How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part nine in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Nine: An overview of your KDP Dashboard.

So, after my last post ( HERE), you now have a KDP account set up. Today, we’re taking a look at what your KDP dashboard looks like, and what the different options offer. Below is an image of your dashboard area >











At the very top of the page, you will see four options … Your Account, which we looked at in part eight, … English, which allows you to choose your screen language, … Help, in case you need further assistance on what to do, .. and Sign Out, for security, I would recommend always signing out once you have finished your KDP tasks.

On the level below, you will see a further four options … Bookshelf, which is where you are now, … Reports, which take you to your sales and Kindle Unlimited Pages read, etc., … Community, which is another place you can get help and advice, … and, finally, KDP Select, which allows you to set up your opt in/out options for the KDP select program.

The next level, about moving existing books from Createspace, you can ignore. This is for authors who published a while ago when Createspace was still a separate entity from Amazon. Nowadays, you will do all your publishing (both eBook and paperback) within your KDP dashboard for any books you want to sell via Amazon.

The level beneath that is where you can add a new book (or books). You have both eBook and paperback options here. Later posts will take you through uploading your files for both digital and print books.

And below all of that, you have a list of books that you’ve submitted for publishing already. Here, Amazon identifies which titles are  on live sale, which are in draft form, and which are under review.

To the far right of each book, you are presented with several options >>>

  1. [ebook] Promote and Advertise or [paperback] Order Author Print Copies.
  2. (by hovering over the ‘…’ to the far right) Edit [eBook] [print book] details
  3. Edit [eBook] [print book] Content
  4. Edit [eBook] [print book] pricing
  5. [eBook] KDP Select Info or [paperback] Request Printed Proofs
  6. Promote and Advertise
  7. Add X-Ray
  8. Unpublish [eBook] [print book]
  9. Unlink Books

The print book has an extra option before ‘Promote and Advertise’ … ‘Order Author Copies.’


Also see the images below >>>










We will look at these options in more detail in future posts, once you have your books uploaded and published.

That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again on Monday, June 8th, where we’ll be taking a look at how to upload your ebook file.

Past posts in this series:


Part 1 (Software for Writing) :

Part 2 (General Formatting Necessities) :

Part 3 (Ebook Conversion) :

Part 4 (Paperback Formatting) :

Part 5 (Image Software for Making Book Covers) :

Part 6 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for eBook) :

Part 6 B (Making your own ebook cover to upload to Amazon) :

Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) :

Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) :

Part 8 (Setting up your KDP account) :

To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.

©Harmony Kent 2020

(If you're reading this post on or after June 8th, 2020, then here's the link for Part 10 in the How to Publish with KDP series: Please note, the link won't work until June 8th, 2020.)

40 thoughts on “How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

  1. Pingback: How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine | Welcome to Harmony Kent Online

  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    In her 9th post on How To Publish with KDP, Harmony Kent takes a close look at the sometimes intimidating KDP Dashboard. This is one of the most thorough and helpful posts I’ve seen explaining just what’s what on that page, I highly recommend stopping by Story Empire today to check it out, especially if you are new to self-publishing. And then, please consider passing it along so others can learn, too, thanks! And thanks to Harmony for a terrific and helpful series! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Very clear and helpful post, Harmony. This is going to make things much easier for new self-publishers. Thanks for being so thorough and detailed, and for the screen shots, which always make everything better! 🙂 Sharing! ❤

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