CreateSpace Review

I have written several reviews here at Work From Home Watchdog on various companies who claim they can get your manuscript into print, but unfortunately most have not delivered anywhere near what they say they can do.

However, I now believe that I have come across a site which caters for all the requirements of anyone who wants to get their manuscript into print, and that company is CreateSpace.

Who are CreateSpace?

CreateaSpace was originally founded as CustomFlix Labs Inc and Booksurge Inc. CustomFlix was a DVD On-Demand Company launched in 2002 and Booksurge was created in 2000 by a group of writers who wanted to give authors the opportunities of having their own works put into print, yet also being able to retain their content rights and sales profits.

Amazon.com acquired both in 2005, with CustomFlix’s name being changed to CreateSpace in 2007, followed by CreateSpace and Booksurge merging in 2009.

What do CreateSpace do?

They enable YOU the author to get your book into print or as an ebook in a digital format as a Kindle ebook.

There are several ways of doing this within CreateSpace…

  • The completely free option
  • Author’s Express
  • Author’s Advantage
  • Standard
  • Essentials
  • Advanced
  • Marketing Pro

All the paid for options from Author’s Express through to Marketing Pro can be tailor-made according to what your individual needs are, and the size of your budget.

The Right ISBN for your Book

I have spoken about these International Standard Book Numbers in previous reviews and it is quite a complicated process to explain but CreateSpace has a dedicated page which explains all the options that are open to you and what they offer. Here’s the link to that page: ISBN for your Book.

What are the Benefits of using CreateSpace?

They offer a complete service where you have more control over what you want, and this is something that I think is very important. The free interior reviewer makes finding those all important faults so much easier and less time consuming than waiting for manuscripts to go back and forth in the post or via email.

You can upload your book in either Word, .doc and PDF format and these are then converted into a print-ready format. Spotting that one of your images is out of alignment is so much easier with the interior viewer and you will be able to go through all of the pages. All trim sizes are supported because the interior reviewer has a built-in template and scaling tool to auto-correct your file to match your book’s trim size.

Next you have a free Cover Creator which enables you to create an eye-catching cover for your book. You can use your own images, photographs, logos and text to create a fully customized cover. You can also choose form several designs, themes and colors from their professional templates plus have access to over 2,000 high quality photographs.

If on the other hand you are a professional and have created your own book cover using graphic design software then there are instructions on how to create your cover PDF to upload. Alternatively this can be done for you and all options are priced to fit every budget.

Buying Copies of Your Own Book

With CreateSpace this is a simple process and not one that is going to leave you seriously out of pocket nor with a feeling of being robbed! These copies are called “Member Orders” and you will pay a fixed and per page charge plus shipping and handling.

You can use the free calculators to give you an idea of how much it is going to cost you, but remember these are estimation only.

Important Points for Member Orders

  • You pay for your books at the time of ordering.
  • When you purchase your own titles you do not earn royalties.
  • Sales tax may apply to your order.
  • Member pricing only applies to orders placed through your account for your own title.
  • The cost for a proof copy is the same as the cost for a single book, plus shipping and handling.
  • You are asked to pay this amount when you place your order.
  • Member orders are subject to a Return Policy.
  • CreateSpace print the majority of book orders in their own facilities.
  • Additional print facilities may be used to ensure they can deliver your order on time.
  • Shipping times do not include the printing of your order. This will be calculated when you place your order.
  • Orders are shipped from the continental U.S.
  • For non-U.S. orders, allow additional time for customs processing and delivery to areas outside major cities.
  • Import duties and taxes may be levied upon delivery.
  • Priority and Expedited options are not available for U.S. P.O. Boxes.

Earning Royalties

These are earned every time Amazon prints a book to fulfil a customer order. These orders can come from Amazon.com or any of the European Amazon websites, your own CreateSpace eStore or from sales channels through Expanded Distribution. You can set your royalty payment to any of these local currencies:

  • USD – US Dollars
  • GBP – GB Pounds
  • EUR – Euro

There is a handy calculator to give you an estimation of how much you will make per book sold. This is dependent on the number of pages, whether it’s either black & white or color and which type of distribution type you are using.

