In my last post to you about CreateSpace, I covered some things that might take you off guard as an indie author publishing through CreateSpace for the first time, already knowing that I’d have at least one more post for you on this topic. If you have any questions after reading this post, please feel free to get in touch by clicking here or using the contact link above. I’d be more than happy to help.
Create your account. No brainer, I know. But there are some things about this step—such as entering your bank account information so you can actually get paid—that will be a lot less frustrating if you do it in advance, rather than waiting to the last minute. Click this link to get started.
Figure out who’s going to format your book. Getting your book into print through CreateSpace is going to require a PDF file that meets their specifications. If you’re pretty comfortable with Word or Adobe’s InDesign, you should be able to handle this part yourself. If you think it’s more than you can manage for whatever reason, then it’s time to shop around for someone to format it for you. (Might I suggest myself?) While you can pay CreateSpace to perform any of the needed tasks to publish your book, it’s generally going to cost you a lot more than you’d pay by hiring a freelancer.
Figure out what size book trim you’d like. CreateSpace offers a wide variety of trim sizes, which is a major plus. Whatever type of book you want to publish, get your hands on a variety of that type of book at the library or bookstore. Take a measuring tape with you and make notes on the sizes you like best. All of the fiction authors I’ve worked with so far have chosen the 9” x 6” trim size because it’s large enough to hold in the hands easily, but it’s not so big that it’s awkward. God bless you indie authors who keep your readers in mind in every detail!
Get your cover ready. You have quite a few options when it comes to creating a cover for your print book. You can have CreateSpace create one for you (for a fee, of course), upload one of your own, use the cover generator and insert your images into it, or use the cover creator’s templates. I personally recommend having a graphic artist create at least a front cover image for your book (which you can upload using the cover creator). Using the cover creator’s templates will give your book a generic feel—which will not help readers take your book seriously. You can read more about CreateSpace’s cover requirements here.
Get your book blurb ready. Right after they see your spiffy cover, potential readers will either scroll down the page, or flip your book over, to read your blurb. So, if you don’t already have a snazzy attention-grabbing piece of text to hook them, you’ll want to get that done before getting your book uploaded to CreateSpace so you don’t end up putting yourself behind a day or two. If you’re not sure what I mean by “blurb” read this and then this.
That’s it for now, and we didn’t even cover deciding what you want the inside of your book to look like! Soon I’ll be uploading a form that will be geared towards helping my clients decide how they want their book’s innards to appear, but it will be handy for anyone looking to publish through CreateSpace.
Formatting your book for Paperback Publication by DL Morrese