A Step-by-Step Guide to Book Publishing with Createspace

by | Mar 14, 2014

By Lyn Horner

Many aspects of the self-publishing process can be intimidating and confusing, especially the first time you do them. This article, written by Lyn Horner, guides us step-by-step through the process of publishing a book with Createspace. You might want to bookmark this page for future reference if you plan to publish with Createspace.


Have you dreamed of seeing your ebook in print? Have you thought of using CreateSpace, Amazon’s print on demand service, to make your dream come true but fear it’s too technical for you? Not true! I’ve converted four books to POD with CreateSpace, and I’m so tech-challenged that my computer geek son dreads my phone calls begging for help.

**Although I have permission from Createspace to use these images, this article is in no way sponsored or endorsed by CreateSpace and its affiliates.

Signing up with CreateSpace is easy. Go to their website https://www.createspace.com/ and open an account. You’ll receive a member ID number and dashboard. Your dashboard will look something like this, minus my blacked out information.

  1. Click the blue Add New Title button. This takes you to the Start Your New Project page.
     
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  3. On the Start Your New Project page, fill in the name of your book, the type of project and choose a setup method.
     
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    There are two choices:

    • Guided: A step-by-step process with directions along the way. (I always choose this because I’d never remember the steps.)
    • Expert: A streamlined single-page experience for those familiar with the process.

    Click the Get Started button by your choice and move on to the next step.

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  5. Title Information page: Fill in your book title, subtitle (if applicable), author name, contributors, series name and number (if applicable) and other details.
     
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    Note: If you leave Publication Date blank, the date your book publishes on Createspace will be added. If you published the book previously, on Kindle for instance or with a traditional publisher, you can fill in the original pub date if you wish.

    Click Save & Continue.

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  7. ISBN: CreateSpace says, “An ISBN (number) is required to publish and distribute a book.” They offer four options. One is free.
     
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    Note: Compare the options carefully because once you make your choice it cannot be changed.Choose and click Continue.

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  9. Interior:
     
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    Choose from:

    • black & white or color
    • paper color (white or cream)
    • trim size (size of your book). The most popular trim size is 6” x 9” – trade paperback size. Createspace does not offer standard paperback size.

    Then comes the “fun” part, uploading your book!

    You can either hire a Createspace professional to do it for you, with prices starting at $349, or you can do it yourself.

    Do it yourself methods:

    • Upload your work as a print-ready .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
    • Download a Word® Template, either a blank template or a formatted template with sample content designed for the trim size you choose. I use the formatted 6” x 9” template.

     
    Formatted Template
     
    The thumbnails on the left show how a Createspace formatted template is set up. Each pair of pages represents the front and back sides of one printed page. The left page of each pair would actually be the right hand page in a book, while the right one would be on the left (backside of right page.)

    The midline in each pair represents the outside edge of the page; the left and right borders are the edge of the page that would be bound, forming the book’s spine. Because more space is necessary on the bound edge, the text must be offset closer to the outside edge (the center line of each pair.) See this spacing difference in the illustration above.

    There is a table of contents included in the formatted template. If you don’t want one in your book, simply delete that pair of pages. You can also delete the dedication and acknowledgements pages if you wish, or you can add pages to the front matter, such as a list of your published books and/or “Praise for” pages with short review excerpts. I place this type of material before the title page as do traditional publishers.

    TIP: Use section breaks between the elements of your front matter to maintain proper spacing. This also allows you to add page numbers when you come to the body of your story. If you want page numbers in the front matter, use Roman numerals.

    Add alternating headers, placing your book title on the right hand pages and your author name on the left.

    Regarding font styles, the CreateSpace conversion program doesn’t recognize all fonts, so it’s best to stick to standard ones unless you want to have problems.

    I use Times New Roman 12 point for body text, varying sizes for chapter headings and in the front matter. Bold and italics are okay. Be careful to check your font for headers. I got in trouble once when an odd font snuck by me in a header. The Createspace program didn’t like it!

    After you upload your formatted manuscript and it goes through the Createspace automated print check, view your book page by page using the Interior Reviewer.

    If Createspace catches formatting errors, you will need to fix them and re-upload. This can be time consuming, but you want your baby to look good, right? In case you can’t figure out the glitch, email or call CreateSpace Support. Their people helped me through a couple roadblocks when I set up my first book for print.

