How Long Does It Take To Update a Createspace Book and Cover

January 13, 2015 in Createspace Publishing

About 2 years ago, I self-published my first 3 books and sold them on Kindle and Createspace. These three books are part of a series… and little did I know back then that writing a series was the way to go. However, those books have become my top selling books. Recently, I got back into publishing and added 2 more titles to this series. However, the newest books had cover designs that were more modern and clean looking. That meant I had to update the old covers so they all look like they’re part of the same series.

Having never updated my books before, I didn’t know how long the process would take. My main concern was the time it takes for the Createspace book to get updated on Amazon. Because of this concern, I decided to experiment with one of my books that has pretty much zero sales. This way I’ll know what to expect when I begin to update my books that do sell.

I’m writing this post as a reference for me and anyone else who might be curious how long the process will take. For this experiment, I made minor modifications to my book cover so I can immediately tell when the update is complete on Createspace and eventually Amazon.

Thursday

On Thursday at 3pm, I logged into my Createspace Dashboard and selected the book I wanted to update. On the next page, I clicked on the Cover link in the Setup column. Then on the Cover details page, I clicked on the Change button in the Changes section. from there, I uploaded my new cover.

I then did a search on the Createspace store and immediately found that my book was no longer found in the search results. I then went to Amazon and searched for my book. The Amazon search results still showed my original book as available for sale.

But that night I got back on the computer at 11pm and searched for my book on Amazon. I was surprised that the updated cover was actually showing on the Amazon search results page but it really wasn’t updated yet. When I clicked to view the actual product page for my book, the old cover was still there.

Friday

The next day about 15 hours later at 5:30am, I got an email from Createspace saying My proof is ready to order. For this book, I am not going to order a proof since I didn’t change the interior and I was confident that my cover file is ok. At 10am, I finally got around to my computer and approved the proof.

I immediately did a search on the Createspace store and was able to verify that the updated book was available for sale at that time.

From the last pop-up screen during the approval process, it says that the files will appear on Amazon in 3-5 business days. So that’s the time frame I was expecting. That night I got back on the computer at 11pm and checked my book on Amazon. I was surprised that the updated cover was showing up on an Amazon search page… but it really wasn’t updated yet.

So when I clicked to view the actual product page for my book, the old cover was still there. At this point, there’s nothing to do but wait. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Market Your Kindle Book And Generate Sales

July 1, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing

How to market your Kindle bookGetting a Kindle book written is easy. You can write it yourself or hire someone write it for you. I’ve done both. But getting people to buy your book is not so easy. This post isn’t about how to pick the right topic (although that is extremely important), instead I’ll focus on how to jump start sales of a freshly published Kindle book on Amazon. The method I’m going to talk about is the same method I’ve done for all my books. I’m going to use examples from my latest book to illustrate what I did to go from no sales to some sales. Notice that I didn’t say “from no sales to spectacular sales”. I’ve never experienced spectacular sales but my books do manage to maintain a certain sales volume month after month. This is nice because I’ve done all the work publishing the book and now it becomes another passive income generating asset in my business.

Promoting My Latest Book

So last month, I published a new Kindle book. I hired a freelancer on Elance back in February to write the book for me. When I got the completed book, it was great except that after a few days of reading it over, there were some things I needed changed. I paid the writer her fee because she did exactly what I described in my job posting. but I knew I needed to modify a few things before I was willing to publish it. So it took me a few months to get around to re-writing and taking all new photos myself. Finally the copy was how I wanted it.

Before I continue, you may or may not know that when I publish a Kindle book, I also publish a print version as well through Createspace for the reasons I stated here. So when I got my books approved on Amazon and Createspace, I was hoping for big sales. I did get 2 Kindle sales on the first day but from that point on, there were no sales at all! Both the Kindle and print versions were sitting there idle. Read the rest of this entry →

Got My First Sale On Nook Press

April 23, 2013 in Nook Press

Nook Press Self PublishingNook Press is a new platform I’m using to sell my self-published books. It is much like publishing for Amazon’s Kindle. Both are electronic formats and both have dedicated document readers including apps for customers to read these electronic books even if they don’t own the devices from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. So in my quest to expand my readership, I recently uploaded my first book to Nook Press.

As far as I know, Barnes & Noble doesn’t offer free giveaways like Amazon does. I usually do free book giveaways on Amazon to generate more buzz. But without that feature, I had to Read the rest of this entry →

How Long Does It Take For Nook Press To Approve A New Vendor Account

April 19, 2013 in Nook Press, Self Publishing

This is just a quick post to let you know that my new Nook Press vendor account has been approved! This means that I can now publish my first book on the Barnes & Noble Nook. In my previous post, I mentioned that I should’ve applied for my vendor account first before I started editing my manuscript. That’s because I can start building my book on Nook Press even before I get approved. So I could’ve let B&N work on my approval while I worked on getting my book ready… which actually took a few days. Read the rest of this entry →

Sell Your Kindle Books At Barnes & Noble using Nook Press

April 18, 2013 in Kindle Publishing, Nook Press, Self Publishing

Nook Press Self PublishingBarnes & Noble just announced the launch of their Nook Press platform for independent publishers. This new tool is designed to compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle and offer similar services for ebook publishers and readers. I haven’t published with Barnes & Noble before but it has always been in the back of my mind. However, now that Nook Press is here, I will start using their service soon! (Keep reading for information that could prevent you from using Nook Press) I’m actually glad I didn’t publish on the Nook before because prior to Nook Press, publishers used their outdated PubIt interface. B&N is now phasing that out and requiring all publishers who want to continue to sell on B&N to transition their account to the new Nook Press. Here’s what B&N had to say: Read the rest of this entry →

