Out now is the second edition of my book on how to produce your book for Createspace using Microsoft Word. The book is twice as big, has many more images, updated to cover changes to Createspace and Word versions up to Word 2o13.
If you have already purchased the first edition for Kindle, then please hold tight as I’m working with Amazon to get you an automatic update. It’s not there yet.
To whet your appetite, here are some review comments from the first edition followed by a quick tour of the contents page.
Praise for the first edition:
Here’s a selection of comments from 5-star reviews on Amazon
“It helped me get my book ready much, much, MUCH faster than I could have done it on my own.”
“There is a TON of information here, all laid out with step-by-step explanations and screen captures.”
“As the owner of a small publishing company and an author myself, this book has become my ‘Createspace Bible.’ “
“…the best instructional seminar you can read.”
“I have some other books about formatting for print, but none of them even come close to providing the amount of information I found in this book.”
“Tells you all the “little” things you need to know to format.”
“…very easy to read and understand.”
Topics covered in the book are:
PART 1 – SELLING YOUR BOOK THROUGH CREATESPACE
Why bother with a paperback edition? — How to use Createspace to print and sell your book — 1. Let Amazon sell them for you — 2. Sell them yourself — 3. Set yourself up as a traditional small publisher — 3a. Using Createspace’s ‘Expanded Distribution’ option — 4. And still more ways to sell your book … — Conclusion: How YOU should sell YOUR book! — Common Questions about Createspace — What is an ISBN and do I need one? — Should I use my own ISBNs or use one from Createspace? — Can I use the same ISBN for my eBook and my paperback? — If I print my book with Createspace, do I still own my book? — If I print my book with Createspace, can I also print it with another printer? — If I make changes to my book, do I need to use a new ISBN? — Do I really have to upload my book to Createspace as a PDF? — Copyright, Library of Congress, and mandatory deposit — How much royalty/margin will I make? — Should I choose cream or white paper? — Which trim size should I choose? — If I change my trim size, should I lay out my book differently? — Can I make hardback books with Createspace? — How can I sell to Canada? — How can I sell to Europe? — If I’m not a US citizen, why am I paying US tax? — Why can’t I have spine text? — Is it worth selecting Createspace Expanded Distribution? — How can I link my paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon? — Should I use Createspace to build my Kindle edition? — Amazon has reduced my retail price. Can they do that? — Help! My paperback book is being sold by someone else. Are they pirates?
PART 2 — A TYPICAL BOOK -CREATION WORKFLOW
One-page Summary: how to self-publish with Createspace — A typical Createspace workflow: DETAIL — Set up your Createspace account — Register your book with the US Copyright Office — Set up dummy projects — Organize cover art — Choose trim size — Create your main Createspace book project — Set correct paragraph and page/section breaks — Set headers and footers — Set page layout options in Word — Set font and paragraph styling — Set section breaks — Consider use of ornaments — Set front and back matter — Curl your quotes — Perform other final checks — Upload paperback interior — Check results in Interior Reviewer — Upload Cover — Print proof/ beta copies — Finalize book description — Run your beta-reader program — Create your eBook version
PART 3 — FORMATTING: SETTING CORRECT PARAGRAPH AND PAGE BREAKS
Writing Robust Paragraphs — Manual line feed. — How to set page breaks correctly — How to fix badly marked paragraphs
PART 4 — FORMATTING: PAGE LAYOUT
Plan the layout strategy for your pages — Copy the page setup from the Createspace template — Headers and footers — Link to previous — Which, what, huh? — Sections — What’s a section? — Smashwords, Kindle editions, ePub and section breaks — Page numbers — Make sure you have entered page numbers for ALL your headers/footers — Formatting page numbers — Working with page numbers in Word 2003 — Introducing styles — Don’t start from here! Start formatting as you write your book — Defining Styles — Defining Styles#1 — direct formatting into styles — Defining Styles#2 — create a style family — Why styles again? — Editing your styles — Sorting out a style soup — Sorting out style soup… without losing your italics — Justification — Justification and eBook formatting — Paragraph indentation — Exceptions – other types of books — Exceptions – scene breaks and letters — Paragraph spacing — Consistency — Maintainability — eBooks — The paragraph spacing gotcha — A starting set of styles — Fonts and Typefaces — Leading — eBooks and leading — Super style sets — Using style sets with your book — Creating your own style sets — Older versions of Word
PART 5 — IMAGES
Images: a great opportunity but Word lets you down — WHERE TO USE IMAGES — Ideas for images: fiction — Ideas for images: non-fiction — Typographer’s Ornaments Revisited — COLOR IMAGES, BLEED AND FULL PAGE IMAGES — HOW TO INSERT IMAGES — 1. Keep the images separately in a safe place, then insert them — 2. Set gridlines on — 3. Use the size and position menu to place the image — 4. How to set captions — 5. Using frames, shadows and special effects — HOW MICROSOFT WORD RUINS YOUR IMAGES PART#2 — Working with images that aren’t 300dpi — Image basics… and image resizing
PART 6 — DETAILS
Dinkus asterisms, and how print and eBooks are very different — You cannot tell how your eBook will look — The final tidies — Do I really need to upload a PDF? — Embedding fonts in PDFs — Front Matter — What to put in your front matter — Front matter for eBooks — Adding blank pages at the end of the book — Widows and orphans — Table of Contents — Drop Caps and Small Caps — Small caps and page header styles
PART 7 — ADVANCED TOPICS
Typography 101 — Special Effects with OpenType — Kerning & Spacing — Typography 909 — Faux Fonts — How to tell what your font can do — Font style-linking — How to republish your back catalog — Cover art tips — More on Margins — Createspace vs. Lulu & LSI. Which is best? — Advanced Colorspaces and Dot gain — Beyond Microsoft Word — is it worth paying for anything else? — A note about Adobe products — Adobe Acrobat Standard/ Pro — Adobe InDesign — Adobe Photoshop — CutePDF Writer — doPDF — Nitro Pro — NovaPDF — Scrivener — yWriter5 — Text boxes and Wordart — Wordart & Text Effects — Where to find further information
Appendix A — How this book was formatted