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The 7 Step Guide to Writing, Creating, and Publishing a Children's Book on Amazon KDP

Updated: Feb 20

How to Write and Publish a Childrens book on Amazon KDP

If you have ever wanted to write a children's book but are unsure where to start, you have landed on the right page. Writing a children's book can seem overwhelming, but with proper planning, designing, and publishing, the process can be much easier than you think. In this post, I will guide you through 7 important steps of creating a standout children's book on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). If you are new to publishing, this post will show you those critical steps to write, design, format and publish your children's book on KDP, the world's larget Print on Demand platforms for self-publishers. If you require extra support, I'll also provide some additional resources.

Getting Set-Up
If you're a first-time author you might be wondering how do you get started on Amazon KDP? Not to worry! Simply visit the following link to establish your account. It will take you approx 10 minutes but once it's set up, your are ready to go!

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What Are the 7 Steps?

Let's delve into the heart of the matter – the seven critical steps to becoming a self-published author on Amazon KDP. This journey is thrilling, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Rest assured, this guide will break it down, making it simple and straight to the point. From conceptualizing your book's idea to designing its cover to choosing the right pricing strategy, each step is critical in its own right. By the end of this guide, you'll be well-equipped with the knowledge to make your children's book a reality. So, are you ready to uncover these seven steps? Let's dive in!

The 7 Key Steps to Self Publishing a Childrens Book on KDP

1. Brainstorm Your Book Idea:
Start by researching existing children's books and conjuring imaginative scenarios that resonate with young readers. Consider relatable characters and emotional themes that can form the core of your story. Test your concept with potential readers to refine your idea and ensure it captures their interest.
  • Research Existing Books: Study popular children's books in your genre to understand what themes and concepts resonate with young readers.

  • Tap into Imagination: Consider imaginative scenarios, relatable characters, and unique twists that can capture children's attention.

  • Incorporate Emotions: Touch on emotions and experiences that children can empathize with, fostering a connection to the story.

  • Test Your Idea: Share your concept with kids, parents, or educators to gauge their reactions and refine your idea.

2. Write Your Story:
Craft a story that introduces well-developed characters and engages readers from the beginning. Maintain a consistent tone while weaving relatable emotions and challenges throughout the narrative. Create suspense by presenting obstacles that characters must overcome, and conclude with a lesson or moral.
  • Define Characters: Develop relatable and multi-dimensional characters that children can connect with emotionally.

  • Craft Engaging Opening: Start with a compelling introduction that immediately draws readers into the story.

  • Maintain Consistent Tone: Keep the tone consistent throughout the story, aligning with the emotions and themes you want to convey.

  • Show, Don't Tell: Use descriptive language to paint vivid images in the reader's mind and immerse them in the story.

  • Create Suspense: Build anticipation by introducing challenges and obstacles that the characters must overcome.

3. Illustrate Your Book:
Collaborate with an illustrator whose style aligns with your story's tone. Work closely to bring characters and settings to life, focusing on visual consistency. Utilize illustrations to enhance storytelling by conveying emotions, actions, and settings in a dynamic and captivating manner.
  • Find the Right Illustrator: Look for an illustrator whose style matches the tone of your story and can bring your characters to life.

  • Collaborate Actively: Work closely with the illustrator to ensure their visuals align with your narrative vision.

  • Visual Consistency: Maintain a consistent visual style throughout the book to create a cohesive reading experience.

  • Visual Storytelling: Illustrations should enhance the text by conveying emotions, actions, and settings in a dynamic way.

4. Edit and Proofread:
Begin by self-editing for grammar and flow, followed by seeking professional editing services to refine the manuscript. Engage beta readers to gather valuable feedback, leading to iterative rounds of revisions. This process ensures a polished and error-free final version.

  • Self-Edit First: Review your manuscript for grammar, spelling, and flow before seeking external feedback.

  • Professional Editing: Consider hiring a professional editor to provide a comprehensive review and suggest improvements.

  • Beta Readers: Share your manuscript with parents, teachers, or young readers to gather insights and identify areas for improvement.

  • Iterative Process: Expect multiple rounds of editing and revisions to refine the story and ensure its quality.

5. Format Your Book for KDP:
Familiarize yourself with Amazon KDP guidelines and format your book accordingly. Pay attention to interior layout, ensuring readability on various devices, and design an appealing cover that encapsulates the story. Test the layout to guarantee a consistent and engaging presentation.

  • Follow KDP Guidelines: Familiarize yourself with Amazon's formatting guidelines and requirements for both text and images.

  • Interior Layout: Format the interior layout to ensure text and illustrations are appropriately aligned and readable on various devices.

  • Cover Design: Design an eye-catching cover that encapsulates the essence of the story and grabs the attention of potential readers.

  • Test the Layout: Preview your book on different devices to ensure it looks consistent and visually appealing.

6. Upload Your Book to KDP:
Once you have signed up for a KDP account, upload your formatted manuscript and cover, and complete essential metadata like title, author, and description. Set pricing and distribution options while adhering to KDP's step-by-step instructions to make your book available for readers.


  • Create KDP Account: Sign up for an Amazon KDP account and set up your author profile.

  • Upload Files: Follow KDP's step-by-step process to upload your manuscript and cover image.

  • Metadata: Fill in accurate metadata, including title, author, description, and relevant keywords to improve discoverability.

  • Pricing and Distribution: Set your book's price and choose distribution options.

7. Promote Your Book:
Build an online presence through an author website and social media profiles to connect with your audience. Importantly, use the POWER of Amazon Advertising (AMS) to really boost the opportunity for custmers to find your book. Enusre you plan out a 'Book Launch Strategy' to give your book every opportunity to be picked up by the Amazon algorithm.

  • Build an Online Presence: Create an author website and social media profiles to connect with your audience.

  • Use Amazon Ads: Your book can be marketed directly to Amazon customers.

  • Establish a Book launch Plan.

Creating and publishing a children's book on Amazon KDP is a great way to showcase your talent and present your message to the world. With proper planning, designing and formatting, you can satisfy and engage your readers while generating multiple income streams but importantly, have a profound positive impact on your readers. Remember to keep your story simple and engaging, format your manuscript correctly, and use Amazon KDP as an avenue to make your book available to millions of readers across the globe. Now that you know it's possible to write and publish your book with Amazon KDP, you no longer need to feel intimidated! With the right resources and guidance, anyone can be a children's book author. So what are you waiting for? Start writing your masterpiece today! And don't forget to check out my Best-Selling course "How to Write, Create and Publish a Standout Children's Book" on If you would like to learn and apply all the steps successfully, this course will make it happen!

How to Write, Create and Publish a Children's Book on Amazon KDP

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Wishing you all the best on your Self-Publishing journey.

Kind Regards,

Romney Nelson - Global Self Publishing

Romney Nelson is an international Best-Selling Author and Best-Selling Course Instructor on Udemy.

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