How I Doubled Sales Of My Self Published Books

April 4, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing

Createspace-Print-On-Demand-PublishingI’m still new to the world of self-publishing and I don’t sell that many books. However, I’m learning more and more as time goes on. Today, I wanted to share with you a major discovery I made last month. I was able to double the sales of my self-published books on Amazon.com. The best part of this story is that I didn’t have to write new books to do this! I’m using a strategy you might already be doing or this might be the first time you’re hearing about it. But the main thing I want you to take away from this post is the power of reusing or repurposing content you already have. So what did I do to double my March book sales? I simply converted my Kindle ebooks into physical print versions on Createspace.

Createspace is a company that produces print-on-demand books and is owned by Amazon.com. Because they are owned by Amazon, integration between Kindle ebooks and their print versions from Createspace is seamless. Making a print book isn’t too difficult, but as a first-timer, it did take me awhile to get used to all the proofing and formating required to get a professional looking book. There were many things I learned while editing the digital proofs. And when it came down to ordering the physical proofs, it took me more time to read through my books again with a pencil in-hand to mark-up the mistakes. Read the rest of this entry →

Amazon Kills Free Kindle eBook Marketing For Affiliates

April 1, 2013 in Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing

In this industry, the only constant is change! Last year, my business was hit hard with 2 major Google algorithm changes and now Amazon is getting on the bandwagon with changes of their own! As an independent publisher, I gave away books for free in planned promotions. I used this strategy to help increase the visibility of my books in the Amazon marketplace (although it was becoming less effective). To help me achieve large numbers of downloads for my free promotions, I used various sites that specifically promote or advertise free Kindle books. Well, that is now changing!

On February 21st, Amazon made an update to their Amazon Associates structure that directly affects owners of websites that promote free Kindle book giveaways. These website owners were using free books to drive traffic to Amazon in hopes of generating affiliate commissions for other products. Amazon’s new policy now penalizes their affiliates that promote too many free books. Affiliates will actually have their commissions taken away if they promote too many free Kindle books! Here’s an excerpt about the new policy: Read the rest of this entry →

How To Add Page Numbers To A PDF Book For Createspace

March 22, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Adding Page Numbers to PDF FileBack in January, I spent about 3 weeks painstakingly reformatting 3 of my Kindle books for the Createspace platform. For those of you who don’t know what Createspace is, it’s Amazon’s print-on-demand book service which allows anyone to publish printed books that can be sold on Amazon’s website. The best part is that publishing on Createspace is free so why not take advantage of this extra sales channel? It took a bit longer to finish reformatting my books than I thought. I also had to recreate my covers in 300dpi for print. When I was finished, I had one high-resolution JPEG image for my front and back cover and a PDF file for the content of the book.

As part of the review process before I actually publish my books and let people buy them, I ordered physical proofs. I won’t get into the editing of those proofs in this article but I do want to point out something I noticed when I had the actual printed book in my hands. There were no page numbers on the bottom of the pages. My content was created in Microsoft Word and getting page numbers to show up was not a problem, except they appeared on every page of the book. Something I didn’t want. I only wanted my page numbers to start where Chapter 1 starts. Not on copyright pages or the Table of Contents. After many Google searches and failed attempts, I decided to leave the page numbers off the book when Read the rest of this entry →

How To Link Kindle eBook to Print Version On Amazon

March 19, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Linking Amazon to CreatespaceLast month, I was looking for something productive to do in my business. There were many things I could’ve done like write a new blog post, create a new video tutorial, review a product, fine tune my WordPress websites, etc. However, I did none of those. I wanted to do something that would have a direct impact on monthly earnings. So after quite a bit of thought, I decided to turn my Kindle ebooks into print books. I was happy I decided to do this because it did not take much energy and zero dollars to convert my books to print. Amazon made it easy to do with their Createspace service.

Createspace allowed me create print-on-demand books that have a very professional look to them! The process was fairly simple but for this article, I want to focus on how to get your Kindle ebooks linked to your physical books no matter if you use Createspace or another print publisher. The best way to do that is to tell you through my experience with this process. I released 3 of my print books on Amazon in the same week. I knew that the title and author had to match exactly for Amazon to automatically link the books. That wasn’t a problem for my last 2 books. Those last 2 titles were automatically linked almost immediately.

But for the very first book, I had entered slightly different title names and that was enough to disable automatic linking for this title. Here’s what happened. On my Kindle book, I included my subtitle in the Main Title of the book. This is because when posting a book on Amazon KDP, there is no field to enter a separate subtitle. On Createspace however, there are separate fields for Main Title and Subtitle.

Because the main title of my Kindle book included the subtitle, it didn’t match my Createspace version which only had the main title as the main title. The subtitle was on another line or section. I believe this was the main reason why this one book wasn’t automatically linked.

Of course I wanted my versions linked so I found out that you have to contact Amazon and let them know you want your titles linked. I think I waited 5 days before I contacted them because I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t going to link on it’s own. When I was convinced that automatic linking wasn’t going to happen, I sent a request to Amazon. Here’s the link to use: Read the rest of this entry →