How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon and Kindle Using Createspace

I’ve been making videos and blog posts about writing and self-publishing for a long time now, yet I’ve never made a video to address how to self-publish a book on Amazon. For today’s blog post and video, I’m going to teach you how to publish a paperback novel using Createspace, upload your manuscript, format your manuscript and make your novel available for purchase on Amazon. As a bonus to those who stick around until the end, I’ll also show you how to make your novel available on Kindle! Let’s keep in mind that before you do any of these steps your novel should be completed, edited and good to go. While you can make changes and to your manuscript after it’s uploaded to Createspace, it’s more of a hassle.

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5,000 Subscriber Free Book & #ChanceChallenge

It’s already the second week of September! How is that possible? My last semester of college has begun so things are a little crazy for me, so I wanted to let you know I’ll only be posting once a week until finish classes in December. On another note, by YouTube channel hit 5,000 subscribers! In celebration of having 5,000 amazing subscribers, I wanted to do more than giveaway a book to one person. I’m going to give a book to…well, anyone who wants one.

For five days, starting today, my second novel, I am Mercy will be available for free on Kindle.

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Self-Publishing- Making Money Off Your Books

The following charts are taken from sales and profit collected from the first year Essence was released.sales charts

Self-Publishing- Formatting an Ebook

I know the video goes fast, but pause the video at each step so you don’t get lost! This takes a lot of time and patience. I tried to make things as clear as possible for you guys, but if anything unclear let me know.

  1. Copy original manuscript.
  2. Paste into Notepad. You will lose all formatting but don’t panic, this is what we want!
  3. Open a new Work document and as it as a “Word 97-2003” Document.
  4. Copy your manuscript in Notepad and paste it into the blank Word document.
  5. Paste!
  6. Hit that fancy little ¶ so you can see all formatting.
  7. Create a “Style” for your body text. body textpara settings
  8. Add in new title page. Include: Title, Author, Edition (Smashwords or Kindle), Copyright, and you’re your website.
  9. Insert Page Break where they are needed.
  10. Add in Header. Do this by creating a new style. heading
  11. Add your Italics back in! This is a pain, and I’m sorry for that. Here’s what works for me. Go through a paperback copy of your book and highlight any place where there are italics. Then go back through the book and every time you spot an italic, find it in your ebook and fix it!
  12. Add in hyperlinks, this way after their done reading your book, they can go to your website!