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KDP Jumpstart Topic 1 - Set up Your Account (U.S. Publishers)

WHAT THIS TOPIC COVERS

After reading this topic, you'll be able to:

  • Sign in to your KDP account
  • Enter your author/publisher information
  • Enter your payment and banking information
  • Complete the tax interview

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

To complete this topic, you'll need:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • Your bank name, account, and routing number
  • Your tax information

YOUR PROGRESS

You've just started Milestone 1. After you're done setting up your account, you'll enter your book details (Milestone 2), format your manuscript and cover (Milestone 3), and set rights and pricing (Milestone 4).




HOW TO SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT

Sign in

To sign in, you'll go to kdp.amazon.com and enter the same login and password you use to shop on Amazon. If you don't have an Amazon account, click "Sign up" and follow the instructions to create a KDP account.

Enter author/publisher information

To enter your author/publisher information, you'll click the "(Your Name)'s Account" link at the top of the page. This will take you to the My Account page. In the "Author/Publisher Information" section, you'll enter your name, address, and phone number.

TIP: Don't enter your pen name here. This matters because we issue your payments and tax forms under the same name. If you want to use a pen name, enter it when you’re setting up your book details.

Enter payment & banking information

To enter your payment information, you'll go to the "Payment & Banking" section of the My Account page and enter your bank information. We need this so we can pay you royalties when customers buy your book.

Complete the tax interview

To complete the tax interview, you'll go to the "Tax information" section of the My Account page and enter information like your name, address, and Social Security Number.

Save your information

When you're done, remember to click Save at the bottom of the page.

Amazon requires all publishers, including nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations, to provide valid taxpayer identification information in order to comply with U.S. tax reporting regulations. This information must be collected in order for Amazon to determine whether any royalty payments made are subject to reporting and withholding to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Your account may be subject to 1099-MISC reporting if you receive at least $10 of royalties during a calendar year.


WHAT TO DO NEXT

  1. Download or print the KDP Jumpstart companion guide so you have detailed, step-by-step instructions at hand as you set up your account on your computer.
  2. Go to your Bookshelf.
  3. Click the "(Your Name)'s Account" link at the top of the page.
  4. Enter your information into the "Author/Publisher Information," "Payment & Banking," and "Tax Information" sections.
  5. Save your information and go to Topic 3, which covers writing your book description.

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