Changes to Create Space Pro Plan

If you have books enrolled in create Space’s pro plan, you probably got this email a few days ago:

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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.

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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?

 

10 Comments

  1. ChristinaLi says:

    The thing which concerns me about this is the lack of incentive to go with expanded distribution. Why bother now? I can purchase my books for cheaper and I may or may not make back the $25 on expanded distribution. It just reminds me of Kindle’s select program. Amazon seems to want a monopoly on the book market and they are doing subtle things to get that. I makes me, as an indie author, just a little nervous. What do you think?

    1. I went with expanded distribution because I liked the idea that a library or bookstore could get my book but the reality is they aren’t. 99% of my fans read ebooks, they aren’t going into the book store or the library to request them, and I refuse to do as some authors do and ask them to. But that’s why I’ve skipped it on the other two.

      I do think Amazon is trying to tighten the reins thanks to all the new competition. I think things may get interesting over the next year or two.

  2. Wendi Sotis says:

    “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?”
    Very good questions. My book went online 6 months ago. I did have to raise the price more than I wanted to in order to get a few cents as a royalty if I wanted to have it included in expanded channels, but at that time I thought it would be worth it since I wanted it to be available to libraries (a bunch of people have told me they requested it at their library) and bookstores if someone walked in and asked if it could be ordered (I know at least one person who bought it that way). Twelve percent of my sales on CS have been from expanded channels. It hasn’t come close to paying for itself if it had been $25 at that time. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the next one – I will have to think about it.

  3. Thanks for the. Info Jo….as. always your way ahead of the curve…personally I don’t think it will effect me to much as I haven’t sold any books directly from C Space. I do like their expanded distribution channels though so glad as a pro plan holder that part stays the same. Will see how things progress …I don’t think we would get something for nothing though! :)) Dave

  4. I did the pro option on both of my print books anyway, so I probably won’t see an impact at all. All it means, if I’m figuring this correctly, is that I’ll just pay less for expanded distribution, $25 instead of $39. I don’t make much on the books sold through expanded distribution, but I like the idea of them being available to bookstores and libraries. I’ve actually sold one that way. I just wish the sales report would tell where the sale came from.

  5. John Hayden says:

    Thanks for the update. All the options for ebook distribution are making my head spin. Hooray for the simplicity of Smashwords!

    BTW, thanks Joleene, for the great cover at a great price. Now all I have to do is finish writing and revising the book!

  6. I don’t think the author of this article understands what benefits there are from expanded distribution. Basically it means that her book will get the exposure it deserves.

    Even if you have to increase the LIST price, it means that you will get a royalty from each sale through the bookstore, because the bookstore will most likely discount the price to get a sale. The LIST price is higher because of the standard wholesale discount a bookstore wants in order to profit from the sale (they are not in this business for free). Whatever you want to charge yourself makes little difference. True, you get less of a royalty from EDC but don’t mistake what you think the book is worth for the LIST price. Even if you want to keep the LIST price at a lower level, you must take the wholesale discount into account. Don’t be afraid of charging more. Pressure from the bookstore’s customers will determine the actual sales price. No matter what it is, you will realize the same royalty. Get used to it.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Theresa. I think different things are right for different authors. Personally, 1% of my sales come from paperback/hard copy books. 99% are ebooks, which something like this does not effect. This is largely due to the fact that I do my marketing etc. exclusively online, and so it caters more to customers who like digital editions of things. I think if an author sells well through paperback/physical copy channels that it could be a good option for them.

  7. I decided against Expanded Distribution when I first used Create Space almost two years ago and have never changed my mind. The deciding factor was that I’d have to put a price I wouldn’t pay myself on my books. IMO my books wouldn’t sell to speak of through ED, and the higher price would stop sales at Amazon, where they do sell, albeit in small numbers. However, I did purchase the Pro Plan for each of my books simply because it made the price of my own books to me so much more reasonable, and I have ordered enough copies of each of my books myself to make that worthwhile. No longer having to pay that $39 per book will be a nice cost reduction for me on future books. I’ll check prices again with the next one, but my guess is ED will still not entice me.

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