That’s right: free. It used to cost $25, but now it’s free. In fact, I heard a rumour that anyone who paid the $25 might actually be reimburse for their trouble. But I can’t find this information online, so perhaps…you’ll have to wait and see.
When anyone publishes their book through CreateSpace, a Print on Demand company owned by Amazon, they have the option of getting their books into stores other than Amazon. This is not the brick and mortar store but the online catalogue of these stores.
In other words, if someone wants your book, they can search the online catalogues of Chapters/Indigo or Barnes & Noble and order it. There’s other book stores as well, but those are the two I’m most familiar with.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 21, 2013
I’ve always been a matte girl. Back in the early 1990s when I worked at a processing lab I realised I could choose matte over glossy prints. I was hooked. Fast forward twenty years and I thought I’d be stuck with glossy book covers until I took the leap from CreateSpace to a ‘regular’ book printer. I was wrong.
Last week I received an email from CreateSpace announcing a new print options for covers: Matte.
Here’s what they have on their website: You can choose between custom matte or glossy finish for your print book. Both cover options have their advantages; you might want to purchase a sample of each cover to help you decide. You can choose your cover option during Title Setup, and even when your book is already for sale. Some things to keep in mind when choosing a cover:
- There is no extra charge for either finish
- You can change the cover option even on a book that’s already for sale
- For existing titles, you won’t need to repeat Content Review, and the book will remain available for purchase during the cover finish change
- Orders placed before the change will still ship with the previous cover option
- Your change will take effect within 4 hours for Amazon sites, and up to 6 weeks for EDC
Matte covers are less glaring, easier on the eye and are great for novels.
To learn more about this great option and learn how you can choose matte book covers for future and current titles, check out CreateSpace.
Do you want to self-publish a book? Does self-publishing look too complicated and confusing? It does to everyone when they first begin their journey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
If you can use a computer, you can publish your own book. To learn more, visit Diane’s Self-publishing Consultation.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 18, 2013
I received a surprise today when the mailwoman showed up at my door with a package I hadn’t expected to arrive until tomorrow. The small box contained six books, all of which are in the proof stage. I thought I’d share them with you here.
The most difficult part of getting the books published is the colour tones on the cover. I’ve done enough interior designs to know exactly how to lay out a book the way I want, and I’ve created enough covers to get the layout correct the first time. However, the colour…well, that’s hit or miss.
You see, what you see on the computer screen isn’t exactly how the printing press at CreateSpace sees it. Often the printed version is darker. Now that I know this, I purposefully make covers lighter than I desire. However, the actual tone is difficult to reach without experimenting.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 23, 2013
Several months ago I discovered that Smashwords began withholding 30% of my earnings to give to America’s Uncle Sam. If I didn’t act, I’d continue to lose this money for the life of my writing career.
To claim this 30% in the future, I’d have to jump through hoops at 1,000 feet in the air and ride a wild boar through the desert…okay, nothing that drastic, but everything I read and everyone I talked to led me to believe that getting all the paperwork in order would be a time-consuming nightmare.
They couldn’t have been more wrong.
But before I realised the ease of reclaiming that money, I had reluctantly accepted the fact I would lose $300 for every $1,000 I’d earn in royalties. It was hard to swallow. Just think about this for a minute:
You post a book to Smashwords for $2.99. It sells through them to Kindle who takes 30% for selling it plus $0.09 for delivering it to the customer. You’re now left with $2.00. Smashwords takes about $0.14 of this for a service charge (their hand in selling it). You’re now left with $1.86. From this, Uncle Sam withholds 30%, leaving you with $1.30. Withhold means claiming that money as income tax.
Let me paint a bigger picture for you. For every 1,000 books you sell at $2.99, your profit drops from a potential $2999.00 to $1300.00 after all those hands grab what they want. If you didn’t have to pay Uncle Sam, you would have earned $1,860.00. It takes about 30 minutes to get an EIN and complete the proper form to reclaim that money. And you only have to do this once. In my books, $560 for a half hour’s work is an outstanding pay cheque.
The imagined nightmare has discouraged many writers from dealing with the IRS, but it doesn’t have to be like this. You can start claiming that 30% by following the simple steps below. It will take approximately 25 minutes of your time, one long-distant phone call, one completed form and a US stamp. Oh, and one envelope.
Posted by Diane Tibert on June 20, 2012