Print Book Publishing With KDP Or CreateSpace? – Avoid This Mistake!


As a writer you may have many goals, one is usually to see your book in print and many people decide to self-publish these days using Amazon’s print on demand (POD) service, called CreateSpace. Most would be writer’s and authors will use Amazon’s CreateSpace and so will existing Indie Authors.

Although I am the author of 3 Kindle books using Amazon’s KDP system (Kindle Direct Publishing), I have yet to publish a book in print. This year, I decided to get more serious and go into print with my Asexual Perspectives book, as the demand is there. This whole process started in January after the launch of my Kindle version, and is still not over yet! Boy is it tough being a jack of all trades as well as a master of writing to get an indie book published in print!!! Not for the faint hearted – but for the love of writing! My book is non-ficton and Approx 560 pages, so that is why it has taken me longer than predicted to get it out there and just as I think the publish button is near, something else crops up!! Arrrghhh!!

I think it’s good that I write posts that can help you to avoid some of the mistakes I have made, or almost made. One such mistake is using KDP to print instead of CreateSpace! This is one of those, ‘I almost made a big mistake jobbies!!’

KDP is currently in Beta mode for enabling you to publish your Kindle book in print. I kinda like being one of the first for things and it sounded great, just click a button and add your print version for one of your Kindle books!! Easy right? Me being naive to this stuff, thought great, hey presto and out pops a printed version! No. You still have to create a print version cover for your book, and after many hours of playing around with the “cover creator”, and uploading versions that were a muddled up version of the original I did in the KDP Kindle version cover creator, I finally conceded that I would need to pay someone to create the print version of the KDP cover, exactly. Which was not straight forward and that is another whole post entirely!! (Note to self to create that post.)

Thankfully, I am in an awesome book group on Facebook that is run by a six figure Author, (something I can aspire to after becoming a hundredaire and thousandaire Author – and the rest!). Well I am making a little money with books, even if it is not yet a ton! But if you add up all the hours and costs, then it would be a profit loss – well I won’t go into that! Positive mindset is key and my love for writing never dies, so I am onto a winner anyway! I was chatting in this book group through my post and comments and they stopped me from making a huge mistake! They told me that you cannot get discounted author copies while using KDP for print but you can if you use CreateSpace then you can. Thank God I did not hit the publish button yet. So I had to go through the cover upload and interior content upload again using CreateSpace but I registered as a publishing company under Quirky Books and thank goodness I had not used my ISBN yet, so I typed that in. The book had to gain approval and now I am on the proof stage with final edits – yet again, under way!!

From the KDP forum: “CreateSpace will send print proofs to examine before approving the book for sale. They will also sell author copies at a discounted price. AND they will distribute the book to other markets of your choosing. As of now, KDP for Print offers none of those advantages.” Check out this forum thread for more information https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=345180

I hope that helps you in your own Author journey?

As always, stay quirky and write soon xx

QUIRKY BOOKS IS NOW AN OFFICIAL PUBLISHING IMPRINT!


Today, I got my own publishing company imprint ‘Quirky Books’ and that is what the print edition of my Asexual Perspectives book will now go under. OVER 6 years I have waited for this, since starting this blog. This is an awesome, quirky day.

This picture was taken is EuroDisney in 2014, and this month I am going on the biggest self-date ever, to EuroDisney for my birthday. 5 days and 4 nights of quirky bliss, with two nights in London, 1 night before and after.

Always stay quirky, embrace your quirky, and be true to who you are. Never let your sparkle die or your light fade xx

And – write soon xx

INTERPRETER OF DREAMS – BOOK BY B BANU – QUIRKY BOOKS REVIEW BY SANDRA BELLAMY! MADE FOR ME!


 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable book that is life changing and makes you think as if your life depended on it!! Profoundly moving and deep., 20 March 2017
By
B Banu Book Review
Interpreter Of Dreams Book Review
This review is from: INTERPRETER OF DREAMS (Paperback)

I found this book profoundly moving and deep. It’s a miracle in and of itself. It had a profound impact on me. Often echoing my own thoughts and words, that are word for word the same. It’s although the author has written it especially for me, without consciously knowing it, and with a clear message to follow my dreams, even down to the minute detail of pursuing love and a future relationship with my asexual Indian soulmate, whom I have never yet met, but whom I feel I am getting closer to, every single day of my life. I intuitively feel him and have known I have a soulmate from the age of 10, maybe I knew him in a past life or maybe only this, but it gives me hope that he may be looking for me also.

