Should You Self-Publish Your Book With CreateSpace?
There is a lot of opportunity left in the self-publishing world, but the time where there was a lot of growth- or competition has past. Most self-published authors, myself included, have looked into many of the companies who are, or have been, a player to self-published authors. After careful consideration, I self-published my paperback version with CreateSpace.
I also published my book on Kobo and on Kindle, and have seen repeatable sales for both. I decided to price them both at 99 cents, and have been pleased with the book sales. On the paperback front, my sales are strong provided I am doing author book signings, and spending time writing other books which will be self-published.
You can also self-publish with CreateSpace if you live outside of the United States- in countries such as the UK or the rest of Europe- and have it distributed by them through the various Amazon websites, a quick book to read is Self Publishing Success With Kindle & Createspace who deals with such issues. It’s a process though which is both professional and personal, you need to be confident in your market and you’ll need to be willing to grow and expand as needed. I found this Kindle through the Amazon.co.uk website, but the ideas remain the same. I am working with a co-author on the next book, and feel confident in what I have learned.
For these books, this upcoming one and the ones I write in the future, I will be using CreateSpace again, because it is one I feel most comfortable with- and I’m confident in my abilities to market and to work hard. I don’t advise people to use other companies such as Xlibris or iUniverse or AuthorHouse because I found their offers and choices of packages too expensive and restrictive. Some authors find them to be useful and they like the experiences they had. An author I spoke with, who had published using AuthorHouse found them professional, but she has a harder time selling her book at a price point that will make her a profit.
However, it is not the book creating her difficulties, she also admits she finds the writing more fun than the author book signings. Without enthusiasm for a book, it is hard to sell anything to anyone. The passionate writer and marketer and publisher (or whichever hat you have on now) means there is more chance for success. Living a Life of Writing as a blog and my own YouTube channel only have success because it’s updated regularly and with passion.
Should you self-publish your book with CreateSpace? Yes, based on my experience with my own book I recommend them if you are willing to pay for any extra pieces needed to publish a professional looking book another book published by CreateSpace is Transylvanian Superstitions. You will also need to pay attention to your brand- you the author.
While I don’t suggest you focus your money on how things look, I recommend working with someone who understands the need to make certain the interior is correct. That being said, don’t assume that since there are many free services, you can create a professional looking book without some challenges.
You should publish your book, and want to have the best of both worlds, you should consider using Amazon’s CreateSpace if you have a mid level experience with book publishing. If you are more experienced, you should try using Lighting Source, although there you might face the challenge of maintaining a good standing with Amazon, because on occasion some of the books are listed as shipping from 4-6 weeks, which can ruin a sale very quickly in the light of the modern ‘I need the book now.’ Some people need a book now, and although the shipping times are the same, there is the chance that people will view it differently when choosing to purchase a book.