How to Make Money with Amazon Publishing

Updated: Mar 8, 2022
By Michelle Anama Abari
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If it is one thing I love talking and writing about, it is on writing, especially when it can get you more money on writing than you could ever imagine! There are a zillion sites where you can get your article and books published on one is called Fiver, but did you ever know how to make money with Amazon publishing by yourself?

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a platform where amateur writers and professional writers write and get their books published at a very low cost. With KDP, you can self-publish your book on Amazon and start making money in as little as 24 hours.

This platform is way better than the traditional method of publishing whereby you have to wait months or even years for your book to get published. To avoid all the stress of the traditional method of publishing you will get to understand how to make money from Amazon publishing as you go deeper into the article.

How to Make Money with Amazon Publishing

Amazon is not just an online retailer. It started as an online bookstore and building on those roots, is a book publisher as well. Unlike a traditional book publisher, though, where you need to persuade an acquisitions editor to offer you a contract to get a book published, anyone can self-publish a book on Amazon.

Some benefits to Amazon KDP are that:

  • Amazon lets you keep more of your money. A lot more.
  • With over a 90million prime subscribers in the U.S.A alone, Amazon’s kindle store reach is huge.
  • Self-publishing with Amazon KDP is, positively, 100% free.

Another good thing about this Amazon KDP is that you can write on anything. Be it a children’s playbook, romance novel, or even a biography or a documentary.

Some ways how to make money on Amazon publishing include…

1. Researching and Identifying a Topic

The first step towards earning with Amazon kindle should be finding out what you want to write on. You have to make sure it is a topic people are eager to read and are willing to purchase.

One method of researching topics is keyword research to find out the types of resources that people are actively searching for on search engines. Another way to research the most profitable topics to write on is to plug in the search engine “Amazon Bestsellers” into the search engine, click on the results to see the popular topics, and consider writing a topic similar to the popular bestsellers.

By going about the above methods, you have made it easier to know what your readers want and how to make publishing and writing profitable to you.

2. Write a Good Book or Article

After you must have finished researching the topic you want to write on, the next thing is to start writing your book or article!

The first step towards writing a good book is getting a good structure. That is diving the book into chapters and also input your ideas and desired events into those chapters, that way you know how you want your book to be.

The same thing goes for an article, divide the structure into points, subtopics, and paragraphs and then you’re on your way to having a published article.  

3. Format Your Book

Formatting your book is a very important aspect of the Amazon publishing platform. Amazon publishing has some stringent formatting rules that you must follow if you want your book to be published.

The reason for this is that Amazon wants to make sure that all her books are accessible from all devices, be it from a PC, smartphone, iPhone, or even an iPad or tablet. So you have to go along with all the guidelines for publishing.

4. Create a Good Book Cover

Generally speaking, why most books don’t sell is not because of their content but because of the cover page of the book. Readers are attracted to what they see and that light attracts them to read your book.

I mean, you can’t write a romance novel and the cover page has a knife, it does not make sense at all. There is someone I know who published 3 books on Amazon and he was paid 800 dollars he told me that what attracted his readers was not his book but his cover page that was where his market was, his cover page.

It is important to know that your book will appear in a feed with other people’s books, and often, when you put a lot of images together in a feed, the most appropriately designed one stands out.

So, to increase your chances of getting noticed on Amazon Kindle and make more money with Amazon publishing, you must and should pay attention to your cover design.

5. You Must Register On Amazon KDP

Now that you must have written your book, formatted it, and created a format page, the next step to making your money on Amazon KDP is to register to that platform. You have to register on the KDP.

Registering on this platform is not as complicated as you may think. All you need to do is enter either your email or phone number, then choose a password.

After you must have done that, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to your mail or phone. After inputting the OTP, you will be redirected to a page to enter your contact address, payment details and sign a tax form. Once you must have done all these, your account will be created, and you’re ready to start publishing on Amazon!

It’s that simple, and once you have done this, you are on your way to making a huge amount of money for yourself.

6. Publish Your Book on Amazon

Like I have said, anyone can publish on Amazon and you can publish anything on Amazon. After you must have registered with Amazon KDP, you compete with other authors!

In addition, publishing a book on Amazon is not hard. From your dashboard, navigate to the “bookshelf” tab. From there, you will see an option to choose which book format you want to publish. Choose between paperback and eBook kindle, and the platform will redirect you to fill in the book’s details.

Furthermore, you can upload a book in Word or PDF format, or use the kindle creator tool to convert a book for publishing.

7. Write a Catching Book Description

When writing a book description, you have to pour your whole heart into it, boil your book down to its central topics, themes and purpose.

This description will inform every external eye on what your book is all about and what it entails. It will help you market your book, which is also your product. Make sure to give your readers a teaser, not the full plot though. Don’t forget you want them to be intrigued enough to purchase a copy and dive right into reading the book but don’t make it too informed that they can predict the end.

The trick behind writing a good description for Amazon publishing is that you need to write something interesting without necessarily divulging too much.

8. Work a Lot More

You may be thinking that after you must have made your first dollars from this platform, then that is all. No, that is not all, you need to remember that you are in competition with other skilled authors who make at least 2000 dollars a month so you have to work hard, enhance your skill, and learn from other authors.

If you are not interested in doing the necessary work, Amazon self-publishing may not be for you.

9. By Being Patient

To earn money not only from Amazon Publishing, you also have to be very patient. A few people will start making money with their little books, but for someone else, it may not be so and that is why you have to enjoy the process and also learn along the way. I mean your book will get purchased. Be patient.

In addition, being patient enables us to analyze things and situations beyond their face value. The resourcefulness, calm and empathetic behavior of patient people will make them very popular. There is a high chance of you eventually earning good money on the platform if you stay persistent.


Writing and getting your book published is a thing of joy for writers. Amazon KDP is a very lucrative platform to make easy cash with persistence and hard work. You can make as little as 100 dollars as starters and rise to at least 4000 dollars each month, only if you work towards that.

You can also decide to make this a side hustle and you see you will earn well because Amazon pays in dollars and the dollar is higher than our Nigerian currency, so why not jump on the train and earn a lot of funds from this jaw-breaking opportunity.

The steps and ways to make the money on Amazon KDP are all listed above, what is stopping you from making your money in action!


How much does it cost to put a book on Amazon?

It is totally free. It costs nothing to publish on amazon.

Is Amazon Publishing worth it?

Amazon is totally worth it because authors are making it huge on that platform as writers.

Does Amazon pay you to publish a book?

Amazon pays you to publish a book, each book rather and you get 60% royalty on each book. Great right!

How much does Amazon take from publishing?

Amazon takes 40% from your royalties leaving you with 60% after your book is published. Authors are making it huge with this opportunity.

How do you publish on Amazon?

To get your book published on amazon, you have to have a KDP account for that to happen.

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