Saturday, 26 September 2009


CreateSpace Launch Self-Publishing Packages


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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 Amazon.com 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.


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  1. 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.

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  3. It seems there are so many options out there now for self-publishing. Did you see the article in the NYTimes about Steve Jordan? His website is here and he was featured in this article.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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

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  8. 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?

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