Using Amazon KDP Publishing is Easy!

I recently published Book 2 in my Abby & Holly Series (MG/PT/YA) with Amazon KDP Publishing. I was nervous because I have only published in the past with Create Space.




BARNES & NOBLE (coming soon)

Using Amazon KDP Publishing to publish your paperback or ebook is easy! There are three steps for each process to complete. First is the basic information such as your name, title and tags, etc. The next step is downloading your book and cover. The last step is pricing your book.

Suggestions to make this go smoothly:

1. Make sure you have formatted your book and left wide enough margins

2. Put in page breaks after each chapter so they will each line up on a new page.

3. If you make your own cover be sure to include the two cutoffs all around the edges when placing your title and name within these cutoffs. (One cutoff is white and the inside cutoff is red). CS only had only cutoff. Check with KDP for margins needed to complete this.

4. You need to put your title and name on the middle outside binder of your book. KDP doesn’t put it there for you like CS did. I like being able to put it there myself, or I should say, my husband takes care of that for me. It came out better than it did with CS. You can control size, bold, color and styles of printing by using Adobe Photoshop to create your cover and binder. There are other methods to use but this is what John, my husband, uses.

I had to call Amazon KDP Publishing once to confirm the margins for my book cover and they were extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with. All in all it was a rewarding experience with little or no angst.

When I have a children’s book with colored illustrations to publish I will let you know what kind of experience I have publishing that too.

We authors need things to go smoothly when publishing. Don’t we? To get to this point with our books is rewarding and takes much energy and hard work. We just want to move along without any more problems creeping up on us. Well, Amazon has surprised and delighted me with the new publishing process. It is pain free.

Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with your own book publishing with KDP Publishing. Don’t be afraid to call and ask for help if need be.


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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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17 Responses to Using Amazon KDP Publishing is Easy!

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  2. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out these tips on using Amazon KDP publishing from Janice Spina in this post from her blog.

  3. Thanks for the tips, Janice! 🙂 Sharing… xo

  4. Thanks, Janice. I’ve only ever used KDP. Always found it very user-friendly.

  5. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for sharing Janice. Congrats again on your recent release. Enjoy Aruba! ❤

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