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Mastering the Amazon KDP Tax Interview - Everything you need to know

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And here we are. A new starry-eyed author publishing our book on Amazon.

We had stumbled upon the the Amazon KDP website after our dad recommended we check it out. But what now? What does one do after entering your email ID into the vast troughs of Amazon's online customer database? Do we do a magic publishing-jig and hope that the God of Publishing smiles upon us? Do we sacrifice one of our dearest paperback-companions as a sign that the Kindle-Deity can trust us?

Once the dust has settled on your brand-new Amazon KDP account you might be wondering why you are now faced by a message from Amazon demanding you spend precious time completing an online tax interview? Why should we? Surely the time taken to complete your manuscript is enough?

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Can an Author Update an eBook already Published on Amazon?

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So, you've published your eBook a few months ago on Kindle, and you've been waiting for those royalty checks to roll in, but alas - no sales to date. Meanwhile, you've been thinking about your book and came up with a number of ways in which you could've put forth a better effort.

Perhaps you've been wondering if self-publishing really is a farce and that all books fade into obscurity when it hits the Kindle store. Not so fast!

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3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

 

Finishing a book is often a labor of love, a bucket list item, for many writers.

Marketing the book? Not so much.

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A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

 

Earlier this year, Amazon announced a new update to their Kindle Content Quality policy, which would enable readers to report problems found in their eBooks. This was met with panic in the self-publishing industry, as some blogs framed the news in a much more gory manner than was really the case. Visions of red flags and flashing warnings sprung to mind, but it is not quite that bad, yet still not great… What it is, is an opportunity for self-publishing authors to silence the naysayers, who have long bashed the industry, and assure the readers of our commitment to sharing quality content with them.

Get-rich-quick manuals online have alerted opportunists to the idea of publishing books as a means to make money in a hurry. Unfortunately, this has led to an influx of rubbish content that is poorly written and offers little to no value. Amazon, always looking to provide a better reader experience and product quality, decided to protect their assets by enabling readers to complain about poor quality eBooks. Unless your eBook is professionally edited, it may well be in the firing line.

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Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

 

Dear geeky reader, boy do I have a treat for you.

This post is written specially for those who are looking to upload their Microsoft Word document into Amazon's magical black box in the hope that a perfectly-formatted eBook comes out the other side. Using the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (linked at the end of the post) you are guaranteed to get a gold-star from the eBook-review team at Amazon.

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A post about author royalties and where to find out how much Amazon will pay you.

A post about author royalties and where to find out how much Amazon will pay you.

 

 Tired of wondering where your money is? Worry no more! This post will help that faithful legion of authors loyal to the self-publishing megolith - Amazon - better understand when their dosh will be paid.

This video was made to help authors by digging into live author accounts and then demonstrating which reports an author should use to remain on top of their payment schedule.

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What it means being an African author on Amazon

What it means being an African author on Amazon

 

Africa’s not for sissies is an oft-repeated phrase, but is Africa for authors?

The lists of renowned African authors contain all too familiar names. Why does it seem that the depth of our selection of authors is perhaps less than that of the other continents? Why do we seem to produce less authors, or is that a misconception bred from biased media coverage? Let’s have a look at what it means to be an African author.

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