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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 7: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 3

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 7: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 3

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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3 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Proof Approval, Distribution, and Price

    • 2. Adding a Book Description

    • 3. Two Last Points About Self-publishing on CreateSpace

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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 7: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 3

In this class you'll finish defining your book to CreateSpace and select pricing and distribution channels.  Then you're done.


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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. Proof Approval, Distribution, and Price: Hello and welcome back in this lecture were actually going to pre proof our book. And then we're gonna go through and set up sales channels and pricing. Who? The funds stuff. We're going to talk about money. Now. You'll notice on the screen that everything has a green check mark on it. Here, on my on my box, My to do list here except proof. Read your book now. I waited overnight and it just took one night for them to review my book, and now they're sending it back saying It's a okay. All I've got to do is proof it. So I go here and I click on proof my book action is required. Now I can actually order a proof right here. It's only 3 92 apiece, plus shipping and handling to if I want to see a physical copy. But I've already seen it online, so I know that this book looks good so I can go and I can make changes which will actually make me have to go through the review process again. I don't want to do that. I just want to approve my proof. So I click. Approve, confirm approval important note that this is actually going through the approval process, and it's it's heading towards release now. Okay, so we've done that. Now we continue to sales channels once we've completed reviewing our proof. Now the book is pretty much done now. What we're going to do is we're going to set up sales channels and pricing and all of the descriptive information that gets displayed along with the book on Create Space. And remember that this information will be forwarded to Amazon to make a book description there, where your book will also be for sale. But I'm getting ahead of myself here by talking about channels before there. Let's go ahead and we'll click on channels over here on the left. It's the the next thing that has to be done. And here we have selected that we're going to sell on Amazon and in Amazon Europe on end at the Creates based store. We also have other free options here we can sell to libraries and app academic institutions and through create space direct. To tell you the truth, I enable every, ah, possible sales channel, so go ahead and turn it all on it, says this one's not eligible down at the bottom. I'm not quite sure what you got to be to be eligible. But here I could set up the store for selling thing. I can actually put a new image on the top of my sales page and so on to snatch up my create space store. I'm not gonna bother doing that, cause the default store looks pretty good and there isn't really a lot of point to customizing an individual book page. It's too much effort. So we'll go ahead and will say, Save and continue. This brings us to a fund page here. We can see that we're over here. With the action required on the pricing step here, we finally get to price our book now. Well, it'll do calculations for you to show you how much money you're actually going to make off of this book. This is a longer book. So you actually we have two. It's telling you the minimum list price for this title had better be Wow, $9.80. So we'll go ahead and will make it nine 99 and will calculate and see what that makes for us. now on Amazon when we sell a book will make $2 at create space will make $4 per book and that the expanded distributions will only make seven cents a book. We're down to a very limited input from, um from Great Britain and Pounds and Europe, which reports in euros. But it chose everything, and I can keep changing the number until I get the amount of money that I like. Of course, 9 99 is quite a bit for a printed book. Um, thinner books cost less. We usually charge Melanie and I 5 99 for our shorter books and get away with it. We make a buck or so per book. So this is the fun part. This is the money you're going to make. Once you filled out this form, you can change notice with ease checks. It will automatically calculate the pounds and euros to charge based on what you put in for dollars. Or you can uncheck these check boxes and put in your own pound and euro numbers here. So we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna save and continue and believe it or not. One last time, they're going to ask us whether we'd like that. And Matt, cover finish now. You gotta know. Create space is making a lot of money off this. This is the fourth or fifth time that they've asked me if I like Matt once again. No, I do not want, Matt. I want glossy. And here we begin with the description, which we're going to cover in the next lecture. 