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  • Writer's pictureJohn Lim

MF 248 : Setting up your self-publishing account early

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

On this quick bonus episode, I talk about setting your self-publishing account on KDP and why you may want to get it out of the way early. More at

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[NOTE: the books mentioned in this episode are out of print. For more, check out episode 388.]

Self-publishing housekeeping: set up your account early

As an addendum to yesterday’s episode, in which we covered setting up your book website domain and social media accounts early, you may want to set up your KDP account (or other self-publishing platform account) early as well. The process is fairly straightforward but requires some important information including Tax ID (LLC or Corporation or individual) and bank account information for depositing proceeds. If you’re doing a pre-order, you’ll definitely need to set up your account early but it’s a good idea regardless so it’s one less thing to worry about when it comes time to upload your files and publish your book.


Scrivener (available for Mac, Win, IOS) is a book writing program that auto formats for self-publishing on Amazon’s KDP and other platforms. It’s a great tool with rich features that allow co-writers to collaborate through Dropbox. Scrivener has a bit of a learning curve but I’ve been a fan since 2017 and have talked to many authors who use it as their go-to. If you’re interested in Scrivener, you can use the coupon code MOVINGFORWARD to get 20% off your purchase (for Mac or Win). It’s a one-time license fee and available for Mac, Win, IOS.

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[NOTE: the books mentioned in this episode and in the book writing series are out of print. I am leaving these episodes mostly as is and strictly for informational and instructional purposes only. I have retracted my story from the book discussed in this episode and its sequel with full reservation of my copyright. For more, check out episode 388.]

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