What’s the best interior font for your CreateSpace book? Generally, there are two factors that you should consider: aesthetics and effect on page count. This week, I’m testing Libre Caslon, a free-for-commercial-use font that has a number of advantages.
The default font CreateSpace uses in their templates is Garamond, a fine font aesthetically. Here’s a closer look along with some stats for a standard book layout: Continue reading “Optimizing CreateSpace: Using Libre Caslon As Your Interior Font What’s the most economical font for your book interior?“
What’s the best interior font for your CreateSpace book? Generally, there are two factors that you should consider: aesthetics and effect on page count. This week, I’m test Cardo, a free-for-commercial-use font that has a few aesthetic advantages over the default Garamond.
The default font CreateSpace uses in their templates is Garamond, a fine font aesthetically. Here’s a closer look along with some stats for a standard book layout: Continue reading “Optimizing CreateSpace: Using Cardo As Your Interior Font”
Is there a way to optimize a CreateSpace book to maximize author royalties? So far, I’ve shown that Amazon’s print-on-demand service for indie authors is remarkably fair in the way it figures royalties no matter how a book is configured.
The only slightly odd trend is that trim size does not impact author royalties (a 300-page 5″ x 8″ book and a 300-page 6″ x 9″ book pay the same royalty with the same sales price), which translates to the rough rule that a book with larger dimensions and fewer pages will pay out better than a book with more pages and smaller dimensions, assuming that they have the same list price, even though both books might have the exact same number of words.
Adding additional pages to any trim size adds to costs (and subtracts from author royalties) in a predictable manner, stabilizing at about 2.4 cents in reduced royalties per additional two-sided page by the time a book reaches 200 pages. I put together a graph showing this stable trend for marginal page costs last week. Once again, a larger trim size has the advantage because each additional 2.4 cent page can hold more words. I posted a chart showing the average words-per-page for various trim sizes two weeks ago.
In all of my testing to this point, I’ve kept selling price stable at $12.99, a constant that has allowed me to compare a 100-page book and a 500-page book directly as both will earn a royalty at that price, though it is obviously an inflated price for a short book and possibly a bit of a discount for a longer book.
That static pricing begs the question: Is there an ideal price for a CreateSpace book? Once you’ve selected your trim size and have a set page count, is there a price point at which royalties will spike, or does CreateSpace produce another stable trend line for price v. royalty percentage?
Let’s find out.
Continue reading “Optimizing CreateSpace: Price Theory for Indie Authors (Part 2)”
Last week, I looked at the various trim sizes offered by CreateSpace to see if there is a way to maximize royalties for a given word count. (Spoiler alert: you should pretty much always go with 9″ x 6″.) This week, I’m going to dig deep into the inner workings of CreateSpace’s royalty structure to see if there is a page count where independent author royalties spike.
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CreateSpace, the print-on-demand self-publishing platform owned by Amazon, is an incredibly powerful tool for independent authors. While there are competitors, none can offer the versatility or simplicity of CreateSpace coupled with its direct connection to Amazon, the largest online marketplace in the world for books and pretty much everything else.
CreateSpace makes it easy for the first-time indie author, providing Word templates for interior layouts and book cover templates for most trim sizes. They even provide two endlessly useful “instant quote” tools for determining royalties and self-copy printing costs based on trim size and page count.
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