Friday, March 12, 2010

My New Poetry Book - Self Publishing - CreateSpace



For a while now I have had a poetry manuscript ready to be published. As always I went to Shadow Poetry first as I had with my two previous chapbooks only to find that I could not afford their prices and decided to wait until I had enough money saved to publish my third poetry book. As you know I won a contest with The Publishing Maven a couple of months ago and Christy sent me her book The Step-By-Step Guide to Self Publishing for Profit. I read the entire book, cover to cover and was simply blown away by her book. It is the most comprehensive, concise and detailed guide to self publishing that I have ever read.

She describes in detail how to use createspace which is a division of Amazon.com and is a FREE, yes I said FREE, self publishing venue for anyone who is looking to publish a book. Upon finishing her book I immediately went to createspace to check out the site and found exactly how easy it was to create my book by just uploading my files and making a few decisions as to the cover of which they provide templates, title, etc... By using Christy's book as a guide, I was able to go through the entire process of creating my own poetry book within a few hours. And, did I say it was FREE? There are different options available, however, the free option is what I chose which also includes your book listed on Amazon.com and a free e-store. The only thing I had to pay for was a proof copy of which will be arriving in the mail shortly and costs less than what lunch at McDonald's would cost me, if I ate there :) How do I know my book will be professional looking? Because Christy's book was also published at createspace and it is one of the best books I've seen and read on the subject.

So, my new book will be available very soon and when it is, I will be spamming all of you :) If any of you are thinking of publishing your work, createspace is a fantastic option. Why pay hundreds of dollars to have your book published when it is completely FREE at createspace. They are a print on demand venue and therefore they can afford to offer their services for free.

I urge you all to not only check them out but to check out Christy's book by clicking on the Amazon.com widget below and seriously think about getting her book. It's a must for any writer wanting to self publish.


21 comments:

Icy BC said...

Congrats on another poetry book, Jo, and thank you for the information.

Sharkbytes said...

well, that is really interesting. I'll have to check it out.

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: This will be very helpful when I finish writing this book about the Margiedales.

mysticdave said...

Congrats on your poetry book! I too went through createspace to publish mine, and i am very pleased with how it turned out....the best of luck in your endeavors :)

Secondary Roads said...

What a boon to folks who love to write. I'm going to check this out. Please keep us up-to-date as your experience develops.

B.Held said...

This is so cool! I had no idea you could publish your own book like this! Thank you for sharing :)

Colleen Breuning said...

This is wonderful news, Jo! I'm going to check out the site now. My goal this year is to finally get that poetry book published. However, all the typical self-publishing companies are so confusing and sooooo expensive! I can't wait to get your book. Please let me know when it is available!
xoxo

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Icy, thanks and check out their website.

Shark, yes do, it's all free. Thanks.

Margie, I hope it will include photos :)

Dave, ah, that's great to know. Thanks so much.

Chuck, it is an absolute Godsend for writers. I will keep you all updated. I've just made a revision so I'm awaiting another approval from them but it should not be long now. Thanks.

Brittany, you are welcome :)

Colleen, I can't wait until you have yours published and this place is all free. I will get you a copy as soon as it is available. xoxo Jo

Ratty said...

Sounds like an excellent deal. One of these days I might have a use for this place as well. I hope your book does very well.

Ann said...

Oh how exciting that is. You certainly can't beat the price. Congrats on that book.

AVCr8teur said...

I don't have anything to publish at the moment, but thank you so much for the tip. I look forward to seeing your book.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Thank you so much Ratty. You can use it for your videos :)

Ann, Thanks so much and yes, the price is amazingg :D

Karen, Thank you.

betchai said...

Congrats Jo, wishing you the best in this endeavor.

Vernz said...

was here, dropping by .... congrats...

Glynis said...

Well done Jo. I self published mine using Lulu.com but any others I will be using the same as you. I have heard good things about it.

John said...

Congrats on the book and thanks for the info. I've often considered self-publishing and I'll certainly be checking this out.
Thank You.

RNSANE said...

I am definitely wanting to publish my book. I think I told you, Jo, that I wanted to do something to dedicate to my mother was always advocated for this. Now it is really too late for her to be aware and I am just so angry with myself for my delay...but, at least, I can do it and have the dedication there for her, whether she knows it or not.

Thanks for the help and good advice!

jakill said...

Well done, Jo, and thanks for the heads up. (I've been waiting for an opportunity to use that term soemwhere. LOL) Looking forward to your spam and seeing the finished product.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

betchai, thanks so much.

Thank you Vernz.

Glynis, I've heard good things about Lulu as well but I was never able to master their software.

John, yes do. It's very easy and the right price :)

jakill, LOL! Yes the spam will hopefully be on it's way soon :D

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Hi Joanne;
Thanks so much for the plug and I'm so glad you are getting your book published. I think that everyone has the right to access to a good, cheap POD press (and not a VANITY press) that will keep you getting ripped off! Good for you!

Christy Pinheiro

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Christy, First, I do agree in regards to the Vanity presses.

Secondly, and most important I sincerely thank you. If it weren't for your book, I would not have a book in the works and ready to be published.