Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

Print on Demand with Amazon’s self-publishing powerhouse, CreateSpace, is one of the easiest and best ways to self publish books today. There are virtually no upfront costs to the author or publisher for having books printed and ready for sale on Amazon. Authors can also purchase their printed books from CreateSpace for sale outside of Amazon for about $4.00-$7.00 per copy, depending on book size and length.

Another great feature of CreateSpace is that you can easily produce your e-books through the site. CreateSpace doesn’t charge a fee for their automatic conversion process of your print book to the Kindle format from the PDF file. The conversion to process Kindle works best if you can upload a Word file of the interior text set to specifications that are posted on the CreateSpace website.

To summarize the self publishing process:

  1. Books must be typeset to CreateSpace specifications and submitted as a PDF file through their website, with a separate PDF file of the book cover (front/spine/back) laid out to specifications. My main work for the past twenty years has been designing and typesetting books for print. I work in Adobe InDesign to lay out the pages of a book for print and then use the InDesign files to create the EPUB e-book edition.
  2. There are several ways to create an e-book to sell on Amazon and other sites. CreateSpace can create the Kindle edition directly from the PDF of the print edition. However, I’ve had some issues with this conversion method and find that it’s best to upload a specially formatted version of the book as a Word file.

My specialty is producing e-books in the EPUB format, where you have more control over color, placement of graphics, and many other factors. I couldn’t figure out a way to submit an EPUB file to CreateSpace, but authors and publishers can use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing to post EPUB e-books for sale on Amazon.

The EPUB e-book can be customized in many ways, such as adding color photographs and other color embellishments to books that are printed in black and white.

I generally charge self-publishing authors between $2.00-$3.00 per typeset page to design and typeset their print books, and $150.00-$250.00 to produce e-books. Professional design and typesetting adds value to the book, helping with sales, marketing, credibility, and readability.

There are a lot of decisions to make when self publishing your book. Please feel free to contact me with your questions. I’m happy to share my expertise on the subject and always available to produce your print books and e-books.

Andrea Reider

Andrea Reider Design
1025 N. Kings Road, #213
West Hollywood, California 90069
323-822-2830

andreareider@gmail.com

Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

The easiest and quite possibly best way to self publish books today is with Amazon’s CreateSpace print-on-demand service.

You can use CreateSpace for the entire book production process, but the authors I’ve worked with have not been satisfied with the quality of their book design and typesetting services.

I specialize in designing and producing printed books and e-books. I’ve been working as a book designer and typesetter/layout artist for major publishing houses for 20 years and have a complete understanding of the book production process.

I understand the budget constraints of most self-publishing authors and price my services at or below industry standards. I don’t think you’ll ever find a better book production service or a lower price than I am able offer. And there’s a good reason for my confidence in this area. I’m as fast as can be, highly efficient, and know exactly what needs to be done to produce books to the highest possible standards.

Please feel free to contact me any time to discuss the specifics of your book project and to receive a quote for my services.

Los Angeles in Vivid Colors

Los Angeles is a wonderful city to live in as a photographer.
I was determined to get to know my adopted city a lot better, so I took some time off from my freelance work as a book designer and typesetter, and set out every morning to a different part of the city, camera in hand.
I began to experiment with altering and enhancing the colors in my photographs. The result is this series of color enhanced photographs of landmark buildings and sites in Los Angeles.
These are some of my favorite photographs, and hope that you enjoy looking at photographs nearly as much as I did working on them.

 

Art District, Downtown Los Angeles

Art District, Downtown Los Angeles

West Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Beverly Hills

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles


Downtown Los Angeles, Eastern Columbia Building

Hollywood, Los Angeles Film School

Santa Monica, The Georgian Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Girls Dance Hall

University of Southern California campus, downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Hayward Hotel

Santa Monica Bees

West Hollywood Swimming Pool

Los Angeles Times Building, Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo storefront

Lotus Flowers, Los Angeles

West Hollywood, Pacific Design Center

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Downtown Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Koreatown, Los Angeles, Wiltern Theatre

West Hollywood Cat in Window

Downtown Los Angeles, Ace Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles, Union Station

West Hollywood Gate

Santa Monica Ocean Beach

Santa Monica Ocean Beach Twisted Tree

Photographs © 2017 Andrea Reider. All rights reserved.

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New Book Designs from Andrea Reider

As a book designer, typesetter, and layout artist, I produce print and e-books for traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.

The history of publishing is one of constant evolution and adaptation. But the goal remains the same: to produce beautiful books with designs that look great and are easy to read.

These are a few of my newest book chapter opener designs available to be customized for your books:

 

 

More samples can be found at:

http://andreareider.com/sample-book-pages/

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Andrea Reider Design

As a book designer, typesetter, and layout artist, I produce print and ebooks for traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.

The history of publishing is one of constant evolution and adaptation. But the goal remains the same: to produce beautiful books with designs that look great and are easy to read.

These are a few of my newest book chapter opener designs:

 

You can see additional design samples at:

Book Design Samples

 

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Color Enhanced Hummingbird Photographs, 2017

These hummingbird photographs are the result of a lot of patience and my slowly learning to “think like a hummingbird.”

When I began the series I was thrilled (and frustrated) at getting one usable hummingbird photograph per day. It took a while for me to figure out the birds’ tolerance for my presence and how to get close without startling.

Copyright © 2017 Andrea Reider. All rights reserved.

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New Book Designs Available for Typesetting/Layout

Some new chapter opener designs now available as the starting point for custom book projects. I usually start my book designs at the chapter opener page and then coordinate the design with the other page elements, including Frontmatter pages (Title, Dedication, Copyright, Contents), and Backmatter pages (Notes, Bibliography, Index).

Ideally, the interior design can be related or somehow tied in to the cover design. But this is not always possible, as the interior design and typesetting often begin before the book covers are ready. Sometimes elements from the interior design can show up on the front cover.

 

Copyright © 2017 Andrea Reider. All rights reserved.