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

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How To Get Started With Twitter – 5 Star Review


So lately I decided to go back to my roots and follow my dream career of having my own ebook store full of my own ebooks as I literally live and breathe writing, it’s simply a part of who I am and I cannot, not do it. – I actually bought my virtual ebook shop template years ago – some of you may remember quirkybooks.net, but I did not have books to put on it. Last year I finally self-published my book that took me two and a half years to write and this Twitter book took me far less time too write, and has been selling well, it’s only 99p, so it’s not surprising.

How to Get Started With Twitter
How To GET STARTED WITH TWITTER For Absolute Beginners GET GOING AND GET GROWING A Step-By-Step Guide Kindle Edition

My new Twitter book received it’s first review that is 5 Stars and I wanted to share it with you, so happy right now that those long hours of work have paid off and thanks for sticking with me while I was off here for a while working on it.

I bought Sandra Bellamy’s book. I wanted to really … 19 April 2016
By Viviana Vitarelli – Published on Amazon.com
“I bought Sandra Bellamy’s book. I wanted to really get 100% out of my Twitter account. It tackles all of the basics but as you keep reading there’s so much more to it. If you’re starting out Sandra ‘s book will allow you to start twitting and above all getting the most out of it.”

Available on Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1MGohqL

Amazon USA http://amzn.to/1Wd0eRK

‘My Asexual Perspectives, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Diversity’ book, is a huge project, and for the next 2-3 months is going to be a main focus for me. I have by overwhelmed in an awesome way, with the many fantastic interview responses I have received so far – it’s truly going to be a life changing book for asexuality and for the individuals who are contributing to it.

I also have plans to write many more books – I already started work on my next non-asexual non-fiction book called ‘How To Survive On Little Or No Sleep,’ For Those Who Can’t, Don’t, Or won’t’ – I think I am well qualified to write this one, and a guy on Twitter already said he wants to buy it when I just told him the title of it – he knows I don’t sleep much and wants to be able to sleep less and get more out of life!!

Keep rocking YOUR stuff, doing YOUR thing, living YOUR dreams and YOUR passions – it’s an exciting time when anything awesome could happen. Love you all dearly. Sorry I am not getting around blogs much – I am also currently finishing building my asexualise.com site that is to be launched soon. Exciting stuff! xx

PS. It’s my birthday this weekend (Sun) and I am actually having two days off from work to celebrate ( Sat and Sun) with two amazingly full day, day trips out, with two good friends – can’t wait! Bristol Zoo with a friend on Saturday – yes again, love it, and two movies. Then on Sun I am off to Plymouth aquarium with another friend and seeing my parents – Seeing a friend for an early celebration after work tomorrow!

It’s Chestnut’s second birthday on Saturday – day before mine, but as I am away almost the whole day, I will most probably celebrate it with her on Friday – time for a piggie video I think!

Stay quirky! And – Write soon xx

 

BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF REDUNDANCY BOOK COVER EXCLUSIVE – PUBLISH BUTTON HIT!


Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Cover
Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Cover Exclusive

BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF REDUNDANCY BOOK COVER EXCLUSIVE – PUBLISH BUTTON HIT!

I have some exciting news and a Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book cover exclusive, especially for you. After what would seem like 11 attempts to reformat my Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy book for Kindle, and all of the problems I have had with incorrect code, faulty template, and tonight the original manuscript orange colour for the hyperlinks vanishing – all but 3 pages; I finally decided to just go for it and hit the Save and Publish button. Now I have to wait for up to 72 hours to see if it’s approved. Then I will be officially a published author and my dream will be realised. Well – The first one. The dream of my life to date. Of course there is more to come and I cannot wait. This is the start of my new life forever and I am going to love every minute of fulfilling my destiny and doing what I was born to do.

This is my first Quirky Book – I cross two genres; an A-Z guide with a ‘How-to’ book, that I don’t think has ever been done before – Unless you know otherwise?

What do you think of the cover???

Here is my book page: www.facebook.com/breakthroughthebarriersofredundancybook It would be super cool if you would like it. I would love to get my total to 100 Likes. I currently have 71, and you can keep up-to-date with all of my latest news on that page.

Thank you so much for being on my journey into print – even if it is electronic print at the moment – which is the way things are headed. I tried to upload the full cover, but it was a mammoth file size, so you have the thumbnail enlarged a little instead.

I love you all to bits and I thank you for being with me, getting to know me and my quirks, and for being part of my fantastic blog family.

Keep embracing your quirky, stay positive and write soon

(Author) Sandra (Bellamy) – That’s an exclusive too.

10 Reasons Why Self Belief is Good for You


Hi Everyone.

If you have been reading my Blog and website quirkybooks.net, you may think deciding to self publish my own book by starting up my own publishing company is either brave, stupid or just darn right crazy.  Either way, I value your opinion and appreciate your feedback.

The fact is, I will not let anything stop me, not in the long term. Sure there will be problems to overcome, obstacles to step over and lots of skills to learn but I will feel better for having done it and I am committed to believing in my own capabilities.

You see, there is a lot than can be said for believing in yourself.  The benefits can be immense and I would like to share some of those with you right now.

1)  Your confidence will increase.

2)  You will achieve more.

3)  You will be more accepting towards constructive critisism.

4)  You will become a stronger person.

5)  You will be able to disregard people who make malicious comments and put             you down.

6) You will have a stronger sense of purpose in your life by knowing who you are.

7)  You will be a happier person.

8)  You will have more structure to your life by defining your goals.

9)  When you believe in yourself, so will others.

10)  You will become a more positive person, which is good for both your                          physical and mental well being.

One final thought…….Believe in yourself, the only person who can make you truly happy, is you, for their is no one else who knows you better.

Good luck and B E L I E V E.

Write soon.

Sandra

quirkybooks.net

Twenty Reasons Why You Should Self Publish


Hi Everyone

Thank you for continuing to join me on my wonderful journey of the written word.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

As you can see from my previous blogs, I am a great believer in self publishing. But why?  I hear you ask.

Let me enlighten you with my twenty reasons why you should self publish.

1)  You have overall control over the layout of your book.

2)  You can choose your own illustrator.

3)  You can work with your illustrator to come up with designs you both feel are            suitable for your story.

4)  You have control over how you publicise your books.

5)  You choose how much you are going to sell your books for.

6)  You have control over your profit and loss.

7)  You will gain more contacts for your future business which could lead to                   other publishing opportunities.

8)  You can increase your design skills.

9)  You will achieve personal satisfaction.

10)  You will never be bored as you will always have projects on the go.

11)  It will give you a sense of purpose.

12)  You will produce a product which will bring happiness to others.

13)  You can give new talent a platform to work from.

14)  You can decide on the design of your book cover.

15)  You can produce a product which may help people.

16)  It will give you a sense of great achievement.

17)  You can offer insight to the reader.

18)  It will increase your self-confidence.

19)  It will increase your self belief.

20)  You can absorb yourself in your own imagination.

You will notice I didn’t say, to make money.  Publish your writing for the love of it and you won’t go far wrong.

Write soon.

Sandra

quirkybooks.net