Book Titles – 5 Things to Consider

I’m not even going to tell you how long it took me to come up with a title for this blog post. Which is about my experiences with creating book titles. Ironic, no?

As the author of ten books, coming up with a decent title for each story is something that I have wrestled with a lot. The title is usually the first thing that people know about your book, and so is the first thing to be judged. (If the title is okay, then the next judgement will be the cover art, then the blurb, then the first page or two, and then the price.)

Some stories come with a clear title, and it would be crazy to consider anything else. I know when I wrote The Elphite, I really didn’t even consider calling it anything else. But using a made-up word as a book title has its drawbacks, which I will come to in a moment.

I feel it’s important to get the title of your book right before you publish, and to try the title out on lots of people, search for it on Amazon and on Google, and to consider all the different ways it might be interpreted. With Indie and Self-publishing, it’s quite easy these days to change the title later on if you feel it’s necessary, but you might find that you confuse your readers (who will think it’s a new book) and the original versions will always be out there somewhere online, it’s difficult to erase them completely. So make sure you are absolutely certain before publishing.

So, things to consider when creating your book title:

#1. Weird or Mundane?

Some book titles seem utterly mundane, yet they have become bestsellers, and have appealed to people all over the world. However, the more mundane they are, the more likely it is that there will be several books with the same title. Now, if you’re the kind of creative who likes to be original, this idea will make you cringe, but having a mundane title has its advantages too.

3d 2When you have a title with ordinary words, or that is similar to other popular book titles, it is likely that people will come across it by accident when they are searching on Amazon or Google. For example, if I were to search for “I’m Here” on Amazon, I will find that in the books section, my book shows up halfway down page two, and in the Kindle section, it’s quite low down on page one. There are so many books with ‘I’m Here’ in the title, and even books with those words in the blurb will show up before my book. Which means that while searching for my book, there’s the possibility that the reader will stumble upon another book they might like better, and also if they were searching for someone else’s book, they might find mine instead.

When you have a weird or unique title, like The Elphite, then you can be sure that when you search for it on Amazon, it will be the only hit. Which means that the likelihood of someone stumbling upon it by accident are very slim. I like both weird and mundane titles, as I think they both serve a purpose. But from a marketing perspective, the mundane titles make more sense.

#2. Mysterious Titles

3d 2I’ve always believed that books titles and covers should intrigue you, and that it’s fun to work out the meaning of the title by reading the book. But when I used an acronym in one of my book titles, all I got were comments like – “What does it stand for? Why would I buy the book if I don’t know what it means?” The book was The Doorway to PAM. Which encapsulated the story perfectly, as the book is all about souls who find this doorway which leads them to PAM. I personally felt that by saying what PAM stood for in the blurb, it would spoil it, so I always insisted they just read the story. At one point, when getting the cover art redesigned, I considered changing the title, but everything I could think of – which used more mundane words – had already been used, and I couldn’t bring myself to use the same title as other books already in existence. Despite my decision, I do think that if you find that you really aren’t selling any copies of your book because your title is too obscure, then a re-naming might well be the way to go, even though it could cause some confusion.

#3. Is it a Series, a Trilogy or a Saga?

3d 2Another thing to consider when naming your book, is whether it is the first in a series, trilogy or saga. Which could very well influence what you call it. I read somewhere that when Stephenie Meyer wrote Twilight, she originally called it Forks. Which makes you wonder what the others in the series would have been called – Spoons, Knives and Teaspoons? (just kidding!) I must admit, when I was trying to name The Earth Angel Training Academy, I was thinking that it would be a standalone book, and I had no plan for it to be a series. Originally, I had titled it ‘The Angels Calling’. Which had more of a non-fiction, spiritual journey feeling to it, so I changed it. It did briefly occur to me that if I did ever write more books and turn it into a series, I would have trouble naming the rest of them, because really, naming the first book after the Academy was akin to JK Rowling naming the first Harry Potter book – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But even if I had the opportunity to go back in time and call the first book something different, I have no idea what I would have called it. If I went down the Harry Potter route, it would have ended up something like Purple Velvet and the Cube-Shaped Alien. Which is actually a pretty cool title…. hmmm…

Most series’, trilogies and sagas these days have an overall title, and again, that is something to consider more thoroughly. I must admit – The Earth Angel Series is not a particularly original or well-thought out title, it just sort of happened. When I had the covers of my other books redesigned, I wanted to tie them together somehow, and so created a collection – called the Visionary Collection – which made marketing the individual stories much easier. Their original covers were all very different, and disconnected from each other. It also make coming up with the cover art for the next stories much easier.

