Tip #9 - Check Your Printed Books: Things I Learned Self-Publishing on KDP

In case you missed my previous posts, I am sharing what I’ve learned as I move forward in the self-publishing process using Amazon's KDP. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, so chime in if you would like to add your expertise.

#9 - Flip through the pages of ALL of your printed books immediately after you receive them. Ask the customers who receive drop shipped books direct to do the same. Have them open a box or two and flip through their books.

I have received several shipments of printed books from KDP with the color scratched off (as if it didn’t adhere to the paper - below), hash marks on the pages (as if the printing equipment scratched the pages), pages bound sideways, and pages with creases that went through the press. The books were nothing like the original proof. KDP replaced the defective books, but the discovery was made by me after I arrived at an out of town conference with the full intention of selling books - too late to have the books replaced.

Keep in mind that KDP does allow for some color variances, such as the blue isn’t quite royal, or the red isn’t as ruby as you would have liked. Don't expect KDP to replace books for that reason. I find that print jobs tend to run darker than what appears on, or prints from, my computer. (See tip #5 about color) - Also, your PDF proof flags problems with the bleed, so pay attention to those and correct whatever is wrong there.

In order to report defects, you will need to email KDP a detailed description of the problem within a week of receiving your books (this is subject to change). Don't wait. Upload any photos to prove your point, and include the number under the barcode on the last page of each book that has a problem. Every book you receive from KDP has a different barcode number assigned to it, which helps KDP identify the printer and print run. KDP may send you a return label and request that your books be returned. They do this so they can analyze the books and improve their systems.

Did you know you can publish your book on Amazon KDP in as fast as a week for no money down? Whether you are just starting to write a book or you’ve finished one and have no idea where to turn, this book will help you get your book launched into the market. For more information about self-publishing using Amazon KDP, check out this book: How to Self-Publish a Children's Picture Book using Amazon KDP (an Overview), ISBN 13: 978-0-9987090-4-8.

Angela Russ is a mom-preneur, children’s author, trainer on the subject of early childhood, and award-winning artist/producer of music for young children. She presents educational strategies to child care providers, parents, and teachers nationwide for AEYCs, R & Rs, and the like. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy and is the sole owner of the Russ InVision record label. For more information on Angela, her workshops and accomplishments you are welcome to visit www.abridgeclub.com. © 2019, Russ InVision. All rights reserved.

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