Amazon publishing checklist

    Kindle indie publishing, conclusion: use this checklist to work through the indie publishing process in a methodical manner.   A PDF version of this list is available here.   Mine tend to say things like ‘breakfast is in the fridge’ and ‘pants first, then shoes’     (source) Amazon publishing checklist Manuscript on Open Office Writer […]

Beyond Amazon

    Part 32: you’ve published on Amazon … what now? A collection of thoughts and ideas of where to go next.   You’ve done it. You’ve published your indie ebook on Amazon and started the long process of winding up the starter motor on your profile as an author. Or, perhaps you haven’t, and […]

15 thoughts from an Amazon indie publisher

    Part 31: a list of advice from a moderately successful and anonymous Amazon author.   Over a year ago, even before I’d thought about publishing an ebook myself, I stumbled across a thread about Amazon and ebooks on a literary forum. The writer talked it up as a moderately successful indie publisher, and […]

How to get ebook reviews, part 2

    Part 27: a review of ebook review sources for indie publishers and emerging authors. (We have to go deeper.)   This article rates the usefulness of commonly mentioned ebook review sources and four Google shortcuts which might get your ebooks in the hands of trusted reviewers a lot quicker than by traditional searching […]

How to get ebook reviews, part 1

    Part 26: to sell ebooks, you need reviews, which is not as simple as it sounds.   Good reviews are vital for the indie publisher. The consensus is that Amazon shoppers will not buy items, including ebooks, which lack reviews. I know from my own online shopping habits that I’ll seek out items […]

Cheques, US bank account or Payoneer?

    Part 25: learn how overseas authors and publishers can access their Amazon royalty payments fast and with reduced fees and charges.   Unfortunately for authors from many countries, including Australia, the only option to accept royalties collected by Amazon is to be paid via international cheque, in US currency. Every time your royalties […]

Royalties, US taxation and the EIN

    Part 24: learn how to prevent the IRS from claiming a quarter of your Amazon royalties in 6 easy steps.   The bad news is that there is a base withholding rate of taxation for overseas authors publishing and being paid through a US entity such as Amazon. For Australians based in Australia, […]

Uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, part 2

    Part 22: decide on your book’s category, keywords, level of copy protection (DRM) and price.   You can nominate two categories (compulsory) and up to seven keywords (optional) to help customers find your ebook. Categories and keywords require careful planning     (source) Categories and keywords There are a few factors to consider here:   1. […]

Uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, part 1

    Part 21: upload your MOBI ebook to Amazon and write the marketing copy which will help to sell it.   Compared to the rest of the publishing process, uploading to Amazon is a fairly soothing experience. It’s the one area where an author’s hand is held rather firmly by Amazon, so instead of […]


    Part 18: should you assign an ISBN to your Kindle ebook?   An ISBN is a 13 digit number which uniquely identifies books and book-like products around the world. An earlier version of the ISBN had only 10 digits, but these are now obsolescent and can be upgraded to the new format. Each […]