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Can I self-publish a book on the Kindle store when I'm under 18?

Amazon allows your parent to publish your book for you 4.1 Eligibility. You must have an active Program account in order to participate in the Program. You represent that you are at least 18 ...
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Who has copyright of Amazon reviews?

The author retains copyright. Amazon does not claim to control or own customer reviews. Instead they claim a right of "sublicense" where they are allowed to republish the review forever. They ...
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Would Amazon allow sex between transformed humans (animal/object) with normal humans

Amazon's content guidelines are notoriously nonspecific. Offensive Content What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. I assume there are multiple reasons for this: ...
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Is it impractical (not cost effective) to publish individual short stories on Amazon KDP?

The problem with publishing short stories on Amazon is basically the same as the general problem with publishing --too much competition. With an almost unlimited supply of writing to choose from, ...
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Will people not want to download my book if it's put up on sale for free?

Klara, I share the same thought as you... When I personally see a book that is "free" I wonder why it is free. A person puts a lot of effort into things and to give it away freely would make me wonder ...
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Is it true that a great cover is enough to sell many copies of your book

I'm not sure it's the ebook buyers who are the silly ones here. Of course people judge a book by its cover, as they should. To navigate the thousands or millions of books on a real or virtual shelf, ...
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Do you have to pay a fee for Web Content Accessibility (WCA) before Amazon accepts your ebook?

Business Correspondence with misspellings and punctuation errors are a red flag for a scam. Amazon recommends your e-book be accessible, but does not require it, according to their guidelines: To ...
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What percentage of Amazon ebook customers in the US are subscribers to Kindle Unlimited?

Amazon doesn't reveal stats like this. However, in 2017, The Written Word Media did an estimate based on the KU pot payout to make an estimate, which came out at 2.5-3 million readers: 2.5 million ...
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Self-Publishing Chapters

Serializing a novel has been done before - traditionally this was done as part of periodic publications (so you would get say a chapter per issue of a magazine) but it has been done outside this ...
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Dealing with Amazon Kindle where clueless behavior has been consistent

If you have or can get hold of a couple of pieces of software, one being Microsoft Word (any old version) and the other being Calibre (free to download here) then you can use the instructions on this ...
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Can I self-publish a paperback through Amazon KDP, but make the e-book available elsewhere?

As stated on a similar question on Quora, you can publish in multiple places if you publish with KDP. If, however, you publish with KDP Select, as stated in the terms and conditions, you cannot ...
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Does CreateSpace (Print-On-Demand) print and ship books to the customer, or do I need to do that?

I published my book at CreateSpace, too. If an order gets in, they print the book, ship it to the buyer and collect the money. Simple work.
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Fees questions around self publishing ebook over Kindle

You can create the files for an e-book yourself. Amazon provides free software to help you do this. Kindle books are in HTML, the language of web pages, with some variations. So if you're familiar ...
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Why is it that all the bestselling indie authors are based in the US (and, to a much smaller degree, the UK)?

While a great many people speak English as a second language, and can thus enjoy reading a novel in English, the majority of people for whom English is the native language live in the US and the UK. (...
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How do some self-published books on Amazon get lots of sales without any marketing whatsoever?

People who call themselves experts aren't usually experts. Those bloggers bragging about how they just put a book on Amazon and it sells like gangbusters? They're leaving out part of the process. ...
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Is it true that a great cover is enough to sell many copies of your book

Yes and no. I don't think many people purchase a book because of the cover. The cover will not give you direct sales (maybe a couple...). But imagine that you are looking for a book. Either ...
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How do some self-published books on Amazon get lots of sales without any marketing whatsoever?

Are they truly not marketed? They in fact are often marketed, though not in the conventional way! There are lots of sites out there that are used to advertise e-books on various e-book marketers, ...
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Payment questions around joint publishing ebook over Kindle

If the amounts are small, and the relations between you are friendly, I'd think the simple solution would just be to have the amounts deposited in one bank account or the other, and then periodically -...
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Are there certain keywords that Amazon expects one to use if one's genre fiction book contains sex scenes but doesn't really fall under erotica?

According to my partner, who is an author on Amazon, "Romance" or one of its sub-genres is the correct category for work that contains graphic sex, but isn't correctly "erotica" (which is, apparently, ...
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

Coming to this question 2 years after it was posted, I find the following: Of a total of 11 reviews, there is 1 5-star review, 1 4-star review, and 9 1-star reviews. Nothing in-between. Of the low ...
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Is it true that a great cover is enough to sell many copies of your book

Is it really true that many ebook buyers are silly enough to purchase a book simply because of its cover (and blurb) without first sampling the actual writing inside the book? I wouldn't use the word ...
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Cover image formatting for books published on Amazon?

Are you talking about a cover for a paper book or a Kindle? For a paper book, you have to decide on a page size, and then the dimensions of the cover must match the page size. If your pages are, say,...
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Self-Publishing Chapters

I haven't heard of it. When you can get whole books for free, and many books for 99c, this seems an unlikely route to successful marketing. If any piecemeal approach has a chance of working, I'd ...
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Self-Publishing Chapters

Most answers say "it's not a good idea" and that's what I'm going to say as well, but offer an example. Besides commercial or professional work, I occasionally visit fan-fiction platforms as well. ...
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Does CreateSpace (Print-On-Demand) print and ship books to the customer, or do I need to do that?

That is how print-on-demand works. It would be best to order a proof, before you publish, which is around 10 dollars U.S, but after you publish with CreateSpace, they will print your book, and ship to ...
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Does Amazon have a problem with your book being cheaper else where via a coupon?

I'm sure this information differs depending on if you are in KDP Select (If you are, you can't publish it anywhere else. Period.) but from what I understand (from personal experience with having a ...
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Is it impractical (not cost effective) to publish individual short stories on Amazon KDP?

Should have read deeper. In this article Dean Wesley Smith goes into ebook pricing, and includes a section specific to short work (by his definition, under 10,000 words). Much of his advice is based ...
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

IANAL but I would suggest looking into legal actions for this. I mention this because deleting or removing reviews directly hurt your ability to make money and also your reputation. If people only ...
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How many blank lines before scene headings (and secondary scene headings) using Amazon Storywriter

Two blank lines - be consistent! You asked the same question on some other, more specialised, sites, so I am looking through them and some others to consolidate the knowledge here for future readers ...
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