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CreateSpace: A Quick-Start Guide to Publishing

By Selane @SummerEllenLane
CreateSpace: A Quick-Start Guide to PublishingAre you self published? Do you have a novel that's on Kindle or Nook? What happens when your friends or relatives want an autographed copy of your work of literary awesomeness? Or what if you need to get to a book signing right this second with copies of your novel? 
You'll need hardcopies. 
For a lot of people, getting your book printed sounds like a terrifyingly complicated process. It's really not. After some trial and error of my own in the past, I've put together a comprehensive quick-start guide to using CreateSpace to print your novel. 
CreateSpace: A Quick-Start Guide to Publishing5 Easy Steps to Printing Your Book
  1. Formatting. Want your novel to look great as a physical book? Better iron out the formatting issues once and for all. When you use CreateSpace, they'll walk you through the process of uploading your book file. Here's a little hint: Upload your book as a PDF file - NOT a Word document - and the text placement and page numbering will be far less likely to get messed up during the transition. 
  2. Interior Review. Right after you upload your file, the CreateSpace editing program will tell you if they found any errors that will mess up the interior of your novel. DON'T SKIP THIS STEP! I say this because skipping it is an option, and doing so can seriously mess up your book...so don't do it! Pay attention to the technical critique.  
  3. Stay Out of the Gutter, People. Your book needs to be aligned in the center of the page, otherwise the text in the novel is going to end up "in the gutter." CreateSpace has a tool in their interior review process that lets you see if your text is stuck in that purgatorial area. Here's a visual to help:

CreateSpace: A Quick-Start Guide to Publishing       4. Cover Design. Designing your cover is something most authors tackle well ahead of time, so the question is, "How do I get my design onto the hardcopy of my book?" If you upload a design cold turkey without any editorial work, you'll more than likely end up with a thick white frame around the actual design. What you want is for the cover to stand alone without any awkward white border. Click on 'Cover' under your Member Dashboard settings and you'll see an option: Cover Creator. This allows you to come up with your own templates. The same rule applies here as it did to the interior of the book: stay out of the gutter. Your cover image has to stay inside the dotted lines, otherwise anything outside the lines can get cut out or cut off.       5. Proof and Distribute. Before you sell your book, you need to order a hardcopy proof. This option will come up after CreateSpace has reviewed your files. It costs about $5 per copy, plus around $4 in shipping and handling (but you can pay more for faster shipping). You can look through the paperback and make sure everything printed correctly before approving the book for live sale. CreateSpace will also ask you what channels of distribution you want: Obviously you need Amazon and the CreateSpace store. You can pay another $25 for Expanded Distribution, which basically allows you to get your book into more stores - and even libraries, in some cases.  (Hint: Libraries won't accept self-published authors for their catalogues. Unfair? Sure. But work around it. You don't need a library to be successful - all you need is your talent and some hard work)CreateSpace: A Quick-Start Guide to PublishingExtra Tips & Tricks CreateSpace Support. CreateSpace has possibly the most helpful, knowledgable publishing staff on planet earth. You can place a call to CreateSpace and get on the phone with a support member immediately. The hotline is available 24/7, and you can ask any question about the publishing process that you're having trouble with. Editorial or Illustrative Services. If you have a little cash to spend on professional design or copyediting, CreateSpace offers packages that allow you to work with their designers or editors to brush up the interior and exterior of your novel to make it sparkle. The cheapest package starts at around $150. If you have any questions about the CreateSpace process, I'll be more than happy to help! Just let me know in the comments or contact me otherwise. Happy writing, friends!

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