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  11. Cover:
    1. Choose a finish for your book cover, either matte or glossy. This is new. Until recently, all covers were glossy.
    2. Next, choose how to submit your book cover. There are three methods:
      • Build Your Cover Online with Cover Creator, a free Createspace tool to design your book covers. (See #7 below)
      • Professional Cover Design, starting at $399.
      • Upload a Print-Ready PDF Cover: Createspace provides detailed instructions for this method.
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  13. Using Cover Creator: Choose from several pages of pre-made Createspace cover designs (below on left) or design your own cover using a blank template (on right.)

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    This is the template I use.

    1. First, design the front cover (I do this offline) making sure your image has a DPI of at least 300. Anything less than that will be rejected by the Createspace program.
    2. After the front cover successfully loads, design the back cover. Include:
      • a short, catchy blurb
      • short review excerpts
      • an author photo if you wish

      Look at the back of paperback books for ideas, and be careful to leave space for the barcode and trimming, as per Createspace instructions.

    3. Lastly, set up the spine.
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  15. Complete Setup: Review your project setup. If everything looks okay, submit your files for review. You can go back and make changes if you need to. When ready, submit for review.
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  17. Review: The CreateSpace automated review program makes sure your work passes muster for “manufacturing and cataloging”. If it does, you will be asked if you want to order a proof copy (at cost) for your final approval. I always do this because there could still be issues that need correcting. When you are satisfied, give Createspace the go-ahead to publish your print book.Note: Do the following while waiting for the automated review to be completed (it may take several hours or longer).
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  19. Distribution Channels: Choose distribution channels. Expanded Distribution used to cost $25 but is now FREE!
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  21. Pricing: Set a price for your book. Use the built in calculator to determine what the royalties will be. Keep in mind that distributors usually discount the book price and Amazon will match the discounted price. If you set your price too low, you proceeds will suffer when the book is discounted. Of course you don’t want to price your book so high that it scares off readers.
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  23. Description: Provide a description for your sales page. Assign a BISAC Category; add your author bio; set language, country of publication; choose search keywords; check for adult content if applicable and if you want large print.

 
In conclusion, take your time, follow directions on the site and, if you ever get stuck, contact Createspace support. Their people are courteous and helpful.
 
Have you published with Createspace? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Lyn Horner x125Lyn Horner resides in Fort Worth, Texas – “Where the West Begins” – with her husband and several very spoiled cats. Trained in the visual arts, Lyn worked as a fashion illustrator and art instructor before she took up writing. This hobby grew into a love of research and the crafting of passionate love stories based on that research. Lyn’s Texas Devlins trilogy blends authentic Old West settings, steamy romance and a glimmer of the mysterious. This series has earned Lyn several awards, including two Reviewers Choice Awards from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her most recent release, Dearest Irish, has been nominated for a Readers’ Choice Award on BigAl’s Books and Pals.

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196 Comments

  1. Alia Parker

    nice

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  2. Tim Wade

    I have no idea what you are talking about when you say to go to the createspaxce website. All I get a screen that says enter the email address you used to open your account. I have never opened a createspace account. There is no start button. Nothing!!!!!!!!!!! I am frustrated. What is going on?

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  3. Mary

    Hi,

    I just formatted a book for my minister (The Power of Inner Wisdom) that I did the developmental editing fir. The formatting was done in InDesign and the cover in Photoshop using the CreateSpace template. The minister does not have a CreateSpace account, but does have an Amazon account. Do you have any advice for someone like me who is uploading a book to CreateSpace for someone else? Thanks!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Mary,

      This is a common task for service vendors. You’ll need to have the minister (or whoever is going to be the publisher) open a free account at CreateSpace. Once you have the login credentials for the account you can just log in and go through the upload process.

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      • Mary

        Thanks for responding so quickly.

        She is depending on me to set that up for her. Can I just use her supplied info to do so? Is there any way to make sure I get copied with any emails, etc. they might send her — so things don’t fall through the cracks.

        Mary

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  4. Anne Akamatsu

    This is a very helpful article, thank you.
    I’m interested in publishing language study material that would require an audio CD for the listening practice. Can I publish a book on createspace that includes a CD? When I search the topic online I come across info on music CDs, but not on a bundled product. A CD that fits into a sleeve on the inside back cover would be ideal, although a stand-alone CD delivered with the book would be satisfactory as well. Can createspace be used to create this?