#4. Title Length

Coming up with the perfect title is really quite complicated. It needs to describe the story, intrigue and excite the potential reader, conjure up a feeling, or image, or emotion, and then sell the book. Sometimes, a single word will do that, and other times, titles end up very long. The length of the book title will affect the cover art, and also more practical things like custom URLs and how many characters it takes up in a tweet.

3d 2The longest title I have, is The Other Side: of the Earth Angel Training Academy. Now I usually shorten it to simply The Other Side, and put the second half as a subtitle, but it was still a mission to figure out the cover to fit the whole title on it. Something to consider is the memorability of the title. My first book is often shortened by readers to The Earth Angel Academy, or just Angel Academy. So I have taken from this experience that the title is too long really. You want the title to be memorable, and so getting the length right is important.

I really like one-word or two-word book titles, but coming up with one that’s unique is not going to be easy. When I was coming up with alternative ideas for The Doorway to PAM, and when I’ve brainstormed ideas for a new trilogy I am working on, I have found that almost every single possibility I can think of has been used already. Which could mean that I just suck at titles, or that quite simply, that’s what happens when there are over 1.5million books available on Kindle.

#5. Trends

I would never recommend or suggest that you write a book on a topic, purely because it’s trending, or name a book something that is similar to a bestseller so you can ride their wave with them. But if you are writing books about topics you are passionate about, and those topics happen to be trending, it’s a good idea to get the words people are searching for into the title.

3d 2I wrote The Earth Angel Training Academy in 2009, and at that time, there was very little around about the concept of Twin Flames, which is one of the main themes of the book. So when the Twin Flame concept suddenly became popular and I noticed that my posts on the subject were getting daily hits on my blog, I will admit, it affected my choice of titles for the new books in the Earth Angel Series, which were basically the stories of the reunion of the Flames between 2012 and 2032. Again, I had intended for there to be one book to cover those twenty years, and so I titled it The Twin Flame Reunion. But then it turned into several books (three so far, and four more to come) and so when it came to titling the rest, a pattern emerged of using ‘re’ words. So the subsequent titles were The Twin Flame Retreat and The Twin Flame Resurrection. (The Twin Flame Reality will be out this year.) Now, it might look very cool and clever, but I have to say – I would not recommend doing what I have done! You wouldn’t believe how many times I have got confused about which book is which, and I wrote them! Just as it’s not a good idea to name characters similar names, it’s not always a good idea to use very similar book titles in a series, either.

Of course, using the words Twin Flame in my book titles had the intended effect, and they are discovered much more readily by people who are interested in the concept. But I would only suggest using trending topics and words within your title if the book is truly, actually about that. Otherwise people will just end up being disappointed and you’ll get bad reviews.

 

So there you have it, a few things to think about when coming up with a book title, based on my experience over the last few years. I could write more, but I think I will save any further thoughts for another time, otherwise this post will end up as a book in itself!

Comment below if you have found this useful, and let me know the issues you’ve had with book titles.


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Michelle is the author and publisher of 10 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs of mushrooms and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


Disclaimer:All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.

Scapple, An Author’s Best Friend!

I know I’ve blogged about the wonders of Scapple before, but since writing that post, I have discovered new ways of it being the best ever bit of software for authors. I mention a couple of the ways mentioned in my previous post, as well as some new ones, and I’m sure there are many more uses for it, if you use the software in a different way, please comment below. You can trial the software for free, and it’s a super reasonable price to purchase.

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Summary of the Uses for Scapple:

#1. Family Tree

#2. Planning a book series

#3. Simple infographics 

#4. Timeline

#5. Chapter Summary

#6. Character mapping – when you have lots of characters spread out through a series of books.

 

 

IMG_5734_2Michelle is the author and publisher of 8 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


DisclaimerAll views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier.

 

Your Amazon Author Page

An often overlooked, but important part of Indie Publishing on Amazon, is the Author Page. It’s up to you as the author to fill it in, put a photo, a bio, links to Twitter and your blog, and also videos if you wish. It’s free to have one, and it makes sense to take the time to fill it out because it’s another platform for people to discover you.

To fill it in, you have to visit a different website – Amazon Author Central. Unfortunately, you have to fill out the US page and the UK page separately, because they’re not linked! So here it is, step by step:

UK:

Visit authorcentral.amazon.co.uk and sign in using your Amazon account.

