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 will show you how you can upload your

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manuscript onto the KDP Amazon platform

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so you can start selling your ebooks on

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Amazon KDP (KDP stands for Kindle direct

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publishing) and this is a process whereby

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it’s relatively easy and you can do it

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quite quickly give yourself maybe like

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an hour and the whole thing can be done

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there are a few things that you have to

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have have on hand first before you do

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this number one you have to have your

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manuscript

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ready number two is you have to have

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your cover ready and of course you know

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it would also be helpful if you have

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your description ready that then that

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way you don’t have to type in the little

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box Amazon gives you so this is how you

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do it

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search for Amazon KDP on Google and

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it’ll get you to the direct URL for your

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particular country that you’re in in my

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instant it’s KDP amazon.com and then you

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basically sign in if you already have an

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amazon icon and if this is the name that

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you want to be associated with where

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your book is concerned because you may

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decide to go on an incognito and decide

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on a pen name so if you decide on a pen

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name then you’re going to have to create

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a new account so you just basically

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click here they click here to sign in as

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a different user and then when you click

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on it it’ll take you to a page where but

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it’ll prompt you and ask you you know

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you don’t have an Amazon account and

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you’ll say no not really I’m going to

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set up a new account and so you have to

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create the new account with an email or

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a telephone number that you might have

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and then it’ll prompt you accordingly so

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for me when I try to show you how it’s

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done it basically tells me that there’s

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an error because I already have an

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account so what I’m going to do is I’m

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going to quickly show you how actually

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get your book uploaded on to to the KDP

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page where you have see the what

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bookshelf this is where you want to go

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to and of course yours will be empty and

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you see here it says kindle ebook or

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paperback you don’t want to go through

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the paperback route you want to go

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through the kindle e-book route so once

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you click the kindle ebook route it’ll

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take you to a page and prompt you for

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all the information that you need

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for you do this I want to quickly show

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you so that you know what you need to

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have on hand you need to have the book

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manuscript on hand and then you need to

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have the book cover and it tells you

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also later on what kind of cover what

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kind of format this cover has to be in

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and it would also be helpful to if you

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have your keyword categories or your

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keyword searches done and you know what

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kind of category it will be in and then

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you have ISBN you don’t have to buy your

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own I see and they will actually give

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you a free ISBN now if you are intending

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to also have a print book I would

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suggest that you if this is the first

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time you’re actually publishing at all I

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would suggest that you do not buy your

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is p.m. and that you use the create

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space ISBN or create space is the arm of

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Amazon that handles the paperback and

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the hardcover the print printed books so

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let’s let’s begin so you click kindle

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ebook and it will take you to the page

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where but it’ll prompt you for all the

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information that you need on hand so for

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in my situation will be in the languages

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English but they actually have several

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other languages too you can choose what

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you want maybe basque but not for me for

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now then for the book title now this

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depends again whether your are a fiction

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or a nonfiction i think for a nonfiction

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book it’s best before you have a title

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to actually do a keyword search on

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google to see if the title that you have

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is what people are searching for have

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when you do the google keyword search on

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the keyword planner tool just collect i

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like about ten longtail keyword searches

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make sure you keep this on a dot in a

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document or of some sort and then when

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you start writing your description you

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it would be helpful to have these words

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on hand so that you can actually put the

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actual phrases that people are looking

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for in your description so let’s say you

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already have the title you put it down

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here and then you put the subtitle which

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kind of explains a little bit more what

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the title is about if you write fiction

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and you have the title here same a book

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I’m writing right now it is a series the

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series is called Scion chronicles I

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don’t have a title for it but let’s say

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I say it’s you know tsiyon misadventure

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then my subtitle I may put it down as a

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young adult science fiction book or

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young adult science fiction fantasy

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friends um and then what I need to do is

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I need to put the series name here and

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the series number and then the Edition

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edition number which is the first

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edition but it’s optional you don’t have

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to write it on now this is where you put

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your first name and your last name this

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would be a pen name or your author name

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and if you have other contributors like

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your editor or you have other authors

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that co-wrote the book for you or if you

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were to write a foreword have someone

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write a foreword this is where you put

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the name of the person so you can keep

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on adding as to however many

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contributors that you might have and

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then this is where you put the

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description once again like I said if

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you are writing nonfiction this is where

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you would not not just put the

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description but make sure you use those

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longtail keyword search phrases that I

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told you about if you are writing

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fiction there is a way to write a

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friction description that’s actually

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enticing and I will have another video

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for that but not for today but anyway

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there’s something for you to to know

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that in the future we want to have to

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cover that

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then in under this publishing rights it

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would be I own the copyright and this is

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assuming that you do own the copyright

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and you didn’t plagiarize it from

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someone else

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hopefully not and okay this is a public

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domain some people have actually used

