You may remember a negative post from a week or so ago regarding the quality of some printed books which I received from CreateSpace. Saying nasty things isn’t really me, and complaining about stuff is even less me (I’m English for God’s sake) so, if you wish to read about that particular moan then please click here.
Anyway, I now have some positive, uplifting news which I can add to it.
Firstly, I’m glad to say that I only heard positive news from fellow authors about CreateSpace. They had not had the same experience as me and I’m reassured by this.
Secondly, CreateSpace were exceptional in their customer service following my complaint. They are sending me a repeat order free-of-charge and have put an additional Quality Assurance check on my order. This does make me wonder about how much QA would usually take place, but… still, at least they’re correcting my problem.
Thirdly, I mentioned that I was going to check out a local printer in the UK called Imprint Digital, and I did. Don’t ever say I’m not a man of action. The proof copy of my first novel came back yesterday and it was almost an emotional experience. It was perfect.
It has a matt cover which makes it look better anyway and it’s made from Bookwove paper, which is lighter yet thicker. It looks like a proper book. You know, one of those things you buy in a proper shop with proper money, and think to yourself this is written by a proper author. I’m so happy at the product, I just want to write more books to see what they’ll look like.
I’m still going to use CreateSpace for my Amazon paperback POD copies because it’s easier and cheaper, and I’ll use the Imprint Digital copies for physical face-to-face sales. So, all’s well that ends well.
I’m now encouraged to progress with my next plan which is to produce a smaller, hard-back version of my book of 5 christmas stories. I want it to look like a nice little stocking filler, perfect as a gift for Christmas, and something which could be kept for years and resurrected each December. Much more of a challenge though so I’ll let you know.
Until next time…