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Self Publishing a Book for Almost Free

Heidi Thorne is a self-publishing advocate. Author of nonfiction books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Former trade newspaper editor.

A post by writer Bill Holland (goes by billybuc on HubPages.com), How Hard Is It to Get Published in the Real World, started some lively comments and discussion on today's publishing possibilities for writers. The article inspired me to share my experience of self publishing a book and ebook... and how to do it for almost free using the Amazon Createspace platform, which has now been merged with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

I remember the bad old days of self publishing: vanity presses, homemade print jobs, paying for advertising... Glad we now have so many resources to help get our message published to the world.

Self Publishing a Book for Almost Free

Amazon KDP (formerly Createspace) Tips

Amazon KDP allows self publishers the opportunity to publish physical print-on-demand trade paperback books and eBooks (for Amazon Kindle and mobile devices with the free Kindle app). This helps publishers reach wider audiences with multimedia offerings.

Here are several tips for saving aggravation, time and money when using this publishing platform:

  • Use Provided Word Templates, then Create Your Own. Download the free template for print books for Microsoft Word from Createspace. As of this writing, it is in an old MS Word 1997-2003 format which may cause some issues for those working with later versions of Word. Watch formatting of section breaks, page numbers and headers. If not correct, your final manuscript will experience problems such as skipped page numbers and headers appearing where they should not. Turn on the formatting view in Word to see where problems may be occurring with paragraph or section breaks. Also watch the headers and footers carefully when proofing, especially for page breaks, section breaks and page numbers. Those can be very trick at times! Once you've published your first book in this manner, and all the formatting works to your satisfaction, make a copy of that Word document and use it as a template for future books, simply copying and pasting your new text into your template document.
  • Use the Free KDP Tools to Create Your Cover. KDP has several cover layouts to choose from for your cover that will automatically be sized to accommodate the number of pages and trim size of your book. These are professionally designed and allow you to customize the colors, fonts, cover photos and text. Why would you want to go through the frustration of creating a super custom cover and getting it to print ready specs if KDP will do it for you... for free? Be careful with your back cover copy! On some layouts, the system will hyphenate words in the worst possible places. Carefully proof the cover and edit the text to work around the hyphenating if needed before you go final.

The Business of Being a Self Publisher

Many wannabe authors are shocked to find out that even if a mainstream publisher gives them a contract to write a book, they still have to do a lot of their own marketing to get copies sold. Other authors are shocked or frustrated when mainstream editors slice and dice their manuscripts or ask for never ending rewrites. That's the business of publishing.

Do not be disillusioned! Self publishing is a business, too! Books and other information products do not sell themselves.

  • Select Expanded Distribution Channels. During the KDP publishing process, the system will ask if you want Expanded Distribution in addition to the Standard Distribution on Amazon. Again, selecting Yes is recommended. This makes your books available to other online bookstores through the retail book buying channels, schools and libraries. The more places that can access your books, the more chances for you to makes sales.
  • Talk it Up! Use your social media and offline networks to get the word out about your book. Send email notices to your most supportive folks. They may not buy directly, but they may pass the word on to those who will.
  • Use Your Book as a Business Card. If you are writing a book to build your professional reputation, send information about it to your best prospects. Instant credibility! Also send it to local business groups who might want you to speak to their members about your book's topic. Because you can buy physical copies of the print book very cheaply through KDP, this can be a very effective sales tool.
  • Connect with Book Clubs. If your book is fiction, send information to book clubs and other organizations interested in the types of stories you're spinning. Tell them that you are available to discuss the book at a club meeting (in person or via online broadcast). Who knows? They might even choose your book as one of their club selections, which means more sales for you.

Ready to Self Publish?

The YouTube Video that Got Me Using Createspace

When I was searching for a self publishing platform to use, the following video showed up on a "Recommended for You" list I saw while watching a friend's video. After I viewed it, everything just clicked!

The video is a few years old and the information about Createspace has changed, especially since Createspace has now been merged into KDP. But the ideas about creating a book by recording your ideas, using books as lead generators, choosing a title and domain name are interesting ideas.

Though Mike in the video used a private individual for transcribing his audio, I have had great success using SpeechPad.com for audio transcription at very reasonable rates. Another popular service online is Rev.com.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I just get Createspace to print the book? I sell my late BF’s other books on his website and Amazon marketplace. Amazon’s royalties are just too low.

Answer: This may be possible. When you publish through Createspace, a Createspace sales page is created. You will make more money through that page and Amazon still conveniently handles the Print On Demand and fulfillment for you. You choose the marketplaces where you want to sell the book during the publishing process.