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books that were like written 100 years

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ago I can’t remember the exact number

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but I think anything that was published

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or printed like 75 years ago just has

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lost its copyright right in some form or

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other so you know some people have used

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like Bleak House from Charles Dickens

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and kind of didn’t rewrite the book but

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they just kind of maybe put a new cover

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or new forward or something like that

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and then this would be a public domain

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book and but in your situation I would

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say you own the copyright and talking

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about copyright I just want to say this

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real quick when I first started writing

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my book and I wanted to have it

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published you know a lot of people say

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Oh be careful people are going to steal

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your book you know what we’re at an age

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where there are a lot of books out there

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and the

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possibility of probability well it’s

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definitely possible that people may

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steal your book but it is actually

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totally immaterial because the thing

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with with books it’s the marketing you

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know there are a lot of books out there

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and stealing somebody’s stealing your

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content is the least of your worries

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so anyway more on that later in another

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video so be sure to subscribe to my Emma

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right TV channel so then that way you

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can keep abreast of what I’ve put up on

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on the YouTube so going on forward this

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is how you choose your keywords so you

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can do the Google search and figure out

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what keywords that you want to use like

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my princess books for instance I

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basically had like princess princess

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books for girls

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princess books for teens I mean it’s not

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for teens but you know princess castle

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books and the princess books had

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ballerinas so I had like ballerina books

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for girls so you have seven of them and

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is there if you are writing a nonfiction

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book then what you do is you would use

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some of those longtail keyword search

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phrases and put them on these seven bars

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over here the next thing you need to do

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is you need to set categories now if

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you’re a fiction author you will see

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here you click on the fiction and

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fiction actually you can have juvenile

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fiction which is 18 and under or

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children’s books of some sort and if you

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keep on clicking on it it’ll open up you

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click the plus button and just bear in

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mind that you’re only allowed to have to

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see choose categories up to two so once

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you’ve done that you need to if yours is

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a children’s book then you just choose

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the minimum age and the maximum age if

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you are writing a book that say I’m 18

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and up you don’t have to worry about the

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maximum HD how its grayed out and then

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of course this again for the grade level

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for the reading you can just leave it

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empty or if you want to you know you can

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click on the appropriate reading level

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so if you are ready to release the book

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it says I’m ready to release the book

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now you can just say that all the

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you may not be ready to release it like

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right now but what they mean is that the

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other option is to make it ready for

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pre-order and then that way you know you

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have to set a date and if you’re going

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to set it as a pre-order I would suggest

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that you give yourself at least a month

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then that way you can have enough time

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for promotion which is a big thing when

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you’re launching a book I think from

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what I heard in the first month of a

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book if you do it correct Amazon may

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actually help you in boosting some of

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the promotion if they see traction in

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your book sales I know that there is

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some skepticism as to how much they

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would actually do that because you know

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we’re talking about a lot of competition

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right now and a lot of it rides on how

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much effort you want to put in for your

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promoting your book and advertising your

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book also it depends on how many fans

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you have you’re already out there I mean

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you may have a lot of fans for instance

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if you are a famous ballerina and you

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know you have already 10,000 followers

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on YouTube for instance you have a

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ready-made set of fans ready for you and

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you know it’s a matter of you just

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letting them know that you have a book

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ready and you could actually have your

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promotion

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go far and wide whereas if you’re an

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unknown person in a sense that you know

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you have a smaller sphere of influence

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it may take you a little bit of time you

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know they say you have to give yourself

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you know three or four years before you

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get your name out there so once you get

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to this step you can save it as a draft

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or you can save and continue’ so the

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next step I want to show you is you can

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actually have your Kindle eBook content

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uploaded if you don’t have your books

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information ready they will not allow

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you to continue with that so basically

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that step that I showed you just now you

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really have to get that up already

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before you can actually edit the content

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of your book or add the book itself and

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this is how you do it so after you click

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on the prompter Save and continue it

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should bring you to this page which is

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the Kindle eBook content

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and let’s go through some of the things

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that they asked you over here so if you

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see here DRM which is digital rights

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management I always click no why because

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there are a lot of books out there and

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when you have friends or readers reading

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your book and they might want to share

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the book if you say yes I watch DRM they

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can’t really share their books your

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books with their friends and it’s kind

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of annoying and you know because there

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are so many good books out there you

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know they might just move on to another

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reader so unless you’re like a james

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patterson or you know some bigwig name

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like JK Rowling and I highly suggest at

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least the first five books you know just

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put down no no DRM s you know until you

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start making selling a million books a

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year or something like that and the next

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thing you need to do is you need to

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upload your eBook

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so you just click on that it says upload

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eBook manuscript and okay this is the

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list of format to the except basically a

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dot docx docx and HTML mobi epub RTF

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plain text and kpf if you click here

