How to Make a PDF Cover for Your CreateSpace Book

I found this excellent step-by-step guide on how to create a PDF cover for CreateSpace. It has been written by Jo Robinson and I find it extremely helpful for first time self publishers.

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When you’re ready to have your book printed with CreateSpace and you’re planning on tackling the cover on your own it can seem rather daunting. It certainly terrified me to begin with and I only very recently updated my covers from the originals I made using the CreateSpace online cover creator. There’s nothing wrong with using that though. It depends on you entirely. Today I’ll show you how to make a PDF cover using their downloadable template. Once you’ve finished the interior of your book and have the final page count, go to the CreateSpace Template Generator and fill in all the required fields.

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Build Template

Click on Build Template and it will download a zipped file containing two templates. One PDF and one PNG. Drag the PNG across to the folder that you’ve allocated for all the elements of your cover design.

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Author Spotlight – Kay Kauffman

Welcome! 

Please introduce yourself. 

As a girl, I dreamed of being swept off my feet by my one true love. At the age of 24, it finally happened…and he’s never let me forget it. A mild-mannered secretary by day and a determined word-wrangler by night, I battle the twin evils of distraction and procrastination in order to write fantastical tales of wuv…twue wuv…with a few haiku thrown in for good measure.

I am currently hard at work on the first book in a fantasy trilogy. I reside in the midst of an Iowa corn field with my devoted husband and his mighty red pen; four crazy, cute kids; and an assortment of adorably small, furry animals.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I started writing as a kid. I think my love of writing developed from my love of reading.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

A desire to express myself, for one. Also, I love telling stories, but I’m not very good at telling them aloud. I love painting pictures with words.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write fantasy novels and poetry, and I’ve dabbled in chick lit, horror, and sci-fi. I’m a bit of a mixed bag.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

My goal right now is to finish rewriting my first fantasy novel and start submitting it to agents. I’d love to find representation and then get a book deal. Ultimately, I want to have a successful publishing career, one that, ideally, allows me to quit my day job so I can spend my days toiling in the land of make-believe. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Sometimes, but it’s not really a block as much as it is an inability to find a solution to a problem and then move forward. Taking a break from what I’m working on and letting my subconscious figure things out usually helps – I’ll read a book, or hang out with my family, or spend some quality time with my camera.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Don’t give up! Keep learning, keep practicing, and make new friends. The writing community is an incredibly supportive place, and my writing wouldn’t be half as good as it is without the friends I’ve made in the community over the years.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.  

TD-EcoverTuesday Daydreams captures the life and imagination of the author in vivid detail, touching on joy and loss, life’s everyday hassles, and the many faces of Mother Nature. A Song for All Seasons paints vivid pictures of the Iowa landscape in all its glory, in addition to intimate portraits of family life. From frost-covered windowpanes and snowy vistas to rolling green fields and bright blue skies, each poem is a peek into a fading world of untamed beauty. If you’d like to pick up your own copy of Tuesday Daydreams or A Song for All Seasons, you can find them at Amazon, Amazon UK, Createspace, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, and  Barnes&Noble.

My short fiction has appeared in two anthologies, 416 and Strange Portals, as well as the upcoming A World of Their Own. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy called The Lokana Chronicles, about a prince who must choose between civil war and letting his parents’ murderer go free.

 

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Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

It was a pleasure to be here! Thanks for having me!

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wpaviYou can find me in the all the usual places:

At my blog, where I share random pictures and silly poems; on Facebook, where I share things about cats and books; on Twitter, where I share whatever pops into my head; on Pinterest, where I share delicious recipes and images from my fantasy world; on Instagram, where I share pictures of pretty sunsets; and on Tumblr, where I share all of the above.