Simple Steps to Using Amazon’s Publish on Demand Create Space

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What? Publish a book on paper?

If you’re a writer, author, ghostwriter who’s had enough of puzzling through the miasma of digital publishing options and needs a break, why not think about making a book avaialble in paper? No, really, print-on-demand with Amazon Create Space is quick, easy, and can be free if you don’t get carried away. You can use it as an interesting market test to see how your book will appeal to people if they have to pay regular prices and shipping—all you need to get started is a clean, well-formatted pdf copy of your book and some quality cover art. I’ll show you how to jump on this potential revenue stream.

  1. Head over to Create Space. Go ahead, click the link.
  2. Fill in the usual stuff to open your own free access account. Name, email, password, and a couple of other general things. It takes less than a minute. Then click the sign up button, wait for the ubiquitous verification email, and let them know you are really a human.
  3. Now you’re signed up and signed in—elapsed time has been maybe three minutes.
  4. Fill in the name of your project (book title). Choose which type of media it is to be produced as. And here you need to make a choice—
  5. Choose whether you want to get a step-by-step guided tour through the rest of the process, or you want to dive off a cliff and take the condensed expert route. I recommend the guided method as it isn’t much longer than the other, anyway.
  6. On the next screen you’ll enter book title as it should appear on the printed book. From this point, all the info requested relates to your finished book. Follow the prompts, fill in the blanks.
  7. Request a free Create Space ISBN (you’ll get both formats, the old and the new). If you really must apply for  your own special ISBN, you’ll have to go off site and get one as well as paying the fees to do so.
  8. Next, you’ll define parameters for your interior: Color or black and white, paper type, number of pages, bleed or not (bleed means the images extend over the margins) and page size. It’s essential to know what size you want the book, and try very hard to make a standard size.
  9. Here’s where you set up the cover art. You can use your own.
  10. Now you make the final choices and get your book enrolled in the system, which means it’s listed for sale at Amazon. The next steps involve pricing and finances, then your done.

If you have the pdf and cover art already, this is a simple process. Of course, Amazon nudges you several times throughout the process to consider hiring them to do some tasks like cover design or editing. You can upgrade sopme services for additional cost, too.  As I understand it, all of those fees and services are elective. The only money you have to shell out is a cut of the sale price once the book sells a copy.

Amazon has a formula to determine their share, as does every POD publisher. In this case, they charge a flat fee per book, usually under a dollar, plus a per centage, and sometimes (not often) a per page charge. You’ll net down to a royalty that is competitive. The good part is, you don’t pay up front and you don’t end up with a garage full of books to sell.

Whether you sell one copy to your mom, fifty to your church group, or 10K to the world at large, this seems a quick, workable way to get your book in print. Just be sure you begin with an outstanding quality pdf. Garbage in, garbage out, you know.

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2 Responses to “Simple Steps to Using Amazon’s Publish on Demand Create Space”

  1. So far I’ve written short nonfiction ebooks that wouldn’t work as a print book. But I’m working on a longer project right now and plan to publish with Createspace. The only other option I’ve considered is Lightning Source. Any thoughts on them?

  2. I always have lots of thoughts 🙂 Email me if you want to hash this over.