You can also purchase copies of the book in bulk at very reasonable prices.

I'd also suggest reaching out to the Createspace customer service folks to see if you can just print only without selling through them.

© 2013 Heidi Thorne

Comments

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on July 09, 2020:

Lynsey, glad this helped! Kindle Direct Publishing/KDP is an amazing self publishing platform that I've loved using for years. I wish you all the best in your self publishing adventures!

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on July 06, 2020:

Thank you for sharing your knowledge on self publishing. I knew that there was a way to do this on amazon, but I didnt know the name for it or anything else. Thanks to your hub, I now know how to get started on my self publishing adventure. now I just need to think of something to write about! Always the hard part.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on June 26, 2020:

Thanks for commenting, Mona! Sadly, Amazon and KDP do pay little. But it's just the way the market is. Good luck with your self publishing adventures!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 25, 2020:

This is a great article. I never knew that Amazon paid so little, but that if you use Create Space with it, you can make more.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on May 11, 2020:

Glad you found it helpful, Umesh! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 10, 2020:

Very informative and useful.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on March 11, 2020:

Flourish, I cannot tell you how much hair I've torn out over the years from the headers and footers and page numbers in Word. Ugh! I hope Kindle Create gets the rest of the issues sorted out. When they do, we'll be one step closer to having a robot format our books.

Thanks, as always, for chiming in and have a terrific day!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 06, 2020:

From having done a dissertation, I can attest that those page numbers and headers/footers are small details but can drive you bananas! It's good that there is this tool for self-publishing.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 15, 2019:

Thanks for the kind words, Patricia! Glad you found it helpful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 15, 2019:

So much information that will be of value to those who wish to self-publish. The tips you provide will no doubt be very helpful to someone who is on this journey. Thanks for sharing. Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 11, 2018:

Thanks Heidithorne..

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 10, 2018:

Thanks heidi!!!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on December 10, 2018:

Hi Jason! Glad you found it helpful. Good luck with your writing adventures!

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 09, 2018:

Thanks for this hub. It is very helpful especially for those aspiring writers like to publish one's book. I am excited to try this one. Thanks once again. Very informative and helpful.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 04, 2018:

Thanks, Raj, for stopping by and commenting! Have a great day!

Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on November 01, 2018:

Great info

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on October 30, 2018:

Hi CrisSp! Glad you found it helpful. Good luck with your self publishing adventures and keep us posted on your work!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on October 30, 2018:

Hi Audrey! Createspace is, of course, now KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). But the services are generally the same. Good luck with your book and keep us posted on your self publishing adventure!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 30, 2018:

I am saving this page so I can go back and re-read and perhaps, push to self-publish.

Very helpful. Thank you for the free tutorial.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 30, 2018:

Wow, Heidi! This information is so very helpful. I'm working on my first book about the singing voice (with Bill's help) so this is timely for me.

When the time is right, I'll check out Createspace. Thanks!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on July 09, 2018:

You're welcome, Lori! Have a terrific week!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on July 08, 2018:

Thanks so much Heidi.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on July 07, 2018:

Lori, I think Amazon's Createspace has one of the best payouts out there! Highly recommend based on my personal experience in terms of ease of use and earning potential, especially for print. Plus, you can use it for just about free if you have the ability to format your own book.

Thanks for stopping by and keep us posted on your self publishing adventures!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on July 06, 2018:

Hi Heidi, you say going through CreateSpace one's book will get an Amazon page and that the royalties earned are there are the best. Do you find Amazon's percentage share is the most reasonable out there?

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 20, 2018:

Hi Shirley! Glad you found it helpful. Thank you for stopping by and good luck with your self publishing adventures!

Shirley Urso-Farmer from Michigan on February 20, 2018:

Great article, thanks for the straight-forward answers I was looking for :)

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 05, 2018:

Hi Karen! Glad you found it helpful. Good luck with your self publishing adventures. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Karen Hellier from Georgia on February 05, 2018:

Thanks for this information, Heidi. I am glad to see you have updated it recently. I have been contemplating writing a book and was leaning toward Create Space so this article is timely for me.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 28, 2017:

Tommy, your comment and message inspired me to write a post here on HP on stalled book projects. Happens to all of us! Check it out. It's titled, "What to Do If Your Book Writing is Stalled." Thanks for the inspiration!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 25, 2017:

Tommy, thanks for connecting about challenges in finishing your book. I have some thoughts that could help you and others who are facing a similar situation. Stay tuned for a new article on that sometime in the next week!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 10, 2017:

If you're curious about self publishing an audio book, I just published a post on that titled, "How to Create an Audio Book." Check it out!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 06, 2017:

Hi Tommy! Are you talking about creating an audio book from your text-based eBook? If so, that's an entirely different subject. In fact, you may have inspired another blog post just to address those audio book issues. Thanks for stopping by and the inspiration!

