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IngramSpark File Creation Guide

So now that I have finished watching the Learning Videos on IngramSpark’s website, I am delving into the file creation and submission process.

Because I have been through this process with Createspace and KDP, the terminology is familiar, it’s just about learning the specific requirements of Ingramspark.

Below I have inserted the File Creation Guide downloaded from IngramSpark’s website.

I hope this helps!

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Book Cover Design for CreateSpace/Kindle

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You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. You can create covers from stock images or your ow personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs.

  • Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
  • 300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy
  • 72 dpi for Kindle ebook
    I hope that this information makes it a little easier for you to format your books for CreateSpace and Kindle. Click HERE to view my published books, The New Neighbors and The Wilted Rose.

     

    PicMonkey Photo Editor

    PicMonkey is an online photo editing and design service. It can be accessed from a web browser, or through the PicMonkey mobile app. PicMonkey can be used to create book cover designs from images uploaded from the user. PicMonkey offers a free 7-Day Trial.
    https://www.picmonkey.com/

    Ribbet Photo Editor

    Ribbet is similar to PicMonkey, however PicMonkey requires you to sign up for a 7-day free trial or an account (which includes a fee). Ribbet allows you to use their site at your leisure without creating an account or signing up for a free trial. https://www.ribbet.com/app/?edit_photo#/home/welcome

    Stock Photos

    Stock photos are an easily affordable option for creating quality book covers. There are a number of stock photo websites around, but although they advertise themselves as ‘free’, many still require you to pay for the images upon downloading them. 

As an author, the two best sites I have come across are iStock and Dreamstime. They have a great supply of quality stock images that match keyword searches well.
iStock: https://www.istockphoto.com/au
Dreamstime: http://bit.ly/2CR9mXj

CreateSpace and Kindle both have free Cover Creator services as part of their publishing processes. At this stage of the book set-up process, you have the option to either upload a cover image you have already designed, or you can use the Cover Creator, which provides EVERYTHING you need, including cover templates, various fonts and images, all absolutely free!

CreateSpace and Kindle do also offer cover design services for a fee.

Download my publishing guides, which includes Book Cover Design,  for FREE now!

Self Publishing on Amazon Explained: Formatting A Word Document For Kindle

Self Publishing on Amazon Explained: Formatting A Word Document For CreateSpace
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Formatting Your Manuscript For CreateSpace: The SIMPLEST Guide You’ll Find On The Internet!!

Hooray!

You’ve achieve SO much in the book creation process so far. You’ve FINISHED writing your book, had it edited and proofread, and set up a Payoneer account ready to receive royalties from Amazon. You’ve been so patient, and now it is FINALLY time to publish!!

Now you need format your book to the specifications of Amazon’s publishing tools.

In this post I lay down the basic facts about formatting paperback books for publishing on CreateSpace. This is ALL you need to know!

Formatting a Word Document for CreateSpace (Paperback)         

Font

  • The most common used font on Amazon is Times New Roman
  • Title Page- Book Title Size 28
    – Author name/ Copyright message (©) Bold Size 12
  • About The Author message: Times New Roman Size 14
  • Chapter Headings: Times New Roman Bold Size 12
  • Book interior text: Times New Roman Size 12

Book Layout

NOTE: The most common book size (or Trim Size) on CreateSpace is 6×9 inches. Book sizes are an easy option selected by the author during the publishing process on CreateSpace. The below measurements apply to the book manuscript format which must be made prior to uploading to CreateSpace.

  • Paper Size (Width & Height): 15.24cm x 22.86cm
  • Margins: -Top/Bottom/Left/Right: 2 cm
  • Margins must be MIRRORED, an option that can be selected in the Page setup field of your computer when setting the margins.
  • Set paragraph indentation for 1cm: Format>Paragraph>Indentation & Line Spacing
  • Set line spacing to SINGLEThe spine width of your book is AUTOMATICALLY calculated during the book setup process when you select the size of your book e.g. 6×9. There is a minimum number of pages required required for the title information of your book to appear on the spine.Cover Design

    NOTE: You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. A CreateSpace paperback requires the cover image to be 300 dpi (dots per image) while a Kindle cover image is only required to be 72 dpi. You can create covers from stock images or your own personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs. I will go into more detail about book cover creation on an upcoming post.

    Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
    300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy

    Download my FREE CreateSpace Formatting guide HERE

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    My books are now available WORLDWIDE in paperback and Kindle ebook!
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