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Author Resources: Self-Publishing Platforms

Updated: Jan 8

Trying to figure out which publishing platform or platforms to use as a new author tackling self-publishing? Let me help!

This post will walk you through the details of the most commonly used platforms: Ingram Spark, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Draft2Digital.

I’ll also throw in some bonus tips for other platforms.

Disclaimer: All of this is from my own experience, research, and bitching sessions with other authors. I am not claiming to be an expert in literally anything, and if you think I am an expert, you are wrong. This is not intended to be advice, or to tell you what you should do. I’m simply presenting a consolidated guide of all the research I’ve done.

Check out my other Author Resources blog posts as well. And if you’re looking for something specific, let me know!


Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, is probably the most popular publishing platform for self-published authors. It’s run directly through Amazon and allows your books to be put up for sale in various formats on Amazon and all of its international stores. KDP can do eBook and paperbacks, and they now have an option for a case laminate only hardcover.


KDP allows you to put your Kindle eBook up for preorder up to a year in advance. At this time, KDP does not allow preorders for other formats. Meaning, if you plan to publish your paperback through KDP