This is what a CreateSpace paperback looks like

Hi, everyone!

Thanks again for all your warm wishes this week, when I’ve posted my big news – that a paperback version of Shizzle, Inc is finally available on Amazon.

I have mentioned in that post how happy I was with its quality, and a few of you have asked for the photos of the actual book. I’m not a great photographer, so this is the best I can do:


This is only one variation of the finishes you can have – glossy cover (you can choose matte) with cream pages (you can choose white). I don’t have another version to compare, but I’ve found another blog which compares glossy and matte covers.

It feels great – solid, well-made, the same quality you would expect from any bookstore. I really like the paper – it feels great to flip a page or to hold it open, and I’m once again happy with my layout. I was worried that the margins are too small, but it looks fine, again sort of industry-standard.

I’ve ordered 50 copies to gift to my family and to start pushing onto the local bookstores. It will take a month to get here, and yet the shipping cost is still more than $100! My next step is to try and get it into US brick-an-mortar bookstores, if anyone has any advice on how to do that via emails, please let me know!


Filed under Self-publishing and marketing, Shizzle, Inc.

67 responses to “This is what a CreateSpace paperback looks like

  1. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your progress. it is very encouraging and inspiring.

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  2. It looks amazing! Thanks for your inspiring post. Wish you luck for your future works:)

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  3. I’m impressed. I mean it in the best possible way when I say it looks like a regular book. 🙂

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  4. The book looks great!

    The problem with getting it into a B&M shop, though, has to do with returns and sell throughs. Most bookstores won’t take a book they can’t return for credit after a certain period of time in case they don’t sell the copies they order. With an unknown author, especially one out of country, this becomes even more difficult since you won’t be there to do signings or any type of local promotion.

    You might look into a distributor, although the last time I checked most of the bigger names won’t look at you without several books in your catalog. Indie stores, where you can develop a relationship with the owners would probably be your best bet. Maybe offer to do Skype Q&A sessions or send signed bookplates/bookmarks or something to increase the awareness?

    In any case… fingers crossed and all the luck in the world to you!!

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  5. Congratulations! What could be more delightful for a writer than to get published! Now marketing will be a challenge, but I am sure you will enjoy it.Perhaps it will be a story of it’s own! Best wishes and congrats again!!^^

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  6. Thank you for taking and sharing pictures – it does look really great. The rip on the cover came out so well. I’m impressed! 🙂

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  7. If you have any luck getting your book into bookstores, I hope you share your success and how you managed it. That’s a nut I haven’t figured out how to crack yet.

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  8. Really clever design for the cover. I love it!

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  9. Looks like a book, same as any other book. 🙂

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  10. olivia barrington

    It’s looks fantastic! I like it in the gloss. It does it justice. The cream pages are rich looking and easier to read. Great job Ana! I don’t know the in’s and out’s of getting a book into a store over here but I be willing to go to them and ask for you. Plus we have the small individual owned stores around that would be more receptive to an new author. Whatever I can do to help. Let me know. I think the paperback will sell well once it gets into stores.Just by word of mouth of patrons and owners.Why are shipping costs so high? Because your in Australia? Or the weight of the books? Just wondering.

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    • Thank you, Olivia! I’m very hopeful for the word of mouth…

      The book weighs a pound or so, so 50 of them is over 20 kg shipping weight, and Australia is on the other side of the world, although it doesn’t feel like it 🙂


  11. The book looks so amazing! Good luck with pushing your book to further places like bookstores 😀 I love hearing about your progress 🙂

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  12. If you have any local bookshops, try there. We have a few in town and they uniformly have a local writers section. I haven’t inquired yet how to get on the shelf but I’m assuming a local proprietor would be more willing to work with you directly than a chain would.

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  13. Yay! Congrats!!
    There’s something to be said about holding the end result of all that hard work in your hands. 🙂

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  14. Congrats! Love your cover, front & back. I’m getting ready to upload my debut onto CS, and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands! I’m going with cream pages, too, I understand they’re thicker. But I’m doing a matte cover, as the feel of gloss bugs me.

    Getting into B&M stores is hard for an indie, as others have pointed out. Do you have the option to get extended distribution with Create Space in the U.S.? Then at least it would be available online at Barnes and Noble. That’s our big chain here.

    I’m wondering actually how much print sales would be as a percentage of copies sold. Great for giveaways, though, and as a comparison to encourage buyers to click and buy the ebook.

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    • Thank you, Karen, and congrats to you too! Cream also seems easier on the eyes, at least to me.

      So far no sales registered on CS, but they are behind for a month, so it will be hard to tell. True to form, I will post all stats 🙂


    • The way CreateSpace works, you can’t do expanded distribution of a novel this size unless you make the list price >$15 or so. That’s too much for a fiction paperback. So I think Ana’s banging-down-doors approach is the only option.

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  15. Everything I’ve read in newsgroups and such leads me to believe small, independent book stores might take your book on consignment (no money up front, you take back what they can’t sell). But that the chains only buy from distributors, and the system of discounts and buybacks basically makes that impossible with the high cost-per-book of a print-on-demand approach like CS. I know an author who does have a deal with distributors and she had to get massive quantities printed in China for the economics to work out.

    As a point of reference, my sales are breaking down 31% print, 16% KU, and 53% Kindle. I’m curious whether your split is similar going forward.

    One other point about print: A lot of my readers simply cannot get it. I’ve had readers in South Africa, India, and Argentina all fail to find a way to get a print copy economically. Thank goodness for e-Books!

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  16. Many B&M stores won’t take a CreateSpace novel. The best policy appears to be, create a CreateSpace novel for Amazon distribution, then pop over to and create a novel there for distribution to stores. If you used your own ISBN at CS rather than taking their free one, then the LS book can have the same ISBN so sales will be linked for bestseller lists etc.

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  17. Looks great. Well done, Ana. You should be very proud.

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  18. Did you purchase an ISBN or use the free one from Createspace? The reason I ask is that there are more than a few independent bookstores in the US which will not stock a Createspace book simply because it is an Amazon company. However if you do have your own ISBN, then you may want to reach out to Steven Capps at as he is trying to build an author support network with specific interest in the brick and mortar side of the business.


  19. It looks fantastic! I used them for my first book and you’re right, they do quality work. Congratulations!

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  20. Ana:
    A couple of weeks after your book appears on Amazon, you can submit the text to Kindle. Other e-book outlets are available. Concentrate your sales online, which will eliminate shopping costs. At $2.99, you should be able to realize some profit from your book.


  21. That’s a good looking book. I must say, self publishing services have advanced well beyond the days of yellow-paper paperbacks. That’s stunning quality work. Congratulations.

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  22. Looks great. Must be such a good feeling to hold the hard copy. Congrats.

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  23. Well done Ana, keep up the good work. Book looks fab.

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  24. DepthOFields

    Cover & book looks fantastic! I’ve heard a lot of good things about CreateSpace.

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