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What the Shuttering of CreateSpace’s Services for Authors Means to You


What You Need to Know About CreateSpace Right Now

All CreateSpace titles will be migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in the next few weeks. Please refer to our new blog post on CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next to read the official announcement and our suggestions for next steps.

Your account on CreateSpace is still active. Please direct all questions about royalty payments and book files to CreateSpace. Click here for the CreateSpace HELP page.

For years, CreateSpace offered two types of services to authors: self-publishing services (cover design, layout, typesetting, […]

Opportunities for Authors in Changes to Facebook’s News Feed

In an effort to take the focus off of fake news and an overload of information from business and community pages, Facebook has announced it is changing how posts are prioritized in its news feed. The news feed is what you see when you first open up the site on your computer or smartphone, or if you click on the “Home” button in Facebook.

The priority will soon be posts from friends and family, putting the emphasis back on communicating and sharing with those who matter most to you. You’ll see fewer recipes, celebrities, magazines, newspapers, and…authors.

Basically, any Facebook page will […]

Author Story: Terry Braddock

When asked about the motivation behind his decision to self-publish, author Terry Braddock said something that really hit home: “I wanted to ensure my story was told as I remember it.”

Terry’s memoir, The Stump—My Way Out of Chicago’s South Side, tells of his journey out of the ghetto streets of Chicago’s South Side, where he grew up during the turbulent 60s and 70s. During the struggles of the civil rights era, Terry experienced racism as he spent his summers in the Deep South, working on his grandparent’s farm in the cotton fields of Tennessee. His faith and entrance into the […]

Indie Publishing New Year’s Resolutions

Is 2018 the year you publish your book? Or perhaps you launched in 2017 and are now in book marketing mode.

Either way, here are seven New Year’s Resolutions to guide you on your path.

1. Be paid 100% of my royalties.

Fortunately for indie publishers, this is easy to do. While authors working with publishing service-based companies like 1106 Design have always earned 100 percent of their compensation by dealing directly with the print-on-demand (POD), sales and distribution of their books, thousands of other authors knowingly or unknowingly trade off a percentage of their compensation to self-publishing companies. Authors are now starting […]

How to Set Up Your Copyright Page

Ugh, the copyright page! Just when you think you can’t handle another detail, you remember that you have to set up your book’s copyright page. Unfortunately you can’t leave the copyright page until the last minute because the process to apply for and obtain the various numbers and information to be included on the page can take a couple of weeks.

Below is a handy template to help you sort through the details you need to include on the copyright page, including some suggested legalese.

Following the template, you’ll find more detailed information about applying for the ISBN, the Library of Congress […]

Our Top 10 Posts of 2017 from the 1106 Design Blog

Over the holidays, take some time to catch up on what indie publishers are reading about on our 1106 Design blog. Here are our top 10 most-read blog posts of 2017:

  1. How to Typeset a Book attracts readers curious to know exactly what page layout entails. It’s the most-read blog post of 2017.
  2. Indie Publishing versus Self-publishing: The Rise of the Indie Author comes in number two. Authors continue to seek understanding about the best way to self-publish, one that gives them control over the process and a professionally designed book.
  3. Setting up one’s […]

Our Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Indie Publishers

The holiday season is upon us. Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if you celebrate Hanukkah – news alert – it starts next week! (Fortunately the holiday is eight days long, so you can fudge it a bit…)

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the indie publisher in your life, take heart. We have ten ideas for gifts that will please even the fussiest author.

1. Workspace

Has the indie publisher in your home taken over the dining room table? Perhaps there’s still time to clear it off […]

Author Story: Yvette Benavidez Garcia

Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez was a military war hero who did two tours in Vietnam. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor and in the words of his daughter, Yvette Benavidez Garcia, “He has a following like no other.”

Yvette is an elementary school teacher who teaches 4th grade reading and writing. While four books have been written about her father, none were accessible to children. “All of my students learn about my dad at some point during the year, and about five years ago my students started asking if there was a book they could read about him. […]

How a Developmental Edit Can Save Your Book

Many entrepreneurs, speakers, consultants and other professionals write books. Authoring a book can be the next step in growing a business or advancing a career. A book adds a certain gravitas and helps to establish a person as an expert or thought leader—someone whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential.

Self-publishing is a great option for publishing this type of book. Self-publishing allows a professional to get the book to market at a strategic time for the business, not at a time that suits a publisher. Self-publishing […]

Author Story: Eleanor Gilvarry

Eleanor Gilvarry’s author story has so many unique aspects, it’s hard to know where to start.

Her children’s book, Why Do I Love You? was crowdfunded.

A decision to produce the book using offset printing rather than print-on-demand meant a new, larger trim size for her book, presenting a challenge to resize the beautiful illustrations that had already been completed.

And, while Eleanor’s original goal for writing her book was to create an additional source of income in an area that gave her passion and joy, she realized a joy in writing and publishing that […]