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