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KDP - Keep Discovering Your Potential!

Everyone is talking about the new KDP UPDATES AND CHANGES ! The what?

Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon's publishing platform which allows authors and publishers to publish their books to the Amazon Kindle Store.

KDP has a new clean fresh look which is easy to use and shows that Amazon is taking your career as an author seriously! If you are selling any of your books on Amazon, you need an author page. This is a great way to brand yourself as an author. You can direct your followers to your author page.

First off, the author page is much more organised and tighter. A potential buyer can see info 'about the author' and the books are displayed in a much nicer way . You can even see which books are the most popular

RIGHT! So sign in and go to your author page. Let's take a look

1. 'One or More of your Quality items need to be addressed'

This is a great housekeeping and maintenance feature! Readers can flag up like ‘errors’ or things they don’t like which could be anything from typos to spelling. As the author, you may have made a grammatical mistake which needs changing or it might be a conscious style choice so review these manually as maintenance. Click on VIEW ITEMS and address these items as either mistakes or deliberate choices. If you have too many which go unchecked, KDP may pull your book or give it a quality warning.

2. Title Archiving Now Available

A great dashboard clean up! You can now remove any old versions of your book that you don’t want to keep, projects which never got published or pre-orders which got cancelled

3. Kindle Vella Option

Sorry! Only for those in the USA. First of all.. What Is Kindle Vella? Kindle Vella is a serialized reading platform where writers can release stories in short episodes. The platform was launched by Amazon in April 2021, and it is currently available only to those in the U.S. Each episode on Kindle Vella can range from 500–6,000 words If you just want to blog for yourself and close friends, you can set your blog for private access but if you actively want to engage with your readers and general public, you can set the blog for public access.

4. New Marketing Resource Page

On this page you see

> enroll in KDP select (KDP Select is a free program, open to all authors willing to give Amazon exclusive rights to their book for 90 days. By enrolling in the program, you get access to promotional tools and the opportunity to earn higher royalties)

> Amazon ads

> A + content – relatively new feature where you can ad banners and illustrations, reviews over picture backgrounds so you can really customise your Amazon page and have a unique style

> Run a price promotion

> Author Central

From author central, choose a market place ie. or then click on manage author page. This takes you to your Author Central Page

Click on the Reports and Marketing page, you can now see your followers on your dashboard and customise your Amazon page with illustrations, images and reviews

!!! New to Author Central: Amazon Followers

Understand your reach by seeing the number of customers who follow you on Amazon.

Go to Amazon Followers

!!!New to Author Central: Book recommendations