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tell you a full list now generally most

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people would be writing in onward so

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it’d be a dot doc or docx some people

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may want to upload an HTML or an epub or

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mobi now how do you get these types of

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format I have another video where I

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teach you how you can get this done

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automatically using a platform called

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draft2digital if you search it out on my

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youtube account you’ll see how I show

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you to show you how to do this step by

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step so just to make it really simple

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here let’s say I’ve already uploaded

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this princess ballerina 6ei and also the

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other thing I wanted to let you know is

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that what I do is you know I edit my

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book books a few times you know as I

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find you know problems or issues you

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know this is an illustrated book

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also so there were a lot of issues when

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it comes to illustrations you know some

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of these illustrations look fuzzy you

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know somewhat to a big a file so what I

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did was I had a lot of different edits

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and one quick tip I want to show you is

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that you know when you start saving all

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these different edits of your book see

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how I have it as 328 16 I actually had

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the last edit done on March 28th 2016 so

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this will help you Zook yourself will

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know that you know this is the latest

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one instead of one two three well how do

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you know that three is the latest maybe

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you have a six and you couldn’t find it

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in your file so if you have it this way

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you can kind of tell oh yeah this you

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know I did that thing in March you know

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Oh in May so you kind of know so in the

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zebra it says spellcheck there is one

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possible spelling error you can actually

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click here and you can view them and I’m

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just clicking it for you to see and it

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tells you what it is it’s the word fund

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so which is no big deal because I didn’t

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want to use the word bund just because I

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wanted to show that the girls were

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having their buns up so the next thing

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you need to do is you need to upload

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your your cover again they will tell you

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that it has to be a certain format and

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it has to be either jpg or TI FBI FS

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only so if you click on launch creator

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cover it will actually show you that you

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know there are certain possibilities I’m

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going to take it on on it real quick so

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you can have a quick look I will show

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you that you know there are a few things

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you can do you can choose you know you

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can use their images for instance

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whatever kind of image that you might

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want to use I’ve actually never used

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this particular way of doing my own

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ebook covers or my my book covers at all

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because I don’t find the quality very

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good so I find that you know you can pay

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a minimal amount say through Fiverr or

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even through some other means whereby

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you can actually get better quality and

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I will go through ebook covers with you

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in another video but I wouldn’t suggest

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going through that route and so let’s

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say once you have your

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look up you have your cover up the next

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thing you want to do is you want to take

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a look at the book so you can click this

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which is a pre viewer and if you don’t

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have a preview err you can actually

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download it and it’s a software you can

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download onto your computer and that way

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you can actually check to see if the

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files that you have already uploaded

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looks good on the different platforms

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that you have so this is this is the

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book that I have and as you can see over

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here there are actually different types

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of platforms that they have you see and

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also in this in this particular page

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here it’s a different kind of Kindle but

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I can’t really show it to you right now

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but I’ll show you in another in in

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another video we’ll go through this a

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little bit better so this is what the

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book will look like for this particular

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Kindle now you may think oh my goodness

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these words are really really small well

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not to worry you see up here it says

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font size you can actually increase the

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font size if I were to increase it to 6

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it’ll readjust

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accordingly see so I can actually make

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the font a little bit bigger or a little

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bit smaller you know and like I said

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because mine is an illustrated book it

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does look a little bit wonky I want to

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show you real quick see how it says a

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commotion well that’s just the way it is

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I mean there’s nothing really you can do

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about it like if you were to make it

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really really big you will see that you

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know because you’re the size of the book

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it’s limited by the page of these these

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are Kindle devices the bigger the words

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are of course it’s going to be all like

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chunked up like this which is horrible I

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know but I wanted to show you that real

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quick before we go on to the next step

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which is to finalize this process so

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let’s say you’ve already uploaded your

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manuscript you have already uploaded

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your cover and you’ve done the launch

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pre viewer and you you know you

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basically have approved the book the

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next thing you need to do is you need to

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C which says is be ISBN it means

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international standard book number you

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don’t have to

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about this because if you leave it blank

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KDP Amazon kgp will actually provide you

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with the necessary

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ISBN so the next step you do is you save

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save and continue or if you’ve already

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done for the day you can just say save

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as draft and so you don’t have to start

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all over again the next time that you’re

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doing this so and you just take off

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where you’ve where you left off so so

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this is the final page that you need to

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go through as you are uploading your

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book it says maximize my royalties with

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KDP so this is where KDP wants you to

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enroll in the KDP select a few things to

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bear in mind if you decide to go down

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the route of KDP select is number one

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you cannot have your book available and

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any other platforms not even on your own

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website they’re very strict about this

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and the other thing you need to consider

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is KDP select does give you several

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benefits one of which is they give you

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five days whereby you can actually set

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your book for free which you may think

