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How to Self-Publish Your Book the CreateSpace Way: A Step-by-Step Guide To Writing, Printing and Selling Your Own Book Using Print On Demand [Kindle Edition]

Blake Webster , Steve Boga
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Updated 2012-2013 Edition. Includes instructions for CreateSpace Word templates.

This clear hands-on approach guides you through the process of writing, self-publishing, and promoting your book the CreateSpace Way.

They say everybody has at least one book in them, and publishing trends support that notion. In 2009, an estimated one million books were published-3/4 of them self-published.

Discover how to choose a marketable topic, improve your writing skills, write an entire book, lay out your pages, design the cover and promote your book.


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About the Author

Blake Webster is a web & multimedia developer, web publisher, search engine optimization consultant, internet marketer and published author. He lives in Sonoma County, California. Steve Boga has authored more than 35 books, including several the CreateSpace Way. A freelance writer-editor-teacher, he lives in Sonoma County, California.

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  • File Size: 1952 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZK5OQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Self-Publish Your Book the Create Space Way August 16, 2010
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How to Self-Publish Your Book the CreateSpace Way is an essential reference for anyone writing or planning to write a book. Authors Blake Webster and Steve Boga show you step by step how to use Amazon's POD service, CreateSpace, to get out your book and sell it.

Everything is covered - including how to: choose a marketable topic, write and edit the manuscript, lay out and submit the pages, and promote the book. You will learn how to design eye-catching covers and how to insert images and charts into your text. A Photoshop Primer is available for beginners.

You will also learn the ins and outs of Amazon, including tips on how to boost your sales rankings and search positioning. All this at your fingertips - go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful CreateSpace Manual December 2, 2011
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Two sections of this book really impressed me. First, the section showing you how to make a book cover is useful for streamlining the process for yourself. Second, the section on page order and then compiling all the pages for one file for CreateSpace eliminated a lot of confusion I would have run into.

Overall this book helped me save TIME which is the most important aspect of any "How to..." book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why did I pick this loser? November 21, 2011
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I paid ~$10 for the kindle version of this ***. I have no idea how many pages there are but it sure isn't formatted for kindle. In one break between sections (in normal type size), there was a four word title occupying the middle of a page in the middle of exactly 8 blank pages. My guess is that blank pages represent about 10% of the entire effort. I believe the authors admit to puffing up the page count to make the minimum for CreateSpace. Bah!

The first half (or more) of the book was essentially boilerplate found in a dozen POD websites. Unfortunately the stuff here is badly written and poorly organized. I probably could've learned the rest of the stuff from reading the CreateSpace website. The last 10% or so dealt with Photoshop conversion for the cover. The 'ScreenScans' are so small in real sized type they cannot be read and they are completely distorted in enlarged type.

Personal opinion: If this is representative of the Amazon-CreateSpace POD, I think I'll seek out one that is far better organized and certainly more helpful.

It was apparent that the authors were promoting their own how-to books, particularly when they pointed out, near the end of this mess, that 90% of the eBook stuff is non-fiction. In truth, kindle (or most other eBook sites) is not the place to 'publish' a book with graphics, tables, or photographs (see my comment above). Hopefully there are better 'self-help' POD books out there. Bypass this one. Better yet, demand your money back!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dated and useless October 12, 2011
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I'm sorry to say that this book is not useful.
The first half is about how to write a book; much better presentations can easily be found elsewhere.
Almost all the rest of the information can be gotten for free on the various Createspace websites.
There is no information about using the formatted templates introduced a year ago.
I know how hard it is to write and produce books, so I'm not happy disparaging the effort here,
but the book is simply not worth the money.
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Blake Webster is a web and multimedia developer, digital product developer, web publisher, search engine optimization consultant, internet marketer, photographer, published author, environmentalist and publisher of the online magazine Greener Living Today.

He has taught web development and consulted businesses in the San Francisco Bay area since 1996. He owns and maintains three online store fronts where he sells his digital products and photography.

With a strong concern for the environment, he started publishing Greener Living Today, an online magazine that places a focus on interviews with leading green celebrities and personalities.

He lives in Sonoma County, located in Northern California.

Learn more by visiting his website: http://www.blakewebster.com

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