Back when I was writing The Second Mouse Goes Digital, I made a brief statement about Amazon’s newest publishing offer:
I knew there was something going on that we mere authors were not being told. I just failed to guess what it was. However, it did not take long for the rest of the story to appear. Since CreateSpace‘s facilities are located in Charleston, South Carolina, the local newspaper was the first to leak the word to employees. In January, Charleston’s Post and Courier published the following announcement from Amazon:
Many customers discovered the changes when BookBaby leaped into a golden opportunity to steal customers from Amazon. On January 17, their webpage announced CreateSpace’s changes and then pointed out that they offered most of the services that CreateSpace was discontinuing. They promised never to abandon their customers like those big companies had just done.
Others learned of the change when they visited CreateSpace’s webpage:
Needless to say, my chapter on “Choosing the Right Production Company” would have been quite different if I had written it in 2018 rather than 2017. Nevertheless, I can sum up my advice simply. Now that Amazon has changed CreateSpace’s role, it really doesn’t make much difference which of the two big companies you choose to produce and market your book. You’ll do your own marketing, which I’ve always recommended. You’re going to hire your own editor, a layout designer, and a cover designer, just as “The Second Mouse Goes Digital” suggests. If you are good with software, you can purchase your own editing software like Grammarly and a layout program like Vellum. You can design your own cover, too, although I don’t recommend that plan unless you are already a talented graphic artist.
And here’s my bottom line.
· In 2012, I published The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese. I used CreateSpace to design my cover, do the page layouts, and the editing. They charged me close to $3000.00.
· In 2017, I published The Second Mouse Goes Digital. I paid a cover designer around $250.00 and spent slightly more that $500.00 on software to do the layout and editing. That software expense, however, was a one-time outlay that will pay for itself as I use it for other publications.
· In both cases, I used CreateSpace for book production and distribution at no cost to me other than for the books I purchase from them at cost to use for resale or give-aways.
The two editions are virtually identical. If anything, the newer book has the edge in terms of interior design. Amazon and self-publishers both win!