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Anne, I don’t think CreateSpace will be able to do that for you. Remember that print on demand is a high speed, automated operation, while tipping CD holders into a book requires handwork in a regular book bindery, which doesn’t even exist in the print on demand setting. You’ll likely need to engage a short-run book printer for your project.

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    • Anne Akamatsu

      I noticed that createspace does do music cds. I wonder if its possible to do two products- a book and a separate CD- which are only sold as a pair.

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    • George

      The solution is simple. Host the audio files for the CD on your website and link to it in the book.

      Reply
  5. DD Glenn

    I found this article very informative, thank you.
    I was wondering about illustrations within the book. Are they put in at a different stage alone or along with the manuscript? Is there a template for illustrations or a certain dimension requirement? Thank you, DD

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    • Joel Friedlander

      DD, the illustrations are added to the layout along with the text because in the end you will need to create a PDF that includes everything in the book. For print production, images need to be 300 dpi at the reproduction size. For more info see: Using Photos in Your Book: Understanding Print Resolution.

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  6. Arika Pierce

    Hi, my book is finally done! I have approved the proof, and ordered 150 copies for myself and launch team BUT my launch date is not until 4/17. Do I need to turn off my distribution on Amazon until closer to that date. My concern is if I have over a week of no sales will that impact my ranking on Amazon’s new releases? Thanks!!

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  7. Eric Nicholson (@Erikleo8)

    Is doing poetry problematic on CreatSpace. Is there a fool-proof way of ensuring format is correct?

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Eric, as long as you prepare your PDF properly, there’s no difference uploading a poetry book to CreateSpace or any other kind of book. You might want to have a look at this to make your job easier: Poetics book template.

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  8. Arika Pierce

    Hi, I am trying to determine my launch date. How long does it take after you set approve your proof for it go live on Amazon? I am thinking I would for it to be March 20th.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Arika, it’s pretty quick, my books usually show up within 48 hours.

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      • Brendan Drury

        Joel,
        I put the cart before the horse–on five novels. I did the self-publishing, made my own cover, tried to do my best with fonts, spacing, indenting, and other details. The books look lousy and I am considering paying someone to re-do the formatting and cover. Advice?

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        • Joel Friedlander

          Brendan, I hear you. You do need a professional cover design, but for the interior, many authors have found our book templates allow them to create a beautiful, industry standard book quickly and inexpensively. You can see them all here: Book Design Templates.

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  9. Gary Felumlee

    I am considering using Create Space for a book I am working on. A friend likes the site. My question is concerning black and white vs color. The book will have a photo section or sections as opposed to pictures scattered throughout the text. Does this affect price as to using color photos in a section as opposed to throughout the text?

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Gary, due to the automated nature of print on demand, you won’t be able to add color inserts to your book. You would have to choose between all black and white, or pay for a color book even if there’s no color on most pages. You will also have to use the coated stock required for color printing throughout the book, not great if most of the book is for reading.

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      • Gary Felumlee

        Thank you Joel, that was very helpful. I appreciate what you are doing for everyone. I may be back in touch as I get closer to the set up, again thanks.

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  10. Rachel

    Question about Margins
    I did not quite understand the answer about the margins above.
    The book is 6” x 9” portrait,
    Correct?’
    So, what would I need to set the margins in my PDF for so that the PDFs will fit on the pages correctly?
    Do I need to leave one inch margins?
    Do I use the entire 6” x 9” page?
    Thanks,
    Rachel

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Rachel, 6″ x 9″ is the size that the book will be trimmed to, so you need to have adequate margins. Look at some of the books on your bookshelf. Many will be 6″ x 9″ and you can see how each manages the margins to create a readable page.

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      • Rachel d Siegfried

        Joel-
        Well…
        My book has illustrations-
        It is a book on grief and loss,
        It goes through all the stages of grief using the death of my cat, Grace. And, then includes letters written from Grace that people always ask about, feel guilty about, etc.
        Grace is the Dear Abby of the heaven world.
        And it is called “Love, Grace”.

        I am an artist, so the illustrations are no problem.
        The book is written.
        Some illustrations are done.
        I just do not know how to start.

