You’ve uploaded your files to the CreateSpace website, ordered and approved your proof and your title is officially available. But what happens now? How long does it take your book to appear on Amazon? What should you be doing while you wait? (Hint: not just gazing adoringly at things.) And after all this time, effort, money, blood, sweat and tears, will anyone even buy it?
Nanoseconds after you click ‘Approve Proof’ your book becomes available on your own CreateSpace e-store. Anyone can purchase from here but most won’t want to; shipping costs are high – for non-US customers, they are downright ridiculous – and you have to create a CreateSpace account before purchasing. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can create your own discount codes (like 20% off or $2 off) to pass around to friends or fans for use in your CS e-store and you stand to earn your highest royalties from e-store sales. It also gives you the opportunity to gaze at a listing of your book – your book! – adoringly.
As I live in Ireland and expect a significant portion of my sales to come from Ireland, the UK and Europe, I decided to sell my book direct from my website. (More on this in a later post.) This meant that I had to order stock for myself, i.e. a box of my own books. Again, CreateSpace’s shipping costs are high – along with its abysmal Cover Creator, that’s one of its greatest flaws – and only it’s economy (up to 21 days) and standard (up to 14 days) shipping methods make economical sense. Order your stock as soon as possible so you never have to force your profits to disappear by forking out for express shipping.
Officially CreateSpace says it can take up to two weeks for your listing to appear on Amazon.com and that it will appear in stages, but generally it seems to take much less time than that. While you wait, consider using the time to publish in e-book format, which was not a pleasant experience by any stretch of the imagination; look out for my e-book post in the coming week. Continue reading