Publish Your Book to Kindle

This is one really neat CreateSpace bonus because once you have setup your CreateSpace Member Account they will collect your book’s title information and provide you with a Kindle-ready cover file and the interior file that you uploaded and help you to get started on the Kindle Direct Publishing Site. This is a separate site to CreateSpace but with the chance of expanding your readership it is one which is well worth doing.

Is CreateSpace a Scam?

Taking into consideration the quality of products in this niche that I have already reviewed here on Work From Home Watchdog, this a question that many will ask. However, from looking around and reading about CreateSpace there is nothing to suggest to me that this is a scam.

Yes, there is a lot of information provided and you should most definitely read everything before making a decision on which route to take, but I have only covered the basics of what you can do with your book because there are so many options available to you.

Lastly would I use CreateSpace? Yes I would because they have fully explained everything that I need to know about getting my book published, with total clarity, and no strings attached.

Have you used CreateSpace to publish your own work? If so, leave a comment below and let us know how you got on.

Neil – WFHW

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Brenda Reynolds - April 21, 2015 Reply

I was contacted today by iUniverse. The cost was so high to publish I thought it strange. When I was informed it would take six months before publishing and I was to pay everything up front, I shuddered. I began looking for reviews and found several that stated run far, run fast and run now, yours included. My email address is quite the coincidence as I’ve had it a long time…but I’m going with CreateSpace to publish. Thank you very much for the tremendous amount of help and advice.

    Marcus - April 22, 2015 Reply

    It’s great to hear that you have been able to establish your best publishing route, Brenda. It is a bit of a minefield out there, but from what I have heard a number of times, CreateSpace offers a very good service.

    Best wishes,

    Marcus – WFHW

      ScreenplayMovieWriterAuthor - August 30, 2016 Reply

      marcus, createspace have created 12 or more self help books to NON-FICTION(series)for me. you’re right.it is not a scam at all.Great to see that.I’ve also receive now a wonderful $offer from DORRANCE.For me?The only thing in devoid of over @ fabulous for authors C.Space?
      >No way they get your book on Barnes and Nobles.
      I am disappointed in that part,but i am loving c.space
      however to me?I deserve MY BOOK or books multiple
      to get on BARNES and to just walk in a store and or online to see on there for me is TOPS,and ergo….
      i will be making sure i utilize C.S.sure to see my book in “print.”But utilizing another company to help this author get it at B&N

      God speed
      Great site.
      adios.

        Marcus - September 1, 2016 Reply

        Really pleased to hear that you agree with my thoughts on CreateSpace. I wish you every success with future books and definitely let me know when your work hits the shelves in Barnes and Noble!

        Marcus – WFHW

Charles Cooper - January 19, 2015 Reply

I have three books that are published through Creatspace and I am pleased with their services. My books are on Amazon for sale and available as e-books on Kindle. It’s fairly easy to submit your manuscript for publication. However, you have to do your own proof reading, cover design and make all corrections yourself, but it’s free! And, marketing is up to you.
I have received a notice from Dorrance but don’t intend to use them.
Thank for all the information.

    Marcus - January 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Charles,

    I’m really pleased to hear about your experiences so far with CreateSpace. Your thoughts echo those of many other people who contact me, and this is refreshing to here within an industry where things are not always made to be so straight forward.

    Best wishes to you with your books and any future publications.

    Marcus
    WFHW

Fifi Soukaina Bounagui - November 5, 2014 Reply

THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!
I am planning to publish a book and I looked publishing companies. One day I stumbled upon Dorrance and trusted them.After a friend of mine looked Dorrance publishing company up, he said to be wary because many people said it was a scam. SO i look online and found your website. After I read the reviews for Dorrance I sent them an email saying I quit. I geuss being about to turn 14 I can get easily fooled. But the funny thing is CreateSpace was the first company I was using until I thought it was a scam. I am so happy that you wrote this review and I hope my book will be a best seller and find its way to huge popular book stores like Barnes and Nobles.
MERCI!! :)

    Marcus - November 6, 2014 Reply

    You are very welcome, Fifi!

    Congratulations to you for being so vigilant with your work, and also, having so much potential at the age of just 14!

    The best of luck to you with your book. I hope to one day be hearing about how successful you have been.

