Making CreateSpace Cover Template Easy

Using CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator Tool

By Deborah S. Nelson

One of the first things I do, and one of the first things I recommend all my writer-clients do, is to create a book cover as soon as possible. In cases of ongoing publishing clients, I recommend them to create to the book cover before they finish writing the book. And that’s where CreateSpace Cover Template comes in. We always seem to need it and never can find it easily on the CreateSpace website. I am including the link below for easy access.

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The book cover is the most single important aspects of book publishing. If you are creating a book cover you’ll want it exciting! If you will make your book available for sale online, you’ll most likely want to create a custom book cover design.. If you are self-publishing a book and using print on demand, the first step will be to use the CreateSpace Cover Template tool. If you haven’t done so already, you will need to sign up for a free account. (Sign up here, right now). Next, you’ll need to download the correct CreateSpace Cover Template to send to your graphic designer. If your graphic designer does not have or follow the correct template, Createspace will not accept the book cover file for publications. The easiest way to get this right is by using the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator.

Using the Createspace Cover Template to get your book cover self published

Where is the CreateSpace Cover Template?

Book Cover–Gathering Your Info

But wait…the nice thing about CreateSpace Cover Template is the calculator.  Not everyone knows about this calculator. With the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator, you fill in the number of pages your of your book, the size of the book, click on a button, and your custom cover template is ready to download! Next, simply download in a zip file, your choice of PDF or Word doc.  and send over  this template over to your book designer. You will need the following:

      1. CreateSpace login information–your email and password. If you do not already have CreateSpace Account go to CreateSpace.com and sign up for a free print on demand account.
      2. Your book size, called “trim size,” in book publishing. (See CreateSpace book sizes below)
      3. Number of pages of your book. (We’ll tell you how to estimate number of pages)

CreateSpace Book Sizes

Before using the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator, you’ll need to decide on your book size. Here is a list of the standard CreateSpace book sizes:

Black and White Book Interiors

Trim Size

White Page Count

Cream Page Count

5 x 8 inches 12.7 x 20.32 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.06 x 7.81 inches 12.9 x 19.8 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.25 x 8 inches 13.335 x 20.32 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
5.5 x 8.5 inches 13.97 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6 x 9 inches 15.24 x 22.86 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6.14 x 9.21 inches 15.6 x 23.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
6.69 x 9.61 inches 17 x 24.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7 x 10 inches 17.78 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7.44 x 9.69 inches 18.9 x 24.6 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
7.5 x 9.25 inches 19.1 x 23.5 centimeters
24 – 828
24 – 740
8 x 10 inches 20.32 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 440
24 – 400

.Full-Color Book Interiors

Trim Size

White Paper Page Count

5.5 x 8.5 inches 13.97 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 480
6 x 9 inches 15.24 x 22.86 centimeters
24 – 480
6.14 x 9.21 inches 15.6 x 23.4 centimeters
24 – 480
 7 x 10 inches 17.78 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 480
8 x 10 inches 20.32 x 25.4 centimeters
24 – 480
 8.5 x 8.5 inches 21.59 x 21.59 centimeters
24 – 480
8.5 x 11 inches 21.59 x 27.94 centimeters
24 – 480

Figuring Number of Pages

The reason we calculate number of pages is to figure the thickness measurement for the spine of the book. If you book is less than about 100 pages, CreateSpace will not print anything on the spine, and your book cover layout will include that smallish blank spine. Based on letter size 8.5″ x 11″ manuscript, single-spaced using 12 point type and Times New Roman font,  if your book is 6 x 9 or less, you can about double the number for your published book. For 100 pages of typed material in letter size at 12 points you can estimate your book will be 200 pages when published. For an 8 1/2 x 11″ book, add about half of the pages to your total pages to be printed. You will need front matter, back matter, headers, page numbers, margins, illustrations, dividers, end notes, About the Author, Resource Sections, and more. See my Book Blueprint book to for more details about the parts of a book. Once the interior design of your book is completed to the specifications required for printing, you will have an exact count of pages. At that time you may use the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator again, and then ask the book cover designer to make an adjustment in the size of the spine on the book cover layout, if necessary.

 CreateSpace Cover Template Tool

CreateSpace Book Cover

CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator

This is what the CreateSpace Cover Template Calculator looks like. Once you  know your trim size, number of pages and interior type (black and white or color), you can use the calculator to create your cover template. Next send it in an email to your book cover designer, and keep in mind the file must be in a print ready high-resolution PDF. Let your cover designer know these specifications, so you will not have any trouble when it comes time to upload your book cover file to the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. If you are a graphic artist and can thoroughly understand the steps below, then I would urge you to design your own book cover just how you would like it. If not, I suggest hiring an expert in book cover design. We offer book cover design services at a very reasonable cost to our students and clients should you need someone, just contact us and we’ll make our best recommendations. CreateSpace Cover Template Instructions

Now that you know how to wield the CreateSpace Cover Template, you may want to see  the other articles Below for more detailed self-publishing information: Learn How To Use The CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Self Publishing Your Book Self Publishing Coaching | PublishingSOLO

 

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