This is the final part in the “My Experience with Createspace” Series. In Part 1, I discussed the reasons I had for self-publishing in the first place. In Part 2, I discussed why I chose Createspace above all the other options to self-publish my book.
In this, the 3rd and final part, I wanted give you 3 things I learned in producing my book through Createspace.
Lesson #1: Take your time
I know we’re all excited to see the fruits of our labor in all their print glory, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to take your time when producing a book on your own. There are so many decisions you make when producing your book that mean a great deal to the success of your book. For instance, ISBN choice. Whether you want to have Createspace assign you an ISBN for free, or you want to pay $10 for an independent ISBN, or you want to purchase your own through Bowker, ISBN choice is a something that takes some serious thought.
Ultimately, I chose to purchase the independent ISBN through Createspace because I was going to use my own Imprint – Relevant Pages Press – so Createspace wouldn’t appear as my publisher. This may not matter to you at all. If you are a speaker and plan to sell your books primarily at your speaking engagements or trade shows, it may not matter in the least to you that Createspace is your publisher. For me, having a background in the publishing industry and knowing that I was planning to publish more books in the Narthex Academy Series, I decided to set up my own imprint.
Lesson #2: Use the resources Createspace provides
There were a couple of times during the uploading process where I got stuck. Stuck and annoyed. It wasn’t working like I thought it should. Finally, tired of spinning my wheels, I went onto the online resources to try to get my questions answered. It was so easy. I chastised myself for taking so long to go there in the first place. All my questions were answered. Like: “Why isn’t my Word document uploading correctly?” –or- “Where can I get more information on the Extended Distribution options?” It was all there. There are even articles on marketing your book and more.
After my book listing was up on Amazon, I noticed there was one listing for the print book and a separate one for the ebook. I emailed Createspace’s customer service and received a response almost immediately. (The answer was that it was just temporary and the two listings would be combined in about 24 hours. They were.) Bottom line on Createspace resources: Go there. Trust me.
Lesson #3: Make a Promotion Plan, Don’t Just throw your book out there
Confession: I didn’t do this. I was so excited that my debut novel was finally finished and available for order that I rushed it. And, there was the fact that I had people clamoring to order it. (Yes, it was more people than just my Mom. Not many more people, but more nonetheless!) I did make sure I had the print copy in my hand (HIGHLY recommend this!) and that it was acceptable before I promoted it and orders began coming in, but what I didn’t do was allow time for the two versions of the book to be made one listing before I put promoted it. That really confused people. I had to send to many people the links to the different versions because they weren’t sure what they were ordering.
Then there are the coveted comments. You want to make sure to leave enough time between uploading your book and beginning its promotion to allow your “launch team” to read your book and leave *glowing* comments. The more comments available for people to read the better when you finally start promoting it.
In a nutshell, using I would highly recommend using Createspace to anyone who was planning to self-publish. In fact I already have. It’s user-friendly and author empowering. Can you tell I am a huge Amazon fan? But more on that in my next post…
What about you? What has been your experience with Createspace?