        I usually do not read directions-
        Well, and I sometimes make up the rules as I go along-
        So, this “Following instructions” business is over my h

        My brain just does not think that way.
        I have Microsoft Word, I never use it-
        But I could figure it out by playing with all of the buttons.

        I always always use Adobe Photoshop, even to write letters.
        And, I am proficient in Adobe Illustrator.

        Please tell me how to start.
        I will be ever so grateful.
        I have been saying
        “Today is the day”
        And then it is not.

        So, here is the deal-
        Can I create pages in Photoshop and just drop into the Word template?

        My email is
        [email protected]

        You are so very generous with your time and knowledge.
        Thank you.
        I want to make sure that I do not miss your answer.
        You are the best,
        Rachel

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        • Joel Friedlander

          Rachel,

          Dropping Photoshop files into Word isn’t recommended. However, since you already know Photoshop and Illustrator, you can probably pick up InDesign pretty easily, and in that program, you can simply create a page frame for each page and drop in a PSD file and it will output perfectly.

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  11. Neil Thomas

    I will shortly finish writing a book that I want to publish on Createspace. I have spent years on the research for the book, and I want the finished product to be as perfect as I can get it. I bought two self-help books which would have me believe that anyone can do the formatting process it is so easy. I am not so confident. However, is it worth paying a minimum of 500 euros (and maybe much more) to get an expert to do all this work including cover design or should I persevere myself?
    Lastly:
    I don’t have pdf – adobe on my laptop. Do I need that to convert cover images into pdf documents, or can I upload images not in pdf form for the book’s cover?
    I am confused by the various options for ISBN number. Could anyone please explain the differences between, say, the two most popular choices?
    Many Thanks.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Neil,

      I strongly advise you to hire a professional to do the design and formatting of your book and its cover. It’s not something to take on yourself IF you plan on producing a really professional quality book. Think of the years you’ve put into it so far. Isn’t it worth producing the best quality book you can?

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      • Neil Thomas

        Thanks Joel and Jimmer for your replies.
        I agree with you both that ensuring a professional finish to the book will be a good investment.

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  12. Martina

    Hi, I am just uploading my manuscript into the FORMATTED TEMPLATE provided by CS. My challenge: I would like to remove one blank page from the pages BEFORE the first chapter starts. How can I do that? (And yes – I understand about the importance of blank pages, but please don’t comment on that. Just tell me how to get rid of a blank page in that particular template). Thank you!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Martina,

      I suggest you have a look at the training videos and other material having to do with constructing books in Word here: Book Design Templates Training Center.

      Reply
  13. Jimmer Hardy

    Hi,
    I’m setting up a CreateSpace front and back cover, plus spine. The spine and back cover will be solid black with reversed out type on both. Does CreateSpace provide ink specification on what they consider solid, rich black? Some might add a tint of cyan over the black, but I’d like to use their recommended spec. I’ve looked around and couldn’t find any information on this. Hopes you can help me out. Thanks. Jimmer

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Jimmer,

      CreateSpace will print pretty much whatever is in your PDF, so it’s up to you to create a “rich black” without over saturating the image. CreateSpace wants you to keep the total of all ink percentages (CYMK) to less than 240% total, and if you do that you should be fine.

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      • Jimmer Hardy

        Thanks, Joel.
        Yes, I figured that out that most printers use the 240% criteria, but it’s nice to hear it verified. The only question remains is how well the printer registers the ‘rich black’ reversed type. I bumped up the smallest text size to 14 pt., but it’s a serif, so, fingers crossed. Jimmer

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  14. Kevin Wood

    Hello

    I’ve created my book on Createspace to the point of having a proof copy.
    However, I’m not happy now with the cover. Can I change the cover for a new one?

    Regards.
    Kevin

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Kevin,

      Sure, just upload a new cover, there’s no charge for switching it.

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      • Brendan Drury

        Yeah, but good luck trying to modify the original…
        The process from my own typing up of a manuscript and trying to get the format to make it look passable in the future book is frustrating. I have five books that all look like crap: the font size, the spacing, the indents, cover, etc. I think one needs to be a specialist to do the process.

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  15. Peter Barger

    Help, I’m totally creating a children’s book, no type at all. So is CreateSpace the best avenue for me?

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Peter, it should work fine for a full color paperback, and the color is pretty good, too.

