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 testing Libre Caslon, a free-for-commercial-use font that has a number of advantages.

Optimizing CreateSpace: Picking an Interior Font, Libre Caslon

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 readingOptimizing CreateSpace: Using Libre Caslon As Your Interior Font What’s the most economical font for your book interior?

Beautifying CreateSpace: Simple Tweaks in Microsoft Word

Beautifying CreateSpace: Simple tweaks in Microsoft Word

I’m taking a break from the Optimizing CreateSpace series of posts to talk a bit about how to make your CreateSpace interiors look more like a book you might find on the shelf of your local bookstore (because, ideally, that’s where you want your book to end up, right?). When you are ready to put together the interior layout of your book, you have three basic options:

  1. Use the Word templates provided by CreateSpace without any modification.
  2. Hire a professional who will use pro-level design software like Adobe InDesign.
  3. Modify the Word templates provided by CreateSpace so that they actually look decent.

Here’s an example of Option 1:

CreateSpace Default Interior Design
About as boring as it gets: The stock CreateSpace 5″ x 8″ template. (Click for full size.)

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Optimizing CreateSpace: Price Theory for Indie Authors (Part 2)

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?

Optimizing CreateSpace: Price Theory for Indie Authors (Part 2)

Let’s find out.

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Optimizing CreateSpace: Price Theory for Indie Authors (Part 1)

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.

Optimizing CreateSpace: Price Theory for Indie Authors

 

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Optimizing CreateSpace: Maximizing Royalties With Trim Size

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.

Maximizing CreateSpace Royalties with Trim Size

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