Come On CreateSpace!


CreateSpace is now synonymous with self-publishing and they’ve made it incredibly easy for all of us to self-publish and book within a few minutes–especially if you’ve already done it a time or two. What is it with their cover templates though?

If you’ve ever walked yourself through the process of publishing a book there, or even researched on their website, you’ve probably run into the section on cover design.

I have to say, as easy as it is to get your book through their system after you know the process, that website is shockingly unintuitive. Especially when you consider the fact that it’s OWNED by Amazon–the most successful online retailer in the world. Talk about a company who knows how to structure a website. For whatever reason, they’ve invested very few resources in navigation for the CreateSpace site.

If you’re like me, you found yourself researching their cover requirements and come across a button that lead you to a series of a terrible book template area they have that is hideous and cumbersome to use. Not to mention, I’ve seen tons of those covers all over Amazon.

They have so much technology available, it’s hard to believe they’ve not launched a paid system where you can input all your data into the book template and choose from tons and tons of images to easily make a book cover for your book.

The current one they offer is free and in this case you definitely get what you pay for. I’m not really sure how anyone has the patience, or the taste to commit to one of those things honestly. The same way Amazon bought CreateSpace, it seems prime time for them to acquire a similar company who perhaps already has the technology built out to do this kind of work. comes to mind as I’ve noticed they recently launched a more aggressive campaign as a book publishing platform.

We’ll see what happens.

Non-Fiction Book Cover Design Successes

As promised, I’ve listed some of the top selling non-fiction, self-published books that did it either acting as their own book cover designer or by working with one. We can’t know the actual sales results or number for any given title because that information is confidential. However, in this case the ranking has been tracked for many months and sometime years , so we can be sure the rankings are an accurate show of the book’s success. Achieving this does not have to be left up to random chance occurrence. It’s something you can do—that anyone who really want to can do too.

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HCG Weight Loss Cure Guide

Linda Prinster, CreateSpace. Amazon Bestseller.

How to be a Super Hot Woman

Mandy Simons, Outskirts. Selling in the top 1%.

Not Manifesting? This Book is for You!

Kathleen Mackenzie, Outskirts. Selling in the top 2%.

If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Brooke Castillo, BookSurge. Selling in the top 2%.

Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy

Ray Cheng, Wheatmark. Top 1% for more than two years.

The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense

Joel Comm, Morgan James. New York Times Bestseller.

Raw Foods for Busy People, Jordan Maerin, Lulu. Top 1% for over four years.

Wire Wrapping: The Basics and Beyond (jewelry making)

Jim McIntosh, CreateSpace. Selling in the top 1% for over a year.

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Nonfiction Book Covers

Nonfiction Book Cover Design and Sales

To show you that it’s possible to succeed by using a self-publishing company, scan a few of the better selling book covers and titles that will be listed in a future post. The books that will be named are selling really well on Looking over this should definitely give you confidence in the idea that self-publishing and making your own book cover can work. Also, they demonstrate (on a small scale) the different kinds of books that can work for self-published non-fiction. In bold will be the title of the book, then the author’s name below it. To see the actual cover, you’ll need to visit the website they’re being sold on.

Next will be the self-publishing company and the ranking showing at Amazon. What you will see are all real books and titles, some of them holding a high rank position for many consecutive years.

Designing a Book and book cover is Easy

Stumbling On Happiness Book coverTalent Code front coverYes, you actually can design your own books and book covers from your desktop computer using basic programs and free, cheap, or public domain images you can find with a simple Google search using the web. You don’t even need to write the actual book if you don’t want to, as there are are tons of public domain books readily available for free download at places like and You will need to work on the formatting of these texts to make them look good, but that can be done in MS Word. You will also need some serious proofreading and editing because most of those documents were scanned and converted to type with a computer program that gets a lot wrong, including massive run on sentences and misspellings.

Formatting a Book

Before it can be made into a sellable product, your manuscript should be saved as a high-quality PDF. There is online software available on the net where you can do this for free, or you can use a paid service like Acrobat. Many of the more expensive self-publishing companies will take care of this step for you as part of the cost. Avoid a firm that wants to charge additional fees for this simple step. It’s something you can easily do yourself for free. Once you do that, all you need is a book cover and you’re ready to publish!