I also have many career goals and aspirations like the girl in this book, and I suffer from some of the same anxieties and disturbances. It’s like the chopping and changing of her mind, that changes her thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions, are similar to my own mind, and with similar consequences, so I really related to her. Although she is physically braver than me. This book is even told in a very unconventional and quirky style – just like my personality is quirky and unconventional. This book makes use of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person viewpoints, and slides in and out of each to change the pace and action. This book has so much truth, wisdom and knowledge in it, that is a credit to the author, who has learnt all of this stuff and interpreted it into a wonderful parable, with so much meaning, thought and emotion.

As a published author of non-fiction books, I tend to read what I like to write, and often fiction does not appeal to me and as such, I do not usually take much value from it, but as this book is a parable, that resonated so much with me, I got tons of value from it. It made me think so much about myself and my life, and I love that!

As a fellow writer, I believe, if just one book I write changes one person’s life in such a significant and powerful way, that it may change it for the better, forever, then my life has been worth living even more and my time has been well spent. Thanks Banu for creating this profound, moving and touching book, that has reached parts of my soul that I did not know was possible to reach. I love this book xx

Buy Banu’s book here:

http://www.amazon.in/INTERPRETER-DREAMS-B-BANU/dp/9385524577

http://power-publishers.com/buy-books/fiction-novels/interpreter-of-dreams-ebook-detail

Connect with Banu https://bbanublog.wordpress.com
bbanunovels@gmail.com

ASEXUAL PRSPECTIVES BOOK IS NOW LIVE ON AMAZON – GRAB YOURSELF A COPY NOW!!


ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES, LOVE, LIFE and SEX, ACElebration of ASEXUAL DIVERSITY! Book!
ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES, LOVE, LIFE and SEX, ACElebration of ASEXUAL DIVERSITY!

 

My Asexual Perspectives, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexuality Diversity book is now live and published on Amazon Kindle. Get your copy here for only £1.99.

In broad terms Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, but what does this actually mean for those who identify with this sexual orientation? And what do asexuals really think of love, life and sex?

Whilst all asexuals have one thing in common – the lack of sexual attraction towards a specific person, we are all different in our likes, needs, wants and dislikes. This can make fitting into the asexual spectrum and finding a suitable relationship difficult.

Right now, there are a number of myths about asexuality and stereotypes – even within the asexual community, about what asexuals do and do not like, should and should not do, and these need to be addressed and broken through!

If you identify as asexual do you –

Struggle to have a voice in this sexualized world?
Feel alone?
Misunderstood?
Misplaced?
Broken?
Left out?
Not recognised?
Have no one to relate to?
Find it difficult to find others like you?
Feel like everyone is speaking a foreign language where sex is concerned?

Or are you unsure of your identity and sometimes get confused and you want to know what asexuals really think of Love, Life and Sex, and what experiences they have had or are having; and how they manage their relationships? If so, then look no further than this book. In this book you will discover asexuals who feel just like you.

In this book I will reveal my own asexual perspective and personal story as well as perspectives from 46 asexuals around the globe; dispelling myths and breaking stereotypes; sharing their own personal journey to help you in yours and with a surprising over-riding message!

In this book you will:

•Learn the asexual perspectives of Aromantics; Heteroromantics; Homoromantics; Panromantics; Grey Aces; Demi-sexual; Biromantic; Agender; Transgender; Polyamorous and many more.

•Uncover Asexuals’ deepest fears, concerns and worries about being asexual.

•Find out possible reasons why, in general, society does not accept asexuality as a sexual orientation in its own right and what we can do about this to change the world!

•Discover what asexuals really believe are the differences between sexual attraction, sexual desire and arousal.

•Find out what asexuals really think of nudity; porn; masturbation; BDSM and kinks.

•Discover what it feels like to have sex as an asexual and how to cope with the sexualized world that we live in.

•Find out what asexuals think about living together, about marriage and about having kids.

•Discover what an ideal asexual relationship would look like and whether asexuals believe a relationship with a sexual would be fair or not.

•Uncover the positives about being asexual.

•Find out what advice asexuals would give to a younger version of themselves regarding asexuality and what advice they would give to others who are just discovering they may be asexual.