Tommy Wakefield on November 06, 2017:

Sorry, lol. What program would you suggest for ebook recording? Can you use text-to speech program? My biggest problem, I can't seem to write an outline/timeline of the story. Everything is on the fly. I lose interest after a few lines.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 03, 2017:

Tommy, good things take time! :) Good you have some encouragement. All the best as you work on finishing your book!

Tommy Wakefield on November 02, 2017:

Thanks for the info. The only I reason I stared searching for publishing is my wife is nagging me about publishing my book I started back in 1984.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on October 17, 2017:

Thanks, Billie, for the kind comments! Glad you found it helpful. Have a lovely day!

Billie Raucci from Illinois on October 17, 2017:

A great article filled with awesome advice. Thanks.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 29, 2017:

Hi Larry! True, self publishing is the future in my opinion, thanks to all the great services now available. Glad you've found a platform that works for you. Thanks for sharing your experience! Have a great day!

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on September 29, 2017:

A great article! Self-publishing is the way that so many writiers take anymore because it is much easier to get your book published. I have had 4 books published. The first one I was inexperienced and paid much more than I should have. I now publish with e-BookTime. Only $395 for paperback and ebook.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 11, 2017:

Athlyn, Kindle/KDP is WAY easier than Createspace. Print books can be quite an adventure. So be patient with your project and keep trying. Once you get it all set up in Createspace, the printed product is really good quality. Keep us posted on your self publishing adventures! Have a great day!

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on September 11, 2017:

I found Kindle much easier than CreateSpace and hope Amazon has updated their information there.

I will be returning to your articles for pointers when I want to create print books.

I see you have other articles that I will def want to read, too.

Good info and tips for self-publishers.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on December 15, 2015:

Hi Dreamlin! Glad you found the info helpful. Good luck with your new novel and Happy Holidays!

Dreamlin from New Jersey, USA on December 14, 2015:

Hi Heidi,

I'm just about to self-publish my first YA Fantasy Adventure novel next month. Your tips are very useful. The information saves me lots of headache. Thank you very much.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on November 27, 2015:

Hi MsDora! Glad you found the tips helpful. Thanks for your kind comments and have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 26, 2015:

I'm late, but I am bookmarking this valuable article. Thank you so much for the information and the video which I intend to watch later this evening.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on August 01, 2015:

You're welcome, the rawspirit! Glad you discovered the hub and how Createspace can help you with your publishing adventures. Have a beautiful weekend!

Robert Morgan from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on July 29, 2015:

Wow.... You are amazing.I can't tell you how much this hub has helped me. Thank you, Heidi.

Voting up... Way up

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on June 12, 2015:

Hi Pjgermain! Glad you found it helpful. Createspace is an awesome platform. Keep up posted on your publishing adventures!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 07, 2015:

Hi Heidi. You're very welcome. Self-publishing is a last resort for me, if all else fails with my traditional publishing routine with a hopeful agent. You too!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on June 07, 2015:

Hi Kristen! Glad you found it helpful. We'll look forward to hearing about your self publishing adventures. Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 06, 2015:

Heidi, this was an awesome hub with interesting tips on how to get started, if you want to go that method. Very incentive for us fellow hubbers and writers. Voted up!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on April 13, 2015:

Hi tiffanyrose2015! Glad you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

tiffanyrose2015 on April 13, 2015:

Very useful information, thank you!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 05, 2015:

Hi Blackspaniel1! Indeed, if a book is image-intensive, Createspace and a physical book is usually the better choice. I've also appreciated that Createspace assigns the ISBN number; save an extra step and hassle. I, too, keep a copy for myself... just because. :) Thanks so much for stopping by, the additional insight and for connecting here on HP! Have a wonderful day!

Blackspaniel1 on February 05, 2015:

I like Create Space. First, it is easier if the book has images than Kindle, and you can publish in both, but do publish in Create Space first. They assign an ISBN number, Kindle does not. In my case the only money would be the copyright, inexpensive, and a copy to proofread at the author price, which you can later sell if you do not, as most people would, keep a copy for yourself.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 05, 2015:

Peggy, thank you so much for sharing this with your tribe! Appreciate your support and glad you found it helpful. Have a lovely day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2015:

Very informative article about self publishing books for little cost. I have several friends who may be interested so will forward this to them. Pinning to my Do You Know This? board and will also share with my HP followers.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 04, 2015:

Thanks for checking in again, B.Leekley!

