I’m passing along this book because I think it’s a great resource for authors. I’m also adding it to the right side of this blog for future access.
As a side note, I wanted to add that Joleene Naylor made the cover! She does the bulk of the cover design tutorials on this blog.
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Here’s the link to download it: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431
If you have books enrolled in create Space’s pro plan, you probably got this email a few days ago:
As a member with Pro Plan, we’re emailing to let you know that Pro Plan is being discontinued as of January 18, 2012. We’re now offering industry-leading royalties, low costs on copies of your books and improved distribution options to all our members, free of charge.
Here’s how you are impacted:
- The availability of your title(s) through our free Standard Distribution channels, including Amazon.com and CreateSpace eStore, will remain unchanged.
- If you purchased Pro Plan for any of your titles, the availability of those titles through Expanded Distribution channels will remain unchanged. You have the option to change enrollment in Expanded Distribution channels at no charge. To make your selections, go to your Project Homepage, click Channels, select your Expanded Distribution channels, and hit Save.
- You’ll continue to receive the benefit of improved royalty payouts due to lower unit costs on orders for all your titles.
What about the expanded distribution? It’s now only 25$ with no impact on your book pricing – except that to qualify for it you ahve to price your book higher. Huh?)
Here’s what I mean. With the new changes, I was able to price Legacy of Ghosts and Ties of blood at $7.99 each, however to keep Shades of Gray available in the “expanded” channels (which as far as I know have sold 0) I have to leave it priced at $10. I will probably take it out of the expanded channels and drop the price.
If you don’t have any pro books, all this means to you is that you can now price your books lower and earn the same royalty - or leave them as are for a higher royalty – and copies you order yourself should be cheaper.
If you don’t have a the pro option on your books, did you notice a significant change in the price options/royalties in your book? If you did have the pro option, what did you think of it? Are the expanded channels worth the cost and the higher price tag on your books?