How far in advance should a new author allow pre-orders on Amazon?

Asked by: Cindy Smith

72 hours prior to your book release, we will start preparing to deliver your book to customers worldwide. During this time, you will not be able to make updates to your manuscript file or your book’s details.

How long does it take for a book to be approved on KDP?

A: Our review process can take up to 72 hours to complete. If your title has been in review over 72 hours, please check for any publishing delays by checking KDP Community or contact us.

What is the best day to publish a book on Amazon?

If you’re in a rush, the answer is probably Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. If you have some time, this is why: The Traditional Publishers (the big ones… not the self-publishers), typically publish on a Tuesday.

How long should a pre order last?

How long should pre-orders take? You shouldn’t offer a pre-order too far in advance. It’s best to offer a pre-order about a week or up two months depending on the product you’re selling. If it’s longer than a few months, you’ll start to lose customer interest.

How much time does it take to publish a book on Amazon?

Titles are typically reviewed and published within 24 to 72 hours.

Why is KDP taking so long?

This happens if there are content issues with the book. For example copyright questions, for example, if there is more than one author name on the cover like a multi-author box set. Those always take longer, and KDP always email you to ask for your right to publish. If this is not the case, email them and ask.

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How long does it take to make money on Amazon KDP?

With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you can self-publish your book on Amazon and start making money in as little as 24 hours.

When should I launch my book?

Ideally, you should start planning your launch six to 12 months before you publish your book. Choose a launch date that’s at least a few months from today, if you can. This gives you enough time to cover all of the steps in this guide without feeling rushed and overwhelmed.

When should I release my book?

Peak reading and buying season is very much tied to the weather. February and March are generally good times to release a book because the weather’s not great, so people will be stuck inside, browsing the web and looking for something to read. Generally, people won’t want to read a dark book when the sun’s shining.

How often should you publish a book?

In most cases when it comes to fiction, it’s important to publish at least once a year, although many authors think that once every six months is ideal. This gives you enough time to write a book, get it edited and through production so that the book is as good as it possibly can be.

Is KDP publishing worth it?

Amazon KDP is still an amazing platform for you to make additional income and offers a great opportunity for authors to have their books noticed and to make sales. The bottom line is that it is still a business and you need to stay ahead of trends.

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How much does Amazon charge to publish a book?


Nothing! It’s free to publish a book on Amazon through their online Kindle Direct Publishing platform. You pay no upfront costs, but Amazon will take a portion of your book’s earnings to print, leaving you with 60% royalties after the book print price, which is why authors are making more now than ever before.

Do author copies count as sales on Amazon?

Amazon is very clear about this: “since you are buying the copies at print cost, Amazon will not count these as official sales of your book, nor will you get any royalties for these copies. The only copies that will count as real sales are the ones bought by readers on the full retail price from the Amazon listing.”

How many copies do first time authors sell?

The average traditionally published non-fiction book sells about 250-300 copies in the first year, but when we manage a book launch, our target is to sell 1,000 copies in the first 3 months.

How many times can I order author copies on Amazon?

Quantity limits

You can order up to 999 author copies per order. If you want to order more than 999 copies, place separate orders. You pay shipping charges for each order.

How long does it take to get author copies from Amazon?

I ordered author copies at the same time, and the minimum lead time is 2 weeks, and could end up being a little bit longer. The lead time could actually be shorter, but it’s not guaranteed.

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How do I get to my Amazon author page?

The best way to find your author page on Amazon is to act like a reader. Search for one of your books on Amazon and click on your name or pen name on the book page. This will take you to your author page as readers see it. If you want to edit what appears on your page, go here and log in using your Amazon account.

Does Amazon print books to order?

From a PDF file, Amazon will print your book to order each time it sells. They will tell you the base price for printing, and allow you to set a price above that, earning the difference as a commission each time it sells.

How long does it take to upload to KDP?

In the “Manuscript” section, click Upload eBook manuscript. Find your manuscript file on your computer and click Open. After we finish converting your file, you’ll see a confirmation. This can take from five to seven minutes.

Can I edit my Kindle book after it is published?

Go to your Bookshelf. Next to the book you want to update, click the ellipsis button (“…”). Choose Edit details. Edit your details.

Can you set a release date on KDP?

When you’re setting up a new eBook, you can choose to make it available for pre-order and set a date in the future. Though your eBook isn’t available for download yet, we’ll still publish a detail page for it.