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    • Rachel

      Hi Peter.
      I am going the illustrated children book route also on CreateSpace.
      Will you please tell me how your book turned out?
      Thanks so much,
      Rachel

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  16. Heather

    Hi! I’m interested in going BIGGER than the 6×9 standard size — for a ‘workbook’ rather than a novel / regular book — but can’t figure out how to get Cover Creator to work in those larger sizes; all the design options I see are for 6×9.
    Can you point me in the right direction? Or do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you! :)

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  17. Jennifer

    Hi, I’m creating a book cover for a client who is publishing using CreateSpace. I created the front cover in Photoshop as it is simply a photo background with the obvious title and author info. That is easily done in Photoshop. But with regard to the back page with bio, reviews, etc. that will be a lot of text to format using PS. I have Quark and can export Quark files as pdfs but I’m a little confused about the order of how best to do this. I ultimately want a print quality pdf file to upload to CreateSpace, and I’m utilizing their template for a 6×9 sized book. I have that template on a layer in Photoshop, and was going to design the back around that, but with all the text, I’m thinking I should do that in Quark. Can someone advise me before I get paralyzed? :) I’m thinking I do the background in Photoshop, based on the template, then import the graphic into Quark, do the text, then export as pdf… does that sound like the logical way to do this? Thanks…

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Here’s what I would do, Jennifer. Create the front cover art in Photoshop, and save it as a high resolution tiff or jpg. Then assemble the entire cover in Quark, dropping the front cover image file into your cover template. Don’t try to do this in Photoshop, it’s frustrating, and Quark, like InDesign, is a layout program designed to do exactly this type of task.

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      • Jennifer

        Thank you! That does make sense… thanks!

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      • Rachel

        Joel,
        Thank you for volunteering your time and wisdom to answer these questions.

        I am not too familiar with Word, but I am about to be…

        Question:
        I am doing a full page illustrated book with text.
        Since I am the illustrator,
        Ii tweaked the pages of the illustrations in Photoshop.

        Would the best thing for me to do from that point is change pds into pdf and insert into Word?
        As I clearly confess, I do not use Word, so Il have a bit of learning to do-but no biggie.

        Question 2:
        Can you do full page spreads on two pages?
        Like Left Page A | Lefr Page B?
        Or do the illustrated pages have to be separate like the following
        Left Page A
        Left Page B?
        Thank you for your help,
        Rachel

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        • Joel Friedlander

          I would advise you to ditch Word and get someone to lay out your book in Adobe InDesign, which is specifically made to output high-resolution color images, which Word cannot do.

          As far as “spreads” are concerned, the book has to be laid out properly with each page accounted for, but yes, within that context, you can do a 2-page spread.

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  18. Bob

    I’m a newbie and had questions on images/line drawings for a technical book. I have some PowerPoint drawings and other images, and plan to have someone convert them. I would then insert them into the Word template CreateSpace provided. Would it be best to have these images as TIFF or JPG? I believe they must be 300 dpi as well and probably best to be black & white?

    I have completed all the writing, so am anxious to figure out what to do for these images. There are only twelve of them. Thank you in advance!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Bob, you are correct, images for print production should be in black and white (not just look like black and white, but be in grayscale or bitmap mode) and 300 dpi at the reproduction size. You can use either TIFF or JPG. You’ll need to be careful when you create your PDF from Microsoft Word, which is not really meant as a graphics output engine, but it can be done, as we’ve done with our interior templates.

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  19. Robert.H Fellows

    Why oh why oh why, do CS and others not have a department where you submit your novel or whatever, they charge you $20 or so, and get on with it and put it out to the public? If it was that simple a girl or lad could do quite a number before lunchtime to earn his wages, and the afternoon profits will be for CS.

    All I want to do is write best sellers, and dam the rest.

    Good luck all

    Robert.H Fellows

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    • Brendan Drury

      They do but it is expensive. More like $400 than $20. I’ve been looking for a better estimate of their pricing…

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  20. Sandy

    Sorry one more question. I also planned to use the dingbat for a small bar-shaped character as a scene separator. Would that be a problem with Createspace?

    Thanks again.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Sandy, you can use dingbats or any font you like at CreateSpace. The way to do that is to create your own PDF of the book, then upload that. Your PDF should have any fonts you used in the book embedded in the file, then you shouldn’t have any problem.

