Using Word to format for Create Space
Ever had an experience that was excruciatingly difficult, but in the end you enjoyed it?
A bit like giving birth to quadruplets.
But I did it! It took about ten hours, which were spread over several days. With the help of India Drummond’s You Tube clip below, I used Word to create a PDF, to upload my story to Amazon Create Space. Phew. I will have a print copy!!!
The basic instructions aren’t hard, but I needed to pay a lot of attention to details (which isn’t a strength of mine) or I’d make mistakes that I later had to go back and fix. The next ms should be a lot easier <fingers crossed>.
Basically there are 4 Steps. Here is what I did:
1. Page Layout
- created a file I called “Covert Danger formatted for CS”
- deleted headers
- changed page size to 5 by 8 inches
- went to Page Setup – selected more sizes – entered 5 in wide 8 in high
- set new margins – custom size (multiple pages, mirror image, top .5 in, Bottom .5 in, Inside .75 in. Outside .5 in. , but I had to change the last two numbers, no gutter)
2. Formatting Text
- used Styles (top of the Home page in your word doc) to format text
- Heading 1 for Chapter Names (which I later changed to black ink and a different font)
- AaBb – I called Manuscript and chose the font for my text
- highlighted and reformatted the first few words in each chapter for effect
- made sure all scene breaks symbols, ***, were centered
- Sunk the beginning of chapters to part way down the page, by going to style – modify 2 in (or 144 pt) before and .5in (or 36 pt) after (Note: I had a lot of difficulty with this stage because my page breaks weren’t all, shall we say perfect, and I had to go back and make sure a proper break had been made)
- reformatted special before and after pages (e.g., copyright) to make them look the way I wanted them to
3. Adding Images
- I didn’t
4. Inserting Page Numbers
- made a header, inserted page, made odd and even different, changed the font
The fun part – Being able to make it look the way I wanted it to, a true artisan product.
The difficult part – hours of clicking mouse work.
To see these steps in detail, watch India Drummond’s You Tube video below:
I’ll be setting up my print book for pre-order as soon as the cover is done.
I hope these notes help. Enjoy your Monday.