I was luckily enough recently to spend some time with one of the few full time South African authors that could earn a living off (Amazon) book sales, Erika Bester.
Her name might not ring a bell to you the reader for two reasons:
I deal with authors every day of every week. I wake up to the frantic phone calls of author’s wanting to know how their books are selling on Amazon. I take lunch in open areas so that authors who need help can call and I won’t disturb my colleagues. My dinner is littered with the calls from publishing hopefuls who want to know how they can get their manuscript published, my advice is issued freely between mouthfuls. In short - I know authors.
I hope that this post might help those authors who are taking time to perform due diligence on the self-publishing process. If that is you, then thank you for taking the time to read the post on the top time-wasting habits of authors who publish online.
This post is written for the author who wants to use Createspace to publish their paperback book, leveraging Amazon’s reach using the print on demand model of self-publishing. I hope the post helps you speed up the Createspace process and saves you some money with the free resources at the end of each section.
Before we jump into the list of things you will need to have ready before starting, let’s explain a few things, just in case you weren’t 100% sure what Createspace was, or how print on demand could help you as the author.