How to Publish with KDP: Part Twenty-One

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part twenty-one 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.

Sad to say, this is the final installment of the How to Publish to KDP series of posts. I have a tear in my eye as I type this:Download Crying Face Emoji Icon | Emoji Island

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 Twenty-One: How to check your sales reports, and do lots of other cool stuff from your KDP dashboard.

First up, open your KDP dashboard, where all your books are listed.

As well as your bookshelf, you have a few options:

  • Reports
  • Community
  • Marketing
  1. Reports:

This shows by default your last 30 day’s sales and KU reads. You can choose which timeframes you want to look at.

There is also a Beta option, which takes you to a more detailed sales and KU report area, where you can see which books are active or not.

Have a play with the different options and see what you can find. You can’t break anything in this area, lols.

2. Community

This is where you can chat and ask questions of the KDP community and report any issues.

3. Marketing

This is where you can enroll a book in KDP Select if it isn’t in already. You can also run a Kindle Countdown deal from here. Or you can manage or set up your Author Central. And, finally, you can access Amazon’s marketing facility from this page too.

NOTE: For both marketing and your author central, you will need to choose which marketplace you wish target. For example, Amazon US, UK, India, Australia, etc.

To go into using Amazon marketing is beyond the scope of this series, unfortunately, and my experience is that Amazon changes this all the time. The best I can suggest is to research it at the time you want to market.

TOP TIP: You can also access the marketing options from your bookshelf by clicking on the dots to the right of your listed books. A dropdown menu will open, and you can select the ‘Promote and Advertise’ option.

That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this How To Publish to KDP series of posts useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again next year!

Have an awesome New Year, everyone, and thanks for sticking with me throughout this series.🥳 Face with Party Horn and Party Hat Emoji

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) :

Part 9 (An overview of your KDP Dashboard) :

Part 10 (Uploading your eBook) :

Part 11 (Previewing your eBook) :

Part 12 (Editing your eBook):

Part 13 (Uploading your Paperback book):

Part 14 (Previewing your Paperback book):

Part 15 (Your Book Descriptions and HTML):

Part 16 (Your Book Categories and Keywords):

Part 17 (Your Book Pricing and Distribution):

Part 18 (Your Book Sales Pages):

Part 19 (Linking your Various Book Editions):

Part 20 (Creating your Amazon Author Page and Using Author Central):

To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. Each post includes links to all past posts in the series.

©Harmony Kent 2020

44 thoughts on “How to Publish with KDP: Part Twenty-One

  1. Your entire series is brilliant, Harmony. Thank you for cataloging the posts for us, as I will surely need to revisit them. May your New Year be filled with blessings of health, happiness, and abundant joy. 💗

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