Self-Publish Paperback Books With Images Using Createspace
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Self-Publish Paperback Books With Images Using Createspace

A Detailed Step By Step Course Showing Exactly How to Convert Any Digital Book With or Without Images to a Hard Copy
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Created by Kay Franklin
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 7 downloadable resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Self publish a paperback book using the free platform Createspace
  • Quickly upload your book using my pre-formatted word template
  • Optimize image resolution for hard copy print books
  • Use free tools to create your book cover
  • Finally hold your own book in your hands
  • Link kindle book and paperback book
  • Set up MatchBook
  • You should already have a copy of your digital book or manuscript.
  • In the course I will provide you with some Word templates to use so you will need access to Microsoft Word.
  • Later in the course we will be using which is free to download. It would be helpful if you already had this installed on your computer.
  • We will also use some other free tools and will cover this within the course material.
  • You will need access to the internet.

Learn How To Self-Publish Your Book Using Createspace

Do you dream of being able to actually hold your own book in your hands? Are you concerned about the costs involved or just don't know how to go about it?

Self-publishing is becoming increasingly popular not just for digital books but also hard copies too. However, if you look at the self-published books on Amazon, you'll notice that the majority are not available as a paperback copy.

Why is that?

  • Formatting a book for print is just too difficult and time consuming.
  • If you have images it is impossible to optimize them without expensive software.

Those were my concerns too but I wasn't going to let that stop me!

I've developed my own quick way of converting kindle books to a format acceptable by Createspace (a free print on demand platform). Images can be optimized if you know how using free software.

This course is designed to help you quickly convert any digital book to a format that can be uploaded to Createspace. I Will Show You Everything You Need To Know To Finally Hold Your Own Book In Your Hands:

  • Quickly convert your digital book to the correct format using my template
  • How to optimize your book size and layout for maximum royalties
  • How to deal with images and obtain the 300 dpi resolution required
  • How to remove any potential issues before uploading to Createspace
  • The best format to upload to Createspace
  • How to use the Createspace platform to publish your book
  • How to create your cover and save it as a PDF using free tools
  • How to price your book
  • How to link your kindle book to the paperback copy
  • ...and much more!
Watch Over My Shoulder As I Convert One of My Kindle Books To Createspace.

See in real time how to deal with any issues that arise.

If I make a mistake or things go wrong you'll get to see it and what I do to quickly sort it out! It's all on video to make this a realistic learning experience for you.

P.S. Click on "Take This Course" now to start publishing your own paperback book.

Who this course is for:
  • This detailed course is suitable for anyone who wants to self publish their work using the print on demand service from Createspace and in particular for those who have images within their book.
  • This self-publishing course is ideal for authors who already have a digital book (whether published or not) and want to publish a hard copy version themselves.
  • If you plan to or have already self published a kindle book then using Createspace for your paperback copy will make the task much easier as it is also owned by Amazon.
  • This course is suitable for any would be author or writer looking for extra income with paperback books.
  • This course is not for those who want to use a different platform to self publish paperback books..
Course content
Expand all 55 lectures 04:51:18
+ Start here
3 lectures 16:25
Short introduction and welcome.
Preview 06:37

There are real benefits to having a hard copy version of your book especially if you already have a kindle version. It's all about perceived value and Amazon do a great job of helping with this.

Preview 06:05

It is straight forward and easy to create a free account on Createspace. This is the process.

Signing Up to Createspace

Just making sure you are motivated to self publishing your hard copy!

Quiz: Benefits of publishing a hard copy
2 questions
+ Formatting Your Book For Createspace
11 lectures 01:00:15

In this video I show you how to easily transfer your existing kindle book or ebook into the Createspace template provided. You'll be able to do this and keep the existing format in place.

Converting your digital book to createspace format

This video shows you how to use the bulk copy and paste method and what you need to update afterwards.

Alternative method for converting ebook to Createspace template

In case you need a different trim size for your book here is a quick way of altering it using existing templates.

Easy way to change trim size

This video shows you how to assign the correct heading style to your chapter and sub chapter headings. Also we will make sure that all main chapters start on a new page.

How to Assign Heading Styles

In this video I'll show you how to modify the heading styles in case you would like to design your own.

How to Modify Heading Styles

This video shows you how to update the table of contents.

Updating Table of Contents

In this video I'll show you how to change the position and style of page numbers in case you would like to alter it in the template.

How to Change Page Number Styles

This video shows you how to optimize the layout of your book so that it will look correct as a physical book. For example, new chapters should always begin on the right hand side of a book.

Optimizing the Book Layout

Hyperlinks won't work in a physical book and so we need to alter them to 'easy to remember' links that are written out in full.

Editing Hyperlinks

If you are using affiliate links within your book then here are some ideas of how best to do this.

What to do with Affiliate Links

To keep all resources and links together it is best to create a page on your website with all the details. This makes it easier for your readers as they can then bookmark this page.

Creating a Resource Page on Your Website

Some things need to be done differently when writing a hard copy book. Make sure you remember them.

Quiz: Optimizing your document
3 questions
+ Uploading Your Book to Createspace
3 lectures 24:25

This video shows you how to upload your file to Createspace. We will upload a word document (.docx). See later for a video showing how to upload a PDF version instead.

Uploading your document to Createspace

Once your file is uploaded you can view it to see what errors there might be and how it looks. The interior reviewer tool makes this very easy.The book we've uploaded currently has 2 issues.

