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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 3: Word Formatting Part 2

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 3: Word Formatting Part 2

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Formatting Page and View Size for Self-publishing on CreateSpace

    • 2. Modifying the Normal and Heading 1 Styles

    • 3. Applying the Styles

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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 3: Word Formatting Part 2

In this class you'll continue to format your manuscript for publication in Print on Demand (POD) paperback format via the Amazon company CreateSpace. This is simple, so follow along if you want to see your name in print.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Formatting Page and View Size for Self-publishing on CreateSpace: Welcome back in this lecture. We're going to set the page and the view size so that this document can actually be printed on pages that are smaller than 8.5 by 11. Now, yes, that is the size of a standard sheet of paper, But most books are smaller, and in fact, the two most popular sizes on create space are six by nine and five by 86 by nine being a trade paperback size and five by eight being a little bit larger than a standard paperback . In this example, I'm going to set my page size to trade paperback to print on six by nine. Since the pages hold, information usually get fewer pages, and it's actually a cheaper way to print books than the standard smaller paperback size. So let's go ahead and begin formatting this document here. We're going to use a menu, which you probably don't often reference called page layout. Let's click on that and the section, and we're going to look a page layout the section were most interested in is the page set up section here, where we're going to change the margins and the page size. There's no need to pay change the orientation, since standard books are printed in portrait rather than landscape orientation. So we're going to be in with the pains page size. We'll click on that. Down come a series of standard page sizes, including letter 8.5 by 11 which were already configured for. And that's why it's highlighted in Orange Legal, which is 8.5 by 14 edges and what we're going to do, which is going to be more paper sizes at the very bottom. Here, you set your custom paper size. You can see it's by default. Set up to be a 8.5 by 11 or letter size. We're going to change it to six by nine, and it pops over the paper sizes now. Custom size. This is a trade paperback size. We go ahead and say, Okay and you'll notice that things change on our screen because the page just became smaller. Now the text became bigger. Disband the page, however, what we're going to do next, you'll notice we have gigantic margins as a result of making the page smaller. We need to make our margins smaller. What I like with going six by nine, is to set my margins, which can also be set on the page layout menu to buy going to margins to 0.75 all the way around. Now you could see the standard, and in fact, what we have set is called normal, and this is one inch margins all the way around. That's too large for this paper size, so we're going to go to custom margins and will change the one 2.75 all the way around. Now, if I was publishing on eight point 8.5 or eight by five inch paper, I would probably set my margins 2.5 inches all the way around. It's just a matter of what the size is that you're currently working on here. We got reasonably sized margins for the page size. The next thing that I want to point out is that things are beginning to look a little ridiculous here. They're so large that they're taking over the screen, and we can't really see the details of what we're doing when you get to this size of magnification on a page. What I like to do is flip from on the view menu where I default. Look at a page at Page with Now. I would do it as two pages under zoom on view, two pages per page per screen, and in this case, I get a much more reasonable look at the page as I'm trying to format it in future. Lectures will continue the formatting and pages on to setting up styles and applying them to headers and body content. 2. Modifying the Normal and Heading 1 Styles: in this lecture, we're going to discuss the modification of the normal and the heading. One styles in the next lecture will apply those styles to the entirety of the document, so essentially will be formatting the body of the document. The body of your document pretty much consists of head one chapter headings and normal for the paragraphs. Now there may be other styles you apply to particular elements to get centered or other types of text. It's up to you whether you create those styles, but I'm going to show you how to create the two main ones. They are located on the home menu here, which we have up and you'll see under the styles area that they're all defined. I can apply a style by clicking on any of the paragraphs below and going up and checking the paragraph type. For instance. This is normal. Now what we're going to do those we're going to redefine what head one and normal are and then apply it to our document. Now the reason Use styles instead of configuring. Each element individually is of later you to change your mind. As far as the configuration, you only have to change what you've done in one place. Change the style and your entire document changes rather than have to change every element in the document from beginning to end. You'll catch the idea of what I'm talking about in just a bit. So let's begin by changing the normal style will go to it here in the home menu. Under the style Subsection will hover over the normal style and right click on it. Up comes the modification menu, and we're gonna pick modify as an option here. Now we get to define what normal means. Here it's set up to be times new Roman. If we wanted it to be some other fund, we would just pull that down, maybe pick Calibri. I like times New Roman engraver. You could even get so crazy as to go Friday, the 13th on your document if you want. When it comes to size, I like 12 point. So we have that set up here as our particular size. Don't use bold italics or underscore for the body of your document. It would turn out to be very ugly, and as far as color, black and white works for me so I use black for all of my style elements. Let's