CreateSpace Self-publishing: POD Paperback Books on Amazon
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CreateSpace formatting using MS Word for self-publishing Print on Demand (POD) paperback books on Amazon: Passive income
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 8/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • To show you how to format your manuscript for publication using Microsoft Word
  • To publish your manuscript for paperback (POD) distribution via CreateSpace and Amazon
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  • Installed and working version of Microsoft Word
  • A standards based web browser (e.g. Chrome)

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 CreateSpace 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 CreateSpace, 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 CreateSpace you can commit future royalties to hiring Amazon and company to print and distribute your book for you. In this course, I'll show you how to publish your manuscript via CreateSpace 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 CreateSpace web based interface, this course shows it all. Allow me to demonstrate by actually publishing a book for you.

Don't Have a Book Cover? Don't Worry...

In this course I'm going to show you how to use the CreateSpace online Cover Creator to produce a beautiful cover for our sample novel. Just a few clicks to select from the available images and to format the text and you're done. Yes, it really is that simple.

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If you're as yet unpublished in print, it's time to change that.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.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 16:13

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
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
Publishing Your Book via CreateSpace
8 Lectures 47:23

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
1 Lecture 01:43

Other publishing options are discussed.

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About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2760+ Reviews, 55,400+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.