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http://www.Facebook.com/vcreativeart16 check my Affiliate company toward the business development and my Author profile, I don't know why reviews should be my primary focus, I see that the public do look at them but I know that having worked really hard on promoting, advertising, building my legacy future and my Author blogs will develop, I appear has a little author because my reviews are so low and even on Amazon. I don't truly put much taught toward my competitors, I see friends not rivals trying to suck up your blood, why should we be rivals there enough place for all of us. Getting my Audible thru acx is great already, !!! I have enough things to do to run around discussions trying to get reviews that no one wants to gave.

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Hi everyone, I know many of you are here to compete with each others on who will sell books 1st, I'm enjoying learning about other writers and impress by some readers and how much they can actually read!! I m a small reader but a bigger writer!!! Everyone wants the prize!!!??? But who gets it? The most ferocious telemarketers? Sales agent? Probably they know everything about marketing that's for sure, me I just want a tiny piece of cake a small reward nomination, anything so I could earn a little. So I decided that if I wanted to keep writing what I wanted and be and do what I love I will try making a book that could sale for once. So I did ( Stop setting, Start leaving ) on e-book Amazonkindle were you can find all my listings. If any of you can review I will send you a free copy to your inbox💙

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Hello All,

 

I hope this message finds you well. This is my first time publishing and I have a few questions I wonder if you all may help me answer?

 

1. When publishing with Create Space does a Copyright page automatically generate with data I plug in? Or is this something I need to draft or complete on my own?

 

2. I will send my manuscript to individuals that I will ask to make a comment for the back of the book. Am I able to add those comments after publishing?

 

 

I thought I had more but that'll do for now. Thanks all!

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Pages in Your Book

Posted by jpb3 Jan 16, 2018

Hey everyone,

 

I just wanted to post something quick about how you publish you pages. I just published my book "Goal Setting: Your Weekly Workbook" and I had to make sure certain pages were on the left side of the open book while others were on the right side. The pages I'm talking about are for people to actually fill out themselves.

 

I wrote the book on a Word Document. Word does not have the same "view" as Createspace when it comes to where your pages are on the physical book. Be sure to use Createspace's view as your final revision rather than Word (if you're using Word). Createspace shows you exactly how the book will look while Word simply moves their pages shown on the "Side to Side" portion from the right page to the left.

 

I made the mistake in thinking the pages were being flipped in the "Side to Side" mode rather than just transitioned from right to left. This was a beginner mistake, but thank goodness I got to see it when I ordered my proof!

 

Good luck to you all! Especially the beginners like me learning a lot as we go.

 

JPB3

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Hi Create Space Authors and Publishers,

 

 

          It's so fascinating meeting and greetign with you all. 

 

I'm happy to say that my book " Stranger: A Stroy To Tell" will be out in next couple of days if not sooner!

 

Don't forget to check it out!! ^^^^^^^ add me on social for updates about my upcoming books

 

in: kiraeslick

sc: itsmebish2019

FB: kiraeslick

 

THANK YOU!

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I wanted to share my experience with Createspace and the timeline for working with the site. Overall, it's been an amazing thing to watch my MS Word File come to life as a real-life book in my hands. So mind-blowing!

 

 

Dec 2016       Manuscript complete

 

1/20/17          Created Createspace Account

 

1/20/17          Received call from Createspace for help on their publishing packages. Considered them over the weekend, but decided to do this on                     my own, since I had a strict timeline. I was invited to speak at a Christian Women's Conference on Feb 18... they said that a 4 week                     turnaround would be really tight.

 

1/22/17          Worked on my own Cover using Canva (free and absolutely amazing!)

                     Uploaded Cover to Cover maker (couldn't figure out how to make the back cover, so uploaded just the front & used CS Cover Maker                     for back).

                    Worked 20+ hours over the weekend to format interior of book - uploaded interior

                    Submitted book for approval in the late afternoon

                    Applied for LCCN # through Library of Congress - free

 

1/23/17         Technical Specs approval received at 10:00 am

                   Ordered First Proof via regular shipping (US) - expected 1/31/17

 

1/27/17         Jumped for JOY!!! Received Proof and held it in my hand while I jumped around in my kitchen!

 

2/1/17          Took forever to figure out why the gremlins had attacked the interior formatting of my book - when you fix one little thing, have to fix                    everything + re-do the Table of Contents!!! Re-submitted changes for approval at 7:00 pm

 

2/2/17          Obsessively checked e-mail until approval received at 12:31 pm - Drove my husband nuts.

2/2/17          [15min later] ordered SECOND Proof since I changed margins, gutter, format. Asked for RUSH Shipping!


