How To Publish Your Book With Createspace

Many people are using the power of the internet to write and publish their own books. This cuts out the middle man of using an agent and a publisher and allows authors to receive higher royalty payments. However, self publishing can be daunting and knowing the ins and outs of publishing can be hit or miss.

I have found a company, owned by Amazon, that has a great reputation and can get your book published, with a proof ready within 1 week of you submitting it for review. I have learned over the last few weeks: writing the book, designing a cover, preparing a manuscript, proofing etc.

In this article I will show you what I have learned and hopefully you can be one step ahead of the game when you publish your own book.

There are 5 components to getting a book published using Createspace.com:

  • Setting up an account
  • Preparing Your Manuscript
  • Preparing your artwork (book cover)
  • Uploading for proofing
  • Approve proof

Setting Up An Account

Go to www.createspeace.com and click on the ‘Create New Account’ and fill in all the necessary details.

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You will receive an email to verify your account with Createspace. Once you have done this, you are ready to get started creating your first book.

Preparing Your Manuscript

To prepare your manuscript you don’t need any expensive desktop publishing software. You can simply use Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or whatever is your want.

Length

Your book can be almost any length you want but must be a minimum of 24 pages. The size of font you use, the size of the book, the margin sizes etc will all have a bearing on how many pages your book will be. As a rough guide I would say no less than 100 words per page, so a 24 page book would consist of 2,400 words, which is about the length of two posts on Lifesnips.com.

Font

It would be wise to remember that the font you choose affects the reader. Whilst a nice font might look cool to you it might be difficult to read so choose a good font that is readable.

The font size should be from 10 – 12 pts depending on the nature of the book. If it is a children’s book with graphics etc the font size will be larger. If it is an standard book then a smaller font size of 10 would be better.

Page numbers

Just like in an ordinary book it is good to have page numbers at the bottom of each page. You will need to find out how to put in a page break in your document as you will not want to number all of the pages e.g. the contents, the dedications etc. This can be a little tricky but if you Google it you will be able to find out how to do this with the program you are using.

Proofreading

For your book to sell and get good reviews it would be wise to get your book proof read by a proofreader. You can hire proof readers on elance.com, guru.com, warriorforum.com. Make sure the person you hire has had good feedback from other users and preferably a qualification in proofreading.

Turning your book into a pdf

Createspace ask for the manuscript to be uploaded in PDF format. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pdf program to convert your word document you can do this online or download free software to do this from:

www.doc2pdf.net/

www.pdf995.com/

www.primopdf.com/index.aspx

Preparing Your Book Cover

Go to Artwork At CreateSpace

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This is where you will find out how to create the book cover templates.

You will need to know what size you want your book to be. This is easy, just look at the standard sizes and measure it out on a piece of paper with a ruler. You will soon learn all the various sizes without needing the ruler as most books are done in standard sizes.

Video on How To Create A Book Cover For CreateSpace

Some of the free graphics programs you can try are:

www.gimp.org/

www.getpaint.net/index.html

www.ultimatepaint.com/

Uploading For Proofing

Now that you have completed your manuscript and artwork it’s time to upload everything to createspace and give some more information.

You will be taken to a screen like this:

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Put all your details in the boxes as required. The boxes to pay special attention to are:

Subtitle: use this box to load as many keywords as possible without making it sound too bad. This is for the searchability factor. The subtitle will only be seen when your product is shown, and not on the book cover.

Description: Give a good description and make it appealing. read the blurb on the back of some of the books in your niche and get an idea of what to write.

Primary Category: This is important as it is hard to change after you have chosen it.

Search Keywords: Load some great keywords in here

Authors biography: make sure to pus something in here that gives you authority and make browsers want to buy from you.

Add File Properties

This is basically how the book will look at how many pages it has etc. Again it is self explanatory

Add Files:

This is where you upload the files you made earlier for your book interior and your book cover in PDF format.

There are a few more questions after this, and you will have completed the initial stage of proofing.

You will then be asked to order a proof copy of your book. Depending on the country you are in and how quickly you would like it sent you will be charged for this.

Approving your proof

You will be sent a copy of your completed book as it will look for the buyer.It is up to you to make any changes that is necessary. When you receive the book try and be as objective as possible and look at it from a readers point of view and not from an excited, newly self published authors point of view.

A Word About Royalties and Taxes

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If you are in the US then all is well with your publishing deal and royalties figures. The illustration above shows how much you would expect to get if you sold your book for $14.99. The PRO plan is an upgrade plan you pay a one off fee of $39 and then an annual fee of $5. This will give you a bigger royalty cut and you will also be eligible for the new expanded distribution payout as well.

International Customers

If, like me, you are an international customer you will need to fill in a few extra forms called the:

W-8BEN from – this shows you are in a country where a treaty has been agreed between the US and your country and the taxes will have already been agreed. For the UK it is 0% taxes.

However, there is also another form to fill in which is a little more tricky to do. This is called the W-7 form and this allows you to apply for an International Tax Identification Number.

The process for doing this is:

You need an ‘acceptance Agent’ to do the documentation to apply for the ITIN

These acceptance agents can be found all over the world and you can find out here:

Acceptance agents in your country

What is required:

* Completed W7 form , address is your UK address and acceptance agent will complete the top section (reason for applying)

* Copy of picture page of passport (notarized by Notary Public and with Apostille from the Hague attached ) Acceptance agent can notarize the copy in their offices but you would have to be present. You will be able to find out your local Notary Public by contacting your solicitor. Your notary public will send to the Hague (if in Europe)for Apostille and this service may cost you £60 or so.

* Letter from Create Space stating that they require you to obtain an ITIN This must be on their headed paper and signed

* A fee £120 UK cheque or C/C payment for the acceptance agent

It all seems a little complicated but if you are planning on selling a lot of books it will be worth the hassle.

If you don’t get an ITIN you will be charged 30% on all your royalties.

Royalty payments

If you are in the US you can be sent your royalty payments by direct deposit into your bank account. If you are an international user you will be sent a cheque, which will cost to put into your own bank account.#

Conclusion

I have published one bookwith them so far, 100 Ways To Develop Your Mind and have been sent the proof copy. I am fixing a few little things, but overall I am extremely happy with the way the book has turned out. I am not too happy about the payments and having to pay extra money to get an ITIN but I think it could be an extra source of income when the book does go up onto Amazon.com after the new year.  I am sure as more and more writers start to use this form of publishing the international users will get a better deal and taxes will not be added.

Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    Also does Amazon print on demand and subtract the price from the cost

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! Amazing help! In easy to read directions… Massive Help!!! Thank you!!!

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