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 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 →