preparing your createspace book

Okay sorry for the delay, but as I stated before you must prep your book and have several people read it before switching into publisher mode.

So, I have formatted my book for a paperback. This is the first of three versions of the book that we will be making.

I feel some people want real paper books, some want kindle versions and some people are e-book readers. It’s not that hard to make all three, and its good practice for my upcoming the book; “Get Published Today!”

Of course you could easily skip the ebook and the paperback version and just do a Kindle. That way it is available on Amazon and certainly easier, as you don’t have to design the back cover. It’s your book. It’s your choice.

As for front matter. Some people prefer to simply include their title, a copyright page, then head into the book. Other authors prefer to have that a complete list of front matter (Table of Contents, dedication page, acknowledgements, etc.) again it is your choice.

Okay, you should have a book formatted correctly in in word and a cover.
If you need help with either of these chores there are help pages on CreateSpace that have templates for books as well as cover design.
And if you do not feel you have the skills to format the cover, CreateSpace has a cover creator that you can customize.

Okay here we go.

The Paperback
Log in or create an account on

You do this at the left hand side of the screen.
Now you will select “book” from the menu just above the book example and to the right.

A pulldown menu will appear. Chose the first selection; “Publish a trade paperback”

Now fill in the information concerning your book: title, it is a paperback
Next, select the guided step-by-step process.

Fill in the next form with information about your book. This is your real or pen name, what you want the world to know. A series would be if the book was to be one of many titles.

On all of these fill-in-the-blanks there is a “what’s this” section that explains more details.

As you can see you do not need to put in the publication date. CreateSpace will take care of that

Once you have your title information, you go to the ISBN page.
I have my own ISBN’s but you should read the differences. My lazy take on it was that if a best seller came along, I could get a new version with a better (more than free) ISBN.

Next the interior.

This is a little more complicated and I will get into it on the next blog. I use the common 6×9 format and I will tell you the settings I use for my paperbacks.

Remember, at this point you should have a typo free manuscript that has been read by several people who are not reading it and stroking your ego, but seriously copy editing it.

photos will be in the kindle and paperback versions.


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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