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Double your royalties - really?
I did. Well, actually, I more than doubled them. My print sales have overtaken my digital sales on some books. I was shocked - until I published this course and students reported that they were making more money - either by the presence of their print book stimulating sales of their Kindle book (because the print book looks inexpensive in comparison), or by great print sales.
You too can make more money from your Kindle books by getting them into print via CreateSpace. A print book can increase your royalties both by making sales itself and by increasing your Kindle sales due to the cost comparison.
Sales of eBooks have overtaken sales of paperback and hardback books combined. However, that doesn't mean that physical books don't sell anymore - they do. Amazon sell 118 eBooks for every 100 physical books. That's still a lot of physical books being sold! It depends on your genre, but many authors report that their print sales actually overtake their digital sales in December and August - holiday periods. We all seem to prefer real books on the beach and for use as gifts!
There's a lot less competition in the physical book arena as most of the Internet Marketers stick to Kindle books. Kindle eBooks are quick and easy to publish - formatting for paperback takes a bit more time. It's well worth it, though.
Having a paperback version of your eBook can help increase your royalties for a number of reasons.
However, many authors confess to finding the formatting of their manuscript to CreateSpace's standards to be difficult. Who has the time to spend hours learning, fiddling, tweaking, proofing, and submitting?
This course can save you days and days of fumbling around trying to discover the best ways of formatting your manuscript yourself. It will enable you – once you have completed the course – to get a book into CreateSpace-ready format in around an hour. If you struggle at any point, I will do it for you and show you exactly what I did to get it right.
The course is packed with information, practical steps and activities, as well as tons of bonuses, such as PDF downloads and checklists to guide you along the way. It won't take you more than an hour or two to complete and the benefits will be with you forever. You can pick and mix to just study the bits you need, if you already know how to do the formatting but want to learn how to produce books that are professional enough to stand side-by-side with traditionally-published books.
The course has a full guarantee and will be accessible whenever you need to check back, in case you forget something. I will also keep it up-to-date and add new resources as time goes on.
You are welcome to ask questions, I'll support you all I can. You can find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter if I don't respond quickly enough on Udemy! (They don't always send out announcements about new questions.)
NOTE: This course is currently mostly suitable for Windows users (due to the demise of my Mac!).
*Only available to US authors.
A step-by-step lecture showing how to add headers, footers, and page numbers - including how to remove them from the front pages. I recorded this in response to a question - thanks Lynette Patterson!
An overview of the three options for creating/uploading covers on CreateSpace.
UPDATE November 2013: CreateSpace have now introduced an option to choose a matte finish cover, instead of the glossy finish.
If your book is already published, you can change to matte if you wish. Go to DISTRIBUTE > COVER FINISH.
It's a good idea to chat to your cover designer about whether a matte or glossy finish would be best for your book.
How to add your cover by uploading a print ready PDF.
The Cover Creator is a handy part of CreateSpace if you don't have a professionally-designed cover. It enables you to build one, using their templates.
They are easy to use - if a little fiddly - and you can produce some eye-catching and appealing results.
The biggest disadvantage to the Cover Creator is that you don't own the cover that you create with it. If you decide to publish outside of CreateSpace, you will have to have a cover created, you can't use the one you created using the Cover Creator.
The templates at the moment aren't allowing for spine designs. Up to a couple of weeks ago they were. This could be for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the templates were limited in what they did with spine design - they only allowed for writing, not images. Secondly, I suspect that they may have had trouble with them not lining up properly when they were printed.
If you don't mind not having a spine design and aren't thinking about publishing anywhere other than Amazon, then the Cover Creator is a good option for you.
When you appoint a designer, you need to give them the dimensions of the cover. If you don't want to get into that sort of detail, appointing CreateSpace themselves to design your cover is a good option. They will produce a quality cover to the correct dimensions, saving time and hassle.
A few ideas on where to find a good designer for your book's cover, plus a link to a fabulous course on book cover creation if you want to learn how to do it yourself.
