CreateSpace with Elance - Fun, Fast Experience!
by Andrea Zimmerman
Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?
Combining CreateSpace with Elance contractors got me published quickly and easily.
I started down the path of writing a full color children's book to help me work through a parenting challenge with my 9 year-old daughter, mainly having to do with negative self-talk and other girls saying hurtful things to one another.
I wrote the text in a couple of days and then used Elance to get help modifying/editing the text and for illustrating before turning to CreateSpace for the actual printing.
Elance.com was a great site. Editing/Word help cost me around $100, and full color illustration for 15 pages was $1200. I could have illustrated for less, but I really like the style of the artist I selected. The creation process was easy to manage using this website which cost me nothing to join - only the cost of the free-lancers. Great experience!
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I used CreateSpace and had my illustrator create and upload the pdf documents necessary for the printing process. CreateSpace is part of Amazon, and they only charge a per book on demand printing fee. You can cut your cost in 1/2 if you pay $30 upfront. My 28 page full color 8.25x8.25 book costs me $3.65 to print. What an easy way to get a book out there.
CreateSpace allows you to market your book using their site (for an extra % of the sales), but they handle shipping and sales tax. They also push through Amazon and other sales distribution channels.
View my CreateSpace purchase site for my book (and buy it!).
The paperback book is rich in color; the only downside is the cover isn't the highest quality. If you have paper over the cover and jot a note on the paper, it leaves a slight imprint on the cover (soft, high gloss paperback).
I have just finalized and printed my books (they will arrive next week). Now I'm going to go down the path of learning all the things I can do to market it. CreateSpace's printing/marketing options are perfect for my marketing needs. I can order what I think I can sell myself for only the cost of printing (or fill larger orders), and I can also drive traffic for a full fee through Amazon and a lesser fee through the CreateSpace.com link - depending on my marketing approach.
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