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How to Format Book Covers for Print Publication in 8 Simple Steps (Format a Book (Volume 3 of 3)) [Kindle Edition]

Jennette Green
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Book Description

Have you written a fiction novel or a nonfiction book that you would like to publish? With an excellent book and an eye-catching cover, you can do it, and it is more simple than you could imagine.

The first two books in this “Format a Book” series covered how to turn your Microsoft Word document into an professional looking print book, and then into the three most popular ebook formats (Kindle, NOOK and Smashwords). Only one step remains on your journey to publish your print book—creating a book cover file for Lightning Source or CreateSpace.

Turning a cover image into a book cover file for print publication is a process that often trips up new authors or publishers. However, this does not need to be the case. This book takes advantage of the author’s years of experience of preparing clients’ book cover files for Lightning Source and CreateSpace. In this book, she has distilled her techniques down into eight simple steps that anyone can understand and implement. Numerous screenshots make learning the steps even easier.

Learn how to use Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat Professional to create professional book cover files for Lightning Source and CreateSpace. Book cover files can also be made with free imaging software, such as Gimp. However, cover files for Lightning Source require a few extra modifications, which only Photoshop or Scribus can produce.

Are you ready to take that final step to publish your print book? It’s time to turn your cover image into a book cover file in eight simple steps!

Topics included in this book:

Cover Resolution
The Cover Template
Crop the ISBN Bar Code
Flatten the Cover Template
Cover Template Components (Lightning Source (LSI) and CreateSpace)
Place Your Cover Image on the Template
Convert Your Cover to CMYK Color
Adjust Cover Ink Percentages (LSI Only)
(LSI) Method One: Apply ICC Profiles
(LSI) Manually Adjust to 240% Ink Limits
(LSI) Adjust the Cover Colors
(LSI) Method Two: Apply Color Changes to Cover Before Converting to a Profile
(LSI) Method Three: If Only Bits of the Cover are Over 240%, Manually Adjust the Colors
(LSI) Great Black Color 237% Ink Limits
Create Your Cover PDF
Output Preview (LSI Covers Only)
Save Cover as a PostScript File
Check File Properties
To Do List for Processing a Cover File
Build Your Cover Image on the Cover Template
CreateSpace Covers
Lightning Source Covers
Building a Cover on the Template
Cropping a Cover on the Template
Create Book Covers Using Scribus
Set Up a Custom Profile in Preflight

Format a Book Series (3 Volumes):

1. How to Format a Print Book in 12 Easy Steps: Easily Format Books with Microsoft® Word
2. How to Format an eBook for Kindle, NOOK, and Smashwords in Two Hours or Less
3. How to Format Book Covers for Print Publication in 8 Simple Steps

All three books in this series are combined into one comprehensive volume entitled, Book Formatting for Self-Publishers, A Comprehensive How-To Guide. It is available in both ebook and paperback editions.

For Windows/PC; tips for Mac at the "Format A Book" website.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Press (March 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NBP6NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is worth getting February 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very helpful book! I think it is needed if you are going to do any self-publishing, It has helped me in what to do in making a cover for my book soon to be published on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and comprehensive! November 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book became my bible while I was converting an illustration into a book cover for my first novel. The instructions are simple and clear and the tips are highly useful. I've recommended this book to other indie publishers out there as a quick guide to cover formatting. Note that you need to have some knowledge of Photoshop or other design software to best utilize the suggestions.
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More About the Author

From the author: I grew up in North Pole, Alaska and later, as a teen, lived on a sailboat for five years. My family visited Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and various Caribbean islands. Luckily, my husband loves to travel, too, and we (and our three kids) have embarked upon a few interesting adventures!

I fell in love with writing in the second grade. My first romance novel, The Commander's Desire, was published in 2008, and recently updated in 2013. The book is now available in audio book format through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The Commander's Desire has been given the accolades of "Top Pick" novel and "Reader's Favorite Hero for 2009." Other books I've written include Her Reluctant Bodyguard, a Christian romantic suspense novel, and Ice Baron, a futuristic/science fiction romance, packed with action and romance. Each has received a number of "Top Pick" reviews, too.

I'm interested in a number of different subjects! As a result, I like to mix things up, and that's why I write in a variety of genres. Here's the list of my latest books, according to genre:

Historical Romance:
The Pirate's Desire, Historical regency romance, PG-13, clean romance
The Commander's Desire, Historical medieval romance, PG-13, clean romance

Christian Romance:
Her Reluctant Bodyguard, Christian romantic suspense, with a splash of Tracy/Hepburn and Clark Gable/Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night) humor

Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance:
Ice Baron, first in Ice Chronicles Series, PG, clean romance

Young Adult (to be released in May):
Castaways, novelette, 15,400 words, clean, light romance

Children's (to be released soon):
Toot of Fruit, a children's humorous story, 3,800 words

Murder Mystery:
Murder by Nightmare, a murder mystery novelette, 9,300 words

Publishing Industry:
Book Formatting for Self-Publishers, a Comprehensive How-to Guide


(Working titles are subject to editorial change)

Christian Romance:
Snowstorm, Contemporary, PG, clean romance

Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance:
Ice Master, second in Ice Chronicles Series, PG, clean romance (work in progress)

Christian End-Times/Apocalyptic:
Beyond the Rapture, (#1 in Rapture series) New Adult, PG, clean, light romance
Love Mercy (#2 in Rapture series) PG, romance

Kaavl Conspiracy, Paranormal, New Adult, PG-13, light romance
Kaavl Quest, Paranormal, New Adult, PG-13, light romance
Kaavl Conqueror, Paranormal, New Adult PG-14, romance

More books will be published in the coming months.

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