Here's the course link:http://ude.my/c6se5
Creating Boxed Sets
Boxed sets of books are very popular right now. They always have been, actually. I got into one of my favorite authors, Mary Higgins Clark, thanks to the inclusion of one of her thrillers in a Readers Digest boxed set.
A boxed set is basically a number of books in one. Some traditional publishing houses produce them literally as a box with multiple books in it but the term has now extended to include one physical book with the content of multiple books inside it.
It's a good money-maker if you have written more than one book - preferably three. It's a way of selling more books and introducing yourself to new readers.
There are two ways of creating boxed sets: on your own, with all the books written by you; or with other authors. Creating them on your own is a great way to start and the royalties are less complicated!
This introduction talks about the reasons you might want to create a boxed set of your books.
This lecture demonstrates, live, how to create multiple tables of content in one document - which you will need to create a beautiful boxed set.
I've uploaded the actual Word document I was working from in this lecture as an optional download, in both Word and PDF formats. I've added written instructions in the document to accompany what I'm explaining in the video.
Any questions or problems, please post a question here - I'm happy to help.
This lecutre includes answers to these questions:
Please note that there is a new development since I recorded this lecture. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act says authors who are not US-based no longer have to obtain an ITIN or EIN number. All we need to do is enter our own tax identification number (i.e. from our own country) into CreateSpace (and anywhere else we sell our books).
If you already have an ITIN or EIN, you don't need to do anything.
Response to a question about headers, footers, & page numbering.
This is a quick video in answer to a question raised by someone who is creating books that contain blank pages (deliberately blank!). Marian wanted to know if I could think of a way to layout the blank pages. I originally suggested adding a page border to them but when I tried it, the CreateSpace Interior Reviewer rejected them as they went into the gutter area. The video shows the solution I came up with.
This is a recording of a special interview with Philip Ebiner.
Phil is a video professional, with a superb teaching site, Video School Online . He has recently turned his attention to eBooks, with his own eBook nearing completion. he decided to learn how to create stunning covers that catch the eye amongst all the other books in Amazon's search listings.
With the help of Amy, who trained him in book cover design, he has put together a terrific course, teaching authors how to create their own eBook covers. I asked him to do this session because the rules of eBook cover design are so similar to physical cover design - and in this interview he gives useful advice that I haven't seen elsewhere.
I had a request for a demo video showing how to format a novel - so here's the first part.
I made an error early on, saying that the default font for Microsoft Office is Cambria. It is Calibri, I was changing it to Cambria! Calibri is a sans serif font and Cambria is a serif font, which is more suitable for a printed book.
I taught this in a writing group last year and someone asked why I didn't leave the Normal style without the indent and create a new style with an indent. The reason is that I would have to go through every paragraph apart from initial paragraphs in chapters, changing them to the new style. It is quicker and easier to change everything to indented and then you only have to make initial paragraphs the new, non-indented style. I realize this means you also have to change headers and footers, as well as any front matter (legal pages, etc.) to non-indented, but it's still a whole lot quicker than going through the whole book making most of it indented. I hope that makes sense!
This is the second part of the novel format, where we add headers and footers, look at page numbering and add a dropped capital at the start of each chapter.
We also add a table of contents, which you don't see in all novels but there are some that have them - particularly those where the chapters have names rather than numbers.
Another thing we do is look at the document in Word's Outline view, which is good for zipping between chapters easily.
Author of the bestselling books, 'Goodreads for Authors', 'Make Your Book Work Harder', and 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'. She is a former teacher & trainer, chicken keeper, and field archer.
She started her career in Public Relations then, while her children were growing, she did any work she could get that allowed her to be at home with them. That included: writing, course creation, editing, book indexing, book formatting, document and presentation production, and more.
After becoming a teacher and then an IT trainer, she still freelanced, writing and creating courses for others - before eventually taking the plunge and creating her own books and courses.
She writes as Michelle Campbell-Scott, specializing in publishing and marketing; Mia Campbell, specializing in health (including 'Inversion Therapy' & 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'), and Michelle Booth, specializing in hobbies and children's fiction.