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.
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. ❤ 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:
Everything should have come over correctly except your Table of Contents (TOC). Here’s how to fix that:
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. ❤
Happy writing and publishing!
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.