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Uploading Your Book to CreateSpace

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>> Hey, everyone, it's Lindsay here, and welcome to Launch Your Dream Book. Today, we are going to go over CreateSpace, the backend of CreateSpace, and I'm going to give a little tutorial on some highlights and then also take you through the process as if you were uploading your own book and what that looks like so that you can see how truly easy it is. So first of all, when you sign in, you will see your membership dashboard, your name, and this is where all of your projects will lie. So if you have multiple books under here or anything that you're working on, that's where this will be. This will also show you any units, anything that you sell whether it be Amazon or through other distribution channels, it'll give you an overview, so maybe it'll say 10 here, and then here it'll showcase your royalties, how much money you made from that, and then here's your overall balance. So it's very user friendly, you'll be able to see that right when you log in so you can check on your stats. Other than that, other than this section right here, the biggest thing, as you're moving forward, is looking at this page right here, so you click the tab Books and then Publish a Trade Book. And this page right here is the Mecca of everything that you need to know about CreateSpace. I absolutely love it. There's so much information here for you. But let me just take you through each of the tabs so you can see what they're all about. So as far as the cover is concerned, the great thing about CreateSpace is that you offer a cover creator, which I will show you once we log in to the backend. But this cover creator is nice because if you don't have a huge budget to spend, you can't create a book cover through CreateSpace for free. The next is the interior. When you click on here, you can see that they do have the do-it-yourself option, which, if you click on this right here, "Learn how to create a PDF to match our specifications," then you can see exactly that if you were to set up a document yourself, they give you all of the dimensions that you would need. If you're working with a designer, this is something that they definitively need to know so that they can make sure that the margins are all good. Now this is great, if you scroll down, this is great because you can literally use one of their templates to use for your own book. And they have a blank one, but then they also have one with sample formats. So for today's purposes, I'm doing an 8.5x11 book, so I'll download that so you can see what it looks like here. But this is great, again, if you're doing your own book, you can download these templates, they're very easy to use, super, super friendly. Okay, so as we can see, we can type in anything, "Launch Your Dream Book." Okay. And they give you the copyright page, where to put your ISBN, if you want to dedicate this. Okay. See how easy, just type in what you want. So contents, this is where you would put your table of contents. And you can change any of this. If you wanted to say table of contents, you can do that. And then chapter one, chapter two, you can go through and copy and paste your manuscript into here. You can change the header and footer. Right now, they have the numbers in here if you want them to look different, if you want to go in here and you change, put your name on there, on the header, then you'll see it comes up on all of the pages. So they make it very user friendly, very easy for you, and this is set up within the dimensions of their print specifications. And the nice thing about it is if you are doing it yourself, you can literally copy and paste your manuscript in here, you know, tweak a few things, change a few things, but before you know it, you'll have your interior design if that's something that you wish. Now again, if you're going to hire a graphic designer, then you just want to make sure that they prepare, they use these dimensions to prepare your interior. Okay, so let's go back here, remember, Books, and then Publish a Trade Book. This is everything that you need to know. Print options, this kind of just goes over the different options that you have as far as printing goes. Mainly with trim sizes and book sizes, you want to stay within these green checkboxes here, these checkmarks. The green checkmarks are industry standard. That means that it's just a typical book size. So when you go to a book store, these are the typical book sizes, which does make it easier for you to get picked up into other channels. And as you can see here that there are ways to custom your trim size, but they can only be sold on Amazon.com and your eStore, but they are ineligible for other distribution channels. So that's why it's important to stick with the industry standard. Now for full color books, this is black and white books, this is for full color books, there's different industry standards for color books. So if you're doing a cookbook or a children's book, you'll just want to take note of that. Again, you can do custom trim sizes with CreateSpace and it'll be still sold on Amazon and your eStore, it just won't be eligible for other distribution. But if that's not a concern to you, then that's fine. Again, it's very bio-individual, so you can really make it what you want. Okay, speaking of distribution, we do talk a little bit about distribution. There's a handout in this module. But really, there's your standard distribution and expanded distribution. And that means that CreateSpace automatically sets up these distribution channels for you with the click of a button. So you literally don't have to do anything and your book can be available on Amazon, Amazon Europe, the CreateSpace eStore. You can have an ebook. And then with expanded distribution, this is bookstores and online retailers, libraries, and academic institutions, CreateSpace Direct. So these are all ways in which you can sell your book. Now one question that I get a lot is how can I make my book available in bookstores? And, you know, while CreateSpace has the expanded distribution, that means that book stores are eligible to buy a few copies for their bookstore. But as anything, it comes down to you, you're still the salesperson because when you go into a bookstore, that's prime reality, real estate the bookshelf, and so that bookseller needs to know that they're going to sell your book. So