On December 31st I ordered the proof for my first print-on-demand (POD) book, a short story collection titled The Year of the Elm (TYOTE). I’m using CreateSpace (CS) to manufacture the book, and CS gave me three shipping options for the proof. I chose the slowest and cheapest option: three weeks for a little over three dollars. I did so because I couldn’t imagine it would actually take three weeks for the proof to arrive, and it didn’t. It took eight days, including a long three-day weekend. [ Read more ]
CreateSpace Shipping for Proofs
My desire to offer a print-on-demand (POD) version of my short story collection, The Year of the Elm, is close to fruition. I’ve completed the content formatting and cover design, and passed CreateSpace’s submission tests for both files.
Yesterday I ordered my first proof. While filling out the ordering form I was given the following shipping options:
- Economy Shipping $3.61 Estimated Arrival Date: Tue, Jan 18, 2011
- Standard Shipping $6.39 Estimated Arrival Date: Wed, Jan 12, 2011
- Priority Shipping $24.78 Estimated Arrival Date: Tue, Jan 04, 2011
Now, keep in mind that I ordered my proof on December 30th. That means the estimated shipping times for the above options are 19 days, 13 days and 5 days respectively. Those times also include 3, 2 and 1 weekends, respectively — and all include a national holiday for New Year’s Day. [ Read more ]