Self Publishers Helpful Links

Several of my clients have asked me questions about page count and book dimensions when formatting their books. I have gathered some information that I thought I could share with you. Below are some links and other information that you may find useful.  This first link takes you to CreateSpace’s website where there is a form to fill out that will give you a template for your cover.


Here you can choose from the drop down menu, “TRIM SIZE” and these are the book dimensions that Create Space will allow. I use this page to get my template for the book covers I create for CreateSpace. They have a minimum page count requirement of 24 pages to a book. So with a children’s book, if you have 12 pages of text you can have 24 pages total if you put text on one side and a picture on the adjacent page. You can also add in the front of the story a title page, a blank page, an ‘About The Author’ page, a ‘Dedication Page’, and at the end of the story you can add a ‘About the Illustrator’ page, and a page with a list of Coming Soon Books page..and anything else you can think of. These are just some ideas that will help give you additional pages.
 Here is a link to templates you can use for your Interior if you are using Word to write your book.


INGRAMSPARK: If you do not want to use Create Space, there is also Ingram Spark that is a popular self publisher. Here is the Link:

They are not as simple to use as Create Space,IMO, and they do charge a fee. Also, when you want your cover done, you will have to obtain a 13 digit ISBN- (which is the number that identifies your book that goes in the barcode with the price on the back of your book).You will have to enter all your book info into a place on the site to generate your cover: Link:

Here is a link about ISBN numbers on their site:
( CreateSpace provides you with an ISBN free of charge.)
Here is a link to a PDF with IngramSpark’s File Guidelines:

I do not think Ingram Spark has the 24 page rule, but they do require a page count to be a multiple by 2 so if you say, had a 11 page count , they will add a blank page at the end to make it 12. Also, they do want a blank page at the end so if your book is 24 pages they will add 2 blank pages at the end.
There is a lot to process here, I know! But once you get it figured out, it will become easier.

Once you get your book done and are wanting to promote it, you will probably want to have a website where you can display and tell about your book/books. Building a website is now easier than ever with so many website builders available. You no longer have to know HTML to create your own website! Here is an article that contains helpful information on the available site builders out there:

I hope these links help you along your self publishing  journey!
Have a great day!


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  1. also has great options for printed books, with cover file templates and interior file templates as well. There are no fees and their print quality is better than either of the above.

  2. Thank you for your post Matt. I created a cover for a client several years ago through Lulu. At that time they didn’t have cover templates. It is great to hear that now they do, along with interior templates. Very helpful!

  3. UPDATE:

    CreateSpace is merging with Kindle Direct Publishing and will become one service.
    Below is an email I received from Amazon:


    We’re excited to announce that CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service. As a reminder, KDP now offers Expanded Distribution to sell your paperbacks to physical bookstores in the US, as well as the ability to sell your paperback books on and ( coming soon). With these features, KDP’s paperback distribution will be on par with CreateSpace’s distribution. KDP also offers features that aren’t available on CreateSpace. These include the ability to purchase ads to promote paperbacks on and locally printed author copies in Europe.

    As a result of these enhancements to KDP and our ongoing efforts to provide a more seamless experience for managing your paperback and digital books, CreateSpace and KDP will become one service. On KDP, your paperbacks will still be printed in the same facilities, on the same printers, and by the same people as they were on CreateSpace.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll start automatically moving your CreateSpace books to KDP. Your books will remain available for sale throughout the move and you’ll continue to earn royalties. Once we begin this process you’ll be unable to edit existing titles or create new titles on CreateSpace. To learn more about the move and review the latest, visit here.

    If you have a release planned soon or you would like to start the move yourself, you can move your entire CreateSpace catalog to KDP in just a few steps. To get started on your move to KDP, log in to your CreateSpace Member Dashboard. During this transition, you can contact KDP customer support by email and access phone support in English. For insider advice on what to expect during the move, check out the Fundamentals of KDP webinar.

    There are a few payment and printing fee differences associated with the move. Any royalties earned while your books are on CreateSpace will be paid according the CreateSpace’s payment schedule, 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. After you move your books to KDP, new royalties earned will be paid on KDP’s payment schedule. KDP pays royalties on a monthly basis 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. As a result, you’ll be paid in October for any royalties earned in September on CreateSpace and be paid in November for any royalties earned on KDP. In addition, some low-page count books will see an increase in printing fees when they are printed in the UK and EU. We’ve already sent an email to the small number of accounts affected by this change. Learn more about KDP’s printing costs here.

    We’ll be in touch with more updates in the coming weeks. It is still Day 1 for independent publishing. As Amazon’s recent shareholder letter noted, there are more than a 1,000 authors who earn more than a $100,000 a year from their work with us. We could not be more optimistic about the future of independent publishing and this change will allow us to innovate faster for you.

    Best Regards,
    The CreateSpace and KDP Team”

    So…if you have books published via CreateSpace, they will still be available on Amazon. From what I have read, they will move your books over to Kindle Direct Publishing for you in a few weeks of this posting. From now on, you will need to go to Kindle Direct Publishing to create new books. It doesnt appear to be any different than it did with CreateSpace. They are just merging the two divisions of Amazon. Before Kindle Direct Publishing was only for ebooks, but now they will be doing the print books also.
    Good thing is, from what I can tell, the proofs and printing costs will be cheaper than via CreateSpace!

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