you really have to make a case for it. So if your book is doing really well and maybe people are calling the bookstore and saying, "Hey, can I get this book? Can I get this book?" Then, of course, they'll pick it up because they know that they can sell it. And this isn't just for self-published authors, this is for any publisher. Any publisher has to prove the case that their books can sell, and so it's really no different when you're self-publishing or if you would go through a mainstream publisher, it's kind of the same thing. So it really comes down to you, and getting out there, and marketing your book. But to be honest, I tell people not to really concern themselves with, "Oh, my goodness, how many bookstores am I at?" I think you really need to evaluate your beyond the book goals and set a plan that'll work for you. Okay, so this is the distribution. Now you have the royalties. So if you're interested in learning more about your book royalties and how much you'll make, you can use this nifty little calculator. So let's just say we have a black and white book and we're going with 8.5x11, and let's say it's 50 pages, and I'm gonna sell this book for, I decided on the price of $14.95. So as you can see, if it sells on Amazon.com, I will make $6.82, on the eStore $9.81, and expanded distribution, which is book stores and other outlets $3.83, and then Amazon Europe $4.98, and then, well, this is for Great Britain and then the rest of Europe is $6.86. So it just gives you an overview of what you can expect to make. These royalties are pretty high considering CreateSpace is printing them and shipping them for you, so you literally don't have to do anything. They get you on all of the major distribution outlets and you are good to go. And then buying copies, this is great because you can check out approximately how much your book will cost. So as you're deciding on what you want to charge for your book, you can kind of make your selection based off of how much your book will cost. So the black and white 8.5x11 book, 50 pages, if I buy one of them, it'll cost me $2.15 each. So if I'm going to an event, I know that I want to sell the book for $14.95, approximately $15, say, with shipping, the book costs me about $3, then I know that I'm making a $12 profit every time I sell a book at an event. And I know on the distribution end, I saw those numbers, I'm making anywhere from $4 to $10 or $9 per book on the distribution ends. So that's a pretty good number to look at, but again, it really depends on your beyond the book goals and what you want out of it. Some people like to charge less because they think that they'll sell more books. Some people want to charge more because they want to be able to give discounts, you know, it really just depends. I encourage you to check out your local bookstore, see what book are selling for and use these calculators to make a decision that works for you. Okay, so now the uploading. Let's go back to the membership dashboard, and I'm going to take you through the process just as if I was ready to print a book. So in this module, we have this book printing checklist. So when you are ready to print your book and upload it to CreateSpace, these are the things you'll need. Here's a little checklist, and then we also have this nice little worksheet so that you can start filling in the areas that you'll need. So once you get into the backend, you can just simply copy and paste. So I started typing some things out here for this test book that I'm going to show you. So I'm just gonna keep it on hand so that way I have it. All right, so we're gonna add a new title. Okay, so I'm gonna call this "Launch Your Dream Book 3", it's a paperback. Now you can choose the set up process, you can either choose guided and it'll literally step by step help you along the way or you can do expert, which is more streamlined. It's a simple page and you can go to whichever portion you want. I'm going to do the expert just so I can show you this and we don't have to go through the guided because it's a little much to try to explain that way. So let's do the expert, click Get Started. Okay, so here is all of the information here to the left where it says set up and distribute. This is everything that you'll need in order to properly upload your book and submit it. So again, everything is on this worksheet here that we can copy and paste. But we'll just go through step by step. So obviously, they need the title. Okay, primary author, I'll put my name... And then you can go through, if you have a subtitle, you can add that. If there's anyone that was a contributor, so if you're coauthoring it with someone, that's when you can add that. If it's a series, if there's an additional number, most of this stuff you won't have to worry about. Your language and then publication date, you can put a publication date if you wish. Usually, it's the day, you know, this doesn't really affect much, let's just say, I guess you can only do... They allow you to do the day that you're uploading, so February 10th we'll put. All right, and then the ISBN number, again, in this module, there is the simple guide to ISBN numbers, which go over the different ISBN numbers whether you use a CreateSpace assigned one for free or you enter your own. For this tutorial, we're going to go with the free CreateSpace assigned number. And then we go down to the book's physical properties. So this is what size the book is and what type of color of the interior, if you're going black and white, or full color, and then also your paper color. So we're going to choose a different size because we're working with an 8.5x11 like I mentioned. So there's an 8.5x11. We're going to do a black and white interior with white paper. Easy enough, right? Okay, so here is where you will need, on the checklist here, we have the final PDF interior and cover files. So these are what you need whether you're doing it yourself or getting a designer, you want to have the final PDF. So I'm using a CreateSpace template that I used for a project that I did. I never published this book, but it was something that I did for fun, if you will. So I used this here and I put it into a PDF, I used the template, the word template, and then I exported it as a PDF. So I'm gonna upload that here. And here it asks you the bleed if it ends after the page or before. Most likely, it's gonna be before. But for some of you that have children's books or if you have something that goes