    Best wishes,

    Marcus
    WFHW

Fern Lutkins - September 23, 2014 Reply

Dear Neil, I have two books with PA and one with Amazon, I have completed the 3rd one Dust Carried on the wind.Book 3 and working on the 4th one. How do I go about getting it published.
Thank you, Fern Lutkins

    Marcus - September 25, 2014 Reply

    Hi Fern,

    Congratulations on your publications so far!

    If you would like to publish your 3rd book in a different way to your first 2 then CreateSpace is definitely worth considering. There is a link to the CreateSpace website in the review above so you might want to click through and take a look at how the process works.

    The best of luck with your future publications, Fern!

    Marcus
    WFHW

Ellen WilkenStanley - January 22, 2014 Reply

I am so glad I read all of this. I had been going back and forth about using Create Space or another company, however from what I read on here I have decided to go with Create Space.

I did get an email from another publishing company and one of the first things they said was they were not a vanity company. They also said they did not send out advances, but claim to be a traditional publishing company. I emailed them back and told them I would let them know of my decision. After what I have read on here I know now that I will go with Create Space.
Thank you everyone for the advice.

Ellen

    Tony - January 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi Ellen,
    I’m so glad to hear that we were able to bring some clarity and help you make the right choice for you.
    Do let us know if you get published

    Best of luck

    Tony.B
    WFHW Team

P.T - August 1, 2013 Reply

Hi Neil,
I write poems and a few weeks ago I decided to copy write them to have them published and today I got an email from Dorrance publishing co. and I was thinking about using them, then I decided to do a search on them and luckily I came across your review. I would like to say thank you very much for putting out this information for people like me who are just starting out and have no clue as to who they should use to publish their work. Keep the great work up and have a wonderful day.
P.S I will be looking into CreatSpace, thank you for that information too.

    Neil - August 2, 2013 Reply

    Hi P.T,

    Thank you very much for your comment.
    It’s great news that you found my review so helpful.

    All the very best to you.

    Neil
    WFHW Team

T Wynn - July 26, 2013 Reply

I used Create Space to publish my first book, and I love it! I had complete control over everything and the royalty amount is pretty fair. I would suggest this company to anyone who is considering becoming a self-published author. I was contacted by Dorrance Publishing and after reading reviews online I will not be calling them back. Thanks for the great information you provide.

    Neil - July 26, 2013 Reply

    Hi T Wynn,

    It’s good to hear that you had success with Create Space.
    Thank you for your comment.

    Cheers

    Neil
    WFHW Team

Paula Baker - June 26, 2013 Reply

Hi Neil …
I first have to say thanks for all your helpful info concerning Dorrance Publishing. I was just contacted by them today and after reading your reviews and those from other sites I will not be replying to them at all.
Secondly, “Createspace” … love them! I was referred to the site by a friend about a year ago and have since published my first book and am presently working on the second which I am using Createspace for also. I decided to take my writing seriously after the loss of my husband and most of the places/publishers I checked out wanted several thousand dollars to assist me in
“creating” my book. Needless to say, a widow’s budget didn’t allow for these expenses. I am very fortunate in the fact that I have a family member and a few friends that are very knowledgeable in the editing field so this expense was eliminated. I used Createspace’s Cover Creator and designed my own book cover … again, no fee. The team at Createspace is available by phone 24/7 and believe me, I have taken full advantage of this! My first novel is out on Amazon in book form and Kindle and I’m hoping to have the second out by mid September. My sales locally have been more than I could have asked for and now I’m working on some marketing strategies to move the book out of my immediate area. I have the choice to either pay a fee to Createspace to aid me in this endeavor, or to keep tackling it on my own. As I said, it is my CHOICE.
I didn’t mean to ramble on so but I would highly recommend Createspace to anyone working with a limited budget or just worried about the integrity of a company. I definitely plan to keep using them for any of my future works. No one calls me, no one pressures me, I work at my own speed and they are always available if I DO need assistance. Great company!!

Very sincerely,
Paula Baker

    Neil - June 27, 2013 Reply

    Hi Paula,

    Thank you very much for your comment.
    I am really pleased that you have been able to get your book published and are working at getting others published.
    Getting any book published I discovered is such a minefield because I found very few sites that I could recommend.
    The beauty of CreateSpace is that you can choose what you want or don’t want to use.

    I wish you continued success in your writing career.

    All the very best

    Neil
    WFHW Team

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