If you're considering self-publishing a book, probably the easiest and cheapest way is CreateSpace. Here are some of the CreateSpace books I own.
Two of the above books are my own novels:
I will use CreateSpace again. A collection of my short stories will go that route in a few months. I also might do another novel one of these days—or one of these years.
If you're young and picture yourself becoming a well-known author, self-publishing (whether via CreateSpace or another self-pubbing source) isn't the way to go. Self-published books are not legit publishing credits, they won't be in chain bookstores, and you will sell most of your books yourself at readings or appearances. You want to go to conferences, perfect your craft, and find an agent who can submit your work to commercial publishers.
But—if you're older and/or have unsuccessfully pursued commercial publishing but have a book that you really, really want to get "out there," self-pubbing might work for you. It helps if you already have a readership in place (blog, column for local paper, previously published work, etc.) It helps if you have connections to a lot of readers. It helps if you have a marketing plan in mind. The "If you build it, they will come" does not apply to self-pubbed books. CreateSpace will get your book listed on Amazon, but you'll be the one to let folks know it's there.
|Sometimes your friends or pets can help you promote.|
Before you jump into self-pubbing, do some research. There are many, many online resources to check. Here are a few:
- "A Guide to Reviewing Your Book Proof"
- "Don't Make These 5 Newbie Book Layout Mistakes"
- "9 Book Design Tips That Authors Need to Know"
- "My CreateSpace Experience" from ShaelinWrites gives a basic explanation of what the process.
- "CreateSpace: Self-publishing Thoughts and Tips" is another good place to start. Author Jennifer Kelly tells about her experience.
- The webinar "Self-Publishing' with CreateSpace" is long and boring (think lecture with an occasional image), but gives you an idea of what's involved. Basically it's a promo for services, but it still has some good info if you're new to self-pubbing.
- How to start with CreateSpace? This video—"CreateSpace Tutorial—Self-publishing Books on Amazon.con in Less than 7 Days!"—briefly (only 10 minutes) explains the process. In fact, you might want to view this video first.