If you’ve ever tried to publish a book with CreateSpace, the chances are your manuscript was rejected by them at least once during the book submission process. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, as it happens to everyone. The problem is it does get frustrating (and annoying) when it keeps happening. Even more so when you’re 100% sure you’ve got it right and want to get your book onto Amazon and see those lovely royalties coming in.
If you know me, you know I love Microsoft Word. Yes, I said it. I love Word! I do realise that you might now be sitting there with your jaw on the table with a series of incoherent sounds coming out of your mouth, but after 21-years of plugging away with it, I do know many of its ins-and-outs.
In fact, I spend most of my day using it: creating new Word templates for business, fault-finding and modifying existing templates; and, I’ve been doing it professionally since 1999.
As such, I know how complicated the entire book creation process is with CreateSpace and Word. One things for sure, Microsoft have not made this easy for the author. Fact.
Don’t believe me?
Open your version of Word and search for a book template…
…you won’t find one.
Who knows, but the way Word is structured (this is by original design 3 decades or so ago), it’s not the most ‘user friendly’ program going. And, to date, they’re not supporting authors
But, you may be wondering, how this affects, or has anything to do with CreateSpace and their self-publishing process?
Well, you might be interested to learn that CreateSpace have a top 10 list of the most common rejection reasons.
The Top 10 CreateSpace Rejection Reasons
I’ll put the link to that article at the bottom of the page, but here are the top 10 reasons:
- Pagination and Blank Pages
- Wrong Trim Size
- Live Graphics
- Corrupt or Too Complex File/images
- Illegible/Cut Content
- Template Showing
- Spine Content
Now these might not mean much to you at this stage, but 9 of that list are related to your manuscript…
…and if you use Microsoft’s premier word-processing program, it means you need to address those 9 in your manuscript if you ever want to get published.
Believe it or not though, they are easy to address.
Item 1, metadata, is the book information, the title, subtitle, author’s name, ISBN number, and so on. The problem with these is they need to appear in multiple places (on your book cover, in your interior file), and need to be exact – this is just a case of being diligent and checking though.
Items 2-5 are all closely related, as they relate to the book trim size, and manuscript setup. Again, they’re not impossible to master (by no means), it’s you just need to be aware of them and watch out for them. (Note: where Word’s concerned, item 2, pagination and blank pages, is probably the tricky one here).
Though items 6-8 are more related to graphics – admittedly, 7 does also refer to the Word file size and the way it’s setup and ‘used’ – they refer to the images you insert in your manuscript. Consequently, you need to know how to insert and place them correctly. The key point here is everything needs to be readable. As you can no doubt imagine, CreateSpace and Amazon are concerned with giving the reader the best experience possible, and is why they’ll fail your book if any of your content is unreadable.
Item 9, template showing, refers to both the cover and interior template if you use CreateSpace’s templates. Note, I always use their cover templates, but have never used their interior templates. Not only because many users have reported problems with them, but also because I’m a Word expert and have my own which I’ve created :D.
So now we’ve reached the 10th and last item in the list, spine content; and, as I mentioned earlier, this is the only one of the top 10 common rejection reasons that is not manuscript/Word related. It’s purely related to your book cover.
Get these 10 right, and your submitted manuscript will be 99% of the way there.
I do realise that I’ve covered these quickly, and only in small detail, but if you are interested in finding out more, then I’ve covered these in a little more detail in a free report I’ve written.
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