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Previous Webinars

Missed the live webinar? Don't worry. You can watch recorded webinars and read the most frequently asked questions from the Q&A sessions.


KDPUniversity @home with Savannah J. Frierson

Savannah J. Frierson is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of happily-ever-after romances and mainstream fiction featuring African American girls and women that capture the hearts of those who believe in transcendent love worth waiting for. Author, editor, formatter, and consultant, Frierson depicts characters who find empowerment through love, and shows vulnerability as a strength to be embraced and celebrated. Dedicated to increasing black women’s representation, she has also spoken at several book fairs, book clubs, and radio shows. Savannah joined us on Feb. 18 to share her story, and her best advice to go from writer to successful publisher!

Video: Recorded February 18, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Kennedy Ryan

RITA Award Winner, USA Today and Amazon Top 12 best seller, Kennedy Ryan writes to empower women from all walks of life, placing them at the center of each captivating romance novel. Ryan and her books have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. She describes self-publishing as a powerful means for writers from marginalized communities to publish their work, and reach their audience. Kennedy joined KDP on Feb. 11 to celebrate diverse voices with us, and share her best tips on the craft of writing, and publishing your book!

Video: Recorded February 11, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Crystal Swain-Bates

Celebrated children’s book author with over 100,000 copies sold, Crystal Swain-Bates founded Goldest Karat Publishing in order to fill the diversity gap in children’s literature. Swain-Bates has been featured in Forbes, and her books highlighted in Essence Magazine, the Huffington Post, and used as props on several TV shows. Crystal joined KDP on February 4, 2021 to share with us her commitment to positively reshape the self-perception of children of color, and some great formatting, and marketing tips.

Video: Recorded February 4, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Steffanie Holmes

Legally blind since birth, Steffanie Holmes turned a failed archeology career into a great opportunity: writing full-time, and becoming USA Today Best-selling author of the paranormal, gothic, dark, and fantastical! Her books feature clever, witty heroines, spooky mysteries, and secret societies. Steffanie joined KDP University on January 28, 2021, to share her story, talk about her unique drafting method, and provide some great tips for new indie authors!

Video: Recorded January 28, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Jonathan Yanez

Former personal trainer, now award-winning author Jonathan Yanez decided to turn to full-time writing because he felt that was his calling, and true passion. Yanez writes primarily urban fantasy and sci-fi books, which have now been translated into multiple languages, optioned for the big screen, and adapted into a mobile game. Jonathan joined KDP on January 14, 2021, for our second New Year New You session, to share his inspiring story, along with a few tips on branding and reader engagement.

Video: Recorded January 14, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Craig Martelle

Author/co-author of over one hundred books, Craig Martelle draws inspiration from his experience in the US Marine Corps Intelligence, and work as a business consultant to add realism to his stories. Martelle is mainly a science fiction writer, however he enjoys writing thrillers and non-fiction as well, and tends to prefer writing his books in series because “a set of characters have an infinite number of tales to tell”. The KDP University team had the pleasure of meeting Craig as part of the “New Year, New You” series on Jan. 7, 2021, hear his story and his best advice on how to be a successful new Indie Publisher!

Video: Recorded January 7, 2021


KDPUniversity @home with Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre is a self-published, New York Times bestselling author who writes romance and suspense novels striving for unexpected plots and unforgettable characters. While she always enjoyed writing, Torre had never considered it as a career choice, until the success she achieved with her first book in 2011 gave her the confidence to envision that as her future. Alessandra joined KDP University on Dec. 17 to share her story, how self-publishing made this career a reality for her, and her best tips for a great book craft and successful launch.

Video: Recorded December 17, 2020


KDPUniversity @home with Mandy M. Roth

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mandy M. Roth loves 80s music and movies and wishes leg warmers would come back into fashion. When she’s not dancing around her office to the sounds of the 80s, she’s busy writing paranormal operatives and kick-butt urban fantasy heroines. Mandy joined KDP University on Dec. 10 to share about her transition from traditional to indie publishing, and how KDP tools have helped her increase reach.

Video: Recorded December 10, 2020


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.

Frequently asked questions



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.

Frequently asked questions


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.

Getting started with sponsored ads for KDP authors

Ready to launch your first self-service Amazon Advertising campaign but not sure where to start? Let this webinar tailored to KDP authors be your guide.

Video: Recorded October 28, 2020

For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this guide.

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 October 29, 2019

For more information and links to the resources discussed in the webinar, download this author guide and these notes and highlights.

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