So you have written a book, and you have decided to self publish. The problem is you want to sell on Amazon and have your own store front, but you do not want to shell out a large amount of money upfront. Create Space might be an option for you. Create Space is a company owned by Amazon. They help writers, artists, musicians and more make their product available online and through Amazon. Books, CDs, DVDs and other media are created in a “print on demand” format. That means they take their costs out of the payment for the product. Publishing a book with them is quite simple.
How to Publish a Book on Create Space
Of course, the first step is to set up a Create Space account. Go to www.createspace.com. You can enter your personal information and set up an account in just a few minutes. You can create a pen name if you wish too. You do not have to give them your tax information until you actually have royalties due to you.
The next thing you want to do is to make sure you have revised and edited your book to your satisfaction. Remember this is still self publishing. Yes, they have to approve your files, but they are only looking at format. No one at Create Space will be proofreading or editing content.
In order to upload your content onto Create Space, both your interior files (text) and your cover must be in PDF format. If you are using Word 2007, all you need to do is download the patch that allows you to save docx files as PDFs. If you do not, you will need to have PageMaker or another program that will convert your file to a PDF. Before you convert your text, make sure your layout meets the submission guidelines listed on the Create Space website. Probably the easiest way to make your cover is to download the cover template from the website and use it as a guide in Photoshop. Open the template in Photoshop, and then put a layer over the template. Once you have designed the cover, make sure you delete the template layer. Save the cover as a PDF.
Log in to your Create Space account. Go to your Create Space dashboard and click the Add New Title button. This will take you into a form where you will enter your title, page number, and other information. You have the option to have Create Space supply you with an ISBN number. If you have one, you simply just key it in. If you do not, Create Space will provide one for you. Make sure that you have a synopsis and an author bio ready. You have to have your interior files in a PDF, so you know your page count and your specifications.
Once you have entered the title information, it will ask you to upload the interior files and your cover files. This is just like uploading a picture or an attachment on any website. Click on the browse button, find the file, click on it and click open. Once the file name shows up in the upload box, upload the file. Do the same process for the cover file.
After the files are uploaded, it is time to set up the sales information. Based off the type of book, specifications and number of pages, Create Space will tell you how much it will cost you to produce a copy of your book. Based off of this, you can set your price for your book. This is also where you can opt in or out of having your book listed on Amazon.com. It will show you what your royalties will be, based on the price you picked. Your royalties on Amazon.com will be lower than your Create Space E-Store.
After everything is in place, submit the book for review. Create Space will send you an email to let you know if your files have been approved usually within 24 hours. If there are errors with your files, make the corrections as needed. If the files do not need additional work, you are ready to order a proof.
Order a proof of your book from the Create Space website. You will only have to pay the production costs and shipping and handling. Once the proof arrives, check over it very carefully. If additional changes need to be made, make the changes to the files, upload them again and submit the files for review. Once the files are approved again, you will need to order another proof. If the proof meets your standards, you can approve the proof.
Once the proof is approved, your e-store goes live immediately. You may have to wait up to fifteen business days for your book to go live on Amazon.com. Once both your book is available in the e-store and on Amazon.com, you can track your sales through your Create Space dashboard.
Be patient with Photoshop. Creating your cover can be very frustrating if you are not a Photoshop Pro. Make sure you read the submission requirements for the interior files and make the appropriate changes to the margins.