CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) are now one service. As a major player in the self-publishing industry, they have attracted the attention of many independent authors who wish to build their writing careers. Thus, rather than just sit there and wait for mainstream agents and publishers to approve your manuscript, you may engