Are you ready to turn your passion for writing into a lucrative career? Then Amazon KDP is the platform you’ve been searching for. With the ability to earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars every month, the potential for financial freedom is within reach. But before earning, you must first open and verify your Amazon KDP account.
Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or even if you’re based in Africa, this article has got you covered. Today, I’ll walk you through a step-by-step process for quickly and easily opening and verifying your Amazon Publishing account. And the best part? Your earnings will be deposited directly into your local bank account.
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Importance of a Verified Amazon KDP Account
🗸 For several reasons, having a verified Amazon KDP account is essential. A verified account first and foremost shows Amazon and its users that you are a reliable and authentic seller. Your visibility and authority on the platform can grow as a result, bringing in additional revenue.
🗸 Additionally, a verified account allows you to receive payments directly to your bank account. This means that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of dealing with third-party payment providers, which can be both time-consuming and costly.
🗸 Another important reason to have a verified account is that it grants you access to the full suite of Amazon KDP features and tools. This includes access to promotional tools, such as the ability to offer your books for free for a limited time, which can help you gain visibility and attract more customers.
In short, a verified Amazon KDP account is essential in making the most of your earning potential on the platform. So, don’t delay, and take the time to verify your account today!
Preparation Before Opening the Amazon Publishing Account
Before diving into the process of opening an account, it’s important to have a few things prepared in advance.
- Valid email: You will need to use an email to register for the Amazon KDP account.
- Phone number: You will need to provide a phone number to receive notifications and updates about your account and for security purposes.
- Bank details: Make sure that the name on your bank account matches the name you used to register for the Amazon KDP account. This is important because if the names do not match, you will not be able to withdraw your earnings.
- Foreign account: You’ll need a US account to receive payments because Amazon KDP is a US-based company. A Payoneer, Geegpay, or Grey account can be used. You can check my previous article on how to create a Grey account if you don’t already have one. This ensures that the account number bears your original name, making verification easy.
- Business information: If you plan to publish books under a business name, you will need to provide details about the business. This could include the business name, address, and tax information.
It is important to have all the necessary information and documents ready before you begin the process of opening an Amazon KDP account. This will make the process quick, smooth, and hassle-free.
Creating the Amazon KDP Account
Creating an Amazon KDP account is easy, and you can do it in a matter of minutes. Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to Amazon KDP’s official website (kdp.amazon.com)
- Click on the “Sign up” button and you will be redirected to the sign-in page, hit the “Create your KDP account” button.
- Fill in your personal information such as your name, email address, and password. Make sure that the name you provide matches the details on your bank account to avoid any issues with verification and payment.
- Then, tap the “Create your KDP account” button to continue.
- Amazon will send One Time Password (OTP) to the email address you used to create your account. Use the OTP to verify your new account.
- Read and agree to the terms and conditions of Amazon KDP.
- Click on the “Create Your Amazon KDP Account” button and you’re done!
Your account has now been created, but it has not been verified yet. You can see at the top of the page, it says “Your account information is incomplete.”
To verify your account, you will need to provide additional information, such as your tax information and US bank details.
Verifying Your Amazon KDP Account
Verifying your Amazon KDP account is the most important part of the process. The verification process is what determines if you will be able to receive payments from Amazon or not. Here are the steps to follow to verify your Amazon KDP account:
- Go to the top where you have “My Account,” or “Update Now,” and tap on it the link.
- Two-step Verification will pop up, change it to your country code (e.g. +234), and enter the phone number where you would like to receive the One Time Password. An OTP will be sent to you, input it and then click “Continue.”
- Complete your profile information: You need to fill in your full name, contact address, City, State, Postal code, and your real country or region, e.g. Nigeria. This information will be used to identify you and to process payments.
- Add payment information: Scroll down, and you will see where it says “Getting Paid”. To receive payments from Amazon, you need to add a payment method. It is not your Nigerian bank account, you can add a Payoneer, Geegpay, or Grey USD, GBP, and Euro accounts. How did you obtain this? Refer to the link I provided in the “Preparation Before Opening the Amazon Publishing Account” section of this content.
