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CreateSpace

 

  Find out  about self publishing and POD publishers before you choose...

 

 

 

CreateSpace  

CreateSpace is an Amazon invention, and as such, it can't be satisfied with mere book publishing. CreateSpace will also setup a video, a CD, or an MP3.  But as we're reviewing books here, we'll talk about their book deal.  CreateSpace is quite expensive, although they make it look like they're cheap.  Let me explain: You can publish on Amazon for only $299.  But if you look closely, you'll see that that deal includes nothing.  You send them your print-ready pdfs for cover and interior and they will set your book up for print.  That's it.  If you actually want help with publishing in terms of cover design, interior design, ISBN, barcode, LCCN, back cover copy editing, and distribution, you'll have to go for one of their more expensive packages.  The next one seems likely at only $499, but once again, you don't really get much for that price.  A cover, which you select from a template and a templated interior design.  Okay, they do provide an ISBN and distribution through Amazon and "your own estore," which is a webpage on one of their sites.

However, if you want a unique quality book at the end of the process, you will have to opt for one of their expensive publishing packages.  For example, their Total Design Freedom Essentials package, which costs $2213 and includes all of these services: copyediting at $990 for up to 60,000 words, an ISBN (included), an LCCN ($75), a unique cover design for $499, and custom formatting for $499. They will discount this if you take everything to $1798.  However, if you also want your back cover copy edited, it's another $249, and and if your book has more than 60,000 words, the cost will be an additional $.019 per word.  Distribution is limited to Amazon, some online sites that you select, and your own webpage (excuse me, estore) on their site. For the same money, other publishers will provide many more services.

Their royalties are difficult to understand. They say 60%, but don't forget that is 60% of net, not gross, and when the numbers are worked out, 60% of net is about the same as 10% of gross. 

Amazon is big, but all POD publishers will set your book up to sell on Amazon, and often other places as well. You can get all the advantages of selling on the biggest sales channel on the web, without also publishing through Amazon.

In Summary:

 

              On the plus side:

 

-They're Amazon (they're big and well known)

              On the negative side:

-They're Amazon (anybody can sell a book on Amazon, and their size is not an 

                              advantage when getting your book set up for publication.)

-Prices are high

-They're deceptive

-Book quality is questionable

-Too big for personal service

 

 

 

 
     
     

 

 

 

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