How I published my first CreateSpace book
Many authors have used CreateSpace with great success and I've happily suggested it to clients. But just how easy is it to turn a manuscript into a perfectly produced paperback?

CreateSpace Basics

  • Create manuscript in Word (using formatted indents and page breaks for new chapters)
  • Copy and paste manuscript into CreateSpace template (set page numbering)
  • Create cover
  • Produce PDF version of Word document
  • Submit to CreateSpace, via their download option
  • Receive confirmation there are no technical issues
  • Order proof copy (incurring first cost)
  • Check content, check chapters begin on correct page, check page numbers are correct
  • Click on submit – within minutes the book will appear on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, but won't be available for a couple of hours
Is it really that simple? Yes! I'm no IT wizard, if I can do this, so can you!

There are blogs available with screenshots of technical information. There are books available that show you how to use a CreateSpace template. If you can use Word, you don't need any more technical information, and you certainly don't need a book.

Yes, you can use more elaborate templates than I have, but I've deliberately gone down the easiest, and cheapest, route. That's the beauty of CreateSpace – it can be as simple or as sophisticated as you choose.

Good luck!