The duplicate content issue is actually two issues.

First of all, a "self publishing platform" such as Createspace, Xlibris, etc. is NOT the same as an online writing site like HP. Self publishing platforms are for the creation and sale of true books (print or electronic), not search indexed articles.

I will also say that is not unusual for bloggers to compile or include their own articles and posts into book form. However, it does depend on the rules for the site on which it was originally posted. So you need to check that out and contact that site's support team to verify what is allowed and what rights you have given up to post there. But I'm also going to defer to our HP friend, billybuc, who has some additional insight into the issue in two posts from his Writer's Mailbag series here on HP: https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Writers-Mailba... (see segment on "Duplications") and https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Writers-Mailba... (see segment on Poetry books). And here's HP's FAQ on ownership: https://hubpages.com/faq/#whoownscontent

And I hear ya on the software issue. We've all clung to various versions of our favorite software either due to lack of PC power or not wanting to learn how to use ANOTHER software program update.

Hope that helps. Good luck with your self publishing adventure!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 03, 2015:

Thanks, heidithorne, for your helpful answers to my questions. I hope it is OK to ask one more. If a website is a free self-publishing platform and if it has a no duplicate content rule, must I delete a post from that site before I can include it, intact with no change of wording, in an ebook and/or in a print on demand paperback book?

Months ago I wrote the hub "Customer Review of Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition Software". I am still happily using version 12 because my computer is not powerful enough for version 13.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on February 03, 2015:

Hi B. Leekley!

I don't think Amazon Createspace has Open Office Writer templates, but they do have them for MS Word. But I think Open can read and save MS word docs, right?

Createspace can create both a print and ebook for Kindle. However, if you're just looking to do an ebook to sell on Amazon, then you'll want to go direct to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Remember that you are only getting paid royalties by publishing with KDP (they need to be paid for hosting your book!). If you want to sell it on your own, you'll keep all the sales, but you'll have to set up and manage the entire sales process. That can be challenging.

$0.25 is an unusual price on KDP or anywhere for that matter. Many of the books on KDP are offered for $0.99, $1.99 or $2.99. I think $0.99 is the minimum on KDP. Also, if you sell it on your own, the payment platform you choose may have a minimum amount they are willing to process and will charge a fee for processing; $0.25 may not cover it.

You can try the voice-to-text software to get your ideas out of your head and onto your PC. Be aware, though, that you'll have to really be careful and read what is transcribed. While they have an amazing level of recognition, words such as homonyms can be incorrectly transcribed. But it's better than typing if that's an issue.

Thanks for asking some great questions that I'm sure lots of our hubber friends are asking, too. (You might have even inspired another hub for me!) Keep us posted on your publishing adventures and have a great day!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 02, 2015:

Does Amazon Createspace have Open Office Writer templates?

I'm daydreaming about making a booklet from a selection of my online posts -- a one year journal of experiences and reflections. Would Createspace let me create it as only an ebook? Would that be a sensible choice?

The price that comes to mind is 25c. Does that sound okay or too low or too high re getting readers?

Re dictating an audio recording of a book and paying to get that transcribed, could the transcribing be skipped by using a voice recognition program like Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking or like Google Voice Recognition?

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on January 25, 2015:

Hi DDE! Thanks for your comments and connecting. I'll email you. Have a great weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 25, 2015:

Informative and very interesting about your books I had a look and would like to exchange reviews, please. My email dprimc@gmail.com

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on January 14, 2015:

Happy New Year Ron! That thinking-about-it stage can take a while. Better to think it through now than have to change it all later. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on January 13, 2015:

Thanks for sharing your experience, Heidi. I'm just at the thinking-about-it stage in terms of publishing a book, and this kind of info is both informative and inspirational.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on December 27, 2014:

Hi Pawpawwrites! Glad you found this hub useful. When you do head down the self publishing route, do check out the Amazon Createspace platform. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures! Happy Weekend!

Jim from Kansas on December 26, 2014:

I found this information to be helpful. I'm getting close to self publishing, but still have a little work to do.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on December 24, 2014:

Hi anglnwu! We hope you do. Good luck with your publishing adventures. Merry Christmas!

anglnwu on December 23, 2014:

Great information. I've a book of poems I'm contemplating publishing. I should seriously look into this. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on December 01, 2014:

Hi Joyette! Glad to see you've also found Createspace to be helpful. It completely changed my publishing opportunities. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on December 01, 2014:

heidithorne, I just want to endorse all that you have said. I have used Createspace publishing and I think it absolutely fantastic that a total novice can use the DIY guidelines and end up with a superior quality paperback or eBook.