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Click on Author Page, where you can upload photos, videos (unfortunately they don’t allow links to YouTube, you have to upload the original video from your computer) and a biography and your Twitter feed. You can also add upcoming events too.

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Your behind the scenes will look like this when you’re done:

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Then your page on Amazon will look like this (depending on how many books you have of course!)

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From the main menu, you can then go to Books, and if Amazon hasn’t already assigned your books to you, you can add them here.

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Then you can check your sales stats and see all your customer reviews by clicking on the other two buttons on the menu.

US:

Visit authorcentral.amazon.com and sign in using your Amazon account.

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Then click on the Author Page:

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It’s very similar to the UK page, except that you can add a feed to your blog as well. And you can choose a custom URL for your page. But I would recommend getting a Universal link from Booklinker for your author page.

The behind the scenes will look like this:

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And then your page on Amazon will look like this:

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A feature I love about the US page is the Follow button. This means readers get a message when the author releases a new book, which is a handy little tool.

 

I hope you found that helpful, it’s very simple and straightforward, but definitely worth doing!

 

 


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Michelle is the author and publisher of 10 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs of mushrooms and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


Disclaimer:All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.

Universal Book Links – Part 2

I wanted to write a short follow-up to my original post on Universal Book Links, to explain how to use the links with Amazon Associate links.

I signed up to be an Amazon Associate a long time ago, and have never made money through it, because I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them. Then after a conversation with Lynn Serafinn on Facebook last night, I realised that I should look into them again, because I had noticed that you can use them with the universal book links from BookLinker.

So, I sent BookLinker and email to ask for their help in setting it all up, and received a very helpful response, within minutes!

You can find the right page by logging into BookLinker, then click on My Account. Underneath your information, you will see boxes to fill in your ‘tag’ for each country. You have to set up a separate account with each country, and apparently to have accounts in India, Brazil and China you must have local bank accounts in those countries, so you may want to not bother with those. I have set up a US account, and to do so, I had to go through a US Tax Interview, similar to what you have to fill out for Createspace and KDP. If you are not in the US, they will only pay you your earnings in Amazon gift cards, but that’s fine by me!

Once I went through the process, which was quite easy, I was given a ‘tag’ which is created from your name and has ’20’ or ’21’ on the end of it. Then I entered the tags into the US and UK boxes on BookLinker and updated my information.

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And that’s it! Now, when someone clicks on my universal links, I will earn a small commission when they buy my book from Amazon. Although I had put off doing anything about this for a long time, in reality, it took no time at all to sort it out and from now on, I won’t have to do anything else!

If you have any trouble at all with the universal links, please do contact them for assistance, they are super helpful and very prompt with their responses!

Self-Publishing on Createspace – Part 6

To learn how to set up your Createspace account, then create a book, please do catch up by reading Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

#7. File Review

Once you have received and email from Createspace, saying that your book has been approved, you can now view an online proof copy (which is like the online reviewer used previously), you can download a PDF proof and you can also order a printed proof copy.

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(If the email says that you need to make changes before they will approve it, then make the appropriate changes and re-submit it for reviewing).

#8. Proof Your Book

Even though I have published many books now, and I probably could just look at the online proof and approve the book, I still ALWAYS order a paperback proof copy. Why? Because I like to do one last proofread before publishing, and also because occasionally something might not go to plan on the cover or in the front and back matter. In my last book, for example, the book title on the title page was not in the right place, and looked odd, which I hadn’t noticed on the online proof copy. It’s much easier to spot formatting errors and also spelling mistakes and typos, when the book is in printed format. And even if it’s been edited and proofread extensively, and you’ve employed all kids of tactics, I promise you, there will still be more errors lurking in there.

The proof copy will be the most expensive copy you will buy, as you will have a huge postage cost for just one book, which in the future will be spread out over lots of books. You can buy up to 5 proof copies, so you could get some extra if you have willing friends to look over them for you. They will have ‘Proof’ in large letters on the final page of the book, so there’s no point buying too many as they won’t be saleable.

If you find errors in the print copy, then you can make changes to the original document, and re-upload it, but you will then have to re-submit the book for Createspace to review it and approve it, which will take another 24-48 hours.

Once you are happy with the proof, you can approve it, which will mean that it will be available to buy on Amazon within a few days, and that you can now buy copies at cost price.

In the next part, I will go through the distribution and pricing sections.

 

 


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Michelle is the author and publisher of 8 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


Disclaimer:All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.

