How to self publish your e-books on Amazon

My first attemps to convert my Cookbook into an e-book was not easy. I started on Amazon Kindle but found the instructions very complicated. There was too much information there, which gave me a headache each time I started reading it.

After reading many tutorials and forum threads, someone mentioned on the Amazon forum that there is a great tutorial on Smashwords and they were absolutely right. If you follow their instructions it is 100% guaranteed that you will succeed to publish your e-book.

However Amazon is AMAZON!!!!, if you know what I mean and who wouldn’t want to be visible on one of the biggest sites on the web?

I know I did and I finally made it a couple of days ago and now my e-cookbooks are available on all Amazon stores!!

If you want to self publish here is a synopsis of what I have learned during the course of self publishing my e-cookbook Volume 1 and Volume 2 and if the information provided is incomplete, you can also download and find more information on the Kindle Publishing Guide:

A. Prepare your manuscript

  • Make a list of all the recipes you want to include. Arrange them either in alphabetical order or sort them into categories.
  • Add the recipes from your files or blog.
  • When done, highlight everything with Control A to copy content. Open Notepad and left shift or Control V to paste content. This will remove any formats or links.
  • Open a new word document and Save As .doc (not docx)
  • Prepare a Table of Content and add links.
  • Do not add page numbers, headers or footers or symbols.
  • Use Styles to format your document. Do not use a font size bigger than 14.
  • Do not use more than one line breaks. If you want to change a line do not press enter more than once.
  • After each recipe use a Page Break and add a link to your Table of Content.

B. Adding photos

  • Do not copy paste a picture but add each picture from Insert / Picture.
  • Do not resize it by dragging the picture from the corners. Resize your photos on Photoshop, Picassa or Gimp. The image should be a minimum 500 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high.
  • In the member’s area of the Kindle Desktop Publishing website there is a tutorial for formatting your manuscript document. Read through that document and follow the directions to make sure that your e-book displays properly.
  • Make sure that you carefully edit and proofread your book’s manuscript before you upload it.
  • Prepare you Book Cover.

C. Create a free account on the Kindle Desktop Publishing platform

Go to KDP/Amazon and sign up for a free publisher account.

D. Create your profile

Create your profile on Author Central

E. Publish your e-book

Write a concise and compelling description of your e-book and upload it to the Kindle Store. Last step: set your price, “Save and Publish” and if you have done everything correct you are now an AA, no not that kind of AA but an Amazon Author.

I used to think that you needed a Kindle device to read Kindle e-books but found out after publishing that you can download Kindle Cloud, which is a free application where you can read kindle books on your browser, even if you are not online.

Hope my article was useful to you but if you need more help, do not hesitate to contact me.

On a last note, if you have already purchased my book in print, my e-book on Smashwords or you have won a copy or it was sent to you as a gift or if you intend to buy one in the future, PLEASE write a sincere review.  You know that reviews are helpful to potential buyers, so please take a minute and write your review either on AMAZON or on SMASHWORDS.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!


Not many people open their book to people to see what’s inside, but I am very proud of my book and have nothing to hide.

This blog is to introduce you to my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste, which I self-published in December 2010.    Although all the recipes have been published on my blog Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality, it would be very difficult to search and find every single recipe, so I have done this job for you by posting the pictures of the recipes and placing links where you can see what each recipe is about.

Although I wanted to add more information and recipes in the cookbook, this was not possible as the cost became too high, so you will find more information than what is included in a 158 pages book, by reading the blog posts I have already posted on my blog and I shall be adding more Cypriot recipes here.

The book includes 150 of the most popular Cypriot traditional dishes as well as a small sample of my own recipes, always based on the principles of the Mediterranean Diet.

I have named my cookbook “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste”.    Mint & Cinnamon are predominant flavours in almost all Cypriot savoury dishes and Cinnamon & Blossom water in most of our desserts.   For those of you who do not know Greek, “kopiaste” is a polite way of inviting somebody to come in and literally means “make an effort to” but it is also synonymous to “welcome”. We say “kopiaste” when we want to invite someone in our house, to share our food with or when we open our house to friends and invite them to come and make themselves at home. So in my way I am inviting you to step inside my kitchen and to taste my recipes as I will share with you all my recipes and all my “little” secrets.

