Publishing Low Content Books Start to Finish

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Publishing Low Content Books Start to Finish

I thought it would be a good idea to give an overview of publishing low content books start to finish. 

What can you expect?

How hard is it?

What do you need to know to get started today?

I’ll also share my tips and techniques for making the process, faster, easier, and more fun. (How could it get more fun, though? <img draggable=” /> )

What is a Low Content Book?

So what are low content books?

What I’m talking about are paperback books with very little contentbooks like journals, workbooks, and even notebooks.

But the list of different types of low- and no-content books doesn’t stop there.

Take a look at the table below:

Activity BooksMemory Books
Coloring BooksPlanners
Composition BooksPrayer Books
DiariesPuzzle Books
Guest Books/RegistersStudy Guides
Log BooksWorkbooks

These are books you can create in very little time and publish right on Amazon.

Publish Low Content Books on Amazon Step-By-Step

Sign In to KDP

You probably already have an Amazon account, right? Because I know you’ve bought some good stuff with that free shipping. But if not, you’re going to want to sign up for an Amazon account. 

That’s all you need to be able to sign in to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Publishing Low Content Books Start to Finish - Sign in to KDP

Create the Interior of Your Book

Now you’re going to get started!

Once you’ve decided on the type of book you want to publish, you need to create your interior.

You can do this with document creation programs like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

But the best and easiest way to create interiors (and covers, for that matter) is with PowerPoint.

Create low-content books with PowerPoint

You want to create a low-content book interior that’s 200 pages or less because once you go past 200 pages, your book starts to get big and harder to use.

Sure, you can create bigger books, but you’ll want to test that, so save this for when you have some experience.

Create Your Cover

Once you’ve finished your interior, it’s time to create your book cover.

You can pay someone to do this or you can create a simple book cover in just a few minutes.

And simple covers SELL.

You must have your interior done first because you’ll need to know how many pages your finished book will have.

Once you know that, you can download a paperback book template.

I do my covers in PowerPoint, so I convert the template to a PDF. You can do this as much as you want with Adobe Acrobat PRO or get limited free conversions with Small PDF.

Download a paperback book template for your journal or notebook cover.

In the image above, the arrow is pointing to where you’ll enter the details for your book.

You’ll need to know what size your finished book will be, how many pages it is, and whether you’d like it printed with white paper or cream-colored paper.

Hot Tip! Repurpose your book interiors by creating more than one cover! 

Save Your Cover and Interior as PDF

Both your interior and you cover must be saved as PDFs to be ready for uploading to KDP.

If you’re doing this in Word or PowerPoint, it’s as simple as clicking Save As  > PDF. 

If that’s not an option, you can use a program like PrimoPDF

Log In to KDP to Create Your Paperback

Once you have your interior and cover saved as PDFs and ready for publishing, it’s time to log in and add your new book.

Log in to your KDP account and click ” + Paperback.”

Enter your book’s title, subtitle, series and edition info, your author/business name or pseudonym, description, and select your publishing rights. 

Add your keywords and choose your categories. Then, click “Save and Continue.”

On the next page, you’ll get a free ISBN number and finish choosing the specifics for your book.

When you’ve chosen your paper type, book size, cover finish, and have uploaded your cover and manuscript, you’ll want to save your work

Note: it takes FOREVER for a preview to generate, so we’re going to pause here and wait at least 30 minutes before coming back to preview our book and continue on to setting our price and distribution.

In the meantime…PUBLISH MORE BOOKS.

Preview, Price Your Book and Submit for Review

Once you’ve waited a bit, come back to launch the book previewer and check over your cover and interior to make sure it looks how you want it to look…no mistakes.

Click on “Save and Continue.”

At this point, you’ll select your distribution (make sure you check “Expanded Distribution” so that your book can be picked up by other sellers – including bookstores).

The next step is to choose you price point. Research other similar books to find a range of prices and choose one that you believe is a good fit for your book.

And the final step is to publish and submit your book for review.

Amazon reviews books individually and it takes a couple of days to find out if you need to make some edits or if your book has been published to the marketplace.

Tips to Remember

  • Take the time to research your ideas – the niche and keywords you choose directly affect your profits!
  • Try this strategy to research keywords and get tons of ideas for books and niches.
  • Once your book is published, that page is up permanently, even if you decide to “unpublish” your book.
  • Don’t spam! Amazon has policies in place to prevent this, but it’s a good idea to keep your nose clean anyway. Follow the rules and create high-quality stuff.
  • Try testing out a niche before you publish a series or multiple types of the same book.
  • Use exactly what’s on your book cover as the title you enter in KDP. Amazon is a stickler for this. If you don’t want cover text, use Cover Creator to put you title on the spine.
  • Templates save a lot of time – use high-quality ones and tweak them to make them unique.

Wrapping Up

I guess that about covers it. The next step is to choose the type of book you want to publish and get started!

Remember, you can create everything in PowerPoint, quick and easy. 

And if you really want to supercharge the creation process, try using a ready-made template.

Questions about getting started? Have you already begun to publish low-content paperbacks? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to sign up for my list!

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  1. LOOOVEEE this post Julie! I am getting ready to do this and this post was super helpful thank you!

  2. Hi Julie, thanks for sharing such a great guide. I just start to learn the basics, your tutorial is very helpful. Thanks again.

    1. Hey, Mike!

      Glad it’s helpful and hope you’re enjoying the business! Thanks for commenting!

      ~ Julie

  3. Hello

    I know you wrote this article almost a year ago, but I’m hoping you can still help me. Once I publish a low-content book on Amazon-KDP, how do the books get made? Am I to get some books made and ship them out when orders come in or does Amazon have a printing service that will do that? I can’t seem to find an article on what happends next.


    1. Hey, Alison!

      Once you publish your book on Amazon, you don’t have to do anything to fulfill orders! Amazon does all the work by sending the order to a printer {usually one local to the buyer} and they ship to the customer. Cool, right? But once you publish you could market your book by word-of-mouth, social media, linking from a blog, etc.

      Hope that helps!
      ~ Julie

      1. What percentage of the price you set goes towards the printing? I assume Amazon and the printer each get a cut of the sale right?

        1. Hey, Amanda!

          Amazon has a formula for calculating printing cost: Fixed cost + (page count * per page cost) = printing cost

          Printing cost will vary depending on page count, ink type, and which Amazon marketplace your book is ordered from {USA, Europe, Canada, etc.}.

          When uploading your book, you’ll choose your print options and KDP will automatically calculate and display your printing cost in the Rights & Pricing section of title setup.

          It’s a beautiful thing because there’s no upfront fees for us. Printing costs are taken out of our royalties upfront and we can see exactly how much we’ll make per sale when we upload our book and select our printing options.

          ~ Julie

  4. J:

    Quick question when ready to upload book. I have 80 pages of content.
    Am I uploading just one page of the format interior and KDP will do 80 pgs?

    Or make 80pgs of content…save as a pdf? Upload it; along with the cover?


    1. Yes, you save all 80 pages as a PDF, upload that file to KDP, and then you’ll save your cover as a PDF and upload that separately.

      ~ Julie

  5. Thank you so much for this helpful tutorial! I have been wanting to try this, and hoarding some PLR, but hadn’t taken the next step yet. Your tutorial is just what I needed!
    And if you do another Planner Profits challenge, I’m interested!

    1. Hey, Cara! Glad it helps! I have several more fun challenges in the works! ;o)

      ~ Julie

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