How to Use the Interior Reviewer within Createspace

We need a free tool called doPDF to successfully convert the word document to a PDF which embeds the font.

Converting to PDF and uploading to Createspace
Quiz: Uploading Your Book
2 questions
+ How to Optimize Images for Createspace
10 lectures 42:56

This video shows you how to easily find out the DPI of any image.

How to find an Images DPI

In this video we will use use free software to alter the DPI of an image and discover what happens to the print size.

How to Change the DPI of an Image

In this video we will optimize an image using so that the resolution and size is correct for printing.

Optimizing an Image Trick

In this video we'll add a plugin called Sharpen+ to This will enable us to sharpen the image and make it look better.

In addition we will use a free file zipping software called 7 Zip.

Adding Sharpen+ Plugin to

See for yourself how the sharpen+ effect makes the image look better.

Sharpening the Image

It is best to save the image as a JPEG file. In this video you'll see why and how to do this.

Saving the Optimized Image

Now we'll update the old images to the optimized ones in Word.

Updating the Images in Word Document

Now we'll check that the new images pass the Createspace interior reviewer.

Also check that there is a blank page at the end of the book.

Checking the Optimized Images in Interior Reviewer

Color books are more expensive and therefore it is best to convert color images to black and white before uploading to Createspace.

Converting Color Images to Black & White

In this video we'll look at how to add full bleed images and what you need to do to the Word document page size beforehand.

Adding Full Bleed Images

Do you know how to optimize your images?

Quiz: All About Images
3 questions
+ Adding a Book Cover
8 lectures 42:08

This video shows how to use the Createspace tool to create a cover. It is similar to the KDP tool.

Creating a Cover Using Createspace Tool
Using a Createspace tool to create a book cover template

In this video we'll create the front of the book cover using If you already have a kindle book then use this as your front cover image.

Creating Your Own Front Cover

In this video we'll create the back of the book cover using This is usually the same color as the background of the front cover.

Creating Your Own Back Cover

This video shows you how to download the editable text plugin to This is very useful because you can come back and edit any text which you can't do with the default settings.

Downloading Editable Text Plugin For

Here we edit the text on the back cover using the text editing plugin. Using a duplicate layer makes it easier.

Editing Text of Your Own Cover
Saving Your Cover as a PDF
Uploading Your Cover to Createspace

Things to remember when creating your own book cover.

Quiz: Your Book Cover
2 questions
+ Adding Sales Channel Information
8 lectures 56:05

In this video we'll look at the various sales channel options.

Selecting the Sales Channels

In this video we'll take a look at the pricing of some well known indie authors and come up with a plan for pricing paperback books.

How to Price Your Book

You can set up a fully customized eStore sales page. This is how it works. We will use an online editor to create a better looking decription.

Setting Up Your Createspace eStore

You can set up discount codes within Createspace for friends, family, resellers, followers, etc. These codes only work on your eStore sales page though.

Setting up discount codes

Sometimes you might notice a discount on Amazon for a paperback book - one published using Createspace. In this video we'll take a look at an example of this and discuss why it is showing.

Discounts on Amazon

To help make the description on your eStore sales page look better we are going to use HTML code. I use a free online tool for this.

Using HTML for Your Book Description

In this video we'll research some keywords for the book and then add them to the eStore setup page.

Keyword Research

We'll use a useful website to help determine the BISAC Category for the book.

Selecting BISAC Categoris

Understanding Sales Channels and eStore.

Quiz: Sales Channels
2 questions
+ Proofing Your Book
5 lectures 21:30

The digital proofer tool within Createspace is very handy for your initial check. Make sure new chapters start on the right hand side. Check that your book cover looks good and the important text is visible. Make sure you have a blank page at the end of your book.

Then you can download and print a PDF copy for further editing.

Using Digital Proofer in Createspace

After printing out the PDF copy I decided to alter the layout of the book to a more modern look. In this video we'll see what happens to the total number of pages and the effect if any, on potential royalties.

Changing to Modern Layout and Effect on Number of Pages

When you order your proof copy you pay for the costs and shipping only. This is when you start getting excited and watching the mail box! :)

Ordering Your Proof Copy

If you find anything that needs editing then you need to upload your document to Createspace again and wait for it to be reviewed again. In this video I'm going to do that.

Uploading Edited Document After Proofing

Once you are happy that your book looks good and there are no more errors it is time to go live! If you need to contact Createspace at any stage then this is easily done using the contact form.

Finally Going Live
Quiz: Proofing Your Book
2 questions
+ Linking Your Kindle and Physical Book
5 lectures 19:22

You can publish a kindle version of your paperback book via Createspace. However, the layout is not as good as doing the kindle book version yourself. To enable you to create a kindle version I have included a Word template for you to use.

Publishing your kindle book via createspace

When you already have a kindle book version you need to specify this to Createspace. In this video we'll see how this is done.

If you already have a kindle book
How to link your kindle and hard copy book

In order to set up Match Price you need to log into your KDP account. In this video we'll look at how this is done.

Setting Up Match Book in Kindle Publishing (KDP)

Is it possible to change the look inside feature on the Amazon sale page? In this video we will look at Amazon's current policy on this.

Search Inside Feature on Amazon
+ The Result
2 lectures 08:17

The book we've been working on is in my hands! This is what it looks like.

A Look Inside My Book

I've included a record spreadsheet to prompt further action! It's a great idea to leverage your written work to other formats.

Thank you for joining me on this journey and I wish you all the best with your self publishing business.

Conclusion & Going Forward