off the page that is cut off and intentionally is going to do that then, you will select the bleed ends after the page. And this is something you can ask your designer if you're unsure. Okay, so let's move down to the cover. Now the cover, there's the cover creator, which I'll launch here so you can see. Oh, it's gonna save everything. This is gonna take a minute, but the cover creator is nice because, again, you can create your own cover for free if you wish. Now there are limitations, there are only certain templates that you can use, but it's nice if you are on a budget, you can do this way for now. And if you want to change your cover down the line, you can. Okay, so once we launch this, then it saves the interior. So now you can see the setup on the left, all of the green, the green checkboxes is telling you exactly what you went through. Okay, so here is the interior or the cover template. So let's just say... You can kind of scroll through here... And see the different types. And it also lets you upload your own on here as well. So maybe you have a picture that you want to use, you can upload it and see how it will look. But for the sake of this, we are going to just select one just to... Let's do... Let's just do this one right here. Okay... So you can play around with it. There's different themes, and oh, look, they already put this in for you. And then you can simply upload your back cover text here, just copy and paste that. And you can update all of that, you can change different background colors, different font colors. You can change the front cover image if you want. So there's a lot of things that you can do when playing around with the covers that they offer you for free. So if that's something that you're interested in, you can totally do that. Now I do have a... I'm going to return. Okay. This is also good if you're a visual person and you want to start to see some things come to life. But for now, I'm going to pretend that I have a PDF cover file, which I do. Here it is. So I'm gonna upload that as well. And then you go down to the finish if you want matte or glossy. And you can change this at any time. So if you get the glossy back and you don't like it, you can change it to matte. I've had books where I did 500 glossy and then I was like, "You know what, I want to change, I'm gonna change it to matte." You can click it at any time to change what will be available and sold on all of the distribution outlets. I'm gonna change it to matte. All right, and then if we go down further here, you can see the description. So this is your back cover text basically, the description of the book. [coughs] Excuse me. So I put this here. I'm just gonna copy and paste, okay. Oops. There we go. And then you get to choose this category, the BISAC category, which is Book Industry Standards and Communication, which are used by book selling industry to help identify and group books by subject matter. So you want to choose one that best fits your book. So let's see here, we're just gonna pick one. But as you can see, there's a ton of different categories. Let's just pretend this is a business book and we'll say it is... Business writing. Okay, so if that was our book, then we choose that category. And so when it's on Amazon, if you notice different Amazon categories that exists, that book will be placed in that category. Okay, so author biography, we'll add that. And again, we showed you how to write a bio. I just took this one off my personal website. Okay, so yeah, that's your book language, country of publication, here's where you can put any keywords, and this will just help your title show up on Amazon and in search engines. So you can use up to five keywords, separate them by commas. So pretending this is a business book, let's just say business, writing... Basically you want to get good keywords in here, business basics. Okay. So we'll just do that. And then as you scroll down, you can choose different distribution channels. So if you want your book available on Amazon, on Amazon Europe, on the CreateSpace eStore, libraries, CreateSpace Direct bookstores, which I'll tell you about in a minute, but you can pick any of these and... You can pick any or all of them. So if you are like, "Yes, I want on everything," then you can totally pick every single distribution channel. If not, you can just pick the ones that you want most. Okay, so we're just gonna click them all and it will save them to your account. And for the bookstores, as I mentioned, we talk about this in this module, the Library of Congress Number LCCN number, I believe, it's called Library of Congress-something Number. I can't think of it off the top of my head, but you'll need to apply for that. And we mentioned that, we talk about how to do that in one of the handouts specifically about that number. It costs $25, it takes approximately 5 to 10 days to obtain. So basically, you want that before you approve your final proof. So once all of this is selected and you're good to go, then you can contact CreateSpace and say, "Hey, I need an LCCN number, I want to purchase that." And they'll get you started in that process. So while all of this is going on, you'll be able to then apply for that number and to be eligible to be in other bookstores and online retailers. Okay... And then let's say we're gonna charge $14.95 for the book, so then it actually calculates right here based off of your interior and your cover of how much royalties you will receive. So there we go, those are the same, approximately the same numbers. Actually, the Europe one is a little bit higher. Okay, everything looks good. So as we can see on the left here, where it says setup, all of the green is a go, so right now, we still need the cover and the description and the pricing, but we put it in there, we just need to save it, so go down and save your progress. And then it'll start working on it. It'll take a minute for the cover to save and upload. You can see here that it goes through and makes sure that it's all good. And once you get through this, then... Once all of these boxes minus the Kindle one, you don't need to publish on Kindle right away, so that one can remain blank. But once all of the setup, once there's checkmarks by the green, you will be good to go, and then you can submit your file to review using this button down here if you can see it. And once you do that, it takes about 24 hours to get the approval back. So once all this stuff is uploaded, all