Let’s say good-by now to CreateSpace our favorite place to self-publish our books. Once the Mecca for self- publishing authors, now will only be a memory in time.
Here is what they said in their first email.
We’re excited to announce that CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service, and in the coming days, we will give CreateSpace members the ability to move their account and titles.
Really? They are excited to be out of business? They don’t say why they are so excited at all.
In a few weeks, we’ll start automatically moving your CreateSpace books to KDP. Your books will remain available for sale throughout the move and you’ll continue to earn royalties. Once we begin this process you’ll be unable to edit existing titles or create new titles on CreateSpace.
When I read that I knew that I had to hurry to quickly edit my book that I have been editing for the past week. I spent countless hours trying to get my book finished before it was too late.
There are a few payment and printing fee differences associated with the move. Going forward you will be paid on KDP’s payment schedule. CreateSpace pays monthly royalties 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned while KDP pays monthly royalties approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. As a result, you’ll be paid in September for any royalties earned in August on CreateSpace and be paid in October for any royalties earned in August on KDP. In addition, some low-page count books will see an increase in printing fees when they are printed in the UK and EU. This affects a small number of titles. If your titles are affected by this change, you will receive a separate email on this topic
Don’t we authors all wish we had a vote in how we get paid? If I counted on my book royalties to pay my bills I think this would have a hardship the way Kindle pays authors rather then the way CreateSpace did.
This is my second email from CreateSpace
We are contacting you because your CreateSpace account has one of more books that will be charged a higher manufacturing fee once they are moved to KDP to align with KDP’s global pricing standards. Paperback printing costs are higher on KDP than CreateSpace for Black & White titles under 110 pages printed in the EU, Black & White titles under 100 pages printed in the UK, and color titles under 30 pages printed in both the EU and UK. Based on this change, you may want to update the list prices of your books. To make changes to the list prices of any of your books, please log-in here
It looks like what they are telling me that I will be getting less for my books than I had previously received from them because I write short stories. Hmmmm!!
This is the last email I received from them
We are contacting you because you have books currently enrolled in CreateSpace Direct and we will not offer this distribution channel on KDP. To maintain uninterrupted enrollment in Expanded Distribution and keep your books available for online retailers and bookstores to purchase in a few weeks (when the move from CreateSpace to KDP begins), you will need to select another channel. Please log in to your CreateSpace account and select an alternate Expanded Distribution channel.
If you do not take action before the move begins, your CreateSpace books enrolled in CreateSpace Direct will move to KDP in a ‘draft’ status and will no longer be enrolled in Expanded Distribution. To re-enroll in Expanded Distribution you will then need to make your book available for sale on Amazon.com by publishing and enabling Expanded Distribution through the KDP Bookshelf.
Keep in mind that after you enable Expanded Distribution it can take up to six to eight weeks for your book to become available in Expanded Distribution channels.
It doesn’t tell us how long we have before they close up shop. I’m sure we will be getting our notice shortly. Be sure to buy your books now before Kindle takes over. The price for authors books are higher in price at Kindle.