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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 1: Introduction to CreateSpace

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 1: Introduction to CreateSpace

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Why Self-publish

    • 2. How Print On Demand Works

    • 3. Where to Self-publish

    • 4. What This Course Covers

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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 1: Introduction to CreateSpace

Have You Ever Wanted to See Your Novel or Memoirs in Print?

Who hasn't? Well thanks to the Print on Demand (POD) services provided by CreateSpace you can realize your dreams today. In this course, I'll show you how to format your manuscript for print publication on Amazon using Microsoft Word. Together we'll dot every "i" and cross every "t" while inserting an image or two along the way.

Do You Want High Quality Results?

With CreateSpace, you get high quality, publisher grade books for the cost of printing and distribution. High quality covers with heavy bond paper and crisp print will make your words soar and look beautiful on your coffee table. Your friends' coffee tables too.

Do You Want to Publish with No Up Front Costs or Inventory?

Who doesn't? Again, thanks to CreateSpace you can commit future royalties to hiring Amazon and company to print and distribute your book for you. In this course, I'll show you how to publish your manuscript via CreateSpace and Amazon without cost.

This Course Shows It All

From formatting your manuscript for publication using Microsoft Word 2010 through the publication of your book via the CreateSpace web based interface, this course shows it all. Allow me to demonstrate by actually publishing a book for you.

Don't Have a Book Cover? Don't Worry...

In this course I'm going to show you how to use the CreateSpace online Cover Creator to produce a beautiful cover for our sample novel. Just a few clicks to select from the available images and to format the text and you're done. Yes, it really is that simple.

Please Let Me Join You On This Exciting Journey

If you're as yet unpublished in print, it's time to change that. Let me show you how easy it can be.

