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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 5: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 1

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 5: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 1

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Logging Onto CreateSpace for Self-publishing

    • 2. Entering Title Information and Assigning a Free ISBN

    • 3. Uploading Your Book Interior

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Self-publishing CreateSpace POD Paperbacks 5: CreateSpace Publishing Pt. 1

In this class you will begin publishing your book via the CreateSpace web based interface. You'll begin by defining certain aspects of your book and then uploading the book interior. The publishing effort continues through the next two classes.


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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. Logging Onto CreateSpace for Self-publishing: Welcome back. And congratulations. I formatting that manuscript. I'm sure that it looks great and you're ready to actually publish it through the Create Space Web based interface. To do that, I'm going to use my chrome browser, which you now see filling the window, and I'm going to go to the space where you enter you RL's and I'm going to enter create space all one word dot com. Okay, this is the main create space interface website, and it's asking me to log in. It already has filled in my log in information. I would lead you through logging in, but there's Ah rather creating an account. But there's this weird kind of If you have an Amazon account, you already have a create space accounts when not quite sure how far I've got to go in what I've got to do to actually create an account. If you don't have an account, you probably will have to sign up. I would try that the first time become to create space if it tells you already have an account is you start signing up, then you're fine. You're using your Amazon account to access, create space, be assured that at some point they're going to start asking you for stuff about your Social Security and number and so on so that they can distribute funds that they gather to you. So you're gonna have to enter some financial tax information at some point, and they'll send the email on how to do that. In the meantime, let's go ahead and log in. You log in by entering the email address that you used to register with Create space, which for me is Brian J. J. Jackson at gmail dot com. And then you enter your password has already stored, so I'll go ahead and log in. Now that brings you to the member dashboard, and this lists all the books that you have already published. I've published, I don't know, 40 or 50 books so far on Create Space. What we're gonna do is we're gonna publish another beginning with the next chapter where we create a new book 2. Entering Title Information and Assigning a Free ISBN: Welcome back in this lecture, we're going to publish the manuscript. We just got done formatting by filling out a certain the Siris of screens that creates a create space presents to you to gather the information needed. So we're gonna begin all this process from the member dashboard. This is where everything kind of begins. And over here on the left, you have at least part of your menu system. You also have menus along the top to view other aspects of the system. But the top menu item in the my account menu bar, um, will take you back to the member dashboard. So just click on that. It brings you back to here. This is kind of your starting point. It lists the books that you have published. You can click on a book title to go modify it, but it also right below member dashboard has add a new title. This is what you do to add a new book, and what we're going to do right now is click on it. Now. One of the nice parts is that you don't need to make it all the way through the book creation process. You can save along the way and come back to it later. That would be modifying an existing book from that dashboard that we just showed you. But for now, we're going to start filling out the basic information you need in the first few screens. First, you have to give your book a title or your project. We're going to give it bad medicine because that is what we that was the title of the book . Now we're going to choose what type of project we want to start. You can actually create audio projects, DVD projects and paperback projects through create space. Now, obviously, we're gonna create a paperback show. We'll check that the obvious. The easiest way to creative book through Create space is through the guided interface. Now there is an expert interface that's still in beta. Interesting. That is a little quicker, but I'm gonna take you through the guided interface here the first time. It's up to you whether you want to try the expert interface on the next time that you submit a book. But the first time go through guided. Here we go. So we have the required fields submitted. Were submitting a paperback called bad medicine and we say get started. Okay, Now this over here, the menu on the left becomes a series of steps that represents screens that great space is going to send me through to define my book. Here's the title of the book Bad Medicine. If it has a subtitle, we can put that in here. I'm not quite sure where that shows up. Maybe in the book description pages. And then you got to give it an author. Ah, the author can have a prefix like Mr or Dr um so on, um, miss whatever you'd like. And I'm going to make it. Melanie. No middle name Jackson. So you can leave these things blank if they don't apply in a Suffolk's no junior or anything like that. So we're not gonna put that in there, And that is the primary author. You can also add other contributors. So if you had illustrators and so on now, I wouldn't have more than one author if you can avoid it. If you know they have an editor and you have an illustrator, that's nice. I usually don't put them in the descriptive information. I like to make it look like this is a one man effort. Most people tend to want to buy books that are by people, not by an organization. So I usually skip adding other contributors and say thank you and email and stuff like that . But you know, including them in the creates based information I don't know about now. If this book is part of a Siri's, which this happens to be, you can click this and up will open the Siri's box. This is part of a serious called the medicine trilogy, and it just happens to be Volume one. If there this is an