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that’s not really a benefit well it is

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if you’re going to promote your book 5

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days isn’t a lot and it does give you a

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lot of ability to the book away see if

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you don’t have KDP select people cannot

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go through Amazon to get it for free I

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mean they have to buy at least pay at

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least $0.99 which isn’t much but if

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you’re trying to get people to review

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the book you may want to give it away

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for free and you can give it away for

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free from your own computer or in the

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email however that wouldn’t show as a

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sale but if you have the KDP select and

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within the first three months you decide

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to give the book away for free when you

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direct your readers or your fans or your

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relatives or your friends to the page

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they can buy it for free and it will

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show as a sale now it does not compete

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doesn’t translate into money you know in

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a sense of a monetary reward however it

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will say that you know people have been

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downloading your book which is a good

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thing so the other thing I wanted to go

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through with you is where it says all

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territories this is unless you know you

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feel that you

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don’t have wool white right sleeve you

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wrote your own book of course you have

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worldwide rights and this is what you

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wear you want to click the the button

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and then the last thing you want to do

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is you want to basically look at the

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pricing now again this is another thing

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to think about in a sense that if you

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sell your book for less than a dollar

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ninety-nine oh sorry less than $2.99 you

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will only make thirty five percent

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royalty if you price it between $2.99

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and $9.99 you will make seventy percent

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royalty but as you can see here ya is

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say so if you if you make only thirty

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five percent even though I sell it for

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$4.99 I get a dollar seventy five for my

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royalty sorry I I live er it ok I want

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to explain this real quick

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why’s does it have delivery so this also

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depends on what kind of book you’re

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writing if your book has a lot of charts

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and a lot of it’s a big file Amazon will

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actually charge you for the file

21:13

delivery to deliver it to your readers

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now if you so if you set your book at

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$4.99 even though you have the option to

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make a 70 percent royalty but Amazon

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will charge you for the file that you

21:27

are actually sending to your buyers you

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will see here that if you soul your book

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between $2.99 and $9.99 you can make up

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to 70 percent royalty and if you cell

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phone more than 999 you only make a 35

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percent royalty the problem is that

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because my book is an illustrated book

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Amazon will actually charge you for the

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size of the file because my book is a

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has a is a big file because of all the

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illustrations it actually makes more

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sense for me to only have the thirty

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five percent royalty so even though I

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saw the book for $4.99 my royalty is 175

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now I may change it to 70 percent

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because then that means I make three

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dollars and 70 cents and they will

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charge me 60 cents 61 cents for the

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delivery but

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I that’s something to think about and

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you know something for you to also bear

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in mind when you’re doing your book

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because the more pictures that you have

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especially their color pictures it will

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actually increase the size of your mouth

22:28

because Barnes and Noble and other

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platforms like Kobo and iBooks they

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don’t charge you for delivery and

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Amazon’s the only one that does this now

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real quick if you click this carried

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over here it’ll open up to show you what

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the prices that you can put in for all

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the other Amazon platforms throughout

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the world now you can do this two ways

22:50

you can decide that you’re going to

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price it whatever the US market is

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selling it for or you may individually

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decide that you know what I’m going to

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go through one by one and decide how

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much I want these my book to sell in all

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these different countries finally the

23:06

last thing you might want to think about

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is the Kindle matchbook what is the

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Kindle matchbook say you have already

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your print book already and you have you

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are now publishing in your Kindle Kindle

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book so if if you have a credit for for

23:22

print already you may decide that you

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know what I’m going to allow my readers

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who have bought the print version to be

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able to get a discount on buying my my

23:34

book so you can say okay they can get

23:37

these this particular ebook for $0.99

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the last thing is to hit publish right

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here or you can just save it as draft if

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you’re not ready but once you are ready

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to publish hit the publish box over here

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and you will have to wait maybe 72 hours

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or less and then your book will be live

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on Amazon in your country and whichever

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other country you may have chosen to get

24:02

it sold and be sure to check your email

24:04

that you signed up on the KDP platform

24:07

because amazon will send you an email

24:09

informing you that your book is live

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which is quite an exciting moment okay

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that’s all for now in another video I

24:16

will show you how to decide and pricing

24:19

for your book as well as tips on how to

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publish a print book through CreateSpace

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if you have not done so please subscribe

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to my Emma write TV channel below and

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leave comments

24:30

and questions that you might have so I

24:31

can address this and maybe even create a

24:34

new video just answering the questions

24:36

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you through the step-by-step process of

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setting up an author business from start

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business site ok that’s all for now and

24:56

god bless

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About the Author EmmaRight

Emma Right is a multiple award-winning and bestselling author and award-winning copywriter. When not busy caring for her homeschooled children and unschooled pets, she mentors wannabe authors to write and publish their first book, as well maximize their author business.

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