Adventures in Self-Publishing – 1.2 the Basics cont. KDP.


So, your book is written, edited (hopefully), and you have sourced a decent cover. What are your choices?

KDP – Amazon. The biggest slice of the pie BUT they are known to be a little picky and have the usual issues with big business (don’t care about the little guy – you). Some authors don’t like the big bad Zon’s business practices – but they ARE the biggest marketplace. They are also issues with authors getting account bans because of content violations, multiple accounts or other, vaguer issues.

READ THE FAQ and TOS. You can ONLY have one account. ONE. You can have an account for buying things, and a different login and password for KDP but only the single KDP account. KDP is hot on this, they will close your account. I’ve heard of people sharing computers with separate accounts being caught out. I assume it’s done partially on IP address. There’s a regular feature on people forgetting their login, and accidentally set up a new account. There’s a post on the forum about this at least once a week. Keep your original log in safe – if you do inadvertently set up another account, contact KDP and explain, asking them to remove the duplicate.

There are lots of password safe programmes and apps – you can save your logins there and only need remember the one password to log in. I googled password storage and at least 10 pages of links came up.

Watch out for KDP Select. If you want to sell your e-book anywhere else do NOT join Select.

I will talk about print books in another post.

Content violations: This is a vague term but usually means:

The type of smut – (some erotica is allowed but anything ‘illegal’ or ‘dubious’ will end up in the dungeon (pardon the pun). Amazon is a bit foggy about what is and isn’t allowed so erotica authors do get caught out. You have to tick the ADULT CONTENT criteria. On the subject of covers.- Amazon is pretty lenient but they do not allow nipples, genitals or bare backsides on covers. If you write that sort of material then have your images with a bit of modesty,

Public Domain – PD books are allowed but there are strict criteria. Your version has to be substantially different to what’s already out there. I’ve seen ‘authors’ with hundreds of titles get banned – because they uploaded some version and put the odd comment in here and there. Public domain is a minefield – tread carefully. – public domain – content guidelines

Plagiarism  – GRRR don’t get me started on this. Basically – did you write what you are submitting? Do you have the copyright? Yes – good then go ahead. No – then crawl off somewhere and stop stealing other authors work.  Just because it was available on the web, or you found it on one of the plethora of pirate sites doesn’t mean it’s yours.

Complaints – if your work is not up to standard and lots of readers complain you MIGHT get a content violation. Usually, Amazon will contact you about this and let you rectify it/remove the book.

Amazon does usually send an email if a book is taken down, or there is an account issue. Check your spam filters too. Respond to what they say promptly, politely and they MAY rectify the issue.

Uploading to KDP is fairly easy. You can use a Word document. It converts it to mobi (or if you have a mobi generator I think you can use that. Check through on the previewer and fix any issues. It usually takes a few days to permeate the stores.

There will be later posts on SMASHWORDS, DRAFT2DIGITAL and LULU.

7 thoughts on “Adventures in Self-Publishing – 1.2 the Basics cont. KDP.

  1. Very informative. I once had one of my e-books on Amazon disappear and after over 14 months of my going back and forth with them and my previous publisher, reappear. So after considerable time, more money for reformatting and a new cover, I republished it. Neither Amazon or my previous publisher notified me when it was removed from Amazon. I found out by accident while looking for another book that my e-book was delisted. I still don’t really even understand what that means. My book was neither erotic or full of errors.

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    1. I’ve heard of this happening a lot. It’s often not clear what the issue actually is, and Amzn are renowned for being vague. They are supposed to email you – but whether this happens all the time I really don’t know. It sounds like, in your case, it may have been contested rights, or they thought it was a duplication. If your previous publisher didn’t unpublish when they said they did, or the rights were not clear this can cause major issues. This is one reason I self-publish – I don’t have to worry about what my publisher is or isn’t doing. At least the book reappeared. Zon is a law until itself.


      1. They were considered a vanity publisher so maybe that had something to do with it. But Amazon knew that when my book was published so it wasn’t a secret.

        I’m glad that I republished it and have been publishing my books ever since.


      2. I had already published my e-book myself by the time it reappeared without warning, which ticked me off because of the effort, money and time I had spent during both times my e-book was published.

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      3. That’s annoying. There’s a lot to be said for self-publishing. The books I have through the small press I write for are specific and separate from my other work. That set up works for me. I think a writer has to find what works for that individual writer and go with that.


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