addition, number like this is a some kind of weird first edition or something that you want to label as such. Then you could mark. This is such I just leave it Blank doesn't really apply. The language is going to be in English by default. To put the publication date, I click on the little calendar you can barely see here to the right of the text field and click the current day. It puts it in there for me. This is all the basic information that you need on the title information screen to begin defining your book to create space. Let's say save and continue. Now, if we'd been missing any required information, they would have read displayed the screen and property for that information. Instead, they put a little green check mark here in my menu on the left to show me the title Information has been completed. Now I'm getting an I s bien or an international symbol block number. No, I'm kidding. I don't know what I ESPN means and either I don't know what it stands for, but we're going to get one anyway, because she gotta have it to produce a book for some reason. And they don't They apply less and less. Now that we can search for full tax on books and stuff like that. I don't know. I sp ends I think are kind of antiquated. I hope they're going to go away. We're going to choose to get a free create space assigned eyes being remember. This is a no cost up front publishing method. We're not gonna pay for anything here. A sign of free ice. Bien Eric has occurred while processing my request. That's not good. Uh, their system administrators have been notified that's encouraging. Let's, um, reload this page every once in a while, these glitches happen. You kind of have to accept it. Just accept it's a web page. Go ahead and reload it and try it again. So we will sign a free I spin. There we go. This time we got it. Um, And what? This is what we do to remember how we put in a place holder on our, um, copyright page for the I ESPN. Well, here is the I S P m. The 13 number version. We go ahead and select it and say, Copy. Then we go back over the word where we had bad medicine open. Come on up. There it comes where it is not responding. Okay, now words responding Good. My computer is kind of lagging a little bit here for some reason, and we go to the title page Up, up, up, run. And here's our placeholder for the I ESPN. We click here and we say, Right click boys, my system being slow paced. There's our ESPN, although it's jumbo with me and do that and go ahead and paste as text on Lee and I now have the I s bien in my text them about dub load. Let's go ahead and save that because we're about to reference this file. So I click the save button. There we go. It's saved. And now I can go back over here to create space. Thank you for the free Iess Band. Create space. We're now ready to continue on with defining the interior of our book. Let's click Continue. 3. Uploading Your Book Interior: Welcome back in this lecture, we're going to work on the interior of the document. This is the result of hitting save and continue from the I S P N screen. It brings us to the next step, which is the interior, which is the contents of our document, the text, the images that we've put together. Now you'll notice first over here on the left of the screen, we have the choice to go black and white and color. Now, this would obviously depend primarily on whether you had color images that you wanted to bring through or not. I will tell you the color is significantly more expensive to print than is black and white . So a black and white will do. You have your looking at old pictures and you're just doing text than stick with black and white. The color of the paper, every choice between cream and white. I've always done it. And white, I don't know what cream does. Maybe it looks really good, but it probably cost you more. So I would go with White to make the least expensive book possible. Over here on the right side of the page. This is remember forever we've been building this manuscript based on six inches by nine inches will hear it finally comes into play where you get to choose the page size or the trim size is they call it for your book. You click on choose the size and here comes the most popular Told you that five by it was one which we were not ready to pursue, but six by nine was the other very popular one. We're going to pursue that now by choosing that as our trim size. Now, the next choice you have is to pay a professional to do something really simple for $200 or do it yourself. Let me think for about one second, and I think I will choose the do it yourself route where I will upload that formatted document. See, now you know how much you paid for this course. Okay. Tell the truth. You might have gotten it for free. Well, I'm about to save you. What was it? $199 by showing you how toe upload that formatted document that we have already prepared. So we're going to go to we're going to go to bad medicine here, and we're going to bring up the book that we've been working on. This is the one which we just recently saved the I S P N number. So we will double click on that to bring that in. It's called bad medicine. Hyphen creates based I'd doc and you'll. One easy way to make sure that this is the one year interested in is to check the date and time. Make sure this is the most recent thing that you've been working on before. Selecting it toe upload. And there we go. This is required field. We're uploading it now. We save now. What happens create space goes into this lengthy process of upload in the document. If it has a lot of graphics, it's going to take even longer to upload the document. And then it's eventually going to convert it to their internal format for printing, which is pretty much a Pdf format, I think, and then they will ask you to review it. Now you definitely want to revere your document. However, you definitely also do not want to wait for the amount of time that it's going to take the process your document. You have to wait the processing time. And here we're all locked up. The screen is locked up and we're waiting. Afford to process this massive document. Eventually it throws up this That is doing automated print check. It's going to go check our document to see if it finds any heirs. Now, this takes so long that it actually puts an option to start working on your book cover while you wait. That's Ah, that's a sharp indication that you're gonna be waiting a while and you know, it's something I would take advantage of. And I'm going to do right now by clicking on it. And then the next lecture we're going toe work on the book cover.