I feel truly blessed that all interviewees have been willing to open up and share their most intimate moments, thoughts, feelings and emotions with you. What you are about to read is unique, amazing, interesting, sometimes candidly humorous, fascinating and insightful. This is their story, now it’s their time to tell it.

If you have resonated with any of these points and you want to know more, please invest in this book and scroll up and add to cart!

Heteroromantic, Author Sandra Bellamy is the founder of http://www.asexualise.com, with products, resources and services for asexuals. She sees herself as an ambassador for asexuality and is on a mission to get asexuality recognised as a sexual orientation in its own right throughout the globe so that no asexual has to live in fear of ridicule ever again. By purchasing this book you will gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood sexual orientation and help to spread awareness of asexuality at the same time. We may be small in numbers, but we can still make a huge difference to the world at large and celebrate our diversity.

This is the second part of my two part Asexual Perspectives behind the scenes of my book video series. – What a writer’s life is really like!!

I hope you enjoy reading the book and if you purchase a copy, please leave and honest review!!

Stay quirky

Sandra

ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES BOOK: What is the hardest part of writing a book?


ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES BOOK: What is the hardest part of writing a book? BEHIND THE SCENES PART ONE. What is the hardest part of writing a book? Special Edition Video Series. In this video series I give you a behind the scenes look at what it is really like to be a writer and author. Part Two shows more of the making of the book and my daily routine.

I have been working tons of hours on my Asexual Perspectives book since New Year’s Day!! (Home, day job, book, home, day joy, book!)

I have finally uploaded my Asexual Perspectives book and waiting for Kindle to approve it and then I will be a self-published Author x 3 – but this book will be in print also asap!!

Stay quirky and look out for part two soon!!

Love xx Sandra

Happy New Year 2017!


Happy New Year 2017 Selfie!
Happy 2017 with my Frozen crown!
This was my last meal of 2016. Chicken Chop Suey – With Mixed Vegetables! Sugar/Wheat/Yeast Free

Happy New Year 2017.

“Be The Miracle You Are Waiting For” Quote By Sandra Bellamy Aka Quirky Books!

Love you so much.

What’s in store for 2017?

  • I will be publishing my Asexual Perspectives book very soon. It’s written but editing is still being done.
  • I have a new http://www.facebook/acexualisedating page to go with my Asexual Dating Facebook group for Asexuals who want to date other asexuals and are looking for a serious relationship forever without sex. I only launched this yesterday but plan to expand on this in the future.
  • QuirkyAcademy.com will be turned into an online training centre for Entrepreneurs; Start-ups and Creatives with a focus on body, mind and soul. Taking a holitic view of Entrepreneurship and Embracing Your Quirky!

Wishing you much success, joy and happiness for 2017. Always stay quirky xx and keep being you xx

I Love My Writing Because


I love my writing because it doesn’t lie to me, it doesn’t cheat on me. 

I love my writing because it gives as much as it takes.

I love my writing because it makes me feel happy, fulfilled, and like I’ve achieved something good, even great, in my life!

I love my writing because it makes fantasy a reality!

I love my writing because it brings me closer to myself.

I love my writing because it brings me joy, peace and happiness.

I love my writing because it brings out the best in me.

I love my writing because it makes fairytales a reality.

I would love to be married to my writing because I 100% love it; I know it is fullly committed to me, it brings out the best in me and insists I pay it lots of attention, more so than the housework I hate. It doesn’t moan or complain if the washing up is not done and doesn’t expect me to do it as it would rather spend quality time with me.

Me and my writing are 100% wrapped up in each other, 100% into each other and 100% love each other. One cannot exist and thrive without the other. We are wrapped up in an eternal bliss together, forever and always.

I love my writing because it’s a reflection of me and it’s a part of my soul forever.

I love my writing because it’s always been there for me and never lets me down. Through sad times, happy times, good times and bad times, it’s always been true to me.

I love my writing because it enables me to change lives and fulfil my dreams.

I love my writing because it loves me!
Always stay true to your quirky self and your writing, because it’s worth it and it values your worth in return!

QUIRKY BOOKS WRITER CONFESSES HER ASEXUAL DESIRES IN NATIONAL PRESS!


Confessions of an asexual businesswoman cougar. Quirky Books writer Sandra Bellamy confesses all to the Mirror UK National Press with desires of a teenage romance. Special Edition Video. Read the article here and share it http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/confessions-cougar-repulsed-sex-dreams-9456045