With the fairly recent (in our countries history, that is) ease of self-publishing, the notions of free spreech and no book banning are getting harder to defend.
Is it okay for people with, what the average person would say are, really out there ideas (e.g., the holocaust never happened, the government really took down the twin towers in NY…) to publish those out there ideas?
And what about hate speech/writing? Is that all right to sell in your local bookstore?
Read Ron Charles’s post on the Washington Post’s website and let me know what you think.
The rumors are no longer rumors. Createspace is shutting down and moving all it’s titles – your titles, perhaps – to KDP Print.
When is this happening? “in a few weeks.”
Can I move my books to KDP Books sooner? Yes you can, at this link: https://kdp.amazon.com/createspace-transfer. Or so they say, in theory. I tried today and it didn’t work. It opened my account (Step 1), It verified my titles (Step 2), but a no go on the ‘Start the move’ (Step 3). I’m guess they are inundated with people trying to move their books.
Don’t worry. They’ll move your books for you eventually. Maybe I’ll just let them do it.
If you have other questions, you can go to this CS to KDP FAQ pageand probably get an answer.
Here’s another link to a post by Amy Collinson The Book Designer site.
Best of luck!
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality
The ongoing debate goes on – and for good reason. Like everything in life, the book market changes and so do the companies that service that market.
In the post link below, David Kudler explains various reason to go the free route and various reasons not to. As with most things, it really depends on what works for you at this moment in time. He also explains how to get Amazon to set your book for free, even though they don’t want to. But I wouldn’t go to that effort unless you’re going with perma-free. If you want free on Amazon and you’re not part of their Select program – just do an Amazon giveaway.
Personally, I think the perma-free thing only works if you have A LOT of good reviews for the first book in a book series before you even set it at FREE. (How much is A LOT? – not sure there is a magic number. How many reviews would it take you to pick up a book from an author you didn’t know?)
There are so many ways for readers to get books for free now a days, a free book from a completely unknown (and unread – if you don’t have many reviews) does very little to make a shopper click that button and pick up your book.
That is not to say free for a week or free for a day or book giveaways aren’t a good thing. I think short-term giveaways associated with some other promotion you might be doing aimed at readers you know is a good idea. You do want to get more reviews. But keep in mind, just because you give a book away doesn’t mean you’ll get a review. I’ve given away a lot of books on Amazon and Goodreads and the Fussy Librarian but gotten very few reviews from those. Hopefully I’ve gotten a new reader or two. And it only takes one or two people who read your book to decide they like you and will tell others about you and your book to help get your name out there.
What you can do is set the price for the first book in a series (or a first book in a collection of books you have) at a lower price than the rest. If someone really wants to try your book, $.99 or $1.99 or maybe $2.99 isn’t going to stop them.
And remember, pricing also depends on the length of the book and the genre your book is in. So check out what other unknown authors are charging in your genre to help you decide what to do.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Amazon is cutting it’s editing, design and marketing services.
“After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services,” Amazon said in a statement. “We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.”
There are many people out there like me, who work on a freelance basis and can help you edit and design and market your story. I’ve been a member and the Southcentral Wisconsin Chapter Coordinator of the Editoral Freelancers Association for many years now and they are a great group of professionals from across the US (and I think a few in other countries as well) that aim to provide quality services and have the authors interest at heart.
If you need any kind of editing, design or marketing services, walk, don’t run –
to their site and submit a job listing. You’ll get more responses then you’ll know what to do with. And I may just be one of them 😉 Or just contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality
I agree with Steven Spatz in this post – putting books (ebook or print) is a must for Amazon, but don’t stop there. The other company that has made it very doable is IngramSpark. They are not as user friendly or free (as compared to Amazon), but their distribution options, known name and quality of product make it worth the small investment and time needed to set your book(s) there as well. Though I would not use IngramS. for your ebook – there are many more and less expensive options – my favorite being Smashwords, since they put you ebook on ibooks, B&N, Kobo, library distributors and more.
The #1 mistake made by self-published authors! Here is a list of book distributors for worldwide book sales in addition to Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
I recently discovered this little secret and I wanted to share it with you, in case you didn’t know. If you are self-publishing your book(s), it is in your best interest to publish both with Createspace for the Amazon sales, and with IngramSpark for other sales. This is because of Ingram’s large distribution network and their reputation with bookstores and libraries around the globe.