I am currently working on my second cookbook which will include authentic Greek recipes and more of my own and recipes.

If you like healthy Greek food, I am sure that this book will satisfy you to the utmost.

Order your copy now!


Here are what the people who have bought the book have said:

History, Health and Happiness, by Andrew Iakovou (Australia)

As a Cypriot Australian living in Australia, I struggled for years to find Traditional village recipes that were lost with my Grandmother. This seems to be the plite of Cypriots and Greeks worldwide.
Ivy recognised this need and set about over many years compiling a Recipe book unlike I’ ve seen from Greece or Cyprus.
On most recipes you receive a small history lesson on the meal, before a comprehensive list of ingredients and very simplistic directions.
Ivy had pictures and easy to follow steps with pictures most of the time to keep you on track.I Love my cooking but consider myself a dud baker with a bad oven and yet i succeeded in making some amazing dishes with Ivy’s helping hand.
Ivy has her own website where she helps us out with anything we may get stuck on.
The Book is beautifully written, the pictures are clear and the writing is easy to read while racing around the kitchen!
I recommend this book to anybody looking to to explore an amazing diverse culture through its 10,000 years of cooking history, or those looking to step back into Yayyas Kitchen again.
Kali Orexi


An Exciting Trip through Taste, by Eftychia – Cyprus

This cookbook was a present from my husband.

Very well written, Ivy gives details about: preparation time, cooking time and portions which makes it easier for the user of the book to get organized. At the end of the book there are several traditional dessert recipes which make the content of this book even more exciting.

Each recipe is preceded by a beautiful color photograph of the prepared dish. There are recipes which include some step by step photos as well. Ivy also writes a small narrative in all recipes explaining exactly what each recipe is about, and the traditional origin behind it.

I would recommend this cookbook for everyone who wants to make an interesting trip through taste!


Fabulous Book, by George – United Kingdom

I was looking for a book with Greek recipes to gift to my wife. I found this book by chance, it looked good and I decided to buy it. It was amazing. It has so many greek (and cypriot) recipes and what my wife tried to cook so far were delicious. She also told me that the cooking instructions were easy to follow. I’ve read from other reviews that the author has a blog, which I am very curious to discover.

I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in delicious food!


Cookbook by Ivy, the lovely Greek lady, by Lisa  – Canada

Ivy did a lovely job of creating this self published cookbook and has kindly offered to help me out with mine. Lots of photos and if you want to know about traditional Greek cuisine, then you will want this book. Meat eaters and vegetarians and vegans won’t be lacking for inspiration in the kitchen. Lots of helpful tips and advice from one of my favorite home cooks. Thanks Ivy for your efforts.


This is the best Cypriot Cookbook ever!!, by Lisa H  –  Austria

I thought the cover looked very attractive and interesting. As soon as I saw it I had a huge appetite to start cooking.

I have been a fan of Ivy’s blog for a few years and whatever I cooked from her blog was a great success, so I did not hesitate a moment to buy her cookbook. Ivy is Cypriot of origin so she knows Cypriot cuisine better than anyone else as she has been cooking Cypriot food since she was a child as she tells us in her book.

Each recipe is preceded by a beautiful color photograph of the prepared dish. In some recipes, I’ve seen some step by step photos as well. What a great thing for a cookbook to have!

The recipes are very well written and the directions are easy to follow, best of all the ingredients are readily available from any grocery store and she gives them both in the U.S. and metric system. For a few Cypriot products used, Ivy makes sure to give some substitutes.

I have the book in my hands for only a week and have cooked a few recipes over the holidays. A huge success with my family who were very satisfied with the outcome.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Cypriot Cuisine, which is a blend of healthy Greek food but where you will also see the influences of other cultures as well, especially Middle Eastern.

A perfect gift for newlyweds and anyone interested in cooking up full bodied wholesome meals!


Thank you all for the great reviews and hope that many more people will buy the book.

Order your copy now!

“Kali Orexi” (Bon Appétit) and hope that you will enjoy all my recipes.