How I published my first CreateSpace book
Many authors have used CreateSpace with great success and I've happily suggested it to clients. But just how easy is it to turn a manuscript into a perfectly produced paperback?

17 – Time for some revision

I'm sure it won't have escaped your notice, but there's a distinct lack of 'technical' advice on this blog. Why? CreateSpace has created such a smooth process for authors that there's very little I can add – other than to confirm how easy it is to use.

But perhaps it's time for a re-cap. Here's a summary of the stages completed:

  • Create manuscript in Word (using formatted indents and page breaks for new chapters)
  • Copy and paste manuscript into CreateSpace template (set page numbering)
  • Create cover
  • Produce PDF version of Word document
  • Submit to CreateSpace, via their download option
  • Receive confirmation there are no technical issues
  • Order proof copy

Other stages are completed within the CreateSpace site – setting the price, for instance. CreateSpace sets the minimum, but the author opts for any price above that. The minimum price for my paperback was £7.32 and I set the price at £7.95. From every copy sold I will receive a royalty of £0.38 – it's not a fortune, but as a return on my investment of £9.36 (for the proof copy), it's okay. Marketing the book will be key to how much I ultimately receive, but more of that later.

If you've written a novel and are considering using CreateSpace, you might be disappointed with that £0.38 – but don't be. CreateSpace royalties are tiered:

  • Text only
  • Black and white images, plus text
  • Full colour images, plus text

If you're publishing a book that has no images (apart from a colour cover), you will receive a much larger slice of the pie – pounds, not pence.

It's worth pointing out that if authors buy 'author' copies, i.e. to sell direct, they pay the cover price, less the royalty. That's a great option for authors who intend hosting events, but don't forget there will postage fees to recoup.