You have taken us through the steps beautifully. Great hub!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 15, 2014:

Hi favored! Glad you found the info helpful. I've found the Amazon Createspace platform to be very easy to use. Good luck with your publishing adventures!

Fay Favored from USA on September 15, 2014:

Heidi this is so great. I'm glad I found your site for this. Giving it another look-see and saving this for hubby to view. So appreciative!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 14, 2014:

Hi Trisha Roberts! Glad you found the information helpful. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

Trisha Roberts from Rensselaer, New York on September 14, 2014:

Absolutely great information and thank you so much for sharing. I definitely need to keep this hub for when I am ready to bring myself up into self publishing!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 14, 2014:

Hi DealForALiving! Now that we have all these fabulous publishing tools at our disposal, realizing our dreams of writing a book is much more possible. Glad you found the information helpful. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

Nick Deal from Earth on September 14, 2014:

One of my long-term goals is to write a book, so I'll file this hub away for another time. So glad to have found this~

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 13, 2014:

Hi mdscoggins! I certainly have enjoyed using the Amazon Createspace/KDP platform. Do check it out and good luck with your publishing adventures!

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on September 13, 2014:

Thank Heidi for the information. Currently, I am looking at my options for publishing and as you explained it does not seem so scary or difficult.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 13, 2014:

Hi Chef-de-jour! Glad you found the information helpful. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck with your own self-publishing adventures!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on September 13, 2014:

Hi AudreyHowitt! It's worth looking into! Amazon Createspace/KDP for Kindle can be very cost-effective. Good luck with your publishing adventures!

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 13, 2014:

I will bookmark this hub. Thank you for sharing such useful information for would be self publishers. Well done with your own publications.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 12, 2014:

I want to publish a small poetry book--maybe I can do this on Amazon! Thank you!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on June 08, 2014:

Hello Torrs13! So glad you found it helpful. Createspace is an amazing platform. Good luck and keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on June 08, 2014:

Glad you found it useful, ologsinquito! Thank you so much for your support and sharing. Have a beautiful day!

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 08, 2014:

Thank you so much for posting this informative hub! I have been tossing the idea of writing a book around but wasn't sure how to go about making it and publishing it. This hub is just what I needed!

ologsinquito from USA on June 08, 2014:

Heidi, this is excellent information. Voted up and shared.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on May 31, 2014:

Hi Mel Carriere! Glad you were able to discover Createspace here! It is a really wonderful platform. All the best with your self publishing adventures and have a great weekend!

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on May 30, 2014:

I had never heard of Create Space prior to this. As usual I learn something exploring other writer's hubs here. This was a very useful article and I thank you very much. I'm going to bookmark it.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on May 24, 2014:

Thanks, grand old lady! Glad you found it helpful. Yes, our friend billybuc and I have similar goals in trying to help people (especially writers) get their information out there. Appreciate the sharing and support! Have a beautiful weekend!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on May 23, 2014:

This is wonderful and helpful information, very complementary to the kind of pieces that Bill Holland writes. I've added this to my Pinterest account.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on May 08, 2014:

Hello, markcrosby! Glad you found the article and that you're considering self-publishing. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

markcrosby from United States on May 07, 2014:

Thank you for posting this article! I am interested in self-publishing.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on April 02, 2014:

Totally agree, blueheron, that Createspace is an awesome way to get print editions of short run or personal subject books. One of the greatest things about them is that you can have as many or few distribution channels as you want... and it's all under the author/publisher control. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great day!

Sharon Vile from Odessa, MO on April 01, 2014:

Yes, I think Createspace is a great option for self-publishing! Honestly, if you have children or grandchildren who like to write stories, why not use Createspace to create their very own printed book? This is a good way to create a cookbook of family recipes to share, too.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on April 01, 2014:

Hello ologsinquito! Thanks for your kind comments, voting and sharing. Have a great day!

ologsinquito from USA on April 01, 2014:

This is excellent information. Voted up and shared.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on March 31, 2014:

Hello grand old lady! I feel the same way about Createspace. It has been such an amazing tool for me. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 30, 2014:

Thanks for teaching me about Createspace. This is very helpful indeed. This may be the first software I will fall genuinely in love with.

Heidi Thorne (author) from Chicago Area on March 24, 2014:

Hello alexadry! You have such great information to share. I do hope you consider doing a book one day. Keep us posted on your publishing adventures and have a great week ahead!