This is the first in a series of posts on publishing your book on Createspace, which is a print-on-demand (POD) platform, owned by Amazon.
Though I have used several other companies in the past, I have found Createspace to be the best in terms of cost, customer service, and quality of the books. Whenever I have had an issue, for example, when the courier damages the books in transit, Createspace are always very quick to respond and they always rectify the situation without any problem, making sure you are not out-of-pocket or too badly inconvenienced.
Like my series on how to publish your book on Kindle, I will be taking you through the process step by step, and undoubtedly, more posts will spring up from this, such as more details on formatting etc.
#1. Getting Started
First of all, you will need to sign up for a Createspace account. Unlike KDP, it is not linked directly to Amazon, so even if you have an Amazon account, you will need to sign up for a new account. You could of course use the same email address that you use for Amazon. So visit createspace.com and click on Sign Up.
You will be taken to the Create New Account screen, where you need to enter your details:
Then it will take you to the terms and conditions. PLEASE DO READ THEM. Don’t just take my word on it – when it comes to anything related to publishing your book, always read the small print! It’s a contract, don’t take it lightly because it’s online. Ticking a box still makes it binding. Just because I am happy with their terms, doesn’t mean you will be too. Please check for yourself.
Then, if you agree, you will be taken to the email verification page. You will need to check your email for a code that you need to enter into the box. Either click on the link or enter the code.
Once verified, you will be taken to this screen:
Click on ‘Set Up Your Book Now’, to be taken to the first page of creating your book.
The next part of the process is here.
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.
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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.