- Tax information: The next is to fill in the tax information. If you are not in Europe or US, any money you make on Amazon, you’re going to be taxed at a whopping 30% based on all that income. What this means is if your revenue is $100, Amazon is going to take a tax of $30 from your $100. If you make $1,000, they will remove $300. That’s what it means, and if you don’t fill it out, you cannot get paid, so it’s important to do so. How do you do this?
When you click “start,” it will ask what is your tax classification. Select “Individual”. Are you a U.S. citizen? Select “No”. Are you acting as an intermediary agent? Select “No”, and then that should auto-fill your address because you have filled that in already. You must enter your country of citizenship.
Then, you will need to fill in your non-US TIN value, but if you are in Africa or Nigeria, you may not have it, so what do you do?
Simply write ten random digit numbers or ten zeros; that’s all there is to it.
- After that, you click on “Continue” and then scroll down, and you will see Tax Treaty Benefits, the truth is that some countries are tax treaties and they can waive this for them, and for people like the UK, they are treaties, and it can be waived. For you in Africa, it is not waived, you have to pay that money if you don’t know your way.
- On the “Signature” box, tick the option “I certify that I have the capacity to sign for the person identified on line 1 of this form,” then, sign by writing your full name and then, click “Save and Continue”.
- The “Tax Information Interview” summary will pop up, then click “Submit Form” to finish.
Wait for Amazon to verify your information: Amazon will take a few days to verify your information. They will let you know if there are any issues with your account. If there are no issues, your account will be verified and you will be able to receive payments from Amazon.
It is important to follow these steps carefully to ensure that your Amazon KDP account is verified successfully. With a verified account, you will be able to receive payments from Amazon without any issues.
You can exit this page. Now you have created an Amazon KDP account!
Following Up on Verification Status
It’s crucial to check the status of your verification request once you’ve submitted it to make sure everything is proceeding as planned. Here are some tips for checking the status of your verification:
- Check your email: Amazon will send you a confirmation email once your account has been verified. To make sure you don’t miss any crucial updates, frequently check your inbox and spam folder.
- Log into your Amazon KDP account: You can also check the status of your verification by logging into your account. Look for a message that says your account has been verified or look for a message that says your verification is still in progress.
- Contact Amazon support: Do not hesitate to contact Amazon support if you have any questions or worries regarding your verification status. On the Amazon KDP website, you can discover their contact details.
- Be patient: Verifying an Amazon KDP account can take several days or even weeks, so it’s important to be patient while waiting for your account to be verified. In the meantime, you can start preparing your content and making plans for your future Amazon KDP endeavors.
Troubleshooting Common Issues
Although creating and verifying an Amazon KDP account can appear simple, a few typical problems might occur. We’ll discuss some of the most typical problems you could run into in this area, along with advice on how to fix them.
- Email Verification: Make sure to often check your inbox, especially the spam folder. Your account creation email address will get a verification email from Amazon. Please check your spam folder if you haven’t got the email.
- Bank Account Information: Before submitting it, make sure your bank account information is accurate. Verify that the data is correct and current. Even if there was a mistaken letter in the name, you can have difficulties getting payments if the bank information is inaccurate.
- Account Suspension: Amazon KDP has strict policies to protect its customers. If your account is suspended, it may be because you violated one of these policies. To resolve this issue, contact Amazon KDP Support and follow their instructions.
- Payment Issues: If you’re having trouble receiving payments, you may need to verify your bank account information or contact Amazon KDP Support. They’ll be able to provide more information on why your payments are not being received.
By following these tips, you should be able to resolve some common issues that may arise while opening and verifying your Amazon KDP account. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out to Amazon KDP Support for additional assistance.
It makes sense to be anxious to start publishing books and making money once you have a verified Amazon KDP account in your hand. But let’s stand back and consider the overall picture. There is much more to learn on this path than just writing books. Keep an eye out for my next articles in which I will share with you a comprehensive guide on how to succeed in the Amazon KDP journey. Don’t miss a beat, be sure to follow Shelaf’s daily updates for all the latest tips and tricks.
Amazon Publishing is one of the most passive ways you can make money online from a job you do once, and it pays you over and over. With a verified account in hand, the sky’s the limit. So go ahead and take the leap—you won’t regret it!
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