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Franchesca Tatel

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Paperback Lead Time (Create Space)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 4:46 AM
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Good day!

1. How many days would the paperback be delivered (to Philippines) if I ordered a copy?
2. From what country does the books come from?

Thanks!

Edited by: Franchesca Tatel on Jan 29, 2018 4:47 AM
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Paperback Lead Time (Create Space)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 4:57 AM   in response to: Franchesca Tatel in response to: Franchesca Tatel
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If you're talking proof copies, those are done in South Carolina or New Jersey (not certain about NJ).

I don't have a clue as to time to the Philippines, but if you have relatives in the U.S., how long do letters take?

One thing you DON'T want to opt for: Surface mail (if that even still exists). That can take months.

Edit: Thought: I'm sure people in the Philippines order from the amazon dot com store all the time. This might be one of those situations where publishing first, on CreateSpace, and then ordering as a customer, from amazon dot com, might be the better solution for you. See what others here say.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Jan 29, 2018 4:58 AM
Franchesca Tatel

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 5:18 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Oh, thank you all for the feedback. Our currency here in Philippines is Peso not dollars, is it normal that the currency of my book that appears on kindle store is dollars?
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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 5:51 AM   in response to: Franchesca Tatel in response to: Franchesca Tatel
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Franchesca Tatel wrote:
Oh, thank you all for the feedback. Our currency here in Philippines is Peso not dollars, is it normal that the currency of my book that appears on kindle store is dollars?

If you're looking directly at the amazon dot com site, I think so. It's when you try to buy it that any currency conversions apply. But I've never done this, so I'm not fully certain. (Many years ago I bought directly, once, from the amazon dot de store (Germany), and so help me I cannot remember exactly what happened. I was able to use a U.S. credit card, and I think there was a small charge to convert dollars to marks.)
Franchesca Tatel

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 7:01 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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1. I don't have a U.S Credit card, can I still buy an ebook / hard copy?
2. I asked this question previous days ago, and no feedback so far---- Can I make the back pages of my paperback in CreateSpace blank, all white? I want that the texts appears on front page right side only, therefore I'm trying to make an alternate sequence of pages in PDF so it would appear that way. My total pages are more or less 150 pages, and when viewed in createspace previewer, it appeared to be 75 sheets, half of 150 since the back pages are included. I want my 150 pages be 150 sheets as well without the count being divided in two. This format is inspired by Lang Leav's Poetry Books with no texts on back pages. Can it be?

Edited by: Franchesca Tatel on Jan 29, 2018 7:01 AM
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 7:36 AM   in response to: Franchesca Tatel in response to: Franchesca Tatel
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Franchesca Tatel wrote:
1. I don't have a U.S Credit card, can I still buy an ebook / hard copy?

If you have a standard credit card--Visa or MasterCard--it doesn't matter what the base currentcy is, dollars, pesos, baht, etc., it should still be usable. If you want to experiment at minimal cost, try buying your e-book (or some other 99 cent e-book) from the amazon dot com site using your card.

2. I asked this question previous days ago, and no feedback so far---- Can I make the back pages of my paperback in CreateSpace blank, all white?

If your pages have page numbers and/or headers or footers, making the backing page completely blank is a word processing nightmare, as then you have to explore the dimly-understood world of "page styles." If you don't have page numbers, or put page numbers on manually, as part of the page's text, you can get away with having this. HOWEVER, CreateSpace may have some quality-control tests that keep a writer from inserting too many blank pages in a paperback because CreateSpace doesn't want customers to be upset when they buy a 150-page book but only get 75 pages of content.

I want that the texts appears on front page right side only, therefore I'm trying to make an alternate sequence of pages in PDF so it would appear that way. My total pages are more or less 150 pages, and when viewed in createspace previewer, it appeared to be 75 sheets, half of 150 since the back pages are included. I want my 150 pages be 150 sheets as well without the count being divided in two. This format is inspired by Lang Leav's Poetry Books with no texts on back pages. Can it be?

Probably not for an indie publisher. Traditional publishers can put out books in any format, but not us.

If you DO manage to publish a paperback in this format, with even-numbered pages blank, be SURE to mention this in the book's blurb, and say this is done so that individual poems can be cut out and mounted without opposite-side poems "bleeding" through the page. You want to be fully up-front with any potential customer. One bonus: at 150 pages, you will have a spine that is printable. At 75 pages, you will not. The limit for spine-printing support is 130 pages if you're using a CreateSpace cover template, 100 pages if you're supplying your own full wrap-around cover (as when I last looked at this issue).

Hope this helps.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Paperback Lead Time (Create Space)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 7:42 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
If you're talking proof copies, those are done in South Carolina or New Jersey (not certain about NJ).

I don't have a clue as to time to the Philippines, but if you have relatives in the U.S., how long do letters take?

One thing you DON'T want to opt for: Surface mail (if that even still exists). That can take months.

