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is amazon publishing is useful or easy?
The template is very helpful, but it is important to go through the book several times to be sure your pages look as they should. You have to be patient!
I've used Amazon's KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) for all my books and have never had a problem.
I download the 6x9 word template and copy my individual chapters over.
Of course, there is some formatting to do; there are no automated upload and formatting processes because getting it right is too complicated.
First, add your title (etc), ISBN, copyright, disclaimer, etc. (ETA: add header, footer page numbers)
Second, upload each chapter - up until this point I keep them as separate word files.
Third, change the chapter headers to the right format and make sure they are consistent.
Fourth, change your scene separators so they are consistent.
Fifth, chapters need to start on odd number pages (so they are on the right when the book is opened). Add blank pages as necessary.
Sixth, add the Afterword (if there is one), and author bio
Seventh, format your TOC (table of contents)
I read the book again to make sure everything looks ok.
Then I upload it.
There's a template for this, but to download the correct one you need to know the number of pages in your book (it's a spline thickness issue). That's what my cover designer works with. If you do your own work, that template is your canvas.
This sounds more complicated than it actually is.
I use the same file when I upload kindle content. I'm trying to recall which it is... but I believe kindle prefers PDF format, but the hardcopy uses standard Word format.
I use docx files for both Kindle and paperback.
You can upload revisions as often as you please. They will take from hours to a couple of days to go live.
Yes - as vranger said - just upload a new one. The engineer in me insists I make a copy and revise that, then upload it.
So how does the paperback version work? Does Amazon just print to order? Otherwise it would be different.
Yes, they're Print on Demand (POD).
I create a separate project for the POD version as opposed to the Kindle version, because formatting requirements are enough different to justify it. As mentioned above, one reason is to eliminate orphaned lines.
Does Kindle or Amazon provide any marketing support? If yes, what do they provide, and how useful do you find it?
So you have to pay for all marketing? You don't get some basic marketing with the package?
No - we have to pay for it. The marketing is coupled with KDP - but you don't have to use it if you only want to advertise outside of Amazon.
ETA: Putting your book for sale on Amazon is free.
Wow...I did not know that! So my first thought is how does Amazon have enough server space to handle the massive amounts of books that must get uploaded everyday. My second thought was, do they play any role in quality control?