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.