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Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

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

Los Angeles in Vivid Colors

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

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:

Book Design & Typesetting Samples

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Color Enhanced Hummingbird Photographs, 2017

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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Andrea Reider Design

Andrea Reider Design

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TO SUCCEED in business today, companies must perform much of the work of a traditional publisher.

Writing, editing, designing, and producing great content for print and websites can take up a lot of valuable time. You can either do the work yourself and live with the less than optimal results, or you can go to one of the high priced firms that often delegate work to their junior staff.

The goal of Andrea Reider Design is to bring the highest level of professionalism to your business communications, advertisements, and publications for a low fee that will pay for itself in increased sales and productivity.

I’ve been working in publishing for over 20 years (John Wiley & Sons, Addison-Wesley, National Academies Press), and can honestly say that I still love what I do. You can see many samples of my work at www.andreareider.com.

Please consider Andrea Reider Design as a resource for your publishing needs. Feel free to contact me any time—I look forward to hearing from you!

Warmest regards,

Andrea Reider
Andrea Reider Design
1025 N. Kings Rd., #213
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-822-2830
andreareider@gmail.com
www.andreareider.com

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