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Webinars

In our free 60-minute interactive webinars, you'll learn about strategies and tools to help you successfully prepare, publish, and promote your book on KDP. Each webinar includes best practices, and answers to frequently asked questions.



Upcoming KDP University @home sessions


KDP University is excited to bring the author and reader communities together in a new, exciting—and virtual—way. Join us for our free 60-minute interactive webinars featuring your favorite Indie Authors. Registration is hosted by GoToWebinar, so you'll visit their site to sign up by clicking the webinar image.

Participation is limited, so make sure to register early. Don't worry if you can't join this time. We'll be hosting more webinars in the near future.

Can't make the live event? You can watch recorded webinars at the bottom of this page!


Recorded Webinars


Getting started with KDP

Take a tour of the KDP website and learn about requirements and resources for book formatting.

Video: Recorded December 9, 2020
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this companion guide.

Tax talk: What digital content providers should know about taxes

Learn why Amazon needs tax information, where to download forms, and about taking the tax interview.

Video: Recorded January 10, 2019
For the resources discussed in the webinar, download this companion guide.

Paperback formatting essentials

Learn industry terms and best practices for turning a completed manuscript into a formatted file.

Video: Recorded December 17, 2020
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this companion guide.



Creative cover solutions

Learn about cover formatting, branding principles, and top 10 cover best practices.

Video: Recorded January 6, 2021
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this companion guide.

Discovering Metadata

Metadata influences how readers find and purchase your book on Amazon. Join us for best practices on how to identify categories and keywords to increase traffic and use metadata to create a strong detail page that impacts conversion to sales.

Video: Recorded July 1, 2020
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this author guide.

Developing a promotional strategy

Stand out from the hundreds of books that are published weekly by creating a plan for promoting your book.

Video: Recorded December, 2, 2020
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this companion guide.

Beginners Book Marketing on Goodreads

Designed for authors just starting out with the Goodreads Authors Program, this webinar will give you clear easy steps to begin engaging with readers and promoting your books to the world’s largest community of readers.

Video: Recorded March 24, 2021
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this author guide and these notes and highlights.

Advanced Book Marketing on Goodreads

Designed for the author who is already part of the Goodreads Authors Program, this webinar will teach you the best ways to maximize the reach of Goodreads, the world’s largest community of readers.

Video: Recorded April 28, 2021
For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this author guide and these notes and highlights.


KDPUniversity @home with Michelle M. Pillow

A romantic at heart, Michelle M. Pillow loves stories with a happy ending, imperfect characters, and good mysteries that are challenging to solve. Though she writes in many genres—and has sold a million books across them!—she’s best known for her sci-fi and paranormal romances, mysteries, and paranormal women's fiction. On September 16, Pillow shared with us phenomenal marketing tips, including how she uses resources like Author Central and A+ content to create a strong book release.

Video: Recorded September 16, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with Andrew Watts

In 2012, while deployed on a USS Navy aircraft carrier, Andrew Watts took up writing as a way to occupy his free time. Fast-forward nearly a decade and Watts is now the owner of Severn River Publishing, which has published titles for over 20 authors. Drawing on his experience in the military and working in brand management for one of the world’s largest consumer-goods companies, Watts uses his discipline and marketing acumen to turn his projects into reality as a successful author and business owner. On September 2, Watts joined us to share his top tips for starting and growing your career as an indie author—from his unique perspective on both sides of the pen.

Video: Recorded September 2, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with Tricia O'Malley

Tricia O’Malley didn’t let living on a small Caribbean island stop her from becoming a global best seller. With over 2 million books read and spots on New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists, O’Malley’s contemporary romances, paranormal romances, and cozy mystery novels stories have touched hearts all over the world. On August 19, O’Malley and her business manager, joined us to share their top tips for a successful pre-order launch.

Video: Recorded August 19, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with Julia Kent

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since her first release, her novels have sold over 2 million copies, appeared on multiple best-seller lists, and been translated to several languages. On July 29, Kent shared her advice for diversifying audience and increasing reach, along with her audio book and translated novel production experiences.

Video: Recorded July 29, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with Alana Quintana Albertson

Alana Quintana Albertson is a Latina best-selling romance author of thirty-one books. Her newest Latinx romantic comedy series Spicy Rich Tacos has earned her a deal with Berkeley Publishing, and the first book in the series, Ramón and Julieta, was optioned for television. On July 22, Albertson joined us to share invaluable insights into serial content, and promotion!

Video: Recorded July 22, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with Orlando A. Sanchez

Orlando A. Sanchez’s writing journey started in his teens, creating scenarios for his Dungeons & Dragons adventures. Today Sanchez writes urban fantasy, with a twist of paranormal lurking behind the scenes, and a dose of magic, martial arts, and mayhem. On July 15, Sanchez joined the KDPU team to talk about taking the self-publishing leap, and the importance of building a strong, global reader group through social media.

Video: Recorded July 15, 2021

KDPUniversity @home with LJ Ross

After LJ Ross’s debut mystery novel Holy Island released in 2015 through Kindle Direct Publishing, it became an instant international bestseller. Following the same path, twenty more of her novels have become Amazon UK best sellers, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Passionate about supporting literacy, education, and the arts, Ross sponsors several philanthropic initiatives through her imprint, Dark Skies Publishing. Louise joined us on July 8 to share how she uses Kindle Unlimited and KDP Select to help reach her audience.

Video: Recorded July 8, 2021


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