It seemed like perfect timing – a day after I wrote a post about writing a tween novel with my kids, Amazon announced that self-publishers on the KDP platform can now set up pre-orders for their books. The press release landing in my inbox with an thud this very morning:
We’re excited to announce that you can now make your new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. With a few quick and easy steps you can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of your book’s release date–your pre-order product page will be created within 24 hours. When you make your book available for pre-order, customers can order the book anytime leading up to the release date you set. We will deliver it to them on that date.
One advantage of using pre-order is that you can start promoting your Kindle book pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your personal website, and other places ahead of its release to help build excitement for your book. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising ahead of release, which can help more readers discover your book.
Visit your KDP Bookshelf to set up your new book for pre-order.
- The pre-order option is built into the normal “create a new book” process, so this should be available to all new KDP books, as far as I can tell.
- You need to import at least a draft manuscript for your book before you can proceed (I thought this was a little odd), although you can clearly mark it as such so it won’t be released by mistake.
- Give yourself plenty of time when you set your publish date. If, for example, you set your publish date as Jan 1, the platform will give itself five days or so leeway to process the file, and demand that you upload your final manuscript by December 26. If you miss that date, you’re banned from using the pre-order function for 12 months. Eek!
- Everything else is exactly the same, so you’ll be in familiar territory.