I’m paraphrasing here but you get my gist, right?
For almost a year, I had the ability to make a professional paperback cover. I could make the front, spine and back in under five minutes. On the back, I had my publishing logo, the price and the book description. CreateSpace supplied the ISBN. On the spine, I had my publishing logo at the top, the title of the book beneath that, the cover image of the book, and my name at the bottom. On the front, I had what you saw as my ebook cover.
This was all very easy with my software program. I would upload my file to CreateSpace and have it approved on the first try.
But that was before CreateSpace did their ‘improvements’. I hate, hate, hate it when sites take something that already works just fine and ‘improves’ it. Blech!
Ever since October when I wanted to get another cover uploaded to CreateSpace, I haven’t been able to meet their cover requirements. I’m not doing anything differently than what I did before. Unless I get my cover looking like a three year old did it, they won’t approve it for one reason or another.
And I have a theory on why this is now true.
CreateSpace wants me to pay them $299 to make a professional cover.
Well, they’ll be waiting forever because I’d rather stick a fork in my hand and have my husband run over it with the car twice before I’ll ever pay CreateSpace to make the cover for me. This is highway robbery! My system worked. I had great looking paperback covers. But it irks them to no end that an author can be self-sufficient and do this stuff without paying for it.
It’s all about money. I wonder when Kindle is going to require authors pay to have their manuscripts professionally formatted so we meet their requirements? I wonder how long it’ll be before authors have to fork over a hundred or two just to have their books up on the Kindle store at all?
Back to CreateSpace though…
I had fifteen paperbacks up on Amazon last year and I made…are you ready…$130. Wow. Now, imagine if I had spent $299 on each book to have them make me a cover? Do you see why this wouldn’t make sense for me to make paperbacks anymore? Unless I do those cheesy cover templates, it’s not happening. I refuse to spend more than I’ll make on anything anymore. I’ve done my time with vanity presses and paying them a boatload of money to see minimal return on my investment.
I had spent the $39 per title to get them priced from $10 to $7 for my readers. This means, I only make about $1 per sale. I’m not exactly making a ton of money off of my paperbacks here. This month, I’ve made $8.83 out of the 10 paperbacks I sold. Do you see why I can’t be affording $299 for a professional cover?
So that’s how it must end. For now on, I’m only doing ebooks…until they start charging me for that too. Then I’ll have to reevaluate the benefit-cost analysis all over again.