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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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I put a lot of creativity and passion into this. Check it out and let me know what you think. “My World in Words” by Joseph Albrecht is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and the CreateSpace E Store! I enjoyed this project and hope you do also. Thanks.

 

Joseph Albrecht, NDTR

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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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In questo libro sono state raccolte alcune nozioni fondamentali sulla sicurezza elettrica ed in particolare sulle protezioni contro i contatti indiretti nei sistemi elettrici industriali.

Lo scopo principale di tale realizzazione è di esporre, discutere e comprendere, nonché di risolvere i problemi concernenti la pericolosità dei contatti indiretti ed anche, in minima parte, dei contatti diretti. Il seguente libro cerca di ricoprire un campo piuttosto vasto riguardante i pericoli derivanti dalle differenti applicazioni dell'elettricità, per cui si trattano argomenti che vanno dalla moderna classificazione dei sistemi in bassa tensione (TT, TN, IT) e dal problema del coordinamento dei sistemi di protezioni con gli impianti di messa a terra dei sistemi suddetti, ai problemi sulle protezioni contro i contatti indiretti in media ed alta tensione, ma anche alle protezioni contro i rischi elettrici che possono essere insiti in ambienti come locali da bagno, piscine ed ospedali.

 

Ing. Antimo Audino


https://tsw.createspace.com/title/5107578

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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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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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How to publish a coloring book?

Posted by Dreyden Feb 19, 2016

I am relatively new to this. Could someone help me take to the right channels so I can publish my coloring book?

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POETRY OF RAVJI

Posted by Raviji Feb 4, 2016

                                                                                                   LIFE

                    The way we live in life

                    His some what dull in life     

                 We think unknown thing which   

                Harm other or disappiontment their

                                            Way of life

                           Wake up in Brightness of nature

                                    Don't feel with tragic

                                  Think it make it or do it

                                 In some way or the other

                             Which makes your life Happy   


    

  

 

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POETRY OF RAVJI

Posted by Raviji Jan 11, 2016

"CHALLENGE"


challenge,challenge in life

Take point of success

Challenge your way of will,

Have your challenge

Till you have your last breath

Someone discourage you,

Make it  with  challenge

Don't take with disspointment

Which bring sad end

CHALLENGE,CHALLENGE

In your life

Till you it with success.

                                              

       -Written by,

          Bangalore.Venkatappa.Ravi






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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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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BOOK RELEASE

Posted by b-rasta Aug 2, 2015

I was so excited i fogot to add thed link, my apologies!

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01390FUT8

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sit and be bored?

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