I want to talk a bit this morning about why it’s so important to tweak and customize any PLR or white label products you buy before you put them up for sale. Especially when you’re publishing on CreateSpace or other platforms.
As you may or may not know, I’m on a mission to create at least 1000 books by December. I got off to a slow start but finally last week I was able to get a set of 12 journals and 13 planners completed. Only to wake up on Saturday morning to an email from CS stating that my books had been suppressed because they contained material that was freely available on the internet.
They didn’t, but that’s beside the point.
The problem is that with so many people using templates they’ve bought to create books from, there’s bound to be more than a few that look the same. And that’s going to trigger the review bots every time.
Am I telling you not to use templates?
I use them every day, and would never get enough done to see results without them.
Templates like the ones from Kickstart Planners or from Sue Fleckenstein's Createful Journals site are a great starting point and a huge timesaver. Because the guts of your planners and journals are already done for you.
What I’m saying is that you MUST do something to them to make them unique to you. Whether you move the boxes around, or change the wording, or add your own patterns and borders, the product you submit to be published can’t look exactly like the original template you bought.
It’s against Amazon’s terms of service to publish PLR material on their platform. They want you selling only products that you have the exclusive rights to. And the only way to get those exclusive rights is to customize the heck out of whatever template you’re using.
So, back to my planners. (And what to do if you get one of these “content validation” notices.)
I was able to send an email stating that these were my own creation, and the only thing freely available on the internet was the days of the week that are common to all planners.
My planners don’t really look all that different from anyone else’s except that I customized the layout and the order in which it was presented, and added a few extra pages to make it a planner that is exclusively mine. And I offered up my working PowerPoint should they wish to see it.
I was able to get them approved and I noticed in my email this morning that they’re all ready and waiting for me to order proof copies.
Don’t be afraid to use templates as your starting point, but more importantly, don’t be afraid to experiment and customize and make them something that’s exclusively yours.
Oh, and if you do get a content validation request from CreateSpace, don’t panic! Just respond with the information you need to prove that your creations are yours (as long as they are), and offer up your proof.
Although we mostly talked about creating journal and planner templates in this post, the same holds true for coloring pages and images. You have to find a way to make them uniquely yours, and I'll have more for you on this topic in future posts.
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