How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon and Kindle Using Createspace

I’ve been making videos and blog posts about writing and self-publishing for a long time now, yet I’ve never made a video to address how to self-publish a book on Amazon. For today’s blog post and video, I’m going to teach you how to publish a paperback novel using Createspace, upload your manuscript, format your manuscript and make your novel available for purchase on Amazon. As a bonus to those who stick around until the end, I’ll also show you how to make your novel available on Kindle! Let’s keep in mind that before you do any of these steps your novel should be completed, edited and good to go. While you can make changes and to your manuscript after it’s uploaded to Createspace, it’s more of a hassle.

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Novel Editing: QUESTION EVERYTHING

I’ve found that I’m pretty good at editing someone else’s stories, but not my own. Of course the solution is to pretend I wasn’t the one who write the story, but that’s easier said than done. The first trick to achieving this is to just let my manuscript sit for a little bit so I actually do forget what I wrote, this way when I do go to edit, it’s with open eyes. When I go to edit I want to look for inconsistencies in the story and simple mistakes.

Now this is where things get a little hard. You have to go through your manuscript line by line editing, and almost make it a game to find as many mistakes as possible. If you don’t find many, go through it again. This is going to be a lot of work, but I promise you it will make you a better writer. The more scribbles you have on your page, the better. This way when you hand your manuscript to your editor or beta reader they won’t have as much to edit And can give you better quality feedback. After all, if you give them a sloppy manuscript, they want to edit for you again.

Grammar at its Finest- Tense & POV

Time for a grammar lesson! Today we get to talk about all the different types of tenses you can write in!

Past tense– most traditional type of tense in writing

Present tense– seen a lot in the YA genre

Points of View!

1st person– I, me, my; talking about yourself.

2nd person– you; written like a letter, talking to the reader.

3rd person– she, he, they; an outsider’s perspective, the narrator.

Things get really complicated after this but this is how in-depth we’re going today to keep things simple.

I used to write in 1st person present, which is really odd for people to read sometimes because it’s not super common. But a lot of YA novels write like that, so that’s how I started writing in 1st person present. These days I write in 3rd person past. My writing has matured and shifted, and so has the genre I write in. Because I’m beginning to write more complex novels, I can’t tell a story through 1st person point of view.

There’s lot of different ways to tell a story. You just have play around and see which tense and POV fits your style and your story. What tense and POV do you write in?

 

Ebooks are EVIL!

Ebooks. The essence of all that is evil.

Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. In truth, ebooks are really great, but they’ll never be as good as a real paperback or hardback book. I love the feel of books in my hands and how they smell. And let’s not forget how you can have your very own library if you collect enough books. My goal in life is to have my own library. But of course ebooks are compact, light, and do give great convenience, but you won’t check me with them too often. $9.99 for a digital copy of a book? No thank you.

 

Awesome Book Alert!

Need something great to read? I hear I am Mercy by Mandi Lynn is pretty good, but I’ve also been told I’m biased so you should go check it out yourself and write a review on it so I know if you like it!

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCrVcGt5BI

I am Mercy:

Imagine living every day, knowing your family doesn’t love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn’t you do it? Even if they didn’t love you back?

 

I Don’t Like to Read?

Time and time again I hear people say they don’t like to read but they like to write. This blows my mind for a few reasons. The first being that how can you not enjoy reading? Reading is so much easier than writing! Writing requires thought. Reading is mindless; you can transport yourself into another world without having to make it up yourself. Then there’s the fact that your writing can’t get better unless you read a lot. Sure, the more you write the better you are, but if you don’t also read, you can’t learn what makes novels tick. By reading you make it so you’re able to tell the different between good and bad writing.

Must Read Love Stories!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we’re here to celebrate love, even if it’s fiction love! So cuddle up to your book boyfriend and take read!

Books Mentioned:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Every Day by David Levithan

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I’m a Professional Writer?

Last week your guys heard me talk about my job a little bit and how I do a lot of non-fiction writing for it. In case you didn’t know I work as a marketing and PR intern at a large hospital in Massachusetts. I’ve been able to learn an endless amount of skills from this job, from marketing press releases, to just the ins and outs of working in a corporate world. Some of these skills I’ve even been able to incorporate into my novel marketing (it would be more helpful of course if I had a little more time to implement these skills).

 

Plotting Novels with OneNote

I love OneNote! It’s great for taking notes in class but also for plotting novels! Who knew? Use it to organize your note on your characters, chapters, and setting. This is only the tip of the iceberg for OneNote, so be sure to explore it thoroughly!

Explore OneNote now! https://www.onenote.com/

Access your OneDrive: https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/

 

I’ve Failed as an Author

I hope every author out there knows what I’m talking about. Writing and supporting yourself as an author is something that is very hard to do. For myself, I have doubts every day. Am I doing the right thing? Should I give up now and find something else to do? To put it simply, I’m terrified. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Heck, I have no idea when I’m going to finish writing book number three. I also don’t know when I’m going to sell those hundred copies of books in my car. With college and a job, it’s a lot. I just hope if you feel the same way, that this video makes you feel less alone. We just have to keep moving forward!