2/6/17         Proof came on a Monday - made changes (minor & annoying ones) & submitted for approval review at 9:00pm

 

2/7/17         Thought I was compulsive before... checked website, e-mail & refreshed every 20 min.  Approval received 2:45pm

                  3:15pm - double & triple checked PDF proof (too late to order a copy now)

                  4:30pm - published to Kindle (without realizing I needed to format it differently! Whoops!)

                  9:00 pm - Received e-mail that it was approved from Kindle

 

2/8/17        Book was on Amazon... no kidding!!! Giddy with disbelief! Told everyone I knew!


2/8/17        Ordered my first set of 50 copies for the Women's Conference with RUSH delivery


2/13/17      Still waiting for my books to show up - expected date is Feb 14, but checked delivery status & shows they should be delivered today!

 

Thoughts: Steep learning curve & countless hours at the computer, making my eyes go beary. Now I know why CS does this for you. Advice: Pay them the $400 to do your interior! Wow!!! What a pain in the rear! Never realized what went into that. The headers were enough to make anyone scream. Glad I did all though because:

1. I am cheap & have a minimum budget

2. You learn how to do this on your own so you can do it again for the next book (of course there's another one... too addictive)

3. You can share ups/downs with others.

 

Hope you found this helpful, especially on how quickly CS turns things around. 24 hour approval is quite amazing, since my friend who published traditionally said it can take weeks.


Mona

 

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From Isa to Christ - A Muslim Woman's Search for the Hand of God

https://www.amazon.com/Isa-Christ-Muslim-Womans-Search/dp/0998637807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486563040&sr=8-1&keywords=from+isa+to+christ

 


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CreateSpace has lately been targeting my company to suppress my releases, lately, and I have no idea why they're doing this.  The following reply back to their email has remained unanswered after an entire week.  They target releases that just come out, so all the sales and hoopla of my last two releases have fizzled because we're unable to fill orders.  We had a Halloween title supressed right on Halloween when it came out!  And they're totally unresponsive to this.  Authors and customers are pissed!  Here's my initial response to their only email they sent me for the Halloween title:

 

"When will this stop?  Is this going to happen to every title I publish from now on?  Last week I released a book, HARLOW (6578713) and right in the middle of an ad campaign the author complained to me that the title was taken down from Amazon, and that's when I found out that CreateSpace suppressed it--- completely out of the blue, and there was no valid reason why!  I wrote a long letter to CreateSpace and also spoke to customer service and suggested CreateSpace refrain from suppressing a publisher's book for no reason, and that instead they should do it for a reason....if an author or someone complained, or if it was red flagged because of anything.....and in the case of HARLOW the reason CreateSpace gave was that it was previously published by another publisher.  That reason shouldn't be a good enough one, but at least it was a reason.  So I attached the contract in the last correspondence and it's been back on sale.

 

But what the heck now???  The book I published RIGHT AFTER this total mess with HARLOW, CreateSpace suppresses ANOTHER title right off the bat!  It was a Halloween release and you decided to suppress it right on the holiday it was published for!  It's a Halloween book and it was suppressed ON HALLOWEEN!  What was the reason this time??  Author Reyna Young has three other titles with me and two more to come.  Are you going to suppress them too???

 

This particular book was a handshake agreement between myself and the author and a last-minute idea to develop and release in time for the holiday.

 

I ask that you make it available for sale as I have done nothing to warrant this suppression.  I feel someone at CreateSpace did this maliciously as this suppression took place right after the last one when I made a big complaint out of it.

 

I have been a major CreateSpace publisher with over 100 titles which should double next year and you do good business with me.  To greatly sour our relationship with this outrageous inconvenience can make me pull all my titles and move to another publishing platform.  I feel like I'm being picked on somehow.  When you suppress a title, that causes an upset for the author as well as the publisher and our customers.  When you do it for a good reason, that's understandable......when you do it for no reason at all, you are slapping your customers in the face.  In fact, I have to broadcast this complaint to social media to express to everyone about the delay for this title, and that sort of thing just makes CreateSpace look bad to all the world.

 

Please fix and let me sell my books."

 

Also, I had to make a general announcement: "CreateSpace, for reasons unknown to us, has suppressed the publication of this Halloween book right on Halloween Day, which greatly affected all our Halloween sales on this title and is causing an indefinite delay in filling your orders. CreateSpace's customer service telephone reps insist that this problem cannot be solved by them and that the only resolution is via email. Upon confirming our rights to publish this via email, CreateSpace remains mysteriously unresponsive. Both author Reyna Young and Black Bed Sheet Books hope CreateSpace resolves this problem and we will fill orders immediately as soon as this happens. We recently had a problem with our last release being suppressed by CreateSpace, and periodically they have done this throughout our relationship with them, but their reasons or process in this matter remains frustratingly unknown.  We thank you for your patience."

