Publishing". This will create a MOBI file in the directory you specify
The file is now ready to import into Amazon KDP. If you installed Kindle Previewer you can click Book Preview, "Create Book Preview".
Open Amazon KDP and click "+Kindle eBook". Follow the prompts and upload the MOBI file that you created in Kindle Kids Book Creator. Add the book details and publish your Kindle eBook.
Step 4: Creating a paperback
Creating a paperback will allow customers to purchase a printed paperback and have it shipped to them. Having both Kindle eBook and Paperback versions is the best practice.
Pre-requisites: (1) Wrap-around cover (2) Completed picture book (PDF with single pages)
For printed paperbacks you will need a wrap-around cover with a front, spine and back. The dimensions need to be exact or Amazon will reject the book cover. Amazon have a downloadable cover template which makes the process much easier. Plug in the trim size, page count and paper colour and Amazon will work out the rest. Downloading the template is the best way to ensure the required dimensions are met. Your illustrator will create the artwork based on the template.
For the inside pages, Amazon requires an additional 3mm added to the width and 6mm to the height to allow the images to stretch to the edge of the page. The inside pages will need to be reworked to fit the new dimensions and exported as a PDF with single pages and no bleed.
Once you have the wrap-around cover and reworked inside pages, you are ready to upload the book on Amazon KDP. Log into Amazon KDP and press "+Paperback". Select the relevant options and "Bleed (PDF only)", which works the best for most PDF files we work with. Preview the book and you're done. Once approved, you can link the paperback to your Kindle eBook with the ... menu and order some copies for yourself.
Just like any business you need sales and marketing to help people find your book. Here are some of the ways to promote your book and drive sales.
Amazon Advertising: Open Amazon KDP, click the "Promote and Advertise" button
Facebook: Setup a free Facebook business page and start advertising. Link your ad back to Amazon
Goodreads: Setup a free author page on Goodreads and link to your book on Amazon
Book reviews: Positive reviews from friends and family will help boost rankings on Amazon
Book publishers: Book publishers take responsibility for selling and marketing your book
Here are some publishing platforms to consider. Always read the reviews before selecting a book publisher.
✔ Amazon KDP: Amazon dominates 80% of the ebook market worldwide.
✔ Olympia Publishers: One of the highest rated book publishers on Google.
✔ Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble is the world’s largest bookseller.
✔ IngramSpark: Offer print-on-demand copies and distribute to all major retailers *Read the reviews
✔ Apple Books: Requires an ABN and GST documents for Australian residents.
✔ Fontaine Publishing Group: Australian-owned publisher in Fremantle, WA.
We hope you enjoyed the article. Happy selling!