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Setting Up Your Kindle Direct Publishing Account

Setting up a book on Kindle Direct Publishing is a very simple process and easily self-guided. In this video, I will go through the main steps, and will show you how to fill in the rest of the details yourself.
Remember, if you are doing this for the first time, I would highly recommend going through the set-up process with a ‘mock’ book first, so that you can familiarise yourself with the steps, and make the set-up of your real book much easier.

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Setting Up A CreateSpace Account

HOORAY!

You’ve finished your book, and had it edited 7 proofread by your friends/family/writer’s group/a professional editor.

Your manuscript is at its very best quality.

Congratulations! Your book is ready to be published! This is indeed the most exciting part.

In this post I will talk you through setting up a CreateSpace account, so that you can start publishing your paperback books.

A few facts about Publishing with CreateSpace

CreateSpace is a company operated by Amazon which enables authors to design and distribute their own self published paperback books.

An author will create an account with a username and password, and once set up will be able to work through each step of the publishing process.

There are professional services available to help with the set-up for a fee. The only money I have spent on CreateSpace to date is to have a paperback proof copy of my short story collection The New Neighbors shipped to my home address in Australia, which cost approximately $30AUD.

It is FREE to sign up and hold an account with both CreateSpace, and this online service guide users through the following book setup processes: Book Title Information

ISBN (the barcode you see on the back of books) Interior (the book manuscript) Cover Design Distribution Channels (where the book will be sold online).

Setting Up A CreateSpace Account

  1. Google ‘CreateSpace’ or go to www.createspace.com
  2. Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Enter your email address, password and first and last name
  4. Enter the Country in which you reside
  5. Enter the Type of media you will be publishing e.g. book, DVD, CD
  6. Click ‘Create Account’

You will then be directed to a Service Agreement, which you can read through and click ‘I Agree’. An email with then be sent to you with a confirmation link, and you will be automatically redirected to the CreateSpace website. You will then be prompted to select your publishing option, Do-It-Yourself or Assisted (engaging professional services through CreateSpace).

In my next video, I will show you how to set up your book on CreateSpace.

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Formatting Your Manuscript For Kindle: The SIMPLEST Guide You’ll Find On The Internet!!

Okay, so you’ve formatted your manuscript according to the specifications for CreateSpace, and your book is ready to be published in paperback. Now onto the Kindle ebook edition!

Kindle Direct Publishing guide the user through the following book setup processes:

Book Title Information
ISBN (the barcode you see on the back of books)
Interior (the book manuscript)
Distribution Channels (where the book will be sold online).

Formatting A Word Document For Kindle Direct Publishing (Ebook)

          Font

  • Title Page- Book Title Size 36
    – Author name: Size 16
    -Copyright message (©) Bold Size 12
  • About The Author message: Times New Roman Size 14
  • Chapter Headings: Times New Roman Bold Size 16
  • Book interior text: Times New Roman Size 12

          Book Layout

  • Paper Size (Width & Height): 13.69cm x 20.09 cm
  • Margins: -Top/Bottom/Left/Right: ZERO
    *This margin setting will look very strange on the page, and will advise you that it margins are set outside the printable area. This is how margins need to be set for Kindle formatting.
  • Set paragraph indentation for 1cm: Format>Paragraph>Indentation & Line Spacing
  • Set line spacing to SINGLE
  • Save As a WEB PAGE (.htm)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

    I hope you have found this post helpful in your writing journey. Make sure you FOLLOW this blog so that you never miss any of my writing and publishing tips!

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    My books are now available WORLDWIDE in paperback and Kindle ebook!
    Click HERE to view and purchase my titles on Amazon!

    Patreon is a membership platform where you can contribute to creative projects and get really cool rewards in return.

    Click HERE to see how you can be part of my unique Patreon community!