CreateSpace Review Results

I had the review email back from CreateSpace.

The text file for Betrayal was accepted, which is a relief. It’s nice to know I got the formatting right.

They had a couple of ‘non-blocking’ issues regarding the cover. The first was that it was below 200dpi which could mean the picture looks a bit grainy when printed. I think the problem probably arose during the conversion process from OpenOffice odg format to pdf. I read on the internet about people converting documents containing pictures from Word to pdf having a similar problem. Apparently Word converts the pictures to 199dpi. I wonder if something similar has happened here. As the cover design is fairly abstract, I don’t think the resolution will be too much of an issue.

The second issue they raised was that they picked up on the fact I had used transparency in the design. They ‘flatten’ this with a result that there may be a slight colour shift.

On CreateSpace when I click on my project for ‘Betrayal’ it comes up with the status of the process so I can see what I still need to do, and a thumbnail of the cover. It doesn’t look too bad at that size. It may have lost a bit of the darkness it had, running from very dark in the top left to light in the opposite corner. The thumbnail makes it seem more grey.

As neither issue is a real show-stopper I decided to go ahead and order a proof copy. I’ll make a decision regarding the cover when I’m able to hold it in my hands and examine it more closely. If it really is naff then I’ll revisit the design, but I’ll wait and see for now before making that judgement.

Ordering a proof copy means waiting for it to arrive from the US. They have three shipping rates. The standard rate of $4.88 (£3.19) has an estimated delivery date of July 10th. I can’t wait that long. A month and a half? Forget that. My thumbs will be well and truly twiddled by then.

The next rate is Expedited which comes in at $7.99 (£5.22) with an estimated delivery of June 9th. Better. Just under two weeks.

The fastest delivery option is Priority for $14.38 (£9.39). This should arrive by June 1st. This seems a bit steep.

I opted for the Expedited in the hope that the dates were worst case scenarios. It will be interesting to see how it compares. If it does come on June 9th then it will arrive just after I start my stint of Jury Service at the local courts. Hope my mind won’t be elsewhere while I’m there!

In the meantime, while I wait for it to arrive, I’ll complete the set up on CreateSpace and get the Kindle version ready and uploaded to KDP. I found out that if I’d uploaded the file in Word format, CreateSpace would do the conversion for me. I wonder how long it will be before they extend the courtesy to other filetypes.

Next on the agenda is the thorny issue of pricing. Where do I pitch the price? As I’m a newbie I doubt I can command the same prices as well-established authors. If I set it too high would I drive potential readers away? But I don’t want to set it too low. I would like to see a bit of a return on the investment of my time. Although I enjoy the creative aspect of writing, as I said in my ‘About Me’ page, hopefully writing will one day help to supplement my pension when I’m older. At least I’m making a start in that direction. We’ll have to wait and see where things go in the future.

So now I need to do some research on Amazon to get some idea what a reasonable amount to charge would be. That’ll keep me busy for a while!

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