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Create Multiple Formats and Versions

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jul 22, 2013 4:35:33 AM

You can generate multiple streams of income from a single title. There's no magic involved. You don't need access to a parallel universe. You don't even have to sell books a page at a time. A single title has the potential to give you more than one way to put money in your pocket.


How? You can create different formats and versions of your book. You most likely already have two formats of your book on the market: print with CreateSpace and eBook with Kindle Direct Publishing. Thus you have two possible ways to earn income from one title.


But there are more formats to be had. For instance, there's the audiobook format. Thanks to services such as Audible's Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), creating an audiobook is relatively easy. With ACX's help, you are able to let a community of narrators know you're looking for voice talent, and then audition the talent online, work with the talent as they provide you chapter-by-chapter recordings of your book and make the book available for purchase with various online retailers.


In addition to creating different formats, you can also create different versions of your book, such as foreign language editions. Sure, you may not know how to translate your book to Spanish or German or Japanese, but you'll find many translators with such expertise out there in the virtual world. Where do you find them? It will take some searching, but my advice is to reach out to members of a trusted writing community and ask for leads. If that fails to turn up anything, look for reputable freelance writing websites and put out some feelers. It may take some time to find the right fit, and it may even entail a substantial investment, so be sure your book has sales potential in foreign-language markets before you start. The long-term benefits could outweigh your initial costs by opening new revenue streams.


We are fast approaching a time when having a book exist in a single format or even single version doesn't make a lot of sense for indie authors, because it's akin to leaving money on the table. So look at your options and make your book available however readers want to consume it.


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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Aug 20, 2013 1:38 AM Zahira    says:

It is a very interesting article.
I am a Castilian Spanish writer, with English Phylology, and offer myself as a translator.


Aug 20, 2013 5:22 AM grayce    says in response to Zahira:


I wanted my newest children's book series:

translated into Spanish and French.


Some of the people I had found were cost prohibitive.

Is there a link inside the CreateSpace Community to find translators?


Thanks for the article, Richard.

Aug 21, 2013 8:19 AM KlausS    says:


thank you for this article, Richard. I did just as you wrote: Find a good translator and present a translation of my book in English-language. In Germany my book "The Screw on the Moon" was several weeks the best science-fiction book in the Amazon (Kindle) store with a lot of 4- and 5-star Reviews. An English-language homepage exists ( But then comes the biggest difficulty: the start in the American market. This is not only my problem. I know many of the best selfpublishers in Germany because I run the "Indie-Lounge", where I interview the #1-authors. They have the same problem: they have good books, sometimes ready translations but a problem to start or to find help for starting.


You have much experience. Can you write an article how to start in the US when one is a foreign author? Or another thought: Perhaps it is a business idea to help german/foreign authors to start or support them.

I hope for some helpful ideas.


Dec 26, 2013 11:57 AM Starfish    says:

Is there much of a market for audio recordings of children's books?