Self Publishing On Amazon Explained

After having navigated and conquered publishing a book on Amazon, I had several people ask me how I did it. I used CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, which are the two publishing tools created by Amazon. It is FREE to sign up and hold an account with both CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, and these online services guide users through the following book setup processes:

  • Book Title Information
  • ISBN (the barcode you see on the back of books)
  • Interior (the book manuscript)
  • Cover Design
  • Distribution Channels (where the book will be sold online).


CreateSpace is a company operated by Amazon which enables authors to design and distribute their own self  published paperback books. An author will create an account with a username and password, and once set up will be able to work through each step of the publishing process.
Once again, it is FREE to use CreateSpace, however there are professional services available to help with the set-up for a fee. The only money I have spent on CreateSpace to date is to have a paperback proof copy of my short story collection The New Neighbors shipped to my home address in Australia, which cost approximately $30AUD.

At the end of the paperback publishing process, CreateSpace offers a natural flow-on step to publish an e-book version through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s ebook publishing tool. Readers DO NOT need to own a Kindle device to purchase ebooks from the online store or to read Kindle ebooks, as the app can be downloaded to different devices. For example, I have the app on my Samsung tablet.

When publishing with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, there are certain formatting requirements for both paperback AND e-books. Once a book is finalised on CreateSpace, the site will flow-on to Kindle Direct Publishing, to allow the user to start setting up the ebook version. This process DOES NOT automatically format a book manuscript for Kindle, however this flow-on from CreateSpace does transfer automatically over to the Kindle Direct Publishing website, where the user can complete a similar set-up process for your title.

In my next post I will share some basic formatting insights from my experiences publishing through Amazon. My short story collection The New Neighbors and my creative non-fiction book The Wilted Rose are both available on Amazon in paperback and e-book.

Me with my short story collection, The New Neighbors


6 thoughts on “Self Publishing On Amazon Explained”

  1. Hi Kate

    Thanks sooo much for this info, and HUGE congrats on publishing your book! Feel free to stay in touch, I am a friend of Fays :). This info helped me publish my own tonight, after soo much time. I will let you know when it is available after proofing…very soon! xx

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    1. Hi there Sandy! So great to hear from you, and I am SO glad that the information in this post was so useful to you. It is such a mind-boggling task, and with so much info out there, its hard to know what to do. If I can make it easier for others my job is done! If there is ANYTHING else I can help you with, any more questions, please let me know.

      Congratulations on the publishing of your new book! What is the link so that I can find it? Also do you have a blog too?


      1. Hi Kate. Thanks! The eBook was launched FREE for 5 days last night on Amazon. Is already in #1 in 1 category, #3 and #7 in two others! 🙂 see https://www.amazon.com/Take-Charge-transform-self-organised-self-managed-ebook/dp/B01GNY905W to grab it down till 21 June for free. Share to all. Your help was fantastic for me to get this far. Sooo much to learn about it all huh? Keep in touch. See my new blog on my website too. Still figuring that out too 🙂 http://tydesolutions.com/blog/


  2. Thank you so much for this information I am wondering about formatting from a word document to createspace, did you do your own formatting? and what is the best font and size of font to use? I have also just discovered Draft2digital that is supposed to be better than smashwords, I am a bit stuck ATM not sure who to go through any advice would be appreciated.

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    1. Hi there!

      So very sorry for the late reply to your comment, its been a busy time of year as you could imagine!

      Answering your questions, yes I do my own formatting for my CreateSpace paperback and Kindle ebooks. It is very simple once you understand it and I do it in a matter of minutes now that I have done it a few times. Your query has inspired me to write a more detailed post about this formatting, which I will do very soon. For now, here are a few basic formatting tips:

      CreateSpace (Paperback):

      -Set margins to 2cm all sides. Make sure you select the ‘Mirrored’ option as well.
      -Single space the text of your word document.
      -Indent paragraphs at 1cm
      -Paper size should be set at 15.24cm (width) by 22.86 cm (height)

      ~Text Sizes for paperback:
      -Book Antiqua is the most commonly used font
      -Size 12 font for the bulk text of your book
      -Chapter Headings BOLD size 12
      -Title Page Size 28

      I learned all of this information from a fantastic online course run by two women here in Australia. They explain absolutely everything you need to know about publishing paperback and Kindle ebooks on Amazon. Here is the link: http://www.howtopublish.com.au/

      I hope I have answered your questions thoroughly, if you have any more please feel free to ask!


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