109: Episode 73: How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon (Part 2)

Listen to Episode 73 (Part 2): How to Self-Publish on Amazon
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Listen to Episode 72 (Part 1): Tools & Resources to Write A Book
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Steps To Self-Publish A Book (Simple Version):

  1. Start
  2. Write, Edit & Format for digital and print
  3. Upload to an online Marketplace like Amazon Kindle and More
  4. Market, Promote & Sell


Like everything we want to accomplish, the key to it all is to just start.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ”


750Words.com (Free): Accountability partner and helps you build a writing habit. Sign up and pledge to write 750 words per day. It’s a great idea. I failed, but still writing my book.

Workflowy (free): Simple writing tool for outlining and creating lesson plans, etc. Until you try it, you will not believe how good this tool is. I love it.

Scrivener ($50): My main writing and organization tool. Big fan. iOS App $11. Export in multiple formats.

Ulysses ($44): Writing tool that is very popular and I would probably use if I did not already own Scrivener. iOS App $25. Export in multiple formats.

Bear: which is a hip and free writing app for Mac & iOS devices for writing. Bear is free and I kind of like it.

Evernote (I no longer use, but many authors use it to write)

Grammarly (freemium) Chrome extension and their tagline says it all:

Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.

Hemingway (freemium):
is a spell checker for style. Free in browser. $20 Desktop version available.


There are 3 components of Amazon that I will introduce you to today that relate to self-publishing and they are:

Kindle Direct Publishing


KDP is the e-book publishing side of Amazon that launched in 2007 and it is how you get your book to show up in the Kindle Store.

The service is completely free, but Amazon does take a 30% commission of all sales.

In 2010, there were 500,000 titles in the Kindle Store. There are now over 5 Million books.

Kindle Store:
You can purchase books from the Kindle Store on any Kindle or Amazon Fire Device or through Amazon.com in a web browser.

Step 1: is to create an account and profile on Kindle Direct Publishing using your Amazon login and I suggest you do this step as soon as you make the decision to write a book and just start exploring and learning about the process.

Add Tax info, Bank Account, Title of Book, Verify the Rights


CreateSpace is owned and operated by Amazon and is on-demand printing of your Amazon eBooks.

CreateSpace will print your book for you on-demand for a fee + commission of approximately 40%.

Step 2: Create an account on CreateSpace.com.


Step 3: Create an account on ACX or Audiobook Creation Exchange

**Your book must be in the Kindle Store in order to convert to Audiobook.

This service also owned by Amazon enables you to turn your digital book into an audiobook.

Where will audiobooks be sold?
OAmazon, iTunes and Audible, which is now owned by Amazon.
How much do Narrators or voiceovers get paid on ACX?

3 options of payment:
Hourly rate (approximately $225/finished hour)
Royalty-Split (50% of all royalties)
Combination of Hourly + Royalty

One hour of audio according to ACX is approximately 9,300 words
Takes most narrators 6.2 hours on average to finalize one hour of audio Now for a Self-Publishing Recap or Overview:

Need Help?

or want to collaborate? If you are smarter than me and know how you might need a strategic thinker with a lot of technical knowledge and creative skills. I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.

My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
Learn. Create. Move Forward.
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