FORMATTING FOR CREATESPACE

Now for another adventure.

I stayed with Amazon and used CreateSpace for my paperback editions. For me, the paper experience was much more mysterious than the Kindle e-book. But in the end, after a lot of searching for up-to-date answers I could understand and apply, I was happy with the results. Again, as with the e-books, I found that Amazon supplied minimal direction.

Make sure you create a copy of your finished kindle manuscript (if you have one) and use the copy to change into a CS submission document. That way, you've already stripped all the extraneous formatting marks out of the document. (If you don't have a kindle version, then go to the kindle section and follow the instructions for stripping out extraneous formatting after you've finished document formatting and paragraph formatting as described below.)

Remember: I was working on an iMac running OS X Snow Leopard with Word for Mac 2003. Your system is probably newer, with significant upgrades, although, in general, users seem to be doing things as outlined on the next few pages.


CREATE A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR BOOK SIZE

For the paperback version, you need to create a manuscript that fits the size you choose.
CS offers eight sizes, from 5" x 8" to 7" x 10". The standard size for a trade paperback is 6" x 9" and that's the size I chose.

To create your template, go to FILE - NEW BLANK DOCUMENT.
With this new doc open on your desktop, go to FORMAT - DOCUMENT - LAYOUT - PAGE SETUP.

Then select PAGE ATTRIBUTES - PAPER SIZE - MANAGE CUSTOM SIZES.
Create a new size by typing in a new width and height (6" x 9") and leaving everything else as is.
Give this a name ('publish') and then choose 'okay' on each of the three open windows.

Now you have a new document size in addition to the normal 8.5 x 11, and the document open on your screen should be properly sized.

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