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Publishing on Kindle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using the KDP Interface, part 3
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In this blog post on Kindle publishing, you'll discover:
Where to find the KDP interface for making book covers
You'll get a look around the main menu
Explore some of the photo options that Amazon provides
Get a look at the program's page layout interface
Making Book Covers for Kindle
Many people refuse to publish on Kindle, because they're afraid they don't know about cover design. Or they avoid it, because they don't have access to design programs like Adobe Photoshop. However, KDP makes this easy for authors; the interface comes with its own cover creator tool.
Here's where you'll see the tab in the KDP interface:
You'll click on that and then be brought to this main menu:
Once you're here, go ahead and click on "Continue." The first page you'll come to is the picture page. If you have your own picture to use on your front cover, then you'd click on the middle button "From my Computer." If you don't want a front cover image, click the "Skip It" option. However, if you want a front cover image, and you don't have one, click on the "From Image Gallery" option.
You'll end up here, basically. As you can see, Amazon gives you hundreds, if not thousands of options for pictures.
Before you delve too deeply into the picture menu, you may want to do a bit of cover research on Amazon. Go to the Best Sellers in books.
Find the category that fits your book. Although I didn't need to use the tool, for the purposes of this tutorial, I did. I selected an Easter egg picture. Given that I write so much about food, I would go to the "Cookbooks" tab in Best Sellers if I needed to do research.
I would then look around under the various menus until I found books that fit the book the I wrote. Let's say I wrote a book for the Easter holiday, I'd then choose "Entertaining & Holidays."
Once I'm there, I'd really examine the covers to get ideas for pictures, product slogans, etc. While I won't copy the book covers exactly, I would look carefully at what kinds of covers and cover images are on the best sellers lists so that my book cover would look like those on the best sellers. Readers have expectations when it comes to what they think a book should look like so try to make sure that your cover images would fit in with the rest you'll see on Amazon.
If you don't need to do cover research, go ahead and choose your picture. You'll get a menu that looks like this:
Click on "Use this Image."
Choosing a Cover Design
Once you've selected your image, your next option will be to choose the actual cover design/ layout. That's the next screen after you've selected your photo. Based upon your cover research, take a look around at the options and choose one that fits your book.
The cover design page looks like this:
Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Cover
The interface that follows the cover selection screen is a layout screen. Explore this area a bit, and you'll find a place to change font styles, page layout, and colors.
Here's what some of those options look like:
It is also in this menu that you'll be able to actually type in the information on your front cover. In other words, type in your book's title, your author name, etc. like I did with the "Sample Holidays" cover below.
When the book cover finally looks like you'd like it to, click on the "Save & Submit" button.
You'll be brought back to the main interface as you see below. When you upload your book's interior, you'll get a chance to see how the book's cover looks on the Kindle Reader that Amazon provides.
In the next segment, I'll talk about uploading your book's interior and about royalties.