Hey authors, published and soon-to-be-published,
Just a quick heads-up about the recent announcement that CreateSpace is being gobbled up by KDP: there’s no need to panic. Here are a few key things to know:
- Even if you do nothing, your books in print will be moved to KDP automatically, with no interruption in availability or the accumulation of royalties.
- If you do nothing, this migration will happen automatically, and you may miss the opportunity to make some important decisions.
- The migration is not difficult to manage on your own. Here’s a lame but sufficiently clear video demonstrating the three-step process. Of course, they don’t show you the long minutes of staring at a progress bar, worrying about whether that step will carry through all right…
- The migration will involve a loss of some of the advantages of CreateSpace, but for most of us, it will be a nuisance, not a tragedy.
- You only have “a few weeks” to migrate intentionally!
The clock is ticking, but we aren’t sure yet which markets (or which server farms? Which genres? Which publication date-ranges?) will be migrated first, or when the migrations will begin, or how long it will take to complete the entire migration, but they do say it will happen in “phases” and the process will begin “in a few weeks”.
Don’t wait for the shot-clock to run down. If you have any books or DVDs on CreateSpace, do it sometime in the next ten days. Here’s the migration info page, for your browsing pleasure.
And if you need help in the process, or you have any questions, feel free to call or text me. I may not see your email for a couple of days, as my email is going to be awfully busy for a few months (and not because of this sudden migration).
I will send one more email to all of you about this migration sometime next week, summarizing how life will change for you as a KDP author. There should be at least one upside and apparently at least three downsides, but I need to do more research before I’m sure about the details (and what’s really true).
If you do not want to receive that follow-up email, just reply and let me know.
If you want to receive that follow-up email and additional helpful emails from me in the future about how the publishing world continues to change (and how the art and craft of writing continues to stay the same!) please reply and let me know that too. If I don’t hear from you, I won’t put you on that list.
Grace and wisdom to you in your writing vocation!