If you’re a writer and you want to be published, there is a solution. You no longer need to call and write big publishing companies in hopes of a miracle. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation with the big publishing companies. They won’t look at writers without a track record, but how can you have a track record without the publishing companies giving you a chance? That’s where something like amazon book publishing comes in and has the potential to change your life.
Amazon is very wise by accepting self-published authors. They won’t accept everyone who submits a book, but as long as there is no highly offensive material and the grammar is good, your book will be accepted. For the Kindle, all books will be automatically reformatted for spacing. On the paperback version, you get to choose the spacing to some degree. If you’re part of Kindle Direct—where Amazon Prime readers can read your book for free and you get paid per amount of pages read—then you have some maneuverability with spacing, but not too much where you can take advantage of the system.
Once your book is set up, there is a final 10-14 day approval process. On your first go, this is a long process because you’re excited, but that will change after a few books. You will get used to it. Just make sure your book is edited so there are no problems. If your book is approved, it will go on Amazon. There is one very important thing you should keep in mind, though. You need to search for your book on Amazon and select, ‘This is My Book.’ Some people don’t know that, which hurts them because their book never shows up on their Author Page. Make sure you do this so your Author Page has your book on it. It would be silly if the book you wrote wasn’t on your own page.
Also take full advantage of your Author Page. You can write a bio, add photos, and add a link to your blog. You can also check your Amazon Author Ranking from here, which will tell you where you stand compared to all other Amazon authors in regards to book sales. You can change the time frames on this as well. After you have been publishing books on Amazon for a while, you will learn to look at the big picture so you can see if you’re heading in the right direction.
It’s absolutely imperative that you go to ACX (owned by Amazon) to search for a narrator and have your book narrated. You can do a 50/50 royalty deal or pay the narrator upfront and you keep all the royalties. Either way, your book must be on audio, which means Audible and iTunes. Audio is quickly becoming the most popular way for people to ‘read’ books. This momentum will not change. If you fail to put your book on audio, you’re failing as a writer. Make sure you succeed. Good luck on your journey.