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      • Sandy

        Thanks Joel. I didn’t know you could upload a PDF to CreateSpace, but I haven’t used it in a while.

        Thanks !

        Sandy

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    • Lotusprins

      Just make sure whatever you use has been embedded in the PDF version you convert it. If you don’t know how to check that, please ask.

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      • Sandy

        Thanks Lotusprins. I just looked it up. I’l follow the directions I found. Thanks!

        Sandy

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        • Lotusprins

          You are welcome Sandy! I’ll be happy to help too if you have any other questions. I published a English and a Spanish book, so go to learn so much through the process. All the best to you.

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          • Sandy

            Thank you Lotusprins. You’re very kind and helpful!

            Great success to you too.

            Sandy

  21. Sandy

    Hi There. I really wanted to use Minion for the text in my book and and Poppl-Laudatio for the Book and chapters headings. Do you think the Createspace conversion would kick these out?

    Thank you.
    Sandy

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    • Lotusprins

      You can use different pictures, graphics, fonts, but please make sure they are embedded in the PDF version that you upload. You can also upload as a txt, doc, docx, and a few other versions.

      When you upload it, it will do an initial technical check, this is where many of your photos and dingbats may not meet Createspace’s guidelines for good “printability” quality. So if the picture is under 300 dpi, it won’t accept it. It will look very bad and blurry in print. So they let you choose. If you want to let it be a blurry print, you can choose that too.

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      • Sandy

        Fortunately, this will a a fiction book and I won’t have any pictures or graphics. Thank you!

        Sandy

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  22. Eilee McKenna

    Lyn, I’m a graphic designer and I’m over whelmed by getting my files ready for self publishing! You post is fantastic. So detailed. I’ve bookmarked it and am coming back! Thank you, Eileen

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  23. Lotusprins

    Thank you Lynn for this beautifully explained step by step guide. It will greatly help publish my first book. Awesome job!

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  24. atul kumar

    I have written my book in hindi but i want to publish it on english ,but how pls suggest

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  25. Kokoma

    Hi,
    I would like to know if I publish with CreateSpace can I sell it on my website instead of Amazon

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  26. Betty Viamontes

    I have published two books in two different languages (English and Spanish) through Createspace. I have invested a significant amount of time reading about the process, not only the materials Createspace provides, but postings by other authors. It has been a wonderful experience. My first title “Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro’s Cuba” fulfilled a promise I made to my mother. Since our arrival to the United States on a shrimp boat, knowing my love for writing, she would tell everyone: “One day, my daughter will publish our story.” She is no longer with us, but Createspace allowed me to fulfill her dream. My first book has 4.8 stars from 53 reviews and was selected by a United Nations book club, as well as several others. I have been invited to present it at a local university given its historical value, and the letters I have received from people around the world who have read it have made the process worthwhile. If you goal is to make money through this process, this is not for you. You must do it for the love of writing. I was, at least, fortunate to cover my costs, but I do spend an extraordinary time online after my day job ends. I have become a mini-celebrity in some circles. I am the Controller at a large hospital, and people have stopped in the halls frequently to tell me how much the enjoyed the book. My second book “Candela’s Secrets and Other Havana Stories” has five stars in eleven reviews. I published it a few months ago and now I am working on my third project.

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    • MD. Rasel Sarder

      Hi there, Congratulations for your great success! I also want to publish a book in CreateSpace. So, if you kindly help me giving me some guideline on how to publish my e-book.

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      • Lotusprins

        I’ve also published a couple of books, English and Spanish. If you have any questions and if I can help you, please let me know.

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    • Lotusprins

      Congratulations Betty! I hope to read your books. A dream come true for you and your mother’s dream come true.

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  27. Jan Notzon

    Lyn: Thank you so much! I was completely lost with “ppi”, and all the other jargon when I went to the Createspace sight. You’ve allowed me to breathe.

