Friday, May 24, 2019

FYI: Create Space is Now Kindle Direct

In February, 2017, I posted an article about "Writing for CreateSpace." I talked about how easy it is (was) to publish through them.

I liked that CreateSpace was owned by Amazon, and everything published through them automatically appeared in Amazon within two days.

"The king is dead, long live the king!"

CreateSpace is now Kindle Direct Publishing.

I found this change both disconcerting and frustrating.

The emphasis is on digital media: eBooks sold through Kindle. And if you publish through them, you assign all publishing rights to them. You still own the content, and you still are paid royalties.

If you haven't self-published, yet, then you may want to look a book review I wrote in December, 2017: "Book Review ~ CreateSpace Publishing." If you already have a manuscript, then you can skip down to the middle of the page and start with Section 7.

After you land on the home page at, go directly to the "Help" button at the top of the page.

Everything you wanted to know about publishing through KDP is buried in the menus on the side of the page. Fear not! If you are looking for something specific (e.g. Word templates), then you can type key words into the search box.

Be aware of which Amazon account you are using. I have several Amazon accounts, and I have learned to identify each account in parenthesis after my first name. I also have Rick(SPC) and Rick(Mom). The former is for my St Pete College student account, and the latter is connected to my mom's book. ( It's also published through Amazon.

When you start the process of uploading your work, you will be asked the following questions:

Paperback Details Questions

  • Language
  • Book Title (Separate block for an optional subtitle)
  • Optional: Series Name and Series number
  • Optional: Edition Number
  • Author: Prefix, First, Middle, Last, and suffix
  • Contributors you may want/need to recognize by name: Author, Editor, Forward, Illustrator, Introduction, Narrator, photographer, preface, translator, and a generic "Contributions by"
  • Description, up to 4000 charaacters
  • Publishing rights check-boxes
  • Up to 7 key words 
  • Select up to 2 categories from the pull-down menu, and indicated if this is a "large print" edition.
  • Finally, indicate of this appropriate for readers under 18 years of age.

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