 

 

Self-Publishing on Createspace – Part 5

Welcome to part 5 of the Self-publishing on Createspace Series. You can catch up by viewing Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. I will dive straight into the next step which is uploading the cover.

#5.  Book Cover

At this stage, you will either have a PDF of your full cover (ie. the front cover, spine and back cover all in one) or you will have JPGs of the front and back cover separately. There is a cover designer in Createspace, but as it is very basic, I would recommend that you get your cover designed and made into a full PDF as it will look more professional. When I first started out, I used to use the creator to do the spine and upload the front and back images, which is okay, but you won’t be able to add the publishing logo to your spine, and as I discussed in an earlier post, that’s actually quite an important part of your cover.

To help your designer to work out the sizing for the PDF, you will need to know the final page count, and then using the info in this page, work out the spine width. 

I will go through the process of uploading the PDF first. Click on Cover in the menu. The first choice you need to make is – Matte cover or Glossy cover. Both are good choices, I have published my Earth Angel series with glossy covers, and my Visionary Collection with matte. Go into a bookshop and look at books in the same genre as yours. I found that many fantasy and sci-fi books actually had glossy covers, while romance books tended to have matte covers. I believe that the choice of cover is a personal one, though I must admit, more than anything, I just love the way the matte covers feel!

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To upload your PDF, you want to choose the 3rd option  – Upload a Print-Ready PDF Cover

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Then browse for your PDF file:

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Then hit save, and it will upload.

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Once it is uploaded, you can click on continue, to move onto the next step, which will be covered tomorrow.

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If you have separate JPG images for the front and back cover that you wish to upload, you will need to use the cover creator, which is option 1. Click on Launch Cover Creator.

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You’ll need to scroll through the templates to page 5, and choose the The Palm and click OK.

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Then you will go through each step, uploading the front and back covers, and choosing the spine colour. The spine text will be entered from the info you have already entered, but you can tweak it if you want to. If your book is any colour other than black or white, then you may find it difficult to match the spine colour as there is a very limited selection of covers to choose from. Your images will need to be at least 300DPI and the right size for the book trim size you have chosen.

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In the example above, this cover would be deemed unacceptable, because there is text in the red area around the edge. Createspace will not allow any vital info to be in these red areas in case it is cut off in the printing and trimming process, so you will have to ensure the title and other text is within the middle area.

Once you have completed the steps, you can click Submit Cover, and then you can review the PDF they create of the cover to check that it looks right. Then you can click Save and Continue.

#6. Complete Setup

The next step is a quick one – you just need to click to submit your book to be reviewed by Createspace! The review could take between 24 and 48 hours, and they will email you to let you know whether they have found your book to be printable or not. If it is not, they will tell you why, if it is not clear why, then you can email them to ask for more information, or call them (they’re there 24/7 but the number is a US number, so will cost a bit if you’re calling from the UK)

Congratulations! I will cover the next steps of the process soon.

 


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Michelle is the author and publisher of 8 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


Disclaimer:All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.

 

 

Self-Publishing on Createspace – Part 4

This post will cover uploading the interior file of you book to Createspace. For help with setting up your account, and starting a new project, please check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

#4. Interior

The first part of the process for the interior looks like the image below. You need to choose the Interior Type, either black and white, or full colour. If you have any images at all inside the book that you want in colour, you will have to choose full colour, and it is much more expensive than black and white. Then you need to choose the Paper Colour. I have only ever used white for my own books, as cream wouldn’t go with my covers. But I have had clients who have chosen the cream and have been very pleased with it.

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Next, is trim size. Createspace offer many different sizes, which you will see when you click on Choose a Different Size.

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 For my Earth Angel Series books, I use the 5.5″ by 8.5″, mainly because I used to publish them elsewhere and this was the only size they offered. When I switched to Createspace, I kept the same size. But when I had the covers of the Visionary Collection re-designed, I decided to switch to a smaller size, more appropriate for a novel, and the smallest size that Createspace offers – 5″ by 8″. It’s entirely up to you what size you use, but bear in mind that with Print on Demand, the cost of the book rises with the number of pages. So if you have a 100k word novel, and you choose the smallest trim size, you will pay more in manufacturing cost than if it were a bit bigger and fewer pages. At the other end of the scale, if you have fewer pages, and you want the book to look more substantial (and you want writing on the spine) then go for a smaller size.

Once you have chosen the trim size, you can click on Upload Your Book File. At this point, I am assuming that you already have your book file properly edited, proofread, formatted and laid out in the correct way. You can upload a word document, but I prefer to upload PDFs, so that my formatting isn’t changed in any way in the process. If you haven’t got the book file ready to go, then you can just save your choices so far, and come back to this stage later. I will be posting a series on how to format your book for print very soon.

