KDP Print is one of the newest developments in the self-publishing arena. As of recently, it is available to everyone as a public beta version.
Getting your book published through KDP print is a surprisingly simple process. You can actually upload the book in 5 minutes (we’ve timed it). That’s assuming that you already have your kindle book uploaded and all your print files are ready to be uploaded to the system. Interestingly enough, the part that takes the longest is waiting for the conversion to happen. No rush though, better to take your time to check if all the steps are as you want them to be, if you’ve entered the information correctly and if the files as they appear on the previewer as they should.
Many elements and stages of the process are the same as on Createspace which is not a suprise, since amazon owns Createspace. For example, the launch previewer and the review process are the same. They are probably using the exact same machines and facilities to get them shipped as well. Hence, for those who have ever uploaded a book through Createspace, this process will be very easy.
Just follow the steps outlined below and you will have your eBook available as a paperback book.
Go to your KDP dashboard and click “+ Create paperback” for the book for which you’re creating a paperback.
Next, as you’ll see most of the book’s information fields will already be filled out for you. If, however, you are uploading the paperback version first, you will have to enter your book’s information into all of these fields.
The first information that you will have to enter is the 2 categories for your book.
Tip: choose 2 different main categories.
Next, indicate whether you have or have not previously published your book on Createspace.
If you have – when you click continue you will be brought to a window with Createspace’s log in. Enter your account’s credentials and your identity as the owner of the account & publisher of that book will be confirmed. Then you will be brought right back to KDP to continue the publishing process.
If you have not – then you’ll be brought to the next stage of the publishing process.
Next, either enter your own ISBN or choose to get one assigned by KDP.
If you have previously published this book through Createspace, then you will have the same ISBN and will not need to do anything here.
Next, choose all the appropriate print options: the interior & paper type, trim size, bleed settings as well as the paperback cover finish.
Choose whichever options you prefer and whichever are best for your book. It’s useful to note here that if you opt for a colored interior, the cost per book will be higher, so you will either have to price your book higher or receive a lower royalty. Therefore, if you have only a couple images in your book, it will probably be wiser to choose to have a black & white interior.
Upload your manuscript file… (and wait for it to upload)
…and your cover file (and wait for it to upload).
Remember – they both should be in PDF format and should be formatted as per KDPs guidelines (by and large, they are the same as Createspace’s).
Launch the previewer. At the moment, contrary to Createspace, KDP Print does not offer publishers the option to order review copies. So there’s no other option than to do it digitally.
Click the “Launch Previewer” button and wait for it to load. It might take a few minutes (possibly even more than 5 minutes, depending on the size and complexity of the files you’ve uploaded), so it might be a good time to take a break and grab a cup of coffee as KDP aptly suggests).
Once it’s finished loading and converting, review the files. Check if the margins for the pages look alright, if any important text on the cover will not be cut off once the it’s printed etc.
If all elements look alright, give it your stamp of approval by clicking the “Approve” button.
Click “Save and Continue” which will bring you to the last stage – Pricing.
Enter the price that your book will be sold for. Next to it you will see the royalty calculated for that specific price.
Tip: it’s a smart idea to optimise (change it to $6.99 instead of $6.72, for example) the price for each Amazon marketplace and not just let it be filled out automatically.
Click “Publish Your Paperback Book”. And then you wait for KDPs response.
Right now, it seems that KDPs review process is faster than that of Createspace.
When you get an email from KDP you’re either good to go and your book will be available on amazon very soon (if that’s the case – congratulations!)
… or if something is not as it should be with the files (or anything else), you will be asked to make the appropriate changes and resubmit the files.
If you are a non-US person or you own a business that publishes and sells eBooks via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, print books through Createspace or audiobooks via Audible, a 30% withholding tax is deducted from your royalties and there’s a high likelihood you are eligible for REDUCED tax withholding on your royalties. In this guide I will show you how to reduce your tax withholding rate.
But, full disclosure – I am not qualified to give you tax, legal or financial advice. I have learned the ins and outs of this process from my own experience and this information is intended for entertainment purposes only…
With that out of the way, let’s dive right in!
To put it simply, there is a tax treaty between USA and a number of other countries that has been made to free people from double taxation, i.e. taxing an entity, be it a person or a business, for the same tax twice in two countries.
For example, if a person is a resident of one country and receives income in another country, according to tax laws of each of these countries, said person may have to pay the same income tax two times. To avoid this type of nonsense, most countries have established double taxation agreements between themselves.
So, if you are a foreign person (from the perspective of the US) and USA does have a tax treaty with the country you’re from, then you are eligible for tax withholding (hurray!).
Here’s a comprehensive table that we made, showing you the applicable copyright tax treaty percentage rates. If you’re lucky, your country has a 0% withholding rate. The country I’m from – Latvia, has a 10% double tax treaty rate with the US. Not 0 but 10% is still much better than 30%.
Figuring all of this out on your own may not be all too easy, it certainly wasn’t for me. That’s why we have done our best to let you know how to navigate these waters.
There are a couple of ways you can do this, depending on your specific situation…
The easiest way to avoid the 30% tax-withholding is to use your National Identification Number (NIN). The NIN is also usually used as a Tax ID in many countries.
If you’re French, this would be your INSEE code, if you hold a UK passport, it’s simply called just that – a NIN. Pretty straight forward.
For more info on National Identification Numbers, you can check Wikipedia’s page on this, it has some solid info.
Then, all you have to do is go to your KDP Select account, then navigate to *Your name* Account in the top right corner.
Next, scroll down to the Tax Information section and click “View/Provide Tax Information” to start the tax interview
Answer all the information that is asked. Be precise.
Enter your NIN in the appropriate field. Follow along all the steps and finish the rest of the tax interview and… voila! The system should now be showing a reduced withholding rate.
For Createspace and ACX, the process is the same – navigate to the tax interview within “account settings”. Then take the tax interview and enter your information.
If everything worked out – congrats, you just gained back a bunch of money that would have gone to the IRS. You most likely will have to pay the remaining difference to your country’s tax institution but 1) it’s likely that the payment is still much lower than before and 2) you may be able to expense many of your publishing costs, thus lowering your total tax payment.
Alternatively, if you’re using the self-publishing platforms as a legal entity, i.e. a company of some sort, then you’ll need an EIN – an Employer Identification Number.
Don’t worry, getting one is a pretty simple process.
First, pick up the phone and call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): +1-267-941-1099
I usually buy some Skype credit and give them a call through my computer or Skype’s app to avoid an unnecessarily large phone bill.
You’ll have to wait on hold for 30 minutes or so (I usually put the call on speaker phone and do other things in the meanwhile). Once you get through to them, the IRS will ask for details like your company name, company address, registration number, so have them ready.
If you’ve completed everything successfully, now you have an EIN – congratulations!
Do not forget to write this number down to save yourself the trouble of repeat calls, extra hassle and stress.
For more info on applying for an EIN, visit the IRS’s site.
After you have receive your new EIN, the next step is to go to your KDP account and re-do your tax interview. The process is almost exactly as described in option 1.
If for whatever reason the KDP did not accept your tax data:
That’s all! I hope this guide helps you make significant tax savings that you can reinvest back in your business or that you can use to have a bit more freedom in your life.