Formatting My Book

I’ve began formatting my book to upload to CreateSpace. Today, I’d like to let you in on a few of my mistakes and then let you know what constraints I used in my book in case you’d like an example. As is recommended, I checked out a lot of the articles that create space has about formatting your book. I also downloaded a copy of their sample formatted book for my chosen book size- 5.5 x 8.5.

Mistake number 1)

This is not so much a mistake, just more of a keep in mind. I thought about changing my book size when I started in CreateSpace, but when inserting my images, I remembered that I told my illustrator to use 5.5 x 8.5 for his drawings. So, be sure about your book size before getting to far into publication. The size of your book effects everything, including illustrations, how many pages you end up with and your cover page.

Mistake number 2)

Your cover and back cover should all be one image with the spine included. I did not realize this until I was in CreateSpace putting the book together. I could have asked my illustrator to handle this for me but instead I decided to do it myself. Hopefully I won’t regret that decision later.

Those are a couple of things I want to remind you of as you plan your book. Below you will find specifics on how I formatted my book.


Like many first timers, I chose to use Microsoft Word. It has been an easy enough process. My biggest issue was putting different margins on different pages, but with a quick visit to YouTube, I figured it out.

Book size)

As I said before I chose to use 5.5 x 8.5. My book is a chapter book, so a 6 x 9 or 5.5, 8.5, seemed to be the best choice. I’m not sure what made me choose 5.5 x 8.5 back then, but I did so, I’ll stick to it.


I chose to use similar margins to the ones used in the sample book given by CreateSpace. Top: 0.76; Bottom: 0.76; Inside: 0.88; and Edge: 0.6


After doing some research and finding this article, I decided to publish my books with dyslexia friendly font. I agree with the articles author, that as self-publishers, we should try to fill the gaps left by traditional publishers. Because of this, my font is Verdana, size 16.

If you’ve already decided how your book will be laid out, share it in the comments below. Many people would like to see what others on this journey are doing.


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