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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Why Self-publish: Welcome back in this lecture. I'd like to cover why you should self publish and B But before we can really talk about why you should self published, we need to talk about the nasty old days. That's right, traditional publishing. Let's look at the way that that worked. First he had to find an agent that could take you months or even years of shopping, a manuscript or sample writing around. Let's say you get an agent now. You got to find a publisher. Well, at least he got an agent on your side and hopefully you'll find a publisher. Actually publish your work. You know what? You just get out of this. In the end, two more masters toe have to serve. That's what you get or you have the alternative. Go to the vanity presses, go to somewhere and have them print your book in hard copy for you and pay up front for all those copies. The book store inventory and have to sit at those lousy street fairs hawking your trade. Could there be a better way? You bet there is. Enter two important technologies to change the whole way. The publishing industry works in fact, the publishing industry is still shaken up over these two technologies. The first dizzy books. Imagine everybody who has access to the Internet. I would suppose that includes you has Elektronik access to millions of online readers. If you publish your book in your A book, an e book format, it can be sold on Amazon alongside Grisham, Stephen King, Nora Roberts and the other big writers. Then comes Print on Demand. Here we have the ability to actually print books as users, request them and mail them out paperbacks printed and shipped on request. This means that you no longer have to pay the vanity presses to print you up thousands of copies of books that you can get them inexpensively and then have to store them somewhere and talk them. It's street fairs, and it's almost free. Well, not quite. You actually sharing a percentage of the sale with create space or Amazon wherever you sail , sell through, and that percentage can be quite hefty, but you have no up front costs. All you have to do is provide an electronic book to be printed. So why self published you publish what you want you publish when you want and rejection. That's no longer an issue. But as we all know, with the sunshine must come a little ran. Let's look at the cons of self publishing. First, you're on your own. You have to do the writing. You have to find a copy editor, which I strongly advise you. Dio, this is an external person, probably a professional that you're going to end up paying. It is one of your few upfront costs other than the cost of software like Microsoft Word and whatever else he is. But you should get a good copy editor to edit your stuff before it goes out doing your own book cover. Although this is mitigated by the fact that the create space publishing interface actually provides Ah, very nice online book cover creator that we're going to show you. You have to publish yourself. And worst of all, you have to advertise your books. This is where probably 90% of your effort is gonna go. I know you're thinking I spent on that time writing. What are you talking about? 90% of your effort. Believe me, you're gonna be spending what scenes at least like 90% of your time advertising. Except hey, there are several 1000 self published authors like me who are ready to help you. There are a lot of us out there that would like to pass the word along that air evangelists the self publishing process, and we're here to help you. 2. How Print On Demand Works: Hello and welcome back to my course on self publishing on create space. In this lecture, I'd like to cover how print on demand or P o. D. Works. Since this is the fundamental structure upon which creates space is based, let me do this by showing you one of my ever popular single slides. Here we go. This slide, in a nutshell, shows you how create space and print on demand works. This is you over on the left hand side of the slide. Okay, on the right are your readers who you want to get in touch with in between the two of you is create space. This is the thing that facilitates you selling books to readers. So back over to the left. Step one, What do you do? You use Microsoft Word to correctly format your book. This is going to be the first half of the course. We're going to talk about how to do this next. What you do is use your favorite browser. Mine happens to be chrome to interact with the create space Web based interface. To submit a copy of your book, create space will store an electronic copy on their side and things will sit there for a while until a reader comes along with the by request. Here we move over to the right. You see the by request coming in to create space. What is create space? Do they retrieve the electronic copy of your book? Step five and they send it to the good old antiquated printer to print. Ah, hard copy of the book, Step six. Once that's printed, they actually ship the book to the user. So print on demand. It really describes what's happening. Create space will print books on demand for the reader and do it for about the cost of a paperback. One of the great benefits of print on demand is that you don't have to pay for and then store. Ah, large inventory of books. Books are printed on demand. In fact, create space doesn't even have to store an inventory of books. And this is what makes the books cheaper. Yes, printing on demand could be more expensive than printing in mass. But not having to pay pay for and maintain a massive inventory compensates for that expense , and it's all free to you. Well, kind of free. Create space takes a large cut of the proceeds from selling a book. But you make money, and you don't have to put any early money in to the process to make it start now. The other thing that I want to point out we go on is that create space is Amazon create spaces and Amazon company. So if you sell your books on create space, they automatically get forward to the Amazon for display and distribution via that sales channel as well. So you are going to have your hard copy books listed right alongside Grisham, Stephen King, Nora Roberts and the other big writers. So join me today end publishing your book on create space so that we can get your hard copy manuscript into people's hands. 3. Where to Self-publish: Hello and welcome back to the course Enlace lecture. We're going to discuss where to self publish. Yes, you've already selected Create spaces. You're self publishing option. But before just going with that, I wanted to cover the entire gamut of yourself publishing options so that you're aware of what you should take advantage of. First of all, the future of books has got to be E books. So considering publishing E books should be up front, I believe that over 50% of the revenue now from books comes from E books as opposed to paperbacks. So it is the future. It's growing every year you should be publishing in the e book format. To do that, you use the Kindle direct publishing interface to publish for kindle or nook press. To publish for nook or smash words is an interesting option there, actually an interface that will distribute books to Apple to actually Barnes and Noble. If you would like them to, um, into a variety kobo ah, whole bunch of other sites. So it's a single interface to all the rest of the e book publishers. I like to take that option rather than having to publish it each one of them individually, as they're all beginning to come up with publication interfaces. The next to consider is paperbacks via print on demand. Now you're already taking advantage of that by choosing to publish on Create space, which I think is the right choice. There are other print on demand options out there. I think create space is the best because it is a Kindle or rather Aetna Amazon company. And there are benefits to sticking with an Amazon company when it comes to publishing. And I'll explain that on the next slide the final format that you should consider his audio book format now Audible, which is another Amazon company in conjunction with Amazon, created a site called A C X or the Audiobook Audiobook Creation Exchange. What it is. This is the site that links up people that have books with people who narrate books and people who distribute books Well, actually, a C X itself is the distribute distribution mechanism. Anyway, it's a place to get audiobooks done. Now these are your options E book paperback, an audiobook, and I would actually probably consider them in that option. If you're interested in e book publishing for Kindle. I have another course on KTB publishing using word in the KDP interface. Now the another consideration that you should have when it comes to publishing as a whole is whether to end of the Kindle Select program. Kendall Select is a program that gives you certain advantages to entering it as a writer and as a distributor of books. But it also has a pretty heavy cost. Let's look at the cost right up front for 90 days. You can't publish outside of an Amazon company. That means you can Onley publish via KDP, create space and a C X no publishing to through nook press to the Barnes and Noble site. No publishing to smash words and other publishing interfaces. You're going to be an exclusively an Amazon company person at that point it for at least 90 days now. The benefits keep growing, however, for entering the KTB Select program first. During those 90 days, you get toe have up to five days of lifting, listing your e book for free on Amazon. Now notice. Most of these benefits have to do with e books and not the paperback that we're talking about printing in this lecture, but I want you to know the select program. So if you decide to go in the e book direction, you'll understand why it was a good choice to go with create space. You also get inclusion. The Candle Select lunar program you get 70% is supposed to 35% royalties and Indian other countries and inclusion in the new Kindle Unlimited program. So there are great benefits to being in Kendall select. And then there's that big cost you become and Amazon on Lee Writer. If you can live with that big cost, you are going to get some great benefits. In either case. Ah, congratulations on choosing to publish It creates space. It has no effect on your Kindle select decision in the future or publishing of E books. I just wanted you to know the full story. 4. What This Course Covers: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, I'm going to be providing an overview of the course so you'll have an idea of what's coming up in future lectures. Let's begin by covering what this course covers. This course covers formatting manuscript for publication using Microsoft Word 2010. Now, if you're using Microsoft Word 2013 I'm hoping that won't be real different in that you'll be able to use this course for that as well. If you're running on a Mac as opposed to a PC where I'm running, I'm hoping that things will also be similar. Basically, if you're running word, we should be able to communicate well. You should be able to follow these examples. If you're not running word. Well, then you're gonna have to translate over to whatever your word processor is. Where the second half of this course is going to talk about using the Create Space Web based interface to publish your formatted manuscript. This can be done using any browser. My browser of preference is chrome, and I'll be showing demonstrations using chrome. Now I also want to cover what this course does not cover. It is not a course on how to use Microsoft Word. Yes. We use Microsoft Word. Yes, I do provide a course on Microsoft Word 2010. This course is not it. It assumes that you have a basic fundamental understanding of word. And based on that, it shows you how to format a document for publication inward. This lecture is not on the use of Microsoft windows. Whether using a Mac or Windows, you should be able to follow along as long as you're losing word. This course does not cover how to publish e books. This is about publishing print on demand books, be of the Korean space interface now, course implementation is going to be almost exclusively through screen casts. Like what I'm about to show you right now. Here we are in Microsoft Word 2010. Looking at a document that I'm formatting for printing via create space. We have nice chapter headings here, and we have neat drop caps that I'm going to be showing you how to dio. And this is a well formatted document here. We can see a table of contents of all of its contents over your on the left. I'm going to be showing you how to work in word and also how to work in the browser through the create space interface. And here I am, in the Create Space Web based interface, looking at the publication of a book called Cooked Books, We're gonna be using screen casts off both Microsoft Word and the Create Space Web interface to teach you how to publish your book.