I am considering using this program but wanted to ask those out there that have gone this route about the cost and overall opinions of the program. My book is a thriller/mystery with some horror elements and I think it would do well in the month of October but do not have a whole lot of money to work with. Any feedback would be appreciated!!
Most of my books sell that way -- I write test preparation books that do not lend themselves well to e-book versions, although I have two.
Be sure to format well, and keep in mind that page count directly affects your royalty. I would suggest getting a traditionally published book in your genre to see exactly how to set up the front matter.
You will have the option to order your own book at production cost plus shipping, which is a nice way to give away copies to reviewers, friends, family, etc.
There are no start-up costs - but be prepared to pay $25 for expanded distribution. This will make your title available to other companies outside of Amazon. In a month or so, your title will be available on Barnes and Noble and a few other outlets.
There is no minimum order, and you have the option to review your title online prior to publication. It's a great deal all around.
I would add that the books are very good quality and can hold their own on the shelves next to other publishers' books. Since production is print-on-demand, the order to delivery time is fast, too. Publishing is actually easier than with Kindle, IMO. Good luck!
Personally, unless you're likely to set a lot of copies, I wouldn't bother with expanded distribution because the way they have it set up to get royalties is that you end up having to put all your prices really sky high. My book is huge, and the cheapest I can sell it at and make a profit is $14.99. If I put it on expanded distribution I have to put the price everywhere up (due to Amazon's matching requirements) to about $19.99. While that is obviously more profit for me at Amazon no one will buy it at that price.
If I understand this correctly, Amazon sets the base price for a CS book based on the number of pages. I tried to find out what these prices are, but I haven't been able to. What do you consider a huge book? How many pages?
My first CS book, Portal to Loch Doon, is 180 pages (6x9). I believe the word count is about 57,000. The minimum price CS set for this size book was $5.02. Ultimately, I priced it for $7.99 (which can be changed anytime I wish) with a royalty of $1.78 if purchased on Amazon; $3.38 if purchased directly from CreateSpace. MY cost for a copy of the proof was $3.03 plus a couple of dollars for shipping. BUT, you are not required to buy a proof copy and can approve it via their digital view and approve feature. Thus, there is no cost to you unless you want to order a proof. Since I had changes, I ordered an additional copy after corrections were made. I've been very pleased with their service. As stated, the $25 service really does not give you much of anything money-wise. Formatting is a little different, but instructions are almost easy as Kindle's, and I've added art work to several others now in print. The cover was a bit tricky for me, but again following every word of the instructions was the key. The link is to the paperback. You can also click on the Kindle version and use the Look Inside feature to see the difference between the e-book and print version.
I highly recommend Createspace. I was very pleased when my first order of books came. The quality is better than many books I see on the shelves at bookstores. I took some of my books to my local bookstore and the owner was very impressed with the physical properties of the book and asked me several questions concerning how I had it made. A few weeks later, after reading my two full length novels, they agreed to put my books on their shelves. It made me feel great to see my books on the shelves next to the traditionally published books and looking as good or (in some cases) better.
You will not be disappointed with the craftmanship.
As to the cost, I was able to sell a 300 page book for $9.99 and if I order in bulk (40 or more) I make $5.00 on every sale. I could certainly have asked for more too but since I am not an established house hold name yet, I thought it prudent to be priced a little (sometimes significantly) lower than well-known authors. I hope this little bit of info helps.