Edit: Thought: I'm sure people in the Philippines order from the amazon dot com store all the time. This might be one of those situations where publishing first, on CreateSpace, and then ordering as a customer, from amazon dot com, might be the better solution for you. See what others here say.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Jan 29, 2018 4:58 AM


Sorry, Joseph, but Surface Mail is, sadly, a thing of the past. All international mail is International First Class (Air), even to Canada or Mexico, and books are still relatively heavy. I mailed a copy of HP Lovecraft in the Comics to a friend in the U.K. $25! Having not mailed anything overseas since the "slow boat to China" days, I was shocked. After they picked me up off the floor, the clerk explained it was a new USPS policy to squeeze more money out of us and did I want to mail the darn thing or not. Well, yes, I did want to mail it, and that's exactly what I did when I got back from the bank.
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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 7:59 AM   in response to: Franchesca Tatel in response to: Franchesca Tatel
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Franchesca Tatel wrote:

2. I asked this question previous days ago, and no feedback so far---- Can I make the back pages of my paperback in CreateSpace blank, all white? I want that the texts appears on front page right side only, therefore I'm trying to make an alternate sequence of pages in PDF so it would appear that way. My total pages are more or less 150 pages, and when viewed in createspace previewer, it appeared to be 75 sheets, half of 150 since the back pages are included. I want my 150 pages be 150 sheets as well without the count being divided in two. This format is inspired by Lang Leav's Poetry Books with no texts on back pages. Can it be?

Edited by: Franchesca Tatel on Jan 29, 2018 7:01 AM


You had feedback. You ignored it. Your paperback price will be calculated on the number of pages, regardless of whether they have text on them. As I said before, what do you think the reaction of readers will be if they pay for a 150-page book, only to find 75 of them are blank?

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:19 AM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
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You had feedback. You ignored it. Your paperback price will be calculated on the number of pages, regardless of whether they have text on them. As I said before, what do you think the reaction of readers will be if they pay for a 150-page book, only to find 75 of them are blank?

Franchesca likes to ask questions; she has no interest in learning from the answers. Every answer she gets is followed by two more questions. I have lost all interest in answering them, though I admire those of you with more tolerance than I.

(And note that not only does 50 percent blank pages increase the cost of printing the book, it also nearly doubles the cost of mailing it!)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:36 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Ralph E Vaughan wrote:

Sorry, Joseph, but Surface Mail is, sadly, a thing of the past. All international mail is International First Class (Air), even to Canada or Mexico, and books are still relatively heavy. I mailed a copy of HP Lovecraft in the Comics to a friend in the U.K. $25! Having not mailed anything overseas since the "slow boat to China" days, I was shocked. After they picked me up off the floor, the clerk explained it was a new USPS policy to squeeze more money out of us and did I want to mail the darn thing or not. Well, yes, I did want to mail it, and that's exactly what I did when I got back from the bank.

I thought I'd heard that, but as you age, you sometimes wonder if you heard something or dreamt it. :)
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:52 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
Ralph E Vaughan wrote:

Sorry, Joseph, but Surface Mail is, sadly, a thing of the past. All international mail is International First Class (Air), even to Canada or Mexico, and books are still relatively heavy. I mailed a copy of HP Lovecraft in the Comics to a friend in the U.K. $25! Having not mailed anything overseas since the "slow boat to China" days, I was shocked. After they picked me up off the floor, the clerk explained it was a new USPS policy to squeeze more money out of us and did I want to mail the darn thing or not. Well, yes, I did want to mail it, and that's exactly what I did when I got back from the bank.

I thought I'd heard that, but as you age, you sometimes wonder if you heard something or dreamt it. :)


Also a thing of the past is Special 4th Class -- Manuscript rate. I used to send my nesting manuscript boxes to New York for a little over a dollar each way. Given the demise of economic postage rates, I suppose it's just as well the world went digital. Even magazines like EQMM and F&SF insist on digital submissions these days...quicker, yes, but I miss the little thrill of waiting for the mailman, though it was probably one-sided. When I joined the Army in the early Seventies, the poor overburdened mailman told my parents he was just as glad to see me move out.
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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 11:35 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Ralph E Vaughan wrote:

Also a thing of the past is Special 4th Class -- Manuscript rate. I used to send my nesting manuscript boxes to New York for a little over a dollar each way. Given the demise of economic postage rates, I suppose it's just as well the world went digital. Even magazines like EQMM and F&SF insist on digital submissions these days...quicker, yes, but I miss the little thrill of waiting for the mailman, though it was probably one-sided. When I joined the Army in the early Seventies, the poor overburdened mailman told my parents he was just as glad to see me move out.

Well, that was rather cheesy of the postman.

If we're in the mode of freaking people out, shall we mention International Reply Coupons? Or how about Aerogrammes?
Franchesca Tatel

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Re: Paperback Lead Time (Create Space)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 1:17 PM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
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Oh ya, I had a feedback from some, but I guess, not actually answered. Thanks.

Edited by: Franchesca Tatel on Jan 29, 2018 2:31 PM
Franchesca Tatel

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 1:18 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Oh sure. Thanks Joseph!
Franchesca Tatel

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 1:22 PM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
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Hi Cynthia, I also had that thinking before, but since I am inspired by Lang Leav, a bestseller author and a Poet, and that it is made possible in her books, so I kinda disregard that thinking.

Edited by: Franchesca Tatel on Jan 29, 2018 1:22 PM
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