Self-publish Amazon Paperbacks (CreateSpace Self-publishing)
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Self-publish Amazon Paperbacks (CreateSpace Self-publishing)

Self-publish with Amazon KDP (formerly CreateSpace): Self-publishing Print on Demand (POD) paperback books
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • To show you how to format your manuscript for publication using Microsoft Word
  • To publish your manuscript for POD paperback distribution on Amazon using KDP Print
  • Installed and working version of Microsoft Word
  • A standards based web browser (e.g. Chrome)

*** Important Course Update ***

In August 2018, Amazon announced that the KDP Print web-based interface would be replacing Createspace as Amazon’s Print on Demand (POD) paperback self-publishing interface. The Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) interface will be familiar to those who have self-published Kindle eBooks on Amazon.

Section 3: Publishing Your Paperback Book via KDP

Has been added to this course to replace the original Createspace publishing instructions retained in:

Section 4: Publishing Your Book via CreateSpace
Section 5: Managing Your Books

All other sections have been kept in place since the process for formatting your document with Microsoft Word has not changed.

Since sections 4 and 5 are only of historical interest, students should skip these sections to view the course conclusion.

Note that there will be significant references to Createspace in the lectures I retained.  Simply replace the word Createspace with KDP Print when you hear it and everything should be fine.

I hope you enjoy the new course,


*** End of Important Course Update ***

Have You Ever Wanted to See Your Novel or Memoirs in Print? 

Who hasn't?  Well, thanks to the Print on Demand (POD) services provided by KDP Print you can realize your dreams today.  In this course, I'll show you how to format your manuscript for print publication on Amazon using Microsoft Word.  Together we'll dot every "i" and cross every "t" while inserting an image or two along the way. 

Do You Want High-Quality Results? 

With KDP Print, you get high quality, publisher grade books for the cost of printing and distribution.  High-quality covers with heavy bond paper and crisp print will make your words soar and look beautiful on your coffee table.  Your friends' coffee tables too. 

Do You Want to Publish with No Up-Front Costs or Inventory? 

Who doesn't?  Again, thanks to KDP Print you can commit future royalties to hire Amazon and company to print and distribute your book for you.  In this course, I'll show you how to publish your manuscript via KDP Print and Amazon without cost. 

This Course Shows It All 

From formatting your manuscript for publication using Microsoft Word 2010 through the publication of your book via the KDP Print web-based interface, this course shows it all.  Allow me to demonstrate by actually publishing a book for you. 

Please Let Me Join You On This Exciting Journey 

If you're as yet unpublished in print, it's time to change that.  Let me show you how easy it can be.

Don't forget Udemy's 30-day no questions asked money-back guarantee.  The should make your decision an easy one.

I'll see you in the classroom,


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who has ever wanted to see their book in print
  • Anyone who wants to publish their book with no up front cost and no inventory
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 02:55:37
+ Introduction to the Course
5 lectures 16:50

In this lecture we examine the question, why self-publish?

Preview 04:24

In this lecture we discuss a single presentation slide showing an overview of how Print on Demand (POD) works and discuss the financial benefits of using POD to distribute your paperback manuscripts.

Preview 03:39

An overview of all the publishing options from ebook, through paperback, and then audio concludes with a discussion of the costs and benefits of entering the Kindle Select program.

Preview 05:00

This lecture includes an overview of the course as well as demonstrations of the screencast recordings of both Microsoft Word 2010 and the CreateSpace web interface.

Preview 03:10

In this lecture, I discuss the fact that Createspace has been replaced by the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface and the changes made to this course and the paperback publication process to accommodate this change.

Preview 00:37
+ Formatting Your Book in Word for Publication
13 lectures 55:40

Microsoft Word 2007 template implementing standard CreateSpace formatting.

CreateSpace Word Template

In this lecture we discuss the two reasons for using Word to format you manuscript for publication. The first is so that you can follow my lectures, the second so you won't encounter difficulties submitting to CreateSpace.

Why Use Microsoft Word

In this lecture we see how to enable and disable the display of formatting characters while we work on a document in Word.

Displaying Formatting Characters

In this lecture we learn why and how to remove all tabs from your document and how to translate -- to an emdash.

Replacing Invalid Characters

In this lecture we learn how to wipe out existing formatting of a poorly formatted document before formatting it for publication.