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Once you have chosen your file, if it’s a PDF, you will be asked if the bleed ends before the edge of the page, or after – I always choose before to ensure nothing gets cuts off. Then, click on Save, and there will be a bit of processing time, and then they will perform the Automated Print Check.

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Then you will get here:

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If there are any issues found, it will tell you, but even if it says there are no issues, you still need to click on Launch Interior Reviewer, to go through the book carefully, to make sure that how it is presented in the Reviewer is EXACTLY how you want it to be printed.

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You want all of your text to be inside the dotted lines (if it isn’t it will tell you anyway) and you can go through, page by page, to make sure all is in order. If there are any issues but you accept them (like a low resolution images) then you can click Ignore Issues and Save, when you are happy with how it looks. Or if there are no issues and you are happy with it, you will click on Save and Continue. If you do find anything that you need to change, you will have to go back to your original document, make the changes, export it as a PDF again, then go through the upload process again. To do that, you would click on Go Back and Make Changes, then click on Upload New File. You can go through this process as many times as you wish to get the interior to look the way you want it to.

When you exit the reviewer, you will then click on Save and Continue, and you will then go onto the next step, which is uploading your cover. I will cover that step in the next part of the series! If you are finding these posts useful, please do comment below and share them with fellow writers and authors!

 


IMG_5734_2Michelle is the author and publisher of 8 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs and making gluten-free cakes.

If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


Disclaimer:All views, ideas and tips presented on this website are my own, based on my own experience and the experience of my clients. It is by no means the only way to do it, or the right way to do it, but it is the way that works for me. Please take what helps you and makes sense to you, and don’t worry about the rest for now. Please know that I take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you following my advice. I have created this blog as a resource for Indie Authors to help them make the publishing journey a little easier. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I mention, other than the fact that I use their services myself.

 

Self-Publishing on Createspace – Part 3

Thanks for joining me again for part 3 of my publishing in Createspace series! If you need help setting up your account, please check out Part 1 and Part 2 first.

In this post, I will cover the first part of setting up your book title on Createspace. I will take you through the process in as much detail as possible, but if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below.

#1. Add New Title

From the Member Dashboard, click on ‘Add New Title‘ then you will be taken to this screen. Enter the title of your book, (which you can change at a later date if you wish) choose ‘paperback’ and then choose the ‘Guided’ process.

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#2. Title Information

You will then start on this page. As you can see, the steps of the publishing process are on the left-hand menu, and when you complete each one, they will go green. For this page, you will need the basic info of the book – title, author name (I wouldn’t recommend putting a title – Mr or Miss, as it looks a little silly on the product page. But obviously if you are a Dr and it is relevant to the book, use it). Say if it’s a series and what the series name is, the edition number and the language. You won’t be able to put a future date in the ‘publication date‘ part, so unless you’re ready to publish immediately, I’d leave this blank. Then hit Save & Continue.

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#3. ISBN

The next step is the ISBN. You can choose to have a free Createspace-assigned ISBN, or enter your own that you have bought and registered. If you choose the free one, you can only use it on Createspace (you cannot take it with you if you decide to re-publish elsewhere) and it will list Createspace as the publisher in the Product Information on Amazon. I have used the free Createspace ISBNs for all my books so far, and I’m quite happy with that, if I wanted to publish my book with a company offering extended distribution in the UK at a later date, I would have to buy my own ISBNs then. Does it matter having the same book published by two different companies bearing two different ISBNs? I’m not sure it does, although it may affect re-selling on Amazon.

Have a look at all of the information on the ISBN page before deciding what you want to do. If you decide to purchase your own, the process to do so will depend on your country, and I would recommend you doing some research on how to go about doing so.

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If you choose a Createspace assigned ISBN, you will then end up on this page:

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You will need to copy the ISBN and paste it onto the legal page in your book, and when it comes to the cover, Createspace will generate the right barcode for that number for you.

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Tune in soon for Part 4!


IMG_5734_2Michelle is the author and publisher of 8 Visionary Fiction novels, all available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She spends her days helping Indie Authors to publish their books, taking photographs and making gluten-free cakes. If you need any help with your publishing journey, please do get in touch with her by emailing theamethystangel@hotmail.co.uk. You can book a Skype session or a phone call with her, or ask questions via email. Please do follow this blog to receive more posts on Indie Publishing.


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