    Reply
  28. Shelley

    Thank you for this awesome article. I have a question from a complete newbie to all this. When using word, do I use their book manuscript template or just a really long doc? In the manuscript template, I don’t see a place to add the cover? Is this done separately in CreateSpace? If use the really long doc version, do I add page numbers or is this done in CreateSpace? I understand that I need to convert the whole mess to pdf format. Does the manuscript template do this automatically?
    Thanks, Shelley

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Shelley, the PDF you upload to CreateSpace has to be a finished, laid out and formatted book file. The “book manuscript template” will help but has no design to it whatsoever. I suggest you check out my own templates for MS Word. They are completely designed, formatted, and make PDFs that authors upload to CreateSpace. You can find them here: Book Design Templates

      Reply
      • Sue

        will your templates also work in open office

        Reply
        • Joel Friedlander

          Sue, they will work but won’t have all the functionality they have in Word. And remember, we offer a no-questions-asked 30-day guarantee, so you can always download one and see if it works for you without any risk.

          Reply
  29. Freddie

    If I publish my book here in createspace will it also appear in amazon..this is my first time to be in createspace…thx

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Yes, it will automatically appear on Amazon.

      Reply
  30. Dr. N. Krishnamurthy

    I have almost completed all requirements and checks for my first print on demand book through Createspace. But both they and I are stuck with one last thing: There is a difference between the ISBN given to me on the cover and the ISBN that the Interior picked up when I revised the Interior. Half a dozen times they have sent me the standard steps to click ‘change’ on the Interior page and each time I have pointed out to them that I could not find a ‘change’ button to click on Interior, even attaching a screenshot of my problem. I am unable to get further response from them. Can you help?

    Reply
    • Brendan Drury

      I gave up and let them assign another free ISBN to my book.

      Reply
  31. Sukhi

    Hi, thank you for the step by step guide this is so helpful!

    I am just confused in terms of cost. I assume there are fees in order to print and publish a book?

    Reply
    • Lotusprins

      Once you start creating your book on Createspace it gives you clear instructions and options of selecting the price for your book and calculating your royalties (profits). Type “Createspace royalty calculator” on the web and you can play around with the price and profits for your book.

      Reply
  32. Kitty Blake

    Fantastic, and easy to follow guide. Thank you! I thought it may be useful to add that I have just published my first colouring book, Kitty’s Cat: Colouring Book for Adults, using CreateSpace (https://myBook.to/kittyscatcolouringbook). I was more than happy with the relative simplicity of the process, and all for minimal outlay.
    The real challenge of course is selling in such a competitive market, which I am working on now.

    Reply
  33. Timothy Desmond

    Very concise directions, thank you. I was advised by a friend to drop my publisher and do it myself. I have several things on Kindle Direct. but I understand the formatting differences.

    Reply
  34. Marc Thomas

    This is an excellent guide for confused writers scratching their heads and the path I will likely take when I’ve finished my book.
    Thanks very much Joel.

    Reply
  35. Henry Agassi

    Can I publish my book but not release it until the lunch date ?

    I want to publish it now (August) but don’t want to release it until sometimes in September

    but i’m scared that if i approved it now it going to be available for sale immediately and not wait till release date.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • CG

      I had the same question. Will the title publish immediately after pressing “Approve Book Proof” or are you able to set a release date later in the process? Thank you for the informative article!

      Reply
      • Lotusprins

        Yes, the moment you hit “Approve this Proof” that becomes the publish date, on the first time you approve it.

        Reply
  36. Bill Porter

    Thanks for your informative article Joel.
    My question to you pertains to setting margins, specifiaclly for a 6×9 book.
    I am writing in Word 2010 and no matter what I do, I consistently get an error message telling me my margins are too wide.

    Is this something you can help me with?

    Thanks,

    Bill

    Reply
    • Tracy R Atkins

      Bill,

      Do you get that message when using Word, or when you go to upload it to a POD printing company as a PDF? I normally see that warning when uploading to a POD printer. This usually happens when the PDF is created at 8.5×11″, instead of the trim size, like 6×9. When the 6×9 page is put on an 8.5×11″ PDF page, it will have larger margins, as you can imagine, and that causes the printing companies to have an issue. The fix is to print off the PDF on a custom page size that matches the trim size of the book.

      Reply
  37. Fran Rogers

    I have enjoyed reading this article and the comments.
    However, reading through almost all of them, I did not see any reference to the fact that not all fonts are free for commercial use ~ Times New Roman being one of them.

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Fran, I’d like to point out that this article is about publishing on CreateSpace, not about fonts. You are free to use Times New Roman for any commercial purpose.

      Reply

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