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the goal is to help the client market their Book, Blog, or Business to the very best of their ability. One of the best ways for me to do this, is to share tips with my clients, so that they can define the services I provide them, to better meet their needs.
This afternoon I’m happy to bring you an instructional article concerning how to best purchase copies of your books from KDP written by author David Dvorkin.
After doing some checking, I understand the process is now accessible to blind users.
Thank you David for taking the time to share these instructions with all of us.
Readers, if you find this article helpful please do write to let us know, and if you like, please feel free to share the information with your writer friends.
Also, be certain to continue reading after the article to learn of David’s latest work.
Instructions for Ordering Your Books from Amazon at the Author’s Price
from David Dvorkin of DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services
Note: I have sent a version of these instructions to many of our clients before. Amazon has changed the way it’s done a bit, fortunately by making the process somewhat more accessible, so the following instructions replace what I sent before. I’ve also put all of the following on the DLD Books website at the following URL
If Amazon changes the process again, I’ll try to keep that Web page updated.
Here are the instructions.
You can buy copies of the print edition of your book directly from Amazon at a special, low author’s price. You don’t get royalties for these copies, and copies bought this way don’t affect the book’s Amazon sales rank.
Here’s how to do it.
First, log into your KDP account. This uses the same login information as your Amazon account, but you have to use this URL
Once you are logged in, you should be on what’s called your Bookshelf. If you are not on the Bookshelf page, click the link labeled Bookshelf near the top of the page. That will take you to your Bookshelf.
On the Bookshelf you will see all of your books listed. For each book, on the left are the book’s cover and title. To the right of the book’s cover and title is the word Paperback. To the right of that is a rectangular gray button labeled Order author copies. Click on that button.
You’ll probably be asked to log in again. I suppose this is a safeguard.
Once you have logged in again, you’ll be on a page for ordering author’s copies. You can enter the number of copies, and you also have to choose your Amazon marketplace. That refers to the Amazon site that you normally use. For example, if you’re in the US, you’ll choose Amazon.com. If you’re in Germany, you’ll choose Amazon.de.
Once you’ve done all of that, click on the yellow button labeled Submit Order.
What follows is similar to ordering anything else on Amazon. When you’re done, you’re told that the copy or copies you ordered will show up in your Amazon shopping cart. Sometimes, they show up there immediately, but usually it takes a few hours. You should get an e-mail telling you when they do. You can wait for that e-mail, or you can periodically check your Amazon shopping cart. Once the book’s copies are in your shopping cart, you will complete the order in the way you normally do on Amazon.
Note that the shopping cart is part of Amazon itself, not KDP, so here I’m talking about logging into Amazon itself at https://www.amazon.com
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, it doesn’t apply in this case. You have to pay shipping, and the books usually take a while to get to you.
Editing and self-publishing services: http://www.dldbooks.com
MORE ABOUT DAVID DVORKIN AND HIS WORK…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11:
When We Landed on the Moon: A Memoir
by David Dvorkin
In e-book ($2.50) and paperback ($8.50) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
Details, cover, buying links, and free text preview: http://www.dvorkin.com/moonland/
In September 1967, I started working at NASA in Houston, at what was then called the Manned Spacecraft Center. I worked on Apollo missions. In November 1971, I left NASA and moved to Denver to work on the Viking Mars lander project at Martin Marietta Corporation.
By the time I left NASA, Apollo was winding down. Manned spaceflight beyond Earth orbit was dying. There would be no lunar bases or missions to Mars. In a mere four years, the future had died. Fifty years later, I still can’t shake the sadness.
Of course the “We” in the title of this book is not literal. Only the handful of men who have actually been on the moon can talk about “when we landed on the moon” and mean it literally. I’m using “we” in a general sense, to refer to all of the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo Project, to all of America, and to the entire human race.
As the plaque on the side of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module descent stage, which still stands on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility, proclaims: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
This is the story of my part in Apollo.
On the cover:
The top photo shows the ascent stage of the lunar module as it rose from the moon to rendezvous with the command module so the astronauts could return to Earth. This was the part of the mission that I worked on. The bottom photo shows some of the people in the control room and their monitors at the moment that the lunar module touched down on the lunar surface during Apollo 11.
About the author:
David Dvorkin worked for more than 40 years in aerospace, as a computer programmer, and as a technical writer. He is the author of 29 published books, both fiction and nonfiction, including three Star Trek novels. He estimates that over 800,000 copies of his books have been sold since the late 1970s. Since 2009, David and his wife, Leonore, have been running DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. David’s website is http://www.dvorkin.com/