The following tips can all be found on Twitter, but I thought people might want to see them all in one place. A few are for Aussie authors only and are shown in green.
PRINTING Tips 4 Absolute Beginners
- Print-On-Demand is new tech that allows books to be printed one at a time instead of in hundreds.
- Print-On-Demand means authors don’t have to buy 100’s of their own print books.
- 3 biggest Print-On-Demand printers are CreateSpace [Amazon], Lulu and IngramSpark.
- Print-On-Demand works with standard trim sizes only. For table of trim sizes see : https://www.createspace.com/Special/Pop/book_trimsizes-pagecount.html
- Trim size = physical size of book after pages glued inside cover & trimmed.
- Page size templates for all trim sizes can be found on CreateSpace forums: https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-1323
- Convert Word A4 pages to trim size pages via the Word Page Setup dialog box.
- ISBN = 13 digit no. that identifies your book worldwide.
- Buy your own ISBN or accept the free one offered by CreateSpace.
- In Oz you can buy ISBN from Thorpe-Bowker or accept free one from CreateSpace.
- As a rule of thumb, print, ebook & audiobooks all need their own ISBN unless you publish via Amazon.
- Books printed via CreateSpace are listed on Amazon automatically.
- To publish Kindle ebooks go to: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/
- Amazon supplies ebooks with ASIN identifiers so ISBN not strictly necessary.
- If you want to ‘go wide’ & sell with other retailers as well as Amazon, your own ISBN is a must.
- CreateSpace will not accept Word documents. It accepts only PDF files.
- File/Export completed Word doc. to PDF. Then upload that PDF to CreateSpace.
- With CreateSpace, royalty = List Price – Print costs.
- With CreateSpace, Print costs= Sales Channel % + Fixed Charges + Per Page Charge.
- With CreateSpace, Standard sales channel % = 40% of List Price, Expanded sales channel % = 60%.
- Spine of cover = trim size & no. of pages. See: https://www.createspace.com/Help/Book/Artwork.do
- Total page no. of book = pages AFTER conversion to chosen trim size [not A4 Word pages].
- Amazon deducts 30% withholding tax from each sale. Aussies can claim exemption to reduce tax to 5%.
- Withholding tax exemption: US TIN = Australian Tax File No.
- Aussie authors must deposit 1 copy of each published book with the National Library of Australia: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit
- Aussie authors must also deposit 1 copy of each published book with their state library: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/australia-wide
- For Legal Deposit FAQ see:https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit-faq
I hope these tips provide some quick help if you’re stuck, or still trying to make sense of all the information out there on printing with CreateSpace.
And now for the obligatory book promotion:
If you want to print a ‘simple’ novel and need step-by-step help, you can buy my book – ‘How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace’ – on Amazon. The book comes in an expensive, full-colour paperback OR in a very inexpensive, full-colour ebook:
Clicking the image will take you to my Amazon Author Central page as the Look Inside feature isn’t working.
The only Another problem with the ebook version is that it will only work on the Kindle Fire tablets or via the Kindle app [on other tablets and pcs].
After all the feedback I received on the colour screenshots vs the grayscale screenshots, I made the decision to stick with colour. But only the Fires have colour so…Sorry. 😦
Okay, the ‘How to…Novel’ contains literally everything you need to know about:
- Preparing your novel in Word
- Converting it to a PDF
- Uploading that PDF to CreateSpace
That said, I’ve cut all extraneous options out to avoid confusing first-time Indies, but I did include some appendices at the back specifically for Australian authors. This one really is for absolute beginners.
But not everyone wants to print/publish a novel. Some people might want to publish a memoir full of family photos, or maybe a cookbook full of their favourite recipes. Unfortunately, non-fiction is a trickier beast than the ‘simple’ novel.
For non-fiction you will need:
- A Table of Contents,
- Captions for the photos/pictures
- A Table of Figures for the captions,
- An Index to make finding information easier
- And possibly Headers for the main sections, to make ‘browsing’ easier.
All these high end functions can to be done in Microsoft Word [if you are using Word] but they’re not exactly easy as I discovered when I first began working on these ‘How-to’s’. So the second book – ‘How to Print Non-Fiction with CreateSpace’ – is full of screenshots and examples [over 150] that walk not-so-expert Word users through all the trickier stuff:
As with many things though, just knowing what to do is rarely enough. The step-by-step method used in both ‘How-to’s’ lays out the exact sequence in which tasks are to be done in order to avoid some of pitfalls that can crop up in Word. For example, did you know that the Word Index function automatically inserts a Continuous Section Break at the start of the Index [table]? Well, it does, and this Continuous section break can play merry hell with any manual section breaks you may have applied.
So ‘How to Print Non-Fiction with CreateSpace’ is not for the faint-hearted, however it, too, is available in both print and ebook format on Amazon. The same caveat re the Kindle Fire applies to the ebook version of ‘How to…Non-Fiction’ as well.
Thanks for bearing with me. Normal transmission now resumes with a picture of the forest of tomato plants growing on my deck:
I’m preparing for an orgy of Passata making!