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other New Paperback Released! Plus KDP Publishing Tips

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So, finally, the paperback version of my book for geared toward ages 9-11 is now available in paperback format. It is called Memory Lane was Moved, and it is about an 11-year-old who suddenly lost his memory and finds himself friendless and alone in the city. This book deals with national security threats, secret agents, and more! 

I am going to discuss some of the process of trying to get your paperback printed using Kindle Direct Publishing. It is rather technical, and it caused frustration to me as I tried to figure it out. If electronic jargon scares you or stresses you out, I would recommend perhaps getting on the phone with KDP customer service and having them talk you through it.

Okay, so if you're looking into making a paperback, I would suggest not necessarily using the template they provide for the interior design cover. That was what I used first, and I would recommend a different method simply because that was the method that worked for me. I'm not saying that the template won't work, but whatever I did when I first tried ended up in my first version not working. I'm not exactly sure what I did, but I think that it could have been that I used an online converter to convert from .docx to .pdf (which is what it's supposed to be).

Anyway, I was on the phone with KDP customer service for almost half an hour, and by the time I hung up, I hadn't gotten my cover formatted yet. Fortunately, though, that helped to figure out where to go from there. I used Canva and got the measurements from KDP of how big to make the cover. From there, I converted inches to pixels and used those numbers (approximately) to format a cover. Then, I just kept uploading different versions of that file, previewing it, and making slight adjustments to get everything to line up.

So, there you go! I know it's very confusing, but basically, if you just use Canva and get the right measurements, eventually it should work. Just make sure to export your Canva file as a PDF that is small in file size.

The link to my new paperback book is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JLQLPXH/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1600877949&sr=8-1 

I've ordered one author copy. Hopefully, it will turn out!

Edited by Hobbitchild

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I just released a children's book through Kindle Direct Publishing. I had a very good experience, although I had someone format the book in advance. I wouldn't have know how to do all of that. Blessings on your book!

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