Publishing my first book through createspace.com was super easy. I got the template from them for formatting my book from their site. I participated in NaNoWriMo.org and got two free printed copies which is cool. I love NaNoWriMo.org as it’s a great writing challenge.
The Printed Book
First I made an account with CreateSpace.com and downloaded their template for the trade paperback 6 x 9 book. It allows me to edit my book as many times as I want and I used openoffice instead of Microsoft Word.
The Cover for the Printed Book and the EBook
The only thing I have paid for is the cover which I chose a premade and I think they are awesome! $69 spent for the cover.I used selfpubbookcovers.com. This site’s prices start at $69 and it gives you a 300 dpi image for print and a 72 dpi. It only asks for credit inside the book, easily done. I can use their text options but I chose to take the image, use cooltext.com and then I used lunapic.com to put it all together. Both cooltext.com and lunapic.com are free to use.
Print Copy Shipping
I paid about $8 for the shipping of my two printed books from CreateSpace. Now, they first want you to order a physical proof copy but you can overlook that step if you like, as you do have to pay for the proof and the shipping. BTW I just got my two proof copies (I chose two) and see an error on the back of the book! Got to be very careful with editing.
Print Copy ISBN and barcode
CreateSpace.com will give you an ISBN for both print and ebook formats for free as well as a free barcode. No need to go and buy them yourself (hundreds of dollars!).
I pay about $30 a month for grammarly.com to help me self edit my books. I think it’s worth every penny.
I am all about offering any book for free but Amazon doesn’t like that and the lowest in USD is $0.99 but I can choose five days, five times a year and make it $0.00. I do have the Kindle Lending so it’s free for people who belong to that.
So my first day, yesterday of twitter posts, blog post, reblog posts (THANK YOU!) gave me over 60 ‘purchases’ all free. I love that! Today there was about 9 but I’m just glad my book is out there. It isn’t my best work but it’s a good story. I confess I am scared of the feedback but also really want to find out what other people think!
Now back to caretaking, running errands that had me literally walking in circles and being a mom.
NEVER FORGET: Mental Health is just as important as physical health. Take care of your emotions and mind better than you take of your body!