My Publishing Journey.


logo-csp-no-tmIt will probably be easier for most Indie Author-Publishers to format first for e-book, and then do a paperback, but I went first with CreateSpace. Formatting had its frustrations (mainly due to the limitations of their system), but I will use them again. I used their ISBN, and also put the book into their “expanded” distribution, which means it goes into catalogs such as Baker & Taylor and Ingram, from which libraries and other vendors order. I’d give them a 96% satisfaction and quality rating, and when I did have the rare problem, they fixed it fast.

navAmazonLogoFooter._V169459313_I refused to let CreateSpace automatically enroll my book in Kindle. I read the Kindle contract, which was nine pages long, made unreasonable demands, and I especially objected to the exclusivity. This means that Amazon gets to sell only the paperback, for which I think they have retaliated, by primarily listing an out-of-print beta edition (making it look as if my book is not available), so that shoppers have to dig for the current edition, and by printing poor-quality copies (I’ve seen one, and it’s ugly). Amazon does sell the paperback worldwide, although there have been no international sales yet.

NavFlyout_NOOK_logoI signed up individually with Barnes & Noble Nook, which at the time had a six-page, politely worded contract, and did not demand exclusivity. The Nook formatting needed substantial tweaking before I was satisfied. When in a brick-and-mortar B&N, it’s fun to go to a Nook display, dial up your own book on all the floor samples, and then go on with your shopping. The store should have no trouble ordering a paperback. Online, B&N offers the paperbacks for sale, from CreateSpace. They also list third-party “Marketplace” vendors who claim to have “new” and “like new” copies “in stock,” but which, if they do get an order, will likely get a copy at a discount from Amazon and then re-sell it. There has been one e-book sale through Nook.

swlogoI uploaded to Smashwords (and used their ISBN) for aggregate e-book distribution in Kindle format and to everybody else except B&N. Formatting was tedious, but I had no problems with my upload, which was accepted on the first attempt, and depending on the digital platform used, it seems to have few, if any, issues. Smashwords also distributes to OverDrive, from which many public libraries order. Two e-books have sold through Smashwords. You must be set up with PayPal to get paid.

plover_logoI publish as an independent publisher, using my own logo, but because the ISBN is registered to CreateSpace, most retailers list them as the publisher. Smashwords has been listed as the publisher at e-book retailers, presumably for the same reason.

Finally, I strongly recommend that Indie Author-Publishers register copyrights and comply with mandatory deposit laws in their locations. In addition, I discourage the practice of distributing 99-cent and free e-books, because they can encourage piracy and plagiarism. Indies should protect their work and price it fairly, no matter what may be their publishing platform of choice.

(Please be sure to read the comment section: explanations have been added there.)



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31 responses to “My Publishing Journey.

  1. Reblogged this on brittneysahin and commented:
    Thank you Christine for this info! You have a wealth of info here I was looking for- wanted to share it with everyone!

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  2. “I publish as an independent publisher, using my own logo, but because the ISBN is registered to CreateSpace, most retailers list them as the publisher.”

    That’s something I really don’t like about CreateSpace. We used our own ISBNs for my twin’s novels, yet Amazon is listed as the publisher anyway.

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  3. Kindle requires exclusivity for ebooks? I thought that was only if you enrolled in the optional Select programs. I know several writers that have ebooks with Amazon and Smashwords.

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    • Indeed they do. I suppose there are many who have pushed the accept button without reading the contract, or who have disregarded what they read, but someday their luck may run out, and they’ll get a certified cease-and-desist letter from the corporate lawyer contract enforcers of A Major Online Retailer.

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  4. Jennifer Calvert

    Thanks heaps for the information on self publishing, it is something I’ve looked into lately, but wasn’t sure about.

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    • You’re very welcome. It’s not hard to do, but jumping through hoops can be tiring and tiresome. Many people still look down on independent publishing, but the important thing to remember is that Writing is an Art (not a craft), and so no matter who the publisher is, when selling Art there are never any guarantees.

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  5. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    A lot of useful information in this post by Christine 😀

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  6. Thank you Christine… really precious informations and tips!

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  7. Thank you for this helpful post. My understanding is that only if one signs up for Amazon’s KDP Select does the author need to make their title exclusive to Amazon. In fact I am certain this is the case (that is one reason why authors enrolled in KDP Select receive higher royalties than those who do not make their works exclusive to Amazon). I published my book, “Dalliance; A Collection of Poetry and Prose” as an ebook in 2014 using Amazon and in May of this year produced a print edition employing Berforts in the UK. Berforts has produced good quality books, however the author needs to pay in advance for copies, hence I was considering Createspace for other books. However, having read your comments about the poor quality of Createspace books I am having second thoughts. Kevin


  8. Thanks for sharing Christine.

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    • You’re welcome. 🙂 Because there are only 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing, and we have free-setup print-on-demand and e-book publishing, the Art of Writing is accessible to all, and that can only be good. I’m glad to live in a time when it’s easier than ever for us to learn from one another’s experiences.


  9. Illuminating. Great information. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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    • I’m pleased to have your visit and commentary. The publishing industry will continue to evolve, and tomorrow somebody will wrap fish in what we’ve written about it, but we’ll never know about our full range of possible options, unless we discuss the routes we’ve taken to get where we are now. That’s what enables us to shout both “Caveat emptor!” and “Carpe diem!” 😉


  10. I published independently using Createspace, then went to Kindle. I followed the advice of multiple websites and did 2 free e-book promotions which I now regret as I have found my e-book on several sites that I knew nothing about. My son says I need to copyright, and he is right, I will do that now I have read this post. Thanks for the advice.

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