So Createspace (an Amazon subsidiary) is pretty easy to use. It took me a couple hours to get my book set up and formatted properly and then I ordered a proof copy. Truth be told I ordered three proof copies (they were about $4 each). The first went to James, the guy that has done the artwork for me. The second went to Russel, the guy who I have run ideas past since day negative one of the writing process (yes, on our commute one day before I started writing this I discussed with him that I was debating sitting down and writing these stories and he has been giving me feedback ever since). I went over the third copy with a fine-toothed comb and then gave it to my in-laws, who had not yet read my book.
After going over it with a proverbial fine-toothed comb, I made several minor changes (things I had missed reading an eBook the first dozen times but caught instantly in print). I also got the improved map and cover from James (better than James’ previous cover which came out so dark in print that it was almost invisible). I made all the changes and uploaded them to Createspace and ordered two more copies (one of which was given to a friend who is a published author and who first suggested Createspace). I finished the review, satisfied with the end product, and I have now made this available for sale.
If you’re keeping track, I spent $20 for 5 proof copies (that included shipping) and I now have a print version which will soon be available on Amazon and which is available now on Createspace. No upfront costs and minimal costs for proof copies of the book. When a co-publisher told me they could do print on demand, it was going to be $9 per book with thousands of dollars of upfront costs to me and inferior artwork. Let’s here it for createspace.
***edited to add that it’s now on Amazon as well.