Dropping the Formatting Bomb

In this lecture we see how to format the title and copyright pages for publication.

Inserting Title and Copyright Pages

Learn how to set the page and margin sizes to the most common CreateSpace print sizes and how to set your view size to display two pages side by side for easier formatting.

Formatting Page and View Size

We begin the formatting of the body of our document by modifying the definitions of the Normal and Heading 1 styles.

Modifying the Normal and Heading 1 Styles

In this lecture we review how to apply the Heading 1 style to your chapter headings.

Applying the Styles

How to insert and maintain a table of contents.

Inserting a Table of Contents

In the first of three lectures specific to formatting for print we discuss the inclusion of a standard header and a centered page number in the footer.

Formatting Page Headers and Footers

How to insert images, the simple way and the way that allows text to flow around them.

Inserting Graphics

In this lecture, we conclude the formatting of our Word document by snazzing up our Heading 1 chapter headings and our title on the title page.

Snazzing Up Our Pages
+ Intermission
1 lecture 00:08

In this lecture article, I ask you to please leave a review for this course.

Please Leave a Review
+ Publishing Your Paperback Book via KDP
8 lectures 44:31

In this article, I introduce this section that provides an update replacing Createspace with the new KDP publishing interface.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP): Formerly Createspace

In this lecture, I discuss the process for logging into KDP and the screen layout of the application.

Logging into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

In this lecture, I explain how to name your book to optimize its visibility on Amazon.  This is the Amazon SEO lecture.

KDP Paperback Details: Naming Your Book to Be Found

In this lecture, I emphasize the importance of writing a killer book description and provide some advice on doing so.

KDP Paperback Details: Copywriting Your Book Description

In this lecture, I explain how to upload your paperback book contents and how to preview those contents before submission.

KDP Paperback Content: Uploading and Previewing Your Book Interior

In this lecture, I explain how to use to KDP book cover creator to create a book cover with your own front cover image.

KDP Paperback Content: Uploading Your Book Cover

In this lecture, I explain how to set your publishing rights and how to price your book.

KDP Paperback Rights & Pricing
Modifying Books and Monitoring Sales
+ Publishing Your Book via CreateSpace
9 lectures 47:28

In this article, I introduce this and the following sections as the original Createspace publishing instructions that should probably be skipped.

Original Createspace Publishing Sections

In this lesson we discuss creating a CreateSpace account and logging in to display the member dashboard.

Logging on to CreateSpace

Submitting a manuscript through the CreateSpace interface involves filling out a series of web based forms. In this lecture we fill in the forms which define our project, title, author, and then assign a free ISBN number to our manuscript. We switch to Word to include the new ISBN on the manuscript title page, and return in preparation for submitting our manuscript for review.

Entering Title Information and Assigning a Free ISBN

In this lecture we see how to upload the interior of our book for publication. Because processing of uploaded content takes so long, we skip ahead to working on the book cover while processing completes...

Uploading Your Book Interior

In this lecture we see how to use the built in CreateSpace cover creator to create a nice looking cover to complete the creation of our book.

Using Cover Creator to Create Your Book Covers

In this lecture, we preview the book interior to make sure the pages are well formatted and that the content fits within the page constraints.

Previewing Your Book Interior

After waiting only a day we get our completed manuscript and book cover back from CreateSpace review so that we can review it, choose distribution channels, and set the price.

Proof Approval, Distribution, and Price

Finally, we complete the publication of our book by adding a description and search criteria that will be used to list the book for sale on CreateSpace and Amazon

Adding a Book Description

In this lecture I make two last points before moving on, the first about how much money you should expect to make from publishing on CreateSpace and in the other I point how how you can use CreateSpace to distribute your memoirs and family related books to friends and family without incurring any costs or having to ship books yourself.

Two Last Points
+ Managing Your Books
2 lectures 08:25

In this lecture we modify the book we just submitted and by doing so send it back through the review process again.

Modifying a Book

A quick tour of the Member Dashboard leads to a look at monitoring sales.

Monitoring Sales
+ Conclusion
3 lectures 02:34

This article describes the course project which is to publish your own Print on Demand (POD) paperback on Amazon via the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) interface.

Course Project: Publish a POD Paperback via KDP

Other publishing options are discussed.

What's Next...

Pointers to additional Udemy courses of potential interest to students who have completed this course.

Bonus Lecture