CreateSpace Launch Self-Publishing Packages

It seems CreateSpace have decided to go down the same avenue of marketing their services as Lulu. Although CreateSpace offered many individual services to authors – their focus has shifted to the familiar self-publisher packages. While CreateSpace say the packages offer significant savings to authors when compared to their individual prices for each service – they are on the higher expense end when you compare them to their competitors. For example, their ‘Total Design Freedom Essentials’ has the following at $1658.

Total Design Freedom Essentials Includes

  • Basic Copyediting (1 Round)** – Let a professional editor review your manuscript and provide suggested corrections for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and consistency.
  • Unique Book Cover – Collaborate with our design team to create an eye-catching cover with a single image, plus cover text, fonts, and your author photo.
  • Custom Interior – We’ll incorporate your ideas on typography, text layout, decorative accents and chapter style into a professional, custom-designed book interior.
  • ISBN assignment (if you don’t have your own) and barcode placement.
  • Online distribution through sales channels you select, including and your own eStore.
A basic copy edit for the average book of 60 – 80 k words should hit the $500 – $600 tops mark, so that is a lot of bucks for what remains on offer, custom cover and interior and ISBN, and online distribution.

You can check out the full details of the packages here.



  1. Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said:

    I ordered their media/publicity package for my book earler this year– it was over $1,500.

    And I doubt it was worth it, but we shall see– my book was actually about publishing non-fiction with CreateSpace, so if the publicity package I purchased ends up being a waste o money, I’ll update the manuscript to reflect that.

    Most of the “publicty kit” was stuff I ended up writing myself and then CreateSpace used a canned template to create postcards, bookmarks, and businesscards, etc. Not exactly what I expected.

  2. Mick Rooney said:

    Coral Press

    Yes, I did read the article and it makes for a fascinating read. Certainly we need one defined format for ebooks whatever mode readers choose to view the books on, and without it, the development of ebooks is going to remain a small percentage of sales. Despite the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle with ebook buyers, I still believe the epub format holds the lead.

  3. JFBookman said:

    I think Amazon’s also shooting themselves in the foot by making the Kindle conversion somewhat onerous. A current client, printing through Book Surge, had to pony up over $200 to get his novel converted. Odd.

  4. Anonymous said:

    CreateSpace/Amazon YUK !
    Visualize a bar-room hump between a Vanity Publisher and a Monopoly wanna be.

    First, they demand your personal info so they can flog you with promotion via e-mail just to get ” in the door” to view thier
    products and prices.

    Second, their sites and products are a poor and obvious copy of Outskirts, without any straight forward functionality.

    Third thier website is so graphic intensive that if you are on dial-up ISP like 40% of USA.. and many other parts of the world.. you can’t down load a page in less than a half hour.

    29 items remaining my arse.

    It is all so distasteful, I have to pass before I even learn what they are selling. It’s not cheap I got that much out of thier spooge.

    L. in California

  5. Mick Rooney said:

    L. From California,

    I hope you didn’t get out of bed on the wrong side this morning!

    I do agree the publishing packages are not necessarily a good sign, and I hope CreateSpace don’t start moving more in the direction of Lulu.

    They remain a better option for many authors who have the ability to put together a completed PDF book file and are happy with online distribution on Createspace’s site and Amazon.

    Unless, of course, you know of an even better author solutions service?