go to the next row of configuration. I want my paragraphs to be left justified. However, we're going to do a little trick to get them indented in just a bit, so we'll pick left justified and single spaced. Now let's go to the lower left of the configuration dialog of the modify styled dialogue and will pick format. Up comes a selection of things that we conform at. We want to format the paragraph, and here's the trick for getting in dense on your paragraphs. The alignment here on the in dense and spacing tab is left, but there's a special configured here on the first line. I want to in Dent 0.33 inches. This is what gives you your indent on new paragraphs. You shouldn't have to hit a return and then five spaces or something to in debt. Your paragraphs configure instead your paragraph style tohave an in debt. So all you do is hit a new line. A new paragraph begins, and it's automatically indented for you. This is how you do it. First line in den it by 0.33 Once you've done that, and what I like is Do not have, since I'm indebted my paragraphs. I don't like to have spaces between them, so go down here to spacing and make sure that there's zero spacing before and zero spacing after the paragraph down here in the preview window, it gives you a little preview of what you're doing. What it's going to look like in the document will go ahead and we'll click. OK to apply it now. We already dropped the bomb on this document and turned everything in it into a paragraph normal style. So we've applied normal everywhere. Soas faras converting Our document did normal. It's pretty much done next. Let's move over to heading one here will right click once again and will bring up modify on the first screen of heading one. We once again picked the four bonds and so on. I want times. New Roman is my fund instead of 12 pitch. I want 14 which will make it just a little bit larger, and I do want it bold in this case to make my heading one stand out. Once again, there's still black. They're left justified and their single spaced That's your basic configuration on screen one. Now go here to format up to paragraph and what we want to do is to make sure that the head one is left justified. However, we're going to remove that little special here. Remember, we had first line by 0.33 inches on our paragraphs. Will. If we do that on our headings, they're gonna look unusual. They're gonna be indented. So we get rid of that by pulling down first line and selecting none instead. So there will be no in debt on paragraphs. Once again, I get rid of the spacing before and after ahead one. It doesn't make sense to have any spacing before because we're about to insert a page break before ahead, one as far a spacing afterwards. It probably makes sense to have some spacing there so that you have some blank space between your head one. And your first paragraph, when I do, is I just put in an empty paragraph or type of blank line, and that works for me. So I don't put any space after the paragraph either. Now the final thing we're going to Dio is we're going to go to line and page breaks here on a paragraph. We or rather on ahead one. We want to enable page break before so click that. And that way any time that we get ahead one, it's going to force a page break and bring it to the top of the page. I like this on head ones. I like toe start ahead, one on a fresh page. So this is the basics of configuring the head one and the normal styles. In the next section, we're going to apply the head ones to the entirety of the document. 3. Applying the Styles: Welcome back to our document is it takes shape in this lecture. We're going to apply the styles that we just configured now. As I explained earlier, normal has already been applied to everything by dropping the bomb so we don't have to go to every paragraph and make it normal. That would be really slow. The other thing that I want to point out before I begin is that if you use any of the other styles, you can go ahead and modify them in the same way that you did the head one in the head. I'm the normal so of you who's ahead to style, which is like a subheading. You would go ahead, go to it, right click and down would come the configuration options to modify it and you would modify it to your liking as it is right now, I think it looks pretty good. It's a an italic font in the same find is the other one, but that I can see one thing here have used the head one you need to go to format paragraph and get rid of the indent on the first line, which you're inheriting from the normal paragraph. So go ahead and do that, and we can now start using head twos of we like. So let's go ahead and start applying the head ones to our document. It's very simple to Dio. Here's the prologue sitting here waiting for us. We go ahead and we click on it with our left mouse click. That puts our point onto that line, and we go up to heading one in the style and click left. Click it to apply it. Now you can see our page break has been inserted for us. Prologue is now in its own new page. It's left justified and it's bold. The rest of the normal styles go on below now. A quick way to change the rest of the chapters is to search for them and then modify them one at a time. It so happens that all my chapters begin with the word chapter in upper Case, so let's go ahead and we'll use our old replace friend here on the home menu. Far right in the editing subsection will pick up. We'll bring up the replace dialogue menu, and here we will say chapter with an upper case, see and will even say match case so we don't get lower case chapters and we'll match whole words, which means it can't be part of another word chapter. I don't know how it would anyway, but we'll go ahead and we'll find next. Here's the next chapter heading that it's found for us. We go ahead and we go to it by clicking are on it to position our point and we pick head one. There we go. We've modified that chapter heading we find Next Here's the next chapter heading. We go to it, we apply, heading one and so on until we've made it all the way through the document formatting all of the chapter one headings. Now, notice how Chapter one head and show up over here in our navigation bar so we can now quickly jump between our chapter headings by clicking on them over in the navigation pane. So I'll see you at the end of this document. By the time that we've applied all of our head one headings to our chapter titles