This morning, The Post and Courier posted news sure to break the hearts of many authors: This year CreateSpace will be eliminating their author services.
Amazon’s self-publishing service, Createspace, is laying off workers in its editing, marketing and design division in July because the company is getting out of the business of offering services to writers. The layoffs will mostly affect customer service positions. Createspace will continue to print books for authors with ambitions to sell their work without a publisher.
I’m not surprised. Amazon is constantly changing the rules of the game, throwing the indie authors into turmoil at every turn. While CreateSpace still plans to publish books for authors who want to do it themselves, authors will now have to find other means to format their files and design covers, then be responsible for uploading the complete files in PDF form.
Fear not, though, dear DIY authors. We here at Blue Sun Studio have you covered (pun fully intended). Whether you want to learn how to design your book yourself or have us do it for you, we have the experience and skills to help put you on the path to a professional end product.
Design: Blue Sun offers extensive design options for your book inside and out. Our covers and interiors have the extra polish you need to get off the shelf and into the hands of your readers. View our publishing portfolio here.
Manuscript Mentoring: The first draft is only the beginning. Through our Manuscript Mentoring we’ll help you eliminate plot holes, sharpen your character development, and fix flow and pacing.
Publishing: Looking for a publisher? Consider Blue Sun Studio. We are a hybrid publishing company and as one of our authors we will take you through the whole process from beginning to end, with continued support long after the book is finished.
Training: Still determined to do it all yourself? A professional product requires the right tools and techniques. Learn the basics of industry standards such as Adobe’s InDesign and Photoshop with Deb and stop trying to put a band aide on your work struggling with Word alone.
While the news may not be good for many of you, you still have options and we’re here to help. Contact us today.