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KDP, CreateSpace, Fate and Me

I know the title sounds a bit pretentious, but as I begin yet another round of editing on the KDP how-to, I can’t help feeling that Fate is looking out for me. How else to explain the fact that the IngramSpark review result came back just one day after KDP swallowed CreateSpace whole?

To give you an idea of the timeline, I approved the KDP how-to for publishing by CreateSpace just one day before the announcement of the merger.

On the day of the announcement, I logged back into the KDP website and discovered that I could no longer migrate my CreateSpace books over to KDP manually. The option to do so was gone, completely. The before and after screenshots below highlight the change in the KDP interface.

This is how the KDP interface looked before the merger:

If you clicked the button for ‘No’, you’d be shown the options for uploading new content. If you clicked the button for ‘Yes’, you’d be shown options for migrating your existing paperback from Createspace to KDP.

Now look at the same part of the interface after the merger:

As you can see, the CreateSpace option is gone entirely. I can only assume that KDP has decided to control the entire merger itself. On the one hand, this will make things easier for authors because the whole thing is now out of our hands. On the other hand, excuse the pun, it may also mean that we’re in for an almighty mess as thousands of books are moved from one system to the other, en masse.

Once the dust settles, I strongly recommend that all self-published authors check their books carefully. In particular, make sure that the ‘Print Options’ on the KDP interface correctly reflect the trim size of your book and the cover finish.

The shaded boxes are the default selections. One book I migrated manually had the cover finish shown as ‘Matte’ rather than ‘Glossy’. It was easy to fix, but it pays to be vigilant.

Getting back to my timeline, the change in the KDP interface means that I will have to take out an entire section of my KDP how-to: for the CreateSpace/KDP version, the KDP Textbook Creator version and…for the IngramSpark version.

And here’s where Fate stepped in. The review of the IngramSpark version did not arrive until one day after the announcement of the KDP-CreateSpace merger.

To understand why I’m so happy, you have to understand how the IngramSpark system works. The sequence of steps goes something like this:

  1. You upload your book and cover.
  2. You review a digital version of the book and cover.
  3. You approve the book and cover for review by IngramSpark.
  4. IngramSpark do a technical review of the book and cover and email you a report.
  5. You can then make revisions to the book and cover.
  6. When the book is as perfect as you can make it, you give final approval for the book and cover to be printed.

Note: there is no printed proof with IngramSpark, only the digital proof.

Now here’s the important part. Once you do step 6., any revision, no matter how big or small, will incur a $25 AUD charge.

To bring this point into context, I’ve already uploaded about 4 versions of the KDP how-to interior and at least 2 versions of the cover, all at different times. In dollar terms, that could have cost me $150 AUD. Luckily, I was still at step 4. above when the KDP/CreateSpace merger was announced. That means I can still edit the how-to, free of charge.

Coincidentally, this fortuitous timing also means that I won’t be approving the two original CreateSpace how-to’s for printing by IngramSpark at all [I have them uploaded but was waiting to get all my books approved, printed and shipped at once].

So there you have it, more editing but less frustration thanks to a helping hand from Fate. 🙂

I know a lot of you are self-published authors as well; how are you finding the changes? Pleased that you won’t have to move your books to KDP manually? Or a bit apprehensive?

cheers

Meeks


Is anyone using Word 2007, 2003 or earlier?

I’m currently writing a how-to on Styles in Word, and I need to know if text written using a particular style is automatically updated when that style is modified.

For example, let’s say I write a page of something in Word using the stock standard ‘Normal’ style. If I then go into the ‘Normal’ style and change the font – say from 11 point to 40 point – when I click OK, will the page of typing update to 40 point automatically?

I know what happens in Word 10, 13 and 16, but I can’t remember what happens in earlier versions. If anyone can help, I’d be eternally grateful!

Thanks,

Meeks

 


The Godsend – Innerscape, book 2 cover

Just a quick update to show you what I’ve been obsessing about while I should have been writing blog posts. 🙂

This is just a mockup as the ‘spine’ will be wider in the final – I haven’t worked out the total pages in book 2 yet but it will be a lot wider than the one for book 1.

Okay, that’s it. No comments on this one.

cheers

Meeks


#Innerscape part 10 – Real time vs Innerscape time

-grin- Venting in the previous post worked like a charm! Brain refocused and came up with this:

innerscape time spreadsheet

 

Thank goodness for Excel! I could never have nutted this out manually.

cheers

Meeks

 

 

 


The week that was, or wow I’m wrecked…

I know weeks don’t normally start or end on a Wednesday, but since beginning my new course, Wednesday has become the pivotal point of my week.

I’ve just come home from my regular Wednesday class – 9.30 to 3.30, except for today which was 9.30 to 4.30 – and my brain feels like a broken powerline that’s shorting all over the place.  It’s not that the work is exceptionally hard, it’s not, but it does require a degree of consistent concentration my poor brain is not used to. I am enjoying it though. Sort of.

The other reason my brain feels slightly fried is that my Muse has come back with a vengeance. For the last five days I’ve been writing solidly from about 8 in the morning to 7 at night, at which point the pathetic cries of hunger from the family finally drive me into the kitchen.

Honestly? I’m on such a roll at the moment I’d just as soon not eat. But of course there’s a two-footed person, and multiple four-footed people who do not share my addiction to Innerscape. -sigh-

All of the above is a rather weak excuse for not having updated the Evil Corporation post. Unfortunately my ingrained Catholic guilt has finally got the better of me, so I’ve just googled all these names :-

Suggestions for Company Name

Unifood – I really liked Unifood, but when I googled the name… I found a unifood.com. 😦 -cries-

GC is also taken. 😦 Apparently it’s the name of a global corporation with subsidiaries all over the world. No idea what they make/do. -sigh-

Happi  = a [Japanese?] company selling Happi coats? …

Oceanux – a software development company…

Gemso – an [Italian? Spanish?] company making who knows what….

GOCAC – this one has what amounts to an empty page on Facebook. What gives with that?

GROCAC – Leon Grocac is an ‘auditeur’ in Paris?

I’m starting to feel a little faint….

 

Suggestions for product name.

Nutrisynth – Someone has bought the domain name, possibly a speculator as there is no activity on the site. 😦

FeedUp  – a fish food company? I think it’s Italian. 😦

Bountiful – Oh My God… it’s not taken?!?

Ambrosia – There’s an Ambrosia Cafe in Brisbane of all places but this may be a possibility

Manna – http://www.mannainc.com.au/  This appears to be a charitable organization that provides free food to the destitute in Perth.

Out of all those names, including the made up funny ones, only Bountiful [and possibly Ambrosia with a qualifier] won’t get me sued.

To say I’m suddenly feeling incredibly depressed is an understatement. It looks as if every food or biotek related name will be taken. That leaves me with only family name + something – If I’m lucky.

I never, ever imagined finding a name for the evil corporation of my dreams would be this hard…

-slinks off to cook dinner-

 

 


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