OMG! CreateSpace is CLOSING?!?

Ever since this article was published about Amazon laying off 58 workers at their North Charleston self-publishing services, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen authors panicking all over social media.

And before you freak out, let me ask you one question… Would it really be smart of a major company, whose foundation has always been books, to amputate one of their legs that their company stands on?

In case your eyes are huge and you’ve started to hyperventilate, the answer to that question is NO.

No company in their right mind would do that! Now, would a company choose to get back to their roots, because one division they opened later isn’t earning the profit they hoped it would?

Absolutely!

And that’s exactly what Amazon is doing. In case you’ve been living under a rock and still don’t realize this, Amazon owns CreateSpace. Back in the day they bought a little book printer called Booksurge, revamped that entire company under the new brand of CreateSpace, fixed some serious quality control issues, then added self-publishing services as the demand for professional editors, cover designers, and the like increased.

Then all of a sudden “independent publishers” (aka: vanity/self-publishing service providers, etc.) popped up everywhere, giving CreateSpace and other big author service providers a literal run for their money. And it seems like now, CreateSpace has finally had enough of dwindling profits, and they’ve gotten smart and decided to go back to their roots of offering book printing services.

This means you can still print your book with CreateSpace!

This means CreateSpace is NOT closing and NOT going out of business! (Yet…)

This means you don’t have to freak out anymore! (YAY!)

CreateSpace makes a lot of money off authors. And it still remains to be seen if they will eventually blend with the new “KDP Print” program… which is a topic for another post.

For now, rest assured that your book is safe, you can still print with CreateSpace, and you can still easily use their portal to get your book on Amazon.

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  • Deborah Caldwell
    May 5, 2018

    Thanks for the information here. Glad they not going out of business. I have more to write.

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  • Emi2Earth
    March 23, 2018

    As a dedicated Create Space newbie indie author I can say that many of us were in process and had paid our money and signed their contract in good faith. We were given notice that we had just a few short weeks before they closed their design doors. Some, who they determined were close to the start, were offered their money back. Many like myself, were told that we had gone too far in the process so we must finish quickly or go somewhere else, and pay whatever new costs were required to complete. The fair way would have been for them to allow those deemed ‘too far along’ to finish the book they had paid for. I rushed to complete and just found out that my book could have been much less expensive to purchase with reducing some pages. I would have happily done this if given more time. Now I have to find another designer and pay more. Many are very disappoined with Create Space. They had great people working there, and were very hepful until this occurred, suddenly and unfairly. Any suggestions as to a good next step?

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