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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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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..

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Start here
Short introduction and welcome.

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.


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

2 questions

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

Section 2: Formatting Your Book For Createspace

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.


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


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


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.


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


This video shows you how to update the 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.


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.


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.


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


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.

3 questions

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

Section 3: Uploading Your Book to Createspace

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.


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.


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

Quiz: Uploading Your Book
2 questions
Section 4: How to Optimize Images for Createspace

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.

3 questions

Do you know how to optimize your images?

Section 5: Adding a Book Cover

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


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.


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.


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

Saving Your Cover as a PDF
Uploading Your Cover to Createspace
2 questions

Things to remember when creating your own book cover.

Section 6: Adding Sales Channel Information

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

2 questions

Understanding Sales Channels and eStore.

Section 7: Proofing Your Book

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.


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.


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! :)


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.


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.

Quiz: Proofing Your Book
2 questions
Section 8: Linking Your Kindle and Physical Book

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.


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.

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.


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.

Section 9: The Result

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


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.

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Instructor Biography

Kay Franklin, Author, Self-Publisher & Teacher

Originally I trained as a research scientist (BSc. PhD) and then later as a secondary school teacher (PGCE). However, after starting a family and suffering with illness I decided to work from home and have used my research and teaching skills to build a successful online business.

I've always enjoyed teaching (and learning!) so being able to do so via the internet is great. Being there for my family is very important to me too.

Most people come to me for help about self-publishing (primarily Kindle and Createspace) and information product creation in general. I love it when someone publishes their first book or training program and I've been able to play a part.

Currently I live in the UK with my family and quite a few pets!

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