 

I still haven't heard from them, and lately been hashtagging them on Twitter to show my frustrations on their newsfeed, and I sent them over 200 copies of the same email to their obviously vacant validation team.

 

Anyone feel like adding to this here?  Any assistance or knowledge?  I've been a publisher for a very long time (16+ years) and in the publishing industry since the 1980's and have never seen anything like this outside of CreateSpace.

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It is not easy writing and publishing off an IPad 4!  But it keeps me honest so to speak.  Every word is suspect, and could be distorted by

the iPad's self correct function.  But I have had to buy help from Createspace in formatting, image making, and now transferring the paper back to Kindle Direct Publishing.  Any experiences you have had might help me navigate these labyrinths! 

Dialogue seems to be a problem for formatting software.  If a character speaks more than one sentence, the software makes a paragraph out of the second or third sentence!  But it does not add a quotation mark, so the poor reader thinks another person has interrupted!

  This has been criticized by my readers and reviewers. 

   Incidentally, the above effect is called "widows and orphans" by the editors in formatting.  Any sentence that is interrupted and created into a new paprgraph is  a widow or orphan.   Apparently, these effects happen when transferring your manuscript from, say, Apple to Windows. It is the toughest part of self publishing, at least for me.  Thanks for any input for my future indie pubs.  Zandy Clark, Missing Danny, stories of a Runaway.  Young adult, middle grade. 

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This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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Players With & Without Swag

Posted by Babygv Sep 2, 2016

This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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My User Name

Posted by howaboutpinhead Aug 28, 2016

Sooner or later everyone finds themselves in the position where they need to create a user name. We struggle to devise cute, little short handles that have some meaning for us while at the same time providing some insight into our creative genius. I am often asked how I came to my rather unique user name. Although an author of such distinctive gems as "The Other Side of the Kneeler" and "Tempest's Arc", I often flounder when it comes to being put on the spot and forced to display an elevated sense of originality. That's when I ask my wife for help. So in this case I asked my spouse, "Hey honey, what do you think would be a good user name for my createspace account." With little thought or deliberation, the woman who knows me best replied, "how about pinhead?" The rest as they say is history.      

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Author T. L. Ellis

Posted by specialangel May 25, 2016

Hi everyone, A little about my self, I am a single mom of two grown boys, I have four beautiful grand children, They are my angels!!!I love to write children stories and am in the process of making five books into a series called Mystical Forest.They are learning exsperienced. They teach to listen ,trust, make friengds. I truly hope that you enjoy these stories and if you have any questions you can always contact me here or at terriellis2114@mail.com. please check out my book called( Mystical Forest Michael learns a lesson)  It is available on amazon, createspace. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. T L Ellis

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Write your Story

Posted by Debera Feb 17, 2016

My first blog. Im not sure how to use this or what its for, but im going to learn now. Thanks for reading. Deb

I am writing about my life and its triumphs and tragedies.

I hope to make the reading, not only unique and interesting but also inspiring.

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Before I wrote my first book, I had worked for several companies in various roles including sales, account management, customer service, and credit management I was and  still am quite fond of credit management and related software and I wanted to share my experience and knowledge on the topic of credit management software (CMS). A little  research revealed that not much was written about CMS so  I thought it might be a good idea to write a book so business people could learn more about the benefits of CMS. I arranged a meeting with a publisher to discuss the concept. Three cups of coffee and 90 minutes later, the publisher said yes to my book proposal. That was in 2008.

 

I remember how excited I was that the publisher green-lighted the book. It took me four months to write it and I honestly thought that the hard part was over.  I know now that actually writing a book is only one part of the equation.  You also need to do quality control, production, distribution, promotion and sales of your book. For this first book, I was lucky that my publisher took care of things like:

 

1)      Proofreading for grammar, style, syntax, spelling, etc.;

 

2)      Determining the logical order and structure of the book:

 

3)      The layout and graphic designs, including designing the cover;

 

4)      Production of the book (offset printing);

 

5)      Distribution and Logistics  in the Netherlands and Flanders ? Belgium;

 

6)      Promotion of the book via their marketing channels / business networks

 

At that time I didn?t realize that all these things costs time and money and are a risk for the publisher. As a  inexperienced writer, I  thought that writing the book was the most important aspect.  I learned (quickly) that the reality is a bit different. A publisher is a risk taker,  looking for a return on investment. I soon found out that when a book is not a bestseller (and most books are not), the publisher loses interest in spending time and money on the project quickly. I realize now  how fortunate I was to have experienced all this seven years ago, because book publishing changed dramatically since 2008.

