The Createspace Venture: Part Three

DSC01471  Just in case you didn’t notice, that’s me holding an actual copy of The Truth About Alex!  Many of you already know that I prefer ebooks over physical ones.  They’re easier to shop for, more economical, and one Kindle can hold a gazillion books on it, which is a lot better than cluttering my house with stacks of novels because I’ve run out of shelf space.  None of that means, however, that the appeal of a print edition is completely lost on me.  I love the smell of books, and that very special unnamable sensation of holding what you created in your hands.
What I’m holding there is the proof copy of Alex.  CreateSpace has a FANTASTIC online proof reviewer, which I did make good use of.  It has a 3D cover/back view, and the pages turn and look as close to the real thing as I’m sure is possible.  Still, I ordered the proof copy just to see if everything would match what it looked like on my computer screen.  It did.  So, I went ahead and accepted the proof.
The next step involved assigning distribution channels.  I assigned The Truth About Alex to six channels.  The first three had to do with distribution through Amazon and it’s various foreign branches.  The other three were for availability on CreateSpace directly, as well as national public libraries and academic institutions.  No harm in broadening my horizons, right?
The transition to all of these areas, Amazon in particular, can take up to eight days.  Within the first few hours, Amazon was picking up my ISBN.  A few hours after that, it had a page declaring the book is currently unavailable.  Six hours later, it was available for purchase, but the book description was all blocky and wonky.  I’m not sure if this is just some overlooked glitch with CreateSpace or not, so I logged into Author Central to change it to something more legible.
Next, I logged into KDP and signed The Truth About Alex up for Kindle Matchbook.  That means if someone were to buy the print version of my book (for 8.95) then the Kindle version would be discounted.  I chose to make the Kindle version free for anyone who buys the print version.
As far as the price goes, you can change how much you are charging for your book at any time using CreateSpace.  I settled on 8.95 due to pricing trends for novellas, a quick search through Amazon showed me what people were charging for books around the same length as Alex.
As of this publication, Amazon has still not displayed the “other format” box on The Truth About Alex’s page.  I’ll have to wait a few more days before contacting them, because these things really do take time.
[EDIT] Amazon just now put the “other format” section onto Alex’s page.  If you would like to purchase a paperback copy, or pick up the Kindle version, click HERE!

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