This sounds easy.

I created an account on Createspace.com. They are owned by Amazon. Great customer service. You have any question at all you hit a button that says “Call Me” and within 30 seconds they have a customer representative calling your phone.

I downloaded a Microsoft Word template they provided. This template took into account whether a page was a left page or a right page, it helped build the table of contents, kept the page numbers accurate, etc. In other words, the template used by any publisher in the world when they format your book.

I made a cover. Createspace had over a million options when you combined their templates with images, fonts, etc. I used one of their photos.

I saved it as a PDF and uploaded it. I let them pick the ISBN number.

I picked a price of $7.95. This was the minimum price I could go if I wanted them to distribute it to bookstores, libraries, etc along with Amazon. I get about a $2 royalty per book at that price. But if you chose a price of $20 then you would get about a $14 royalty. Much higher than any publisher will ever give you. I chose a low price because I’m trying to get as many copies out as possible. I have many books to go and want the audience to be happier and happier with each product. Personally, I would prefer if you get the free book – directions below to get it.

They sent a proof. Once I approved it, it was officially published at createspace.com. About two days later it was on Amazon.com.

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on May 22, 2014 in Books.

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