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Spotlight Author Blog Tour : Jo Jenner

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E-publishing the next steps

In my previous blog I looked at how easy it was to e-publish. From that a number of questions have come back as to how payment/royalties work and how much control Amazon has. I will attempt to explain my understanding and the choices I made because of this understanding. I am not saying this is the way everyone will want to go and I am not saying this is the correct way, but this is my way.

As part of the process of uploading the book onto Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you are asked if you have the publishing rights and if so do you have the world rights. You will then be able to publish your book in all the different countries where you have publishing rights.

When you first come to upload you book you will be asked to input details of your book. This includes the title, a description of the book and details of the author. If you are publishing an anthology by a number of writers, you must get their permission to publish. You can then enter all the authors’ names in the book contributors section. You then will be asked to select categories. This will highlight your book under search criteria within Amazon. Be careful as the main categories are all non-fiction. I was the top selling English book on family relationships on Amazon France for a few days until I discovered my error. You have to find the fiction category, and then drill down to select a category appropriate to your book. Don’t worry if you want to change it after you have published, as you can go back into the book and change these things very easily. You will then be asked to upload the book and the book’s cover.

The next section looks at pricing and publishing rights. First you clarify whether you have worldwide rights or just specific rights in certain countries. Once you have established the countries you can publish in, comes the hard part, the royalties you will receive and the price of the book in the many different countries you will publish in.

There are two different royalty percentages 35% and 70% and you, like me, might go ‘Well obviously I am going for the 70% royalty’, but it is not that simple. First of all if you go for the 70% royalty the cost of the electronic delivery will be deducted from your royalty, with the 35% royalty, delivery costs are covered by Amazon. The delivery price is different for different territories but it is approximately 10p per megabyte of data. My file is only 175kB so this would be negligible for me.

The reason I eventually chose the 35% option was one of pricing. With 35% option the lowest price you can charge is $0.99 but with the 75% option the lowest price you can charge is $2.49. I am a new writer and the book is a small anthology of flash fiction stories. I could not justify charging more than $0.99 and didn’t think anyone would pay any more than that.

Once you have chosen the price on you can then either chose a different price in all the other territories or just link it to the price and Amazon calculates the exchange rates to come up with the prices. I chose the latter option as I have friends all over the world and thought this would be easiest.

Finally before completing the process you are asked if you would allow the book to be lent. I ticked this purely because I do not want to stop people being able to see my book.

You then click the save and publish button and the book goes off to KDP. Within an hour they will confirm that the book is okay to be published and then twelve hours later it will be on Amazon.

I believe the book stays on Amazon and unless their terms and conditions are broken they will not remove it.

You can change things as you go through and also you can join KDP select. With KDP select you have access to other resources which I have not yet explored but it does mean you are tied to Amazon for the first ninety days and not allowed to offer the book for sale on other platforms during that time. I have not yet explored what KDP select has to offer me, but I will investigate, as anything that can help get the word out is worth utilising in full.

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Author Bio

Jo Jenner started writing professionally at the age of 40 and hasn’t looked back since.

Jo still works as a certified accountant and manages to fit her writing in during evenings and weekends.

She enjoys writing short stories and a number of flash fiction stories have been published under the title of So the Feeling Shows.’

Always one for a challenge Jo took on the A to Z challenge in April 2014. This resulted in April Fool, which was written over 26 days in April, using a different letter of the alphabet for each chapter.

Jo lives with her husband on the south coast of England, her dream location, and says walks along the sea front always help generate story ideas.


Jo can be found on Facebook –!/jojennerauthor

Or twitter – @jojenner40

And regularly blogs on

Book Links
So the Feeling Shows
April Fool

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  1. Hi Kristy, you have a great looking ‘fresh’ blog, I’ll have to take note;-)
    Congratulations Jo! I hope you are enjoying your week in the spotlight. I hope you’re enjoying your walks on the beach down south too, you lucky thing!

    • Jo Jenner says:

      The week in the spotlight has been great thank you. Unfortunately the weather has suddenly gotten worse but walking on the beach is always a joy.

  2. Great advice for anyone new to self-publishing, Jo. Nice blog, Kristy. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Jo Jenner says:

    Thanks for hosting Kirsty I really appreciate it. People like you make these blog tours possible.

  4. Congratulations Jo and wonderful information on e-publishing.

    Thank you Kristy for hosting Jo on her Spotlight Author tour.

  5. Hi Kristy, thank you for hosting, Jo! And Jo, congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT nomination! Feels pretty good in that seat, huh? xoxo :)

  6. Hi John, Michelle, Jo, Kathryn, and Danica! Thanks for stopping by!
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  7. Hi, Kristy, I’m sorry I’m late. And congratulations, Jo. You are working so hard writing articles, I’m not sure I could keep up with pace, lol.

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