Good day everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Did you get a lot of shopping done? I didn't buy one gift, I was too busy getting Fated ready for publishing and our launch party set up for December 20th. I did give a writing class on Sunday, too.
Before I get into how to upload a book for print on Createspace, I thought I would announce to two winners of Fable and Fated, as soon as I get Fated that is. Susan Uttendorfsky and Johnny Padilla are our winners! I need your addresses so I will send you both an email requesting them! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy the books!
I do have one more contest on Goodreads going so if you haven't had a chance to go on there and sign up, you have until Saturday. The contest ends on my birthday, December 8th.
Well, I had a request to post information on how to ready your book and download it to Createspace for distribution. This task is not as bad as it seems but there are a lot of steps to making sure your book is up to snuff and will look great for the reader.
First things first. If you want your book to look like a traditionally published book, go grab one off your shelf and see how they set it up.
You'll notice that the first page is blank, and the back as well. Then the next is just the name of your book, and the back blank, then the next the title and you name, and the publishers name on the bottom. (this is based on most, not all) On the back of that one, will be your copyright info and library of congress number. Also your barcode number. Next page is usually your acknowledgements, and then dedication, not necessarily in that order. You could do the dedication first.
You don't need a chapter list unless your chapters are named, instead of numbered. If you have a map, that would be next. All of these, except for the copyright page, should be on the right. People look to the right of a book first.
Next, the beginning of each chapter should start about ten tabs down. After that, you need a header for each page except for the first page in the chapter. Leave that blank. Your name should be at the top of the left hand pages and the name of your book on the right. Then you set up your lines for 1.2 to 1.5 apart.
The next step is adjusting the text to justify. You want all of your pages square. No long sentences and short ones. Then at the back of the book, you would add your dictionary, if you have one, or glossary. And last but not least, your "About the Author" page. Your page numbers are typically on the bottom middle, but we found they work better on the top right hand corner for the right page, and left hand corner for the left page.
That is the inside of your book. The outside, your cover, is usually set up by the artist, in our case, Mikey. If your doing the cover yourself, then you need to have the dimensions correct for the size of the book and spine. Most books are 6 by 9 now. You want to pick the cream colored pages for the inside, too. It looks nicer than the black and white.
In createspace they give you the correct math dimensions to figure out your spine. The back needs your blurb, in present tense. Also justify the text. You need a place for your barcode space in the right hand bottom corner, 2 inches by one inch. (I'm sure Ryan will correct this one for me!)
And on the left, your info, such as the title again, contact info, publisher. also, on your spine you need your name, title and publisher on the bottom corner.
One thing that's great about Createspace is they will adjust anything for your cover if wrong on the dimensions. You can call them anytime and they will help you!
After all these steps are done, you can do a trial download as many times as you need to. They have a program for you to see anything you need to fix. Once there are no more errors, they will check everything themselves and give you the okay to order your "proof' to check out the look of the book before downloading to the book sites and ordering books yourself.
It's mainly a step by step process, and a trial and error frustration sometimes, but you will get the hang of it. Having Microsoft word as my program, I've had no major problems doing all of this. But make sure if your using microsoft you have the Pro version, otherwise they will get you for copyright infringement. You cannot publish on the smaller programs such as "office and home use". Another thing, is make sure your fonts are not copyrighted. We had to pay for the use of one of our fonts.
Well, I guess that's about it. Any questions, I'm hear for you. And If I can't answer them, then I know people who can! I will post on here a picture of our cover, front, back, and spine so you can see how it's set up.
Have a wonderful week all! See you on Friday!