Trust is key
We just want to forget
My name is RJ Zarkani, I recently self published my book on Amazon with zero money down!
Hope this post helps you bring your book to life!
If you are wondering “Can I do this?”
Yes you can!
Here’s a list of what you need to get started
- Book Title, and subtitle (if you wish)
- Compelling content (longest part!)
- Book cover design (Get creative)
- Advertising ideas (can use social media, google, Amazon, Kindle…)
- Decide on book size and dimensions
- Get started on publishing !
You can always hire someone on Fiver or other websites like Fiver to help with editing & book cover design
What I did:
- I compiled my poems and divided them to different chapters using Microsoft Word
- I edited my own content and got my boyfriend to double check it
- I used one of my own photographs as a book cover
- I used Photoshop to edit the cover, using KDP’s book cover template
Now you are ready to PUBLISH!
- Go to www.kdp.com and set up an account
(This is not an ad for KDP, not getting paid for this)
- Watch the video, it’s so helpful!
- Sign in
- You will see this
- (without my info, hopefully)
- You will see this
You can choose to create a Kindle eBook, Paperback, or BOTH! I did both as you can see above
Clicking on on the “+” to the eBook or Paperback you will see a form that you need to fill out
Description is so important! Having a great book with no or little description is tragic. Readers will never know why they should invest in your book, out of the million books on Amazon. Give them a taste of what they’ll be buying, entice without giving it all away! I suggest looking up other books on Amazon and seeing their description. Mine is seen below:
When choosing keywords, make sure to be specific and to not reuse words that are already in your book title, description, or category (these are already used by Amazon to direct readers to your book). Keywords will help readers find you when they search Amazon. The category selection will help readers find you as well!
Keywords tips: go on Amazon and write what you would lookup to find your book, let’s type “books” and see what pops up, you can get an idea of what is frequently searched on Amazon
My book is a poetry collection so I also searched “poetry”
You can also search the category of your book and see what pops up
Use this tip as a general starting point. You can edit your keywords later!
Click save as draft if you need to come back to finish it later!
That’s all for today’s post, stay tuned for the next post!
Best of luck on your new adventure!
Time to make your dreams a reality 🙂
Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness
Of Positively & Philosophy
Book info here
of Childhood and War
Memory of The War
For book information click Here
-What are you?
I am a human
-But where were you born?
Here on Earth
As if it was OK to question my humanity
My color is not dark enough nor light
My color is a puzzling one
Golden like the sun
Mined from a womb of the first civilization on Earth
Between Tigris and the Euphrates
I gather myself to reply
To the question of why
I am here
As if they had a better reason to be on this Earth
I am here to survive
To touch more than one life
To tell a story of those before
Of how life continues through the war
I am here because I refused not be
I decided it was my right to be free
I am here because I chose to stay alive
And to show
Those like you
Who never knew
A human with a different color
That it is OK to be different
I used to trust the shield
I’d create around me
As she told me
سلام و قول من رب رحيم
I told myself those words
Over and over
As I passed a terrorist stop
As I passed the bombed car
As I closed my eyes to sleep
But now I’m safe
Away from it all
And I say those words again
Salamun wa qaulun min rabin raheem
“Peace from a merciful God”
And I hope to rest
Forgetting what I can not forget