 

Nowadays it seems less important how good you are on a certain topic or field of expertise. Instead publishers are especially interested in working with authors who have their own marketing channels to sell their own books. In other words, if you do not have a large enough network of potential buyers, most  publishers will not be interested in working with you no matter how well your book is written. In my opinion most publishers have become risk averse and are reluctant to accept new and unpublished authors work. It is a reality that newcomers have to deal with.

 

Risk vs. Reward

 

From a publisher?s point of view is logical that they have become more picky in terms of sales potential of a book. A recent book of mine (Meer Klantwaarde) was expensive to produce and therefore posed a high risk for the publisher. The book itself required not only a huge investment in time of two authors, but due to the graphical models and tables in the book, the publisher had to make a substantial investment in graphic design and layout. On top of that, the book was in full color making printing far more expensive.  Last but not least, the publisher had to order from the printer in minimum quantities of between 500 and 1000 copies.  If the book doesn?t sell, the publisher not the author takes the  loss.

 

It took us a lot of marketing efforts to generate sales, which made us also realize why traditional book publishing is such a tricky business. Books in the warehouse cost money.  If demand changes, or if demand does not materialize, the publisher can take a significant loss.

 

Self publishing.

 

Over the past few years, it had become much harder to sell book proposals to publishers. I had one discussion with a publisher in 2013 about a new book project.  I tried to persuade them to publish our new book (The Customer Profit Maxim), but this was literally how they replied:

 

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My main concern with the book remains sales. I asked you back in September how you could reach the market through speaking, client sales, workshops etc. and specified the minimum buyback I?d require. You demonstrated some of the ways you could support the book, but many of them are difficult to quantify and revolve around PR and future workshop plans rather than existing activities that will continue to deliver over time. I need tangible, advance commitments of this sort:

 

 

Branch organisations: credit management (branch) organizations commitments

 

UK: Organisation x, xxx copies; organisation y, xxx copies; organisation z, xxx copies?

 

Netherlands: Organisation x, xxx copies; organisation y, xxx copies; organisation z, xxx copies?

 

Germany: Organisation x, xxx copies; organisation y, xxx copies; organisation z, xxx copies?

 

Etc

 

 

Workshops

 

Specify previous 6 month and future 6 month schedule including details of clients and numbers attending and number of copies that will be sold via event.

 

 

Speaking events

 

Specify previous 6 month and future 6 month schedule including details of clients and numbers attending and number of copies that will be sold via event.

 

 

I would also still require a commitment to the minimum quantity purchase I specified.

 

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I was flabbergasted by this response. It was  clear to me that publishing in the traditional way was dead --- at least for me. Nowadays, book publishing and especially business books requires you to write a business plan and a marketing plan.  As a result,  I started to explore self publishing.

 

When I look back at my journey as a writer (and publisher), I actually have to thank this publisher for his response. Otherwise, I would never have explored the possibilities and flexibility of self publishing (SP). However, it doesn?t mean that the self publishing does not have any issues and challenges, but for authors who do not mind to do their own marketing and promotion, I believe that self publishing is the way to go.

 

To me, self publishing boils down to this: I can get a book published on Amazon in less than 24 hours. I don?t have to store any inventory because the book is  printed on demand. I get the benefit of my marketing and sales efforts, not the publisher.  From an environmental, financial and risk point of view, self publishing is the way to go.   And with the help of relatively inexpensive software such as Adobe InDesign,  I can now easily adjust the front and back cover of any of my books  in a couple of minutes as shown below.

 

Cover e-book HCFC USA chapters_FINAL_with Washington Monument.jpg

 

                                                                                         Or

 

Cover HCFC Belgium edition_FINAL_with background_v1.jpg

 

Self publishing requires a lot of DIY activities.  You?ll need to invest time  to learn various things related to publishing.  It is advisable to invest in software that enables you to do graphic design and to create the layout of your book. The  freedom and flexibility that self publishing gives you in return is worth the effort. Once you have setup your account and learned how to use a self publishing platform, it is actually easy and you have the intellectual freedom that comes from being in control of your own material.

 

Marketing and promotion of your book is still going to be a challenge, but that does not differ much from what happens if you do publish using a traditional publisher. Why?  Because  traditional publishers don?t spend much  time on marketing your book.  Remember that the author is expected to take care of marketing and promotion of the book themselves. Traditional publishing as a business model is dead.  Long live self publishing!

 

Marcel Wiedenbrugge is a consultant, author, publisher, writer, researcher, speaker and trainer. He traditionally and self published multiple books. His current global book project is the ?Happy Customers Faster Cash? series, which is available on Amazon.

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I love history books and mystery books the most. Anything to do with music history gets me going. Can anyone recommend anyone I should check out or books I should check out?

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