Amazon KDP, formerly called Createspace, is the self-publishing arm Amazon has created for book print on demand. Most self-publishing authors use Amazon KDP because of its ease of use and the cost to print self-published books.
I've always found checklists handy, and this one for self-publishing is no exception. If you think I've left something out, let me know so I can add it. Feel free to print this and share with my business name on it. Most important (and do this before you pay anyone to do any work on your book or you'll waste a lot of money)
We write your jacket copy for you, making sure it opens and closes with a hook — words that make the person reading the back cover want to read more or even buy it. We also write bios — one longer one for inside the back cover, and one short one to go beside your head shot for the back.
The average cost for book editing runs from $30 to $60 per hour or $0.012 to $0.24 per word, depending on what type of editing you need. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, basic copyediting costs 1¢ to 3¢ per word, heavy and website copyediting costs 3¢ to 10¢ per word, developmental editing costs 4¢ to 22¢ per word, and substantive or line editing costs 3¢ to 24¢ per word.
Copy editing is not exactly a breeze; it takes more than simply knowing what “looks right.” I can say this with all truthfulness because I used to believe that my “looks right” decisions were enough to turn sloppy copy into something perfect. I was wrong.
We do sample edits on every single manuscript that comes in, because only when we see the whole thing can we assess how much editing work it will need. We look at all aspects of your work.