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Julie Alexandra...

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Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:14 AM
 
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Hi I launched my book on kindle and Createspace just over a week ago and have sold 25 copies or thereabouts though I know that this is mainly family and friends so I will up the advertising.

However, on CS it the book price is listed, then the unit fee then the royalties are listed which seem really low.

Do I get the royalties and CS get the unit fee? If so, at this rate I would only get about 0.20 euro per £7 book. Am I right?

J

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beachgardener

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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:15 AM   in response to: Julie Alexandra... in response to: Julie Alexandra...
 
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You get the royalty. Want more? Raise the price of the book, the other costs are fixed, every penny you raise the price is a penny in your pocket. Do keep in mind you don't want to price it out of the market. Many price their paperbacks to give them the same royalty as the e book. Good Fortune. B
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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:26 AM   in response to: Julie Alexandra... in response to: Julie Alexandra...
 
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Not sure why you're confused. When you publish at CreateSpace, you're told what the minimum price is. As you plug in various numbers, you're told what the exact royalty is, in every marketplace. If you don't like the royalty you see, you change the price. If you make a change now, it will appear on your Amazon sales page in ten working days or less.
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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:59 PM   in response to: Julie Alexandra... in response to: Julie Alexandra...
 
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The unit fee is what CS charges you to print the book. Amazon takes 40 percent of the retail price. So if the book costs $3.50 to print, and you price it at $10, the amount going to CS is $6, of which CS keeps the $3.50 and remits $2.50 to you.

I usually price my books so that I will earn a royalty of $1 on expanded distribution -- at Barnes & Noble, for example. That generally gives me an Amazon royalty of $3 or so.
Julie Alexandra...

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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 2:46 PM   in response to: cub06h in response to: cub06h
 
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Sorry, I'm still not sure - even though you answered my question.

When I uploaded my book CS said I could not ask less than £7.07 (due to the amount of pages), the unit fee shows as $4.50 dollars or so but the royalties per book is only $0.20c / pence. Surely I get more than just the 20p per paperback?

Perhaps I am not understanding you properly!
Notjohn

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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:06 PM   in response to: Julie Alexandra... in response to: Julie Alexandra...
 
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Well, £7.07 is presumably the lowest price that will pay both for Amazon's cut and for the cost of printing the book, while returning you little or nothing. Try £9.99 and see what that gets you!

I believe someone else has already pointed this out. If you want more of a royalty, charge a higher price! Really, could anything be more obvious than that?

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Sarah E. Holroyd

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Re: Createspace numbers
Posted: Oct 24, 2017 3:33 AM   in response to: Julie Alexandra... in response to: Julie Alexandra...
 
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CS even provides tools to show you exactly how much you'll earn: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/#content6.

Sarah
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