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KDP Jumpstart

New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? We’ve created KDP Jumpstart for authors like you. KDP Jumpstart is a streamlined, sequential approach to the steps required to go from finished manuscript to published book. To publish on KDP, you’ll complete four major milestones:

  • Getting started.  Enter your author, payment, and tax information to set up your KDP account.
  • Book details. Enter information like title, author, and description to help readers find your book.
  • Manuscript & cover. Transform your manuscript into a formatted file and design a cover that grabs readers’ attention.
  • Rights & pricing. Decide where and for how much you want to sell your book.

The KDP Jumpstart advantage

KDP Jumpstart is designed to guide new authors through each step of self-publishing on Amazon. KDP Jumpstart includes:


12 step-by-step topics covering everything you need to know to publish your book on KDP.


Videos, activities, and insider tips to help you get the most out of publishing on Amazon.

KDP experts created this step-by-step guided approach to help authors self-publish easily and effectively. Use the industry advice we'll give you and put your best book forward. Most KDP Jumpstart topics include these sections:

SectionWhat's in it
What this topic coversWhat you'll be able to do after reading the topic
What you'll needInformation to gather before going to KDP to enter it
Your progressProgress bar that charts which milestones you've completed and which you have left
How to...Videos and articles explaining what you'll need to do to publish on KDP and why it's important
ActivityActivities for you to research best practices for preparing, publishing, and promoting your book
Insider tipIndustry advice that introduces you to other Amazon resources that can help you reach your publishing goals
What to do nextNext steps at the end of each lesson, including a downloadable, printable companion guide for entering your information into KDP

KDP Jumpstart topics

Getting started


Set up your account (U.S. publishers)


Set up your account (non-U.S. publishers)

  Book details


Write your book description


Help readers find your book


Build your Amazon detail page

  Manuscript & cover


Introduction to book design


Format your eBook manuscript


Format your paperback manuscript


Design your cover


Upload your book

Rights & pricing


eBook rights & pricing


Paperback rights & pricing

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