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Making a Webcomic Book on Amazon Part 3 - Tom Ray's Art Podcast

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This is the last in a 3 part series I've been doing about publishing my webcomics as print-on-demand books on Amazon. I thought I would share this on the art podcast as I'm doing the setup for my fourth book this year.

In the previous episode, I shared how my webcomic transformed from something I was just posting on my website, to a thing that I could find multiple uses for at once.

In this episode, I go over the actual publishing process using Amazon KDP to make the book and what the royalties are after Amazon takes out the printing cost from the sale price of the book.

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