Recently I attended the inaugural, one-day Southwest Michigan Writers’ Conference chaired and coordinated by Brian R. Johnston, Head of Public Services at the Lincoln Township Public Library. The event was sponsored by a group of southwest Michigan libraries, and held at the beautiful Niles District Library. Most of the men and women attending were writers (traditionally published, self-published, hybrids, or wannabes), but a few attendees identified themselves as readers who were simply interested in what is going on in the book world today.

I was on a panel at the end of the conference regarding the future of self-publishing. During that panel and in conversations throughout the day, I heard concerns about the changeover of CreateSpace to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). What surprised me was the “fear” I heard about the change.

Now, I’m pretty dense. Last month, when I started the upload of my file for the paperback version of A KILLER PAST, I was on the CreateSpace site. I didn’t realize that midway through the process of uploading A KILLER PAST, I’d be asked to switch that book and the file I have for the paperback version of THE CROWS, over to KDP. (Yes, it had been announced way back in January 2018 that this was going to happen, but I hadn’t paid attention.) When asked, I simply ok’ed the switch for those two books, and I actually finished the last few steps for A KILLER PAST with it over on KDP.

I was pleased to see I was now going to be able to track sales of my two POD (print-on-demand) books along with the e-books I’d previously uploaded to KDP.

So, why the fear?

I’ve looked at KDP Tools and Resources, and it looks about the same as what was on CreateSpace.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]I want… ………………..Use this tool/resource
A tool that turns my completed manuscript into a formatted Kindle eBook. …..Kindle Create
A step-by-step video guide for formatting a paperback manuscript……………….KDP Build Your Book
A tool for formatting my manuscript in Microsoft Word that lets me publish the finished file as a Kindle eBook and paperback. ………………………………Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word (Beta)
A tool that shows me how my eBook will look before I publish it on KDP. …….Kindle Previewer
A tool that makes it easy to convert PDFs of textbooks into Kindle eBooks. …..Kindle Textbook Creator (Beta)
A tool that turns my illustrated children’s books into great-looking Kindle eBooks… Kindle Kids’ Book Creator
A tool that turns my comics, graphic novels, and manga into Kindle eBooks. ..Kindle Comic Creator[/dropshadowbox]

If you’re worried, go to KDP  https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200735480 and look at the resources. Maybe I’m missing something, but I think the switch is primarily for Amazon’s benefit (one site rather than two).

If you have questions or problems, go to KDP’s “Community.”  You might find the answer there. Or go to “Contact us.” I did that when my physical “proof” copy of A KILLER PAST arrived with half of the pages (right side only) missing a column of letters. I took a picture (with my phone) of the problem and sent it to them and they made sure the problem was corrected.

That said, they are in the process of switching books over. I’m sure there will be problems for a while. Be patient (but persistent).

Just don’t be afraid.

And please, don’t use the “I’m too old” card. I’m old. Learning new things is supposed to be good for the brain.


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10 Responses to Fear

  1. Way to go, Maris. Fearless in NY.

  2. Nan says:

    Bravo, Maris! I especially love the part–don’t play the “I’m too old card.” It is good for our brains to learn new stuff. I agree. And your synopsis of what KDP is offering is helpful.

  3. Alice Orr says:

    My question may sound trivial but… Will we get an author discount on print copies we buy ourselves from KDP? I’ve already switched but wonder about this bottom line issue. Does anybody have any info re: this?

    • Maris Soule says:

      Good question, Alice, and yes, you will get an author discount on copies we buy ourselves. I’ve already ordered (and received) copies using the author discount. On your KDP bookshelf site, on the far right of your POD book(s) next to the promote and advertise button is a button with three dots. Click on that and the pull-down menu will give you the choices you used to have on CS.

  4. It’s good to keep up with new technology in the field.

  5. Vicki Batman says:

    What I worried about was making sure the cover fit. In fact, my cover designer and I had fits with Createspace over the Just Desserts cover. So when the switchover came, I waited and finally, did it. All went perfectly.

    • Maris Soule says:

      I’m glad to hear that, Vicki. I didn’t have any problems with the cover my cover designer created for the paperback version of A KILLER PAST when I uploaded it to CS/KDP, but IngramSpark wanted something different. That goodness my designer knew how to make the change.