Guest post by Ashyia Hill
The thought of publishing your own work can be scary. Through Amazon’s CreateSpace service, self-publishing can be simple, fast, and affordable. CreateSpace lets artists self publish paperback books, Kindle e-books, CDs, MP3 files, DVDs, and downloadable videos easily.
How did they do it?
Consider Sarah Renee, the teenaged author of two adventure novels for young readers. She may be too young for a credit card or driver’s license, but 14-year-old Sarah Renee was able to publish her novels, The Tiger Princessand Dash, using Amazon’s CreateSpace, with a little help from her mom.
CreateSpace allowed her to stay on top of many parts of the publishing process—even drawing the cover art. Sarah Renee has held several book signing events in her area and has begun touring book fairs.
Likewise, author Kevin Hansen was able to successfully bring his book to market with no novel publishing experience. Kevin Hansen’s blog, SecretRegrets.com, lets users anonymously discuss their deepest regrets. He combined many of the most powerful stories into his book, Secret Regrets: What if you had a Second Chance?
Using Amazon’s CreateSpace, he was able to bring his book to a mass audience. Since then, it has become so popular that talk show host Dr. Phil brought Kevin Hansen in as a guest and promoted his book on air.
How can I do it?
If these authors were able to publish their books without previous experience, you can publish your work, too! But how exactly do you go about it? Well, Amazon’s CreateSpace makes it possible in 3 steps:
Step 1: Sign up for a CreateSpace account.
Don’t worry, it’s free. All you need to do is complete a short form. Once you have a CreateSpace account, you can connect with other artists in the active CreateSpace community.
Step 2: Submit your work
Amazon’s CreateSpace will help your content look its best. If you have the know-how, you can format the text, draw the cover art, proofread, and take care of the other details yourself using the website’s free tools. Amazon’s CreateSpace also sells services that cover book design, illustrations, copyediting, and all other parts of the publishing process.
When your work is ready, you can upload your files online, or send in your content and a duplicate of your work’s master copy. Amazon’s CreateSpace will set your content up in their system.
Step 3: Start selling your work—and collecting royalties!
After you send in your work, you’ll receive a proof copy. Once you approve it, you can pick your sales channels. Channels include Amazon.com, your personalized eStore, and Amazon’s Expanded Distribution Channel. They each have advantages and disadvantages. The Expanded Distribution Channel, for example, has the widest audience, but also brings in lower royalties than the other options.
Once you’ve picked the channels that are right for you, you can sit back and focus on marketing your work. There’s no need to fuss with inventory, as Amazon will publish your products as they are ordered. They will also take care of the customer service.
You can keep an eye on sales and other important information from your CreateSpace dashboard.
Ashyia Hill is a blogger from CreditDonkey. She helps aspiring publishers find a new business credit card right for them. Remember, you don’t need to be an expert to publish your work using Amazon’s CreateSpace service. As Sarah Renee and Kevin Hansen show, the service is great for beginners. So, if you’ve always dreamed of publishing your work someday, stop dreaming and start planning!