Tuesday, August 10, 2021

What is Amazon’s KDP Program?

Welcome Back! In this post, we cover what the KDP program is and a little about how it works.

Amazon KDP Program
Amazon KDP Program

What is the KDP Program?

Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is a program set up for self-publishing paperback or ebooks. That’s right! You can publish your own books directly through this program! This service has been around for quite a while. It started out as a program called CreateSpace. However, that has now been turned into KDP.

The KDP program is a great way to get your book self-published without going the traditional publishing route. There’s no waiting long weeks for your book to be accepted by a publisher, aside from writing your book and ensuring it’s ready to upload! You don’t have to deal with a large publishing house, manager, etc. Instead, the wait is a few days for your book to be accepted by KDP. A huge difference between traditional publishers and KDP!

All you have to do is write your book, then upload it through the KDP site. Once it’s been uploaded and you approve the book for publishing, your book goes through a review process. Amazon has to ensure the book is something that customers will buy, that it’s free of errors, and more. Once the book has been approved (it can take up to 3 days or more for this part of the process) your book goes live on the site! How exciting is that?

KDP Print On Demand

The KDP program is a print on demand service. This means that your paperback low content book can be bought directly on the site. However, Amazon will not print the book until a customer has ordered it. Once your book has been ordered, Amazon’s printers print the book and send it to the customer.

This is great, as you don’t have to have the books printed in advance. That means you won’t have hundreds of books boxed up in your garage waiting for a customer! Instead, your book sits on Amazon waiting for a customer. When they order the book, you don’t have to do anything, except wait to get paid! What’s more, Amazon KDP handles all customer issues.

Speaking of customers, remember that Amazon’s books are still one of the most popular places to shop for books online. This means your book has a chance of being seen by millions of Amazon customers.

My KDP Low Content Adventure Begins

Just this week I uploaded my first ever KDP low content book up to Amazon. The book was approved and is now live on the site. Keep in mind this is the first book. This is more of an experiment and I’m not sure it will even sell.

However, uploading the book got me up to date with the entire book uploading process again. That’s knowledge that will help when I’m ready to add more books.

What are KDP Low Content Books?

Some smart creatives figured out not only was it possible to create regular books with KDP. They found it was also possible to self-publish other types of books, as well. These are called low content books.

What is a low content book? There are many different types of low content books but one thing they have in common is that they don’t have much content. In other words, they don’t have any/many words in them! You read that correctly! Books with no words, at least not many words.

If you go on Amazon books, type in a search term such as “journal independently published.” When the page loads, you may see some ads, just go past these. Look for the normal book listing. Eventually you’ll come to them on the first page of your search results.

Looking at the interiors of these independently published books, you’ll notice most of the journals consist of lined pages. The covers may be very pretty, elegant, funny, etc. There’s a wide range of journals of this type. But the point I’m trying to make is that these books have no content.

A low content book might be something like a journal prompt book, a planner, prayer journal, and more. These books are also journals, but may contain prompts, areas to write in that may be dot grid, lined, graph paper, and more. It just depends on the type of journal you’re looking for.

Other types of low content books include sketch books, coloring books (for kids and adults), activity and puzzle books for kids and adults, inspirational prompts to color or for inspiring your journaling efforts.

KDP is Great for Creatives

As a creative, you have another outlet to use your talents and set up a passive income stream. Just choose the type of book you’d like to create and get to work. Before you get started, however, it’s best to learn more about self-publishing no and low content books.

There are many YouTube videos to help you get started. Some of my favorites are Paul Marles, Nuria Corby (The Home Boss), Paddy (Stackin Profit), Mey Aroyo, and some others I’ll talk about in other posts. These are people who know what they’re doing, and I highly recommend them. They’ve helped me get started on my own journey creating no and low content books for KDP.

What’s Happening Now?

Well, last week I uploaded my first no content journal. I actually made five journals but wanted to upload one to see if there was any problem. It went through OK. So, today I uploaded the other four, which are now in the review process. Hopefully they will also be accepted.

It’s too soon to see if the first book will sell or not. It takes Amazon’s algorithm time to “find” your book. After that, it gets a little push for being a new book. We’ll see what happens! I’m doing a little free promoting on the side, too, which will help Google find my books. It can’t hurt!

I’ve also created a couple of printables for my Gumroad shop. It’s hard to find time in between my other writing work but I’ve created a schedule that I hope will help me have more time for this type of creativity, too!

So, that’s it for this post! Come back again to see how the experiments are going!

Thanks for stopping by!