I'm wondering who on here is published through Amazon/KDP and who's also used CreateSpace. For one: Will creating a CreateSpace account affect my Amazon/KDP account at all? Can I still publish through KDP while using CreateSpace? I don't know how the two would mix, such as with royalties or whatnot. Even though CreateSpace is an Amazon company, can I still not publish with them if I'm using KDP Select???
My thought is regarding a new novel I have coming out soon. I'm definitely publishing through KDP at first. But I also thought of publishing through CreateSpace at the same time, so I can order a few print copies myself and hopefully have a "Meet the Author" event at my local library and sell or give away my books. Has anyone done this or something similar?
I'd love to hear others' experiences with this before I jump in and regret it.
The KDP Select exclusivity is for digital books only. Publishing a print edition would not jeopardize this exclusivity, whether you're using Amazon's CreateSpace or another service to produce that edition.
The reply you recieved was correct and since you asked about experiences working with both, I thought I'd share a bit. I have some books published on Amazon and a couple of them are available only through KDP. The ones I make available on KDP are only books I want to give away free for the advertisement. I have never found KDP to be of much help in actually selling my books. My ebooks are not priced very high and I believe those who have joined the program to get the free book, will not use their 1 book allotment to get mine so I use KDP for how it can benefit me. I also have books published through Createspace and I'm having quite a bit of success locally and hoping to branch out. One book store that is selling my books was very impressed with Createspace's work and I must say, I was very impressed too. I think my books look better than most of the others on the book shelves and I'm very pleased. Good luck with your books and watch out for some of the people who comment in these forums. Though there are some helpful ones, there are a few who gang up on newbies especially and they can be quite nasty.
Ginasong: Thank you, too, for your response! It was very kind and helpful! I'm glad to hear you've enjoyed working with CreateSpace and had success with it. I haven't read TOO much about it, but I thought I saw today on their site that to just print on demand with them it's free, but to have them print copies and send them out to bookstores, then it costs like $250 or so. Is this right? Do you mind if I ask if you chose to pay whatever their rate is in order to get your book in stores? I saw that and wondered if it was worth it. Then when I read that your book is selling in actual stores, I thought maybe it IS worth it!
You can buy individual copies of your book. I forget exactly how much mine are, but it's something like $4 for a 150 page book that retails for $12.95. The shipping is very reasonable, so you can easily buy just a few copies. I don't think I've ever ordered more than 10 at a time.
Go back and read the details again regarding sending the book out to bookstores, etc. You're about $225.00 off the actual mark for extended distribution.
CreatSpace is, in my opinion, the ideal method of putting out a printed book. It's P.O.D. and sold in the largest bookstore on Earth (Amazon)...so it's a good thing. They do a nice job too, as long as you follow the specifications.
Thanks, everyone! I will of course read more in depth before I jump in. It makes me feel better that CreateSpace is getting such positive reviews. I'm excited to finish my novel and see it in actual print!
I emailed Amazon and they linked the paperback to the Kindle edition on Amazon. It sucks for me because I live in Japan and I have to order directly through Createspace, but for any customers in the USA or Europe it's free/fast delivery. I was pretty happy with the whole process.
I tried using createspace for my children's picture book but I have not had much success with the quality of the images. They print way darker than the way they are displayed on my screen. I have gone through about 20 proof copies trying to get the shades right but I can not seem to get there.
Having said that I have bought a few books from others that look great. Should I ever do a novel or a short story I will definately go with createspace.