Createspace – Self-Publishing Your Book in Paperback

What with book trim size, color printing versus black and white and paper type, isn’t the process of self publishing a book on Createspace overwhelming? 

Would you like to know the ideal choices on Createspace for book trim sizes, interior types, and paper color? 

Then, you’ll want to hear about my Createspace experience where I’ll share the ideal book trim size, interior types and paper color. Don’t go away! 

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Using Createspace isn’t all that hard. However, if you haven’t uploaded to it before or produced tons of books on this Amazon publishing platform, then the Createspace book publishing can be a bit intimidating.  

I know how you feel and I’m here to assure you that Createspace book publishing is easier than you think. As with most anything in the self-publishing industry, study the consistent best sellers in your niche and try to duplicate what they do for book sizes and print options. 

I’ve just found success with certain and commonly used variations in the book publishing industry. So, let’s get to the common questions about the ideal Createspace options… 

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Createspace Trim Size

What should I choose for book trim size? 

I’ve found the ideal size for me is six by nine. But here’s the truth… 

Books of a certain size aren’t going to get more sales necessarily. Put yourself into your customer’s shoes and picture the ideal situation for them purchasing and then enjoying your book.  

Would your customer need a compact read for on-the-go? Or, do they want a larger format used to illustrate detailed instructions with pictures? Go with your gut and try actively seeking feedback from a team of beta readers and your reviewers. 

Bear in mind if you are choosing a trim size to maximize profits, that your base cost for printing is designated by the number of pages, not the size.  

For example, the cost of a 108-page 8.5×11 book costs the same as a 108-page 5×8 book. 

In summary, choose the book trim size according to your reading audience’s needs. 

Createspace Interior Paper Color

Should my interior be in full color or black and white? 

If you have no pictures involved, then naturally you should choose black and white. However, if you are printing a picture book or illustrations where quality is a must, then stick with full-color printing. 

Here’s the issue when it comes to color versus black and white printing – cost. 

The base cost for printing a full-color book is nearly triple the cost of black and white printing. And, the base cost significantly increases beyond a certain page count. 

For black and white interiors, any books from twenty-four to one hundred and eight pages, it has a base cost of roughly a few bucks. For every page beyond one hundred eight, it costs you cent per page. 

For full-color interiors though, any books from twenty-four to forty pages, the base cost is roughly triple than that of black and white printing. And for every page past forty, your base cost shoots up SEVEN CENTS PER PAGE! 

And remember that having fewer color images on a page won’t make a difference in cost. Much like I shared already, Createspace sets their base costs on page count only. 

What is the best choice for Createspace books – cream paper or white paper? 

Fiction tends to be printed on cream paper and nonfiction is often printed on cream paper, although textbooks, manuals, and the like are more often printed on white. I assume that white is less welcoming than cream. There is no hard and fast rule. 

If your book contains images, even in black and white, then the white paper is the better choice. However, Createspace only uses white paper for color print books. 

What kind of preferences do you have when printing on Createspace? Do you find one size better than another? Is color print or black and white print your choice? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to address each one of you. 

That’s all the time we have for today, and remember if you liked this post, please share it with your followers. Till later, this has been Self Publishing with Dale and I’ll see you guys soon.

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