Publish to Print

Using CreateSpace

With CreateSpace you can easily access tools, quality printing, booksellers, eBook distribution, and marketing strategies so that you can generate more opportunities than you imagined – all while building your following of readers. Through their services, you can sell books for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, while maintaining more control over your materials. Setup is free and easy with their online tools.

You’ll never have to worry, with state of the art print on demand technology, about inventory or minimum orders. Plus, make your titles available to millions of customers worldwide on Amazon.com, Amazon’s European websites, CreateSpace eStore and through their Expanded Distribution option.

Extracted from their FAQ Page;

How do I submit (upload) my book files to Createspace?

You can upload your print-ready interior files and cover PDFs directly through your member account. If you don’t have print-ready files, we offer do-it-yourself tools for both cover and interior file creation. Our Interior Reviewer tool gives you the ability to upload multiple file types including: PDF, DOC, DOCX, or RTF. The Interior Reviewer is available through the Guided Setup and allows you to flip through your entire book in an online reviewer, flagging any issues that need to be resolved.

Cover Creator is our interactive online tool that allows you to create artwork quickly and easily for your title. Choose one of our template designs as a starting point and customize it with your own images, or use stock images from the Cover Creator Image Gallery. Add your title details, and your cover file will be ready to submit. Cover files should not exceed 40 MB, and interior files should not exceed 400 MB. Once your book files have been reviewed and approved, your book’s status will update to “Awaiting Proof Order” (allow up to one hour for this status to update). At that time, you can either view a digital proof, order a proof copy of your book, or if you’ve previously ordered a book proof, you will have the option to make your book available right away. Here’s how to upload your PDF using our do-it-yourself option:

  1. Log in to your CreateSpace Member Account at http://www.createspace.com/Login.jsp
  2. Select the title for which you’d like to submit files
  3. In the Setup phase, navigate to the Interior or Cover steps
  4. Select “Upload your Book File” for the Interior or “Upload a Print-Ready PDF Cover” for the Cover
  5. Click “Browse”
  6. Select the file you want to upload and click “Save”
  7. Once your files are successfully uploaded, click “Submit Files for Review” at the Complete Setup step

For more information on uploading your files, you can watch our video tutorial on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wipTM0j1wrM

If you’d like help creating your book, CreateSpace offers paid professional services to support authors during the publishing process.

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2 thoughts on “Publish to Print”

  1. I’ve been thinking about self-publishing my memoirs and came across this site. Thanks for spelling out an easy alternative to Amazon and Alibris, and for walking us through other important steps on the road to being published. I would be surprised if most of the big publishing firms still existed in ten years.

    1. Hello Penelope

      For sure the technological spin around associated with the digital revolution is now having a major impact on the book publishing business. Gotta ask yourself will the traditional paper book become obsolete, a collector’s item to be found only in second-hand bookstores and garage sales? No one knows for sure.

      Likely, Amazon will continue to grow as a retail channel. The shift from print to digital will continue. Most book marketing today is done by authors, not by publishers.The digital revolution is expanding the number of products and sales channels but not increasing book sales.The book publishing world lately is in a never-ending state of turmoil!I certainly think for the independent publisher, the POD (Print on Demand) industry will continue to profit. My opinion, just like the vinyl LP’s resurgence print books will survive as well. Marketing will be the challenge!

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