When self-publishing, it is vital your book is comparable to traditionally-published books.
Because the reader is looking for a professional product. They don’t want to find mistakes (grammar, spelling), and they don’t want to feel they are buying something that only one person may have worked on. A traditional book is professionally proofread, copy-edited, final edited, and formatted. It is then given a professional cover and printed properly.
As a self-publisher, you must appear to be a professional. Therefore, the front material of your book should look similar, and provide the same info, as a traditionally published book.
This article from BookBaby has great info on what that should be and what it should look like. Click here.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) recently announced changes to their publishing program. One of them is placing images in documents which has been a challenge in the past. Here’s their announcement:
“We are excited to announce the availability of Early Access features for Kindle Create. With Early Access you can opt-in to try out pre-release features and provide feedback.
The first Kindle Create Early Access features include:
- Image support: Support for sizing and placement of images in your books. You can now insert, resize and delete images in your book and use alignment options to place them in the way that best suits the theme of your book.
- Guided View for comics (Windows only): You can now import a PDF Comic book, create panels, specify mask color for Guided view transitions, and preview instantaneously.
You can enable Early Access by following the prompts after you update to Kindle Create 1.7. You can also enable or disable it at any time by going to Settings and once you’ve tried out the feature, you can share your feedback by going to Help->Provide Feedback. Your feedback on Early Access features will help us make improvements before launching these features to all authors.”
Draft2Digital is one of our promotion partners, allowing books to be sold in various formats (Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Nobel, Nook, etc.) They are constantly updating their site to improve their service to authors. Here’s a recent one about Author pages.