To catch everyone up: I was offered two eBook agreements by small time post-apocalyptic eBook publishers, and after wrestling with my indecision, I chose not to do either. Stupid, perhaps, but some part of me felt that this was something I had to do alone.
Fast forward to today - I'm in the midst of editing the printed version of my book, after getting it to CreateSpace via Amazon. It's print-on-demand, so there's no cost, just a percentage of your sales. As opposed to publishing houses like AuthorHouse, I think this is totally worth it. Sure other places like AuthorHouse offer a lot of perks, but they're also expensive.
So, without further ado: 5 things I've learned about CreateSpace:
- It's pretty easy to use, but the layout must be exactly to their specs. Don't mess with it, or your book will look amateurish.
- It does require an ISBN number. If you're self published and don't have one yet, get one. It's about $129, and if you go through CreateSpace to get it they'll add it to their distribution list for libraries. Not really relevant for an R-rated book such as Under a Broken Sun, but definitely something I'm going to do with The Timepiece Chronicles.
- NOTE: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing does NOT require an ISBN - they assign an Amazon number regardless. So if you're not planning on printing, don't worry about it.
- However, if you want to protect your work thoroughly, it does help ;)
- I pretty much just added 2 because my teacher always said when outlining every 1 must have at least a 2.
- The cover can be a bit tricky, but if you have the cover for your eBook already prepared, it's not too hard to get it into the format and size CreateSpace requires. Just don't expect a "slam it in" or as the old infomercial used to say, "set it and forget it". It'll take some tweaking.
- The site overall does a good job of walking you through what you need, and letting you know if something doesn't fit or doesn't work.
- Finally, when you get it all complete, for about $12 you can send yourself a PROOF copy to review and edit. I HIGHLY recommend this, one because it's TOTALLY COOL to see your book in soft cover for the first time, and two, it's a lot easier to edit when it's in book form, because you read it like a real book. And if you're like me, you'll find a lot of errors you would've caught in any real book.
That's it for now. In the interest of keeping blogs short, I'll sign off.
Coming up: trouble with my inner child, and how that stopped me from writing, and 10 reasons why I left Apple and switched to Surface Pro 3.
Later on, my writing family!