One of the things that I’d never quite liked about Createspace was the inability to create the crisp little paperback-sized novels that I see in the bookstores. I have hundreds of them sitting on my shelves, yet the ones that I have created from CS have always been larger.
Another reason I wanted that 4.25 x 6.87 size was because it would maximize my Kindle page count (in a fair way). The 5 x 8 size didn’t properly represent my genre (SciFi & Fantasy), but 4.25 x 6.87 did. This means that by using 5 x 8, I’m cheating myself on the page count that will show up to readers when they consider purchasing my eBook. You may be thinking that this isn’t a big deal, but I think you may change your mind when you hear that I saw an average of 50 pages added to my 60k-word novels by switching them to 4.25 x 6.87. To a reader, a 270 page book is not as enticing as a 320 page book. But, again, I didn’t do this to cheat the system. I simply wanted to level the playing field with what I see as standard in the bookstores.
I have made three videos to help you set up your book to work in the same way. I’ve also created a web tool to help you build out your template. However, you are going to have to have a few things in order to make this work.
- You need to have a Mac version of Scrivener. Sorry Windows folks, but Scrivener’s export options kind of suck on the PC. Trust me when I say that I wish this wasn’t the case as I’m a PC user. You might be wondering how I got this to work if I’m a PC user. Simple, I bought a MacBook Air. I’m sure you can find a used Mac Mini or something that would work just fine. I’m not a Mac expert, so I can’t really comment on that stuff. I just figured that snagging a MacBook Air would allow me to use Scrivener on the road, too, so it worked out for me.
- You need to have the artwork for your book cover in a format that can be re-sized and manipulated (like a PSD file, for example). Just having a flat image of your cover art is not likely to work. This is because the spine of your book is going to be different at 4.25 x 6.87 than at any other size.
- You need to have Photoshop or some decent paint program, and you need to know how to use it. Alternately, if you have an artist, just ask them to manage the art stuff.
- You’ll need this url to help build your template file for the book: www.mycodeserver.com/cs/
And with that, here are the videos!
I hope this helps you to get your book in the pocketbook format on Createspace.
Best of luck!