Overview of creating a paperback on CreateSpace

This is a walk through of a CreateSpace Paperback book.

Sign into or create an account on createspace.com

On the left “My Account” under “Member Dashboard” click on “Add New Title”
This will bring you to a new page
1. Name of project – Create an interesting title
2. Chose paperback
3. Chose a setup process
If you know what you’re doing, choose expert. We will go through the guided process
Select “Guided”

Title Information:
Make sure your title is what you really want
Subtitle – you need one of these, even if it is “A Novel”, or it could be “Murder on an Alaskan Cruise” or “A Sicilian Cookbook”
You would be the primary author. You could use a pen name.
If you have a series (like my 3by3 Writing Method) of books check the box that says “This book is part of a series”
There are instructions about this under each question in blue saying “What’s this?”
The publication date is when you publish… you can’t pick a date in the future. The site will fill this in, but if you are republishing the book you put the original date in here.
Now we move onto the ISBN page.
The inexpensive way to go is get a free CreateSpace ISBN however this immediately identifies you with CreateSpace. If you are setting up a publishing company you might want to contact RR Bowker and buy your own set of ISBNs
The middle option of custom Universal ISBN is limited. Clicking on the choice explains this option, but you cannot sell to Libraries or Academic Institutions. Of course you can always sell to anyone you want to buy purchasing the book and shipping it to your customers.
It is highly suggested you read about ISBNs before making your choice.
I have bought my own ISBNs for my publishing company.
Next is the interior of the book.
I suggest cream and a “Most Popular Trim Size.” Unless you are publishing an oversized children’s book, stick with the norm.
I am going to include the link to my template for a book again.


However I suggest reading this whole post as there are templates mentioned below that might suit your particular format.

I suggest formatting your book using MSword but “save as” a PDF for an upload file.
I do all this work myself but you can see at the bottom of this page you can get help for a reasonable price.
I use a blank template that I downloaded into Photoshop. That way I have control of the entire front, back and spine.
CreateSpace has a cover creator that allows you to use their designs with your modifications.
You write your information, upload photos and your publishing experience is simplified.
On the left side of the page are set up instructions, how to make a cover and how to make an interior PDF
There are templates available on these pages also.
On the left side how to create the interior of a book are several MSword templates. They are great!

In reality, if you spent a day, you could get your book totally uploaded on CreateSpace. Of course you would have to write all the support material (front matter, book, dedication, front and back cover material beforehand.
But this site is easy to use and if you use their templates, you could be published in no time

Next we will go through the details of making the interior of the book.


About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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