Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Things I’ve Learned (CreateSpace)

I have been trying to come up with a list of steps for CreateSpace. This may not suit everyone, but it has been helpful to me. These are just suggestions. Everyone needs to read the submission guidelines before uploading their manuscripts. With that said, here are my hints for preparing my manuscript for CreateSpace. (If you find any errors, please let me know! Thanks!)

Hints for CreateSpace document (to make a 6 X 9 book): 

In Microsoft Word 2007:

1. Choose Page Layout --> Little Arrow on Page Setup--> Paper --> Width: 6"; Length: 9"

2. Page Setup --> Paper --> Paper Source: Default Tray

3. Page Setup --> Paper --> Apply to: Whole Document

4. Page Setup --> Margins --> Orientation --> Portrait

5. Page Setup --> Margins --> Custom Margins --> Margins --> Top 0.8, Bottom 1.0, Left & Right 0.8

6. Page Setup --> Margins --> Gutter 0, Gutter Position left

7. Page Setup --> Margins --> Apply to: Whole Document

8. Page Setup --> Layout --> Header & Footer 0.5

9. Page Setup --> Layout --> Vertical Alignment: Top

10. Page Setup --> Layout --> Apply to: Whole Document

11. Home --> Paragraph --> Little arrow --> General --> Alignment --> Justified

12. Home --> Paragraph --> Little arrow --> Indentation --> Special --> First line --> 0.3 ***Make sure the tab key was not used to indent paragraphs!!

13. Home --> Paragraph --> Little arrow --> Spacing --> 1.15

14. Make sure the # 11, 12, & 13 are applied to the whole ms.

15. Begin each chapter 14 spaces down.

16. Insert --> Page Number --> Bottom of page, centered

17. Insert --> Header --> (Type in text you would like)

18. Insert --> Page Break at the end of each chapter (also at end of title page, table of contents, etc.

19. Turn document into PDF file.

I’m sure I’ve probably left out some formatting!

However, when the manuscript is suitable according to CreateSpace guidelines, it’s time to upload. And that’s what I’m off to do!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. It worked for me, thanks!
    I tried it in an already typed page, but then decided to start all over to a new page and then copied it in there. I just have problems with all-of-a-sudden empty pages here and there.

  2. Perhaps you have extra line spaces or maybe an extra page break? Glad it helped!

  3. Re: I used an 11pt, Bookman Style, and then followed the guides. I am yet to receive my sample yet but either way, I have a feeling it will be different than the first.
    The fonts are readable so my readers won't get bored with the tiny letters...:)


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