50 Things to Know to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon

As a new stay-at-home Mom I needed a new hobby. I am now harnessing the energy into teaching other while being at home. My first book was on pregnancy since I did not get all the information that I needed while I was pregnant. I choose the topic of pregnancy since I just went though it without knowing enough. To do this I created a journal of stuff I wish I knew that then became a blog post, then a book. I then added the book to my blog and added some revenue creating devises (Adsense and Amazon Associates). I added the names of the software that I have used (Kindle Direct, Blogspot, Amazon Associates) but feel free to try others or add what has worked for you to the list.

Since I would probably spend most of the time I am writing and promoting on Facebook I am happy with the outcome. I almost feel like I am playing lemon aid stand on the computer, but I actually get paid to do this now. At the 5 month mark I made about $200 a month. At 8 months, around the Christmas holiday, I was closer to $700. I am not doing this for the money but I have no overhead. Everything I have done here is free to try. Here are some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. Hopefully you can use some of them too.

The following tips are how I have succeeded through the processes. I know others have done other things with different results. Currently this is my 5th eBook through Amazon.  have sold over 1,000 copies of 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby in less than on year. I did this completely free using all free software that I found on the internet. You ca try the same plan too. The following 50 Things are tips that I hope will help you through the self-publishing process. Knowledge is Power.

1. Write the book in Word Document

A blog post was getting what I thought was many views. So I decided that is the content to create my first eBook 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby. I took the blog post, copied the post to a Microsoft Word Document and then edited the document.

Action Step: Find material that you would like to convert to a eBook.

2. Format Book Correctly

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing provides a place to format your book to look nice on whatever device the reader chooses. Review these documents and make changes to your Microsoft Word Document until you are comfortable with the format.

Action Step: Go to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, create an account.

3. Find Image for cover

You can find free stock images online or use your own photos. I had a recent photo shoot with my baby from Grimestone Phograph Photography, so I decided to use those pictures because of the quality, good content, and image that got a viewer’s emotional side. You can also find a cover photo on Google by doing a Google image search with the search options to use the image for commercial use.

Fiverr.com is a website where you can find someone to make a professional looking
book cover for $5. I think this is a great deal.

Action Step: Go to Google Images. Choose advanced image search and select free to
use, share or modify, even commercially. Select an image for your cover.

4. Create Cover

The image is important. Choose text that you can see when the book is in a smaller view. View other covers on Amazon from similar books before you decide on your cover. You can use Pic Monkey to add text and edit pictures for your book. I have noticed that books with larger titles usually are higher on the list. This is why one of the titles of my books is 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby: Simple Pregnancy Tips (50 Things to Know). While I did not add the entire title on the book cover, adding a larger title on Amazon ma catch the reader’s attention before they move on to the next title. A descriptive title may keep the reader interested in buying the book

Action Step: Go to Pic Monkey. Upload the image you found from Google and add the
title and author.

5. Convert Document

This may be a little frustrating but keep going. They will step you though the process. I needed a nice cup of tea when this was over. Look for help documents if you can’t get the formatting correct. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing will step you through the process.

Action Step: Go to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and convert the word document.

6. Create Description

Look at other books that are top sellers as a reference. You want to entice people to buy the book. Remember you can change and add to this later so don’t get caught up in it.

Action Step: Go to Amazon and enter your book title. Review other books that are similar to yours. Create a description in a word document. Go to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, and add a description to your book.

7. Choose Categories

Categories are important because you can then move up ranking on Amazon for more people to see your book. View other books that are in similar categories. You can update this later.

Action Step: Go to Amazon and find books with similar categories. Add these categories in Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for your book.

8. Choose Price

I started with $.99 to get my book out there. At $.99 you only get 35% commission. I then moved to $2.99 after adding and editing the book. You get 70% commission at this price

Action Step: Set price for your book at $.99. Check the box in other countries to keep a similar price.

9. Save and Wait For Amazon

After you create your book the process may take over night to complete. Go to bed and hopefully in the morning you book will be on the market. You may even sell a book or two by morning!


Your book is on Amazon. Congrats! Now you are your own book promoter. Get your book out there for people to read. Here are some tips to self-promote your book. You may choose one or many of these promotion techniques. All of self-promotion can be done for free.

10. Create a Blog

Here is my blog called Charlie The Cavalier. The post that got 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby on the internet was this post 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby. I choose blogger as the software. It is free and easy to use. You can always import your information to another platform if you decide to change later. You can promote your books and your work through this blog.

You should update the blog often. Create posts that are relevant to your readers. You may even share a few chapters of your book with a link to buy the book on Amazon at the end.

11. Link Everything Together

Here is a link to Amazon to purchase my book. So link your books to your blog, and your blog to your books. Then you can earn ad revenue, revenue from Amazon for selling the book, and revenue for referring the sale.


Do you have material that you would like to turn into an Amazon Kindle book? 

This book is from an author who has already self-published five books with Amazon and sold over 1,000 copies of one of her books 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby. 

This is a collection of 50 simple tips that any person who would like to know while self-publishing and promoting their own book. 

The book offers practical tips basic tips, self-promotion, a special area on pinterest for promotion, and general tips to keep motivation high. A great quick read. This book was written and published in 2013.

What People Are Saying…

This is really good step by step guide for publishing your ebook in right manner.I like the simplicity of the book. -E. Singhal
Good tips on self promotions and the information to begin looking for answers. Some site names too. Good value for the money. – M. McQuaid
Self-publishing is always changing, and so it’s important to have up-to-date information. This book was really helpful, especially when it comes to self-promotion tips. I never would have thought of using Pinterest, but that’s one idea of many that is offered in this book. For less than the price of a cup of coffee, this book offers up all sorts of tips that can create sales. -P.J. 


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