Even though I enjoy the publishing aspects of my business, it takes a lot of my time and keeps me from writing as much as I would like. As a one-person business I get to handle everything so I try to simplify every step. I’m often told that I can make more money by printing my books in quantity and fulfilling the orders myself and I realize that’s accurate but it would take from my writing time. And, realistically, if you consider the time spent in storing, packaging, and shipping out books, you really aren’t making more money, you are getting paid for the additional labor. For me POD (print on demand) is the only sensible method and Createspace is my choice to handle my printing and fulfillment worldwide. I do all the front end work including design, formatting, layout, cover creation, and then upload it all. Once I go through the proof process to make certain of the quality of the book, then I can focus on marketing and let Createspace handle all the fulfillment no matter where in the world the orders come from. This allows me the time to write.
Naturally, each of us has to choose the best path to self publishing but for me, after twelve books and 7 years, Createspace print on demand is what works best.