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Self-publishing through Amazon/CreateSpace

in Announcements, resources, suggestions Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:07 pm
by collaborativewriter • 85 Posts

Amazon has a collaborative process whereby you can publish your own book. I am in the process of doing this right now, and will definitely let you know how it goes. The book is called Writing to Persuade: Proven Techniques That Convince Others To Listen To You, Take You Seriously, And Change Their Minds.
(Authored by Alison M. Gunn Ph.D.) It represents the culmination of years of teaching, writing, and seminars. Essentially, it is a distillation of everything I have learned about persuasion that is accessible and of interest to the layperson. It is not academic, it is not a tome, it is not boring, but it's not cutesy, either. I'm serious about this subject; it's at least partially what I studied in grad school. But also, it's just simply necessary to know how to write to persuade these days, in my opinion, and too many books that are available are too long, too academic, too stuffy, etc., and who reads them? My students always resisted reading that kind of textbook, and who can blame them.

So, this will be my first real attempt at becoming what we all consider 'published.' I have been ambivalent about doing this for quite some time, for many reasons, most of which I intend to discuss with those who also consider going through this process.

Here is some basic info about CreateSpace to get you started, if you're interested:

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RE: Self-publishing through Amazon/CreateSpace

in Announcements, resources, suggestions Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:04 pm
by Desiree • 5 Posts

I'm definitely going to take a look at this website! How is the publishing going by the way?


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RE: Self-publishing through Amazon/CreateSpace

in Announcements, resources, suggestions Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:45 pm
by collaborativewriter • 85 Posts

Well, after a few tries, and buying about 5 hard 'proof' copies to review and change/fix, I have gone ahead and authorised sales of the book on the various channels I signed up for. You pay approximately $40 for five different channels you are now advertising through (CreateSpace does this part for you). I have to say that CreateSpace is doing a couple of things wrong that I would fix if I were them. One of them is that the author/writer should be able to see an online or downloadable draft of his/her copy instead of having only two choices; one choice is, buy a proof copy. The second choice is, authorise them to go ahead and allow the vendors to sell it, sight unseen on your part. Uh, no. I want to see it and make sure it's clean before I send it off ('clean,' in typesetting-speak, just means free of error).

Formatting the inside (where the text goes) is a bit of a sticky wicket at first. There are tutorials and there's a forum where you can read about how others have tackled this, though, so there is support, but if you have any experience working with Microsoft Word (which is where CS supplies their template from) you'll know that Word is often a pain in the arse about moving things around on you and suddenly "losing" bits and pieces. I have LONG been in hate with Word, but there is no other word processing software that's universal. Microsoft devoured that market, and so there you have it. You work in Word or you don't work with WP software, generally speaking. It's like the English language; it pisses everyone off, but we're stuck with it anyway.

So, there are some 'glitches,' but they are not super-problematic right now. I have had to ask CS how do I see the pages where the book is being sold, so that I can link my website to those outlets. I'm waiting on their answer. They are usually very good about getting to these sorts of questions, btw. I'd say not necessarily excellent customer service, but almost.

The finished product looks pretty nice, I think, for a first try in the self-publishing world. The cover is very good. They distort my personal picture; that's really the only criticism I've got. The cover was a template, and you just fill in squares with your text, so they make that part rather ridiculously easy. You can go back and change everything for free as often as you need to; the only thing that costs you is distribution outlets (which I mentioned above) and buying hard copies.

If you have any more questions or can think of something I left out, just ask.

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RE: Self-publishing through Amazon/CreateSpace

in Announcements, resources, suggestions Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:22 pm
by collaborativewriter • 85 Posts

Okay, here is the URL for the book:

It's very short, as I'm sure you'll be able to see. I am in the process of allowing potential buyers to have access to its interior; nothing comes easily or quickly in this world of publishing, apparently. You have to go through a process with Amazon of requesting that buyers be allowed to look through the book.

I'll keep you guys updated, but to be honest, this is very exciting to me. It's a "boring" little book, in that it's not creative fiction or anything, but it is extremely useful if you're writing any kind of argument. And let's face it, most people simply have no idea how to argue effectively these days, leading to ad hominem attacks (name-calling) and absolute chaos, if you ask me.

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