Publishing Your Print Book with Amazon Book Templates

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I’ve recently published and (republished one from CreateSpace) both of my paperback books using Amazon’s 6 X 9 Template for a MAC.

After practically pulling my hair out by the roots, here’s what I learned.

  1. If you are starting with a Word document with the intention of copying and pasting into the Amazon template, leave it at the 8.5″ X 11″ size. I used 1.5 line spacing on one book, and 1.15 line spacing on the one I brought over from CreateSpace. I justified the text and added page numbers. On the CreateSpace book, I left it at the 1.15 line spacing with first-line paragraph indents because the size increased.

Selfpublishingschool.com shares some great tips on formatting your novel. There is a debate right now as to whether or not you need to do a first line indent on paragraphs in fiction books. I did do it for my fantasy book, The Heart Stone Chronicles, The Swamp Fairy.

However, for my short story/poetry book, Fairies, Myths, and Magic ~ A Summer Celebration, I did not. I used block paragraphs. This is acceptable for non-fiction like memoirs, according to what I read at the above site.

Personally, if I’m reading a paperback, I would prefer block paragraphs, but that’s just me.

EDITORS: If you know the answer to the first line indent question in fiction novels, please let me know in the comments. <3 Thanks.

ALSO: Amazon calculates how much it will cost to print your book. The bigger the book, the more it costs. You will have to raise the price of your book if you want to make any royalties from the sale.

I’m keeping my paperbacks smaller so I can ask less for them. I cringe at paying $15 or more for a paperback book and don’t want my readers to pay that price either. Add the shipping costs to it and buying a paperback from Amazon becomes a costly proposition. My preference may not be yours.

Okay, so back to inserting your Word manuscript into the Amazon 6 X 9 print book template:

  1. Download the 6 X 9 template from Amazon. There are different sizes so don’t think you have to use the one I did. Make a copy of the template and rename it. Make sure you enable editing.
  2. Go to your Word document and do a Command (Control on Windows) A to select your entire manuscript.
  3. Then, do a Command C to copy the manuscript.
  4. Do a Command V to paste your manuscript into the 6 X 9 Amazon (MAC) or Windows Template.

Everything should have come over correctly except your Table of Contents (TOC). Here’s how to fix that:

  1. With your mouse, highlight your TOC.
  2. Go to the References TAB on your Word Menu, then select Table of Contents.
  3. Select the first TOC version, called “Classic.” This will correct your TOC. Double check that the pages match with the TOC.

DON’T waste your time trying to create a Word document that is 6 X 9. It doesn’t exist as a page size selection anymore. The statement size doesn’t work either. I tried everything, but couldn’t get the TOC to come out right. Trust me on this. It will save you the five days I lost in my life to learn how to use the book templates from Amazon. 😀

Once I figured out how to get my manuscript into the Amazon print template, it was a breeze to upload and check. It does take some time to upload on the Amazon site, but once it loads you can preview your book from start to finish.

Amazon will email you when your book goes live. I’ve had a hard time with the PDF cover, but lucky me, I turned to my Sister of the Fey, Wendy Anne Darling from Bookxeedo Book Covers to help me resize the cover. She created all the covers for my books.

I cannot guarantee that you will have the same results working with your paperback as I did. However, I think I’ve been able to give you some helpful tips to make your paperback publishing journey easier. <3

Happy writing and publishing!

Finally

 

 

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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81 Comments

  1. Fun and games sis! But thank you for the advice 💜

  2. Thanks for the advice, Colleen. I’m bookmarking this!

  3. Reblogged this on Just Olga and commented:
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  4. Thank you for this! I was struggling to format my poetry manuscript and this was very beneficial!!!!!! Great Post

  5. My God, what a pain. Thank you for sacrificing your hair for us in order that we can keep it.

  6. Thank you so much Colleen, I have been pulling my hair out, trying to figure out all that. Can you also share simplified way of creating the cover for paperback? I am bookmarking it.

  7. I know what you went through til you figured this out Sis so thank you for sharing with us. And if I ever venture into formatting my own books, I know who I’m going to. LOL <3

  8. Hi Colleen dear, this comes in so timely. I’ve been compiling my poetry. A friend who published many personal books and the anthology for our Poetry for Fun class, told me that he uses size 1.15. for Create Space 6×9 template. I thought it was his preference. You also use 1.15, there must be a magic to that size. I was going to ask what font you use but you have Mac, I have Window. I’ll figure out. So far I picked Bookman Old Style, something like the font of the text of your blog.

    I’ll take your advice and have Wendy Ann design the cover. I do have an image (a picture) to make it easy to communicate what I have in mind.

    I have written so many poems for your challenges and they are enough for one chapter. I have different categories for other chapters.

    Thank you so much, Colleen! <3

  9. Reblogged this on The Shower of Blessings and commented:
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  10. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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  12. Thanks, sis, this is great advice. Considering moving Wisp from Create Space to Amazon as I’ll be using Amazon for Wisp 2. <3

  13. This is helpful, I’m looking at possibly self-publishing a novel and poetry book I’m writing and was thinking about going through amazon to do it.

    • If you follow my instructions, let me know if it worked for you. I’m on a MAC but everything is almost the same anymore between Word for Windows and Mac. Good luck. May the force be with you! LOL! 😀 <3

  14. This is great advice! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  15. Thanks for the tips Colleen. I am considering publishing my poetry for family presents, for when i leave this world. So i will now give it a go with a short story and then fine tune it.

  16. Glad you got it sorted, Colleen. Re first line indentation, I think it’s standard for fiction with single line spacing [not the ‘Normal’ line spacing default in Word]. Block paragraphs with 6 point line spacing in-between are standard for non-fiction. Joel Friedlander has some great info on formatting if anyone’s interested.

  17. Colleen, I feel your pain. Word was never intended for book layout, but it is possible to create a trim-size specific PDF from Word, and to see examples you can look at the designs on http://www.bookdesigntemplates.com. As far as paragraphing styles, this article might help: Book Design: Choosing Your Paragraphing Style (https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/04/paragraphing-style/)

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