I have just finished writing my book and it is currently being proof read. I haven't yet uploaded the manuscript.
However it is in the 6x9 template for a paperback.
I am choosing paperback and glossy finish first - as my book contains a lot of pictures (It's a travel guide).
Is 6x9 the right size? If so, why?
Any tips on how to make a good cover? Do I have to put a pic of myself with a bio on the back?
Any tips on what to include on the back and in the description page?
Is £7.99 a good price for a paperback or what would you suggest and why? It is approximately 200 pages.
I am from the UK - are royalties calculated by Amazon or we get to chose?
Is the only option POD? What other options are available? & What Royalty rate should I chose?
When I make the ebook format - excuse my newbie knowledge, what happens to the pictures? Can an ebook be created with pictures so it is identical to the paperback?
What would be the best solution - keep it in paperback or is ebook a must? Should the price be different?
And finally, what are the best selling genres, types of book?
It's foolish to use the KDP Print option. Go instead to CreateSpace and set up an account there. It's an Amazon division, and as long as it exists, it's only sensible to use it.
I used to use 6x9 but for short books I think a better option is 5.5x8.5 inches. I would say the break comes at about 300 pages.
One of the huge advantages of CS is that you can early on figure out how much you'll make at any given price. For a 200 page book I used to charge $9.95 but now have gone to $10.95. Basically, I just set a final price that will give me about a one-dollar royalty on Barnes & Noble and other "extended distribution" channels. That gives me a royalty of about $3 on Amazon.com. I set the UK and EU prices correspondingly. For a $10.99 book I might charge €9.99 and £8.99. Sales outside the US are pretty much an afterthought; it's the US market (both Amazon and Barnes & Noble) that should dominate your thinking.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)
If it's a travel guide and even one interior picture is in color, then the whole book will have to be printed on the color POD machine. Color printing is about 4x more expensive than b&w printing (covers are always in color and don't figure into this calculation).
So if you're printing any color interior photos, no way will a 200 page book be sellable at 7.95. I have a 130-page 5x8 paperback that is sellable at 7.95, but it's b&w.
Just giving you a heads-up here so that you won't be too shocked or surprised.
I have published one paperback in 9" by 6" in glossy but I actually don't like the glossy finish and next time will do matt. I need to charge £6.99 for a 260 page book in size 11 font, black and white print, no pictures so your in colour will cost a lot more, i would think.
There are comprehensive instructions for uploading pictures onto kindle books.