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Video: Basic Setup Process of a Book on Createspace


I know it’s been too long since I last touched on this great series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing, but life hasn’t slowed down all summer long! πŸ™‚ I’ve finally got a video tutorial put together for you on the basics of setting up a Createspace account and first book for publishing.

Here are the picture steps to walk through. Really, everything here is fairly self-explanatory. If you have questions, please ask and I’ll help you find the answer.Β  πŸ™‚

Β  1) Sign up for the free account then log in w/your email address and password.

Step 01

2) Add New TitleStep 02

3) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate info. (Red * means info is required)Step 03

4) Now you get to add your author name (pseudonym if that’s how you roll!) and other pertinent info.

Step 04

5) Publication Date is NOT required right away! πŸ™‚

Step 04 - 1

6) ISBN Step 05 - 1

Step 05

7)Interior: please choose a slightly smaller trim size. 6 x 9 is best for hardbound, which we are not designing here. Use the Word Template option to format the interior of your book based off the trim size you choose!

Step 06

Step 06 - 1

Step 06 - 2

8) Cover! Check out this link for info on Cover Design. You don’t have to use their build feature or pay their higher priced designers. There are other options! Step 07

9) Distribution Channels depend on how you are publishing. Expanded Distribution is good if you only plan on publishing through Createspace and/KDP. Step 08 - 1

10) Set your price so that your book is reasonably priced as well as gives you enough royalty to pay for editing/marketing/cover design/etc. costs.Step 08 - 2

11) Review your info. Does it all look okay? You haven’t finished yet, so you are able to go back and edit anything!Step 08

12) One of the last things you’ll get to is the description (synopsis/back cover copy) that people will read when they see your book on Amazon and Createspace.Step 09

Once you’re all done you can come back to the “Member Dashboard” and you’ll see your “incomplete” book ready and waiting to have all the last bits added. If you click on the title of the incomplete book it will take you through the process again to fill in the missing info. Step 10

Congrats! You’re on your way to publishing your novel. Make sure you go back through what we’ve already covered thus far if you need refreshers on anything in the How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing series.

19 thoughts on “Video: Basic Setup Process of a Book on Createspace”

  1. Hi Rachael. I’m so glad I found this. I’m getting ready to publish an ebook on Amazon and I’m considering Createspace as well. As I approach my publishing date, I’d like to blog about my entire process and I’d love to link to or reblog this post. Thanks for your generosity!

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    1. Congrats, Linda! I’m glad it was here and helpful! Or I hope it will be helpful. πŸ™‚ The process of adding your book through Createspace can be a fairly simple one. Make sure to search their forums. Tons of helpful info there if you get stuck. I’m here to answer questions too. You are more than welcome to link or reblog this post. I’ve started a series on self/indie publishing that has all sorts of helpful info that I want to share. Thank you and again, congrats!


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