of your files go to CreateSpace and CreateSpace checks them out, they print them, they make sure that they look good when they're printed, and they let you know if there will be any issues. So for example, say maybe a letter or something cut off in the interior, then they would email you back and say, they weren't submitted right, page, you know, 95, this word, this cut off the word, and, you know, fix that and then re-upload it. And usually, you know, if you work with a designer, usually there's probably not gonna be many issues. If you do it yourself, if you use the templates that they provide and also the cover creator, there's probably not any issues. Sometimes you run into things, but just kind of account for that as you are moving through. And then once the files are complete and once you have after that 24 hours, then you can go ahead and order a proof and you can order a physical proof which will be sent to your home and you can get shipping anywhere from 2 days to probably 10 to 14 days, depending on what you choose. And from there, you can check out physical proof, see if it looks good. They do also send a digital proof, so you can review the digital proof immediately. And then once everything looks good to you, if you need to make any changes, then you can resubmit your files and you can choose to order another proof or you can choose just to look at the digital reviewer since you know approximately what the book will look like in print form, you can kind of bypass that if you wish. But once everything is good to go, then you just approve your final proof. So it'll say approve your proof or waiting for approval, and you click that and you make sure everything is good to go. And once it is, you are done. You are on Amazon, baby. In like, they say, three to five days, you'll be on Amazon. But honestly, just from working, you know, using this system so much and seeing students go through CreateSpace, it's usually a lot sooner, it's usually within a few hours that your book is available on Amazon and then it takes a couple weeks for some of the other distribution outlets, but it doesn't take long and you are good to go. And the nice thing about this platform is that if you ever run into an issue, say, for example, you find a typo on page 100 that you never noticed, then you simply can change your interior, update your interior, and re-upload that file, get the file within 24 hours, and you can just click Confirm. And as soon as you click Confirm, it goes into the system. So from that minute moving forward, any time someone buys a book from you from Amazon or CreateSpace or any of the distribution outlets, they are now getting the new version, which is actually really amazing because it just takes a lot of pressure off and it just gives you so much empowerment that you can change anything at any time that you wish. And it makes it pretty simple for you... Which I really like because there is nothing like having 1,000 or 2,000 books and then finding a typo in them, this, you know, it's print on demand. So moving forward, no one will have that typo. All right, so everything is good in here, everything with this looks good. It went through, everything is set up correctly and ready to submit. So you just simply go down, click Submit for Review. Like I said, I'm not gonna click it because this is just a sample. But if I were to, it would be the same process, within 24 hours, you will get an email stating that you're good to go. You can order a proof or that something needs to be revised. So let's go back to the dashboard here. And once again on the dashboard, all of your books, we just did Launch Your Dream Book 3, the status is incomplete. This will change every time your book goes through the process. So once I click Submit for Review under here, it will say, "Awaiting for review." And then once they email back and say, "Hey, your title's good." You know, you just need to proof it, it'll say, "Awaiting for proof." And then once you decide to publish it, it'll say, available or something like that. And then you can see your monthly royalties. And then here is where you'll be able to also order copies of your book. So once everything is complete, then you can go ahead and order copies as many as you want. You can order anywhere from 1 to 1,000, 2,000, and they're going to cost you what you saw in the calculator. So the nice thing about print on demand is that you don't have to have a huge stack of books in, you know, your garage and you don't have to worry about putting those books on Amazon and doing all of the distribution yourself. This gives you the platform to do so. And for international students, again, I want to mention that it is great to use CreateSpace for the distribution arm. And then if you want to find a local printer to take your files to print the books so that you can get them a little bit cheaper to sell at events, then that's a fine way to do it too. But using CreateSpace as the distribution arm is really nice because if you have any changes, you can make them. And as you can see, it's a very simple process to use and your book will be available on Amazon almost immediately. So... And if you have to make any changes, it's available as well, it's worldwide distribution. So there's a lot of really great benefits about it, but the books, if you're international, the books may be a little expensive for the shipping and tax imports and things like that. So your best bet is to print them locally and use CreateSpace for the distribution. All right, so in this module, you will find some different handouts about the Library of Congress Number. You have this handy sheet about your book-printing checklist and worksheets that you can use to simply copy and paste into the backend whenever you're ready to upload. There is also a distribution handout and also a guide to ISBN. So now it's important to just get really clear, start filling out, you know, where you need and what you need. Start looking at the timeline. We do give some little timeline notes so that you can see what you're working with and where you need to go. And as always, if you need anything at all or if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or if you have a technical question, you can always email us [email protected] And if you have any specific questions for CreateSpace, feel free to email them at [email protected] Thanks, everyone, and good luck.

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