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Understanding CreateSpace Publishing Solutions

Publishing a book isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Different books have different needs, as do different authors. You may feel comfortable doing some of the interior or cover design yourself, you may need Amazon to provide that expertise. Likewise, you may want to invest in additional editorial services, illustrations, public relations, and promotion for your book. Naturally, the more services you need, the more you’ll pay.

Amazon offers nine basic publishing packages, in addition to a variety extra-charge options. Table 1 details these publishing packages, along with their costs.

Table 1: CreateSpace Publishing Packages

Publishing Solution



Author’s Express

Designed for authors who can provide their own edited and formatted PDF files. This is essentially a print-only solution; no other services are provided.


Author’s Advantage

Designed for authors who need assistance with interior and cover design. Author chooses from stock interior layouts and cover designs.


Total Design Freedom Standard

Designed for authors who want a unique cover and custom interior design. You work with the CreateSpace design team to design your book.


Total Design Freedom Essentials

Design for authors who need both editorial and design assistance. In addition to interior and cover design help, you also get one round of comprehensive copyediting.


Total Design Freedom Advanced

Designed for authors who also need marketing assistance. Builds on the previous package by adding press release distribution and creation of promotional text.


Total Design Freedom Marketing Pro

Designed for the author who wants everything. Builds on the previous package with two rounds of copyediting and a video book trailer.


Total Design Freedom for Children’s Books

Designed for authors of children’s books. Includes a unique book cover and a custom interior design with up to 30 images on up to 50 pages.


Total Design Freedom Kids Choice

Designed for children’s book authors who need editorial and marketing assistance. Builds on the previous package with one round of comprehensive copyediting, press release distribution, and creation of promotional text.


Total Design Freedom Kids Choice Plus Illustrations

For the children’s book author who needs custom illustrations. Builds on the previous package by adding up to 11 interior illustrations and a cover illustration.


You’re not limited to these packages, however. Amazon offers a full menu of editorial, publishing, and marketing services you can add to any individual package. For example, if you want to more aggressively market your book, you can purchase a Publicity Kit for $499 that includes 500 full-color postcards, bookmarks, and business cards to distribute as you see fit. Of if you want more detailed editorial advice, you can purchase an Editorial Evaluation for $299-$499, depending on your word count.

In short, you purchase those services you need—and pay for them accordingly.

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