2. Adding a Book Description: Welcome back. Here we are back on create space where we've almost finished our book description. Now we're going to go here and literally work. Work on the book description by dressing the description tab Here. You can see it has a red negative sign on it, meaning, and that's the next step that hasn't been addressed. Now I need an actual description for the book. I'm going to save some time by going to my wife's Web page and picking up the description from there. So let's click up here. Here it is. Um, bad medicine will go ahead and grab the description and copy it, and I'll come back over here, and that just saved us plenty of time now to create a good description. You want overview of the plot, but you don't want to give away spoilers and stuff like that. You want to lure people in. You want to tell him just enough to get him interested, but not enough to spoil their read for them. So bring up the most exciting and compelling elements of your story and leave the rest hanging. Leave that for them to find out as they read the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna put in a by sack category, which is basically ah, the category of book that this falls into. You do that by going to choose This book happens to be fiction, so we'll begin there, scroll up to fiction that we click on that and it brings up a category under fiction. This is a mystery and detective book. Well, actually, it isn't. It's a romance book, so we'll go forward to romance. Click on that, and this is an historical Western romance. We haven't even have bad option, so we'll go ahead and will finish off the selection by choosing Western and say, Choose this category now This will allow users to quickly search for If they're searching for romance westerns, they'll find our book in the list. When they're searching Amazon and create space down here, we can add an author bio if we'd like. It's optional. I'm gonna skip it. All It is is just a description of the author of You want to write about yourself? If you have a description on your Amazon page that you want to pull down, you could go ahead and you can put that here. The book language is an English country of publication is going to be. The United States will select that and the keywords. Now, this isn't very important to find your book. What keywords do you want associate with this? Well, I'm going to associate Wyoming, which is where the book takes place, Comma. And we're going to have this be a, uh It's about a ranch and so on and cattle and stuff like that. So we're gonna put in ranch and we have put in Western. I would have put in romance, and we're gonna put in medicine. Okay, there we go. Now we can check as to whether this has adult content. This book does have some adult content. It's not large print, so we won't check that one. And there we got the basic description for the book. We go ahead and hit, save and continue. And congratulations, my friend. You have just published your book on create space. The next part has do with publishing on Kindle. They have a new thing where you can click a few buttons and you can automatically have a book that you published on Create Space published in e book format on Kindle. That's kind of an interesting option. I actually have another course where I talk about how to publish on Kittel and show you how to format a book and use the KDP interface, the Kindle direct publishing interface, to submit it instead of create space. But that's another issue. You have just published your book, and I think you should give yourself a pat on the back. Um, what we're going to do now is we're going to talk about monitoring sales and modifying a book to topics that you're gonna want to know about when it comes to after your book is out , so we'll begin that in the next lecture. 3. Two Last Points About Self-publishing on CreateSpace: Hello and welcome back. Here we are in Create space. The Web interface at the member dashboard are kind of beginning point for all things reports. But before we get into reports, I wanted to mention two items that are worth mentioning. One is that print on demand. You're not likely to sell as many copies as you would getting a big contract with one of the Big Six in New York. They are really paperback printers. They've been doing it for years, and they have the distribution channels in the advertising channels to sell thousands of copies a month. You're most likely going to sell at best, maybe 2 to 4 copies a day. And the other thing that I wanted to mention to you is that creates space is a great way to publish. If you don't want to make any money at all, think about. If you want to give away your book, maybe there it's a memoir. It's the It's the story of your life. It's, um, it has family pictures and stuff like that. You'd like everybody in the family to have a copy. However, you don't want to go through the expense of printing it up and giving them weigh yourself. Why not have whoever is getting the copy? Pay the minimal price just for printing it. So what you do is you set your price on things that you basically want to give away to the family, to the minimum price. Just cover your costs and then point them at Amazon and create space and go right ahead. If you want a copy of my book here it is at the minimum cost where I don't incur any expenses and neither do you. And you get a really nice printed copy of the book delivered to you by Amazon. This is a great way to distribute your memoirs and stuff. So don't just look at this printing on Create space as money making venture. It's not gonna be a big money making venture for you. If you want to get into money making ventures, then we need to talk e books and we need to talk. Kindle and Amazon create spaces. A lesser thing. I would use it primarily like printing my memoirs and stuff like that and to make a hard copy of an e book that I have out just that I cover all the bases, so I wanted to mention these two points before we start looking at sales and money in the next lecture.