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.
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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.
Hi, can anyone help? I published my book, Short, Short Stories for Busy, Busy People as a paperback on Createspace no problem. When I published it on Kindle Direct Publishing however, the numbers in the contents page wer all over the place giving a very unprofessional look to the electronic version of the book. I downloaded the interior and removed the numbers. when I re-uploaded the interior, I discovered that there are now two versions available. One with the numbers on the contents page and one without. (Each has its own ISBN number) Has anyone else experienced this or can anyone advise me of a solution.
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I am so glad that I revised my book and even happier that nobody bought it!! After I actually slowed down and read what I had wrote I saw that not only was I impatient but had made mistakes that nobody saw. Thank God for the more experienced authors who took the time to point out my errors!
Not only was I able to add a little more action to my story but also to take my time and think things through so the reader can understand what I'm trying to say.This time when I read the story I enjoyed it and hope the reader does too! I found that by meditating, I can remain calm and not get over excited about writing my first book. This helped me out a lot!
Again, I want to thank the writers who helped me to refocuse!
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