This is my story's story. A year ago I finished writing my play, "The Devil's Dancer: A Satire of Nothing". I had resolved to relax for awhile after I finished writing my "dramatique" piece. Last season I had begun to submit my piece to publishing companies. Now, publishing companies for dramatic pieces are not exactly the same as literature companies by reason that some are exclusively in the business to print theater scripts for theater plays. But, there are literature companies that will consider drama pieces for publication through their processes. My piece, is very long. Very, very long. If it wasn't for its interesting topics and colorful ( literally ) charms, I couldn't realisticly expect to get a publishers attention. The same pitch goes for watching the actual show, because again it's a play. Nobody's going to sit through a 5 hour show ( I'm serious ) if it was something less than a modern odyssey.
I'm just discussing my unique troubles with publishing a play before discovering createspace's convenience. Drama publishing is just as slow, if not slower, than literature publishing. It has a smaller audience, less open door companies, and though plays are shorter to read, it doesn't cut down the waiting time of months to seasons to years. I knew my big fat play was ready to hit the stage. I've been studying theater for years, I have enough natural confidence and good honest writing to judge my own piece as stage worthy.
I was in Denny's moping about the excrutiatingly long process of just submitting my play. My thought process went to comparing the length of time it would take just to reach readers if only I had physical copies to give away. Oh, is there a company that will print an order of scripts for you? I googled it, and at first the articles of "print your own book" lead me to Lulu.com. I was so excited, and it was really the first time I felt that entrepreneur spirit. The rest of the month I used all my free time to meticulously self edit my book for simple errors. I was excited to get started printing and get started with spreading my book.
When I explored createspace, as a competitor to Lulu, I was very attracted by their association with Amazon. I still think that's hands down the best part about createspace. My goals here shifted from book printing, to book publishing. The process is over. I don't need a publishing company because I know my play will sink or swim on its own merits. I'm pretty glad for this new modern service. Publishing companies do have their dignity, choosing what they produce. We've all heard of the horror stories of what books get published through this service, relying on the last straws of free speech. I feel like I've been an ideal customer, a young indie artist who's confident and good to go with his piece. Amazon has a place for me on their website, and the made-to-order production makes for a zero risk start up.
One more thing I'd like to flatter, my interior and exterior service was 4.5 star work. The price is worth it for the professionalism, but I will state some cons I had in my experience. With the exterior, my play is completely blank and minimalistic. See "The Devil's Dancer" on Amazon, the image inserter is not functioning on any device. I payed them basically for a font change from Helvetica to Avenir, and to make sure the book meets their dimensions. With how busy I was, I willingly forked it over. I had to buy the custom service, so even though I had a simple cover, I had to pay for the designer's full timeslot. A better DIY cover maker would have been suffice, but they have it so clunky and unattractive on purpose. They want you buying a nicer cover. Unless your making a cookbook for your grandma, you're not using their cover creator.
Their interior service for me was a different story. I was expecting a lot of "sorry, we can't touch that" technicality policy. I got it a little bit for the hard returns. I had to tell them over the phone to please ignore the hard returns and just get started. After that, I was very surprised. I have a special intro for my play, the script has an experience that also describes the character's costumes and basic personalities. Again, I thought there would be trouble. And I wouldn't blame them, plays have slightly different structures that wouldn't fit in to their typical work. There are twice as many scenes compared to an average of chapters, at least in mine. Then it's split in four parts, not including the intro. Everything was spaced beautifully. Just perfect, and the font too. Scenes, starts, exits, section spaces, and they nailed my quote page at the end! My big fat play was organized, and in a beautiful font. There was just one problem with this service. Images. Images are their golden goose for marking up. They'll define the juggling of images as difficult. I can't imagine why, they were far from professional the first time around. My images where put in boxes with some horrible shadow effect. All of them are simple signs and symbols, such as a bus symbol or male/female bathroom signs. Even my cover image was put in a horrible image box. 70 bucks per image, please.
I still gave them a good review for everything else done on point. When it's all finished, and your dream is in your hand, you won't even be thinking about how meticulous the process was. I'm happy with my book, we'll be skipping off into the sunset. I've already begun advertising my book to friends, families, and interest groups. I'm going to start networking at Chicago expos and hopefully get my book some momentum. Thanks, createspace-amazon.
In case you don't know, my play is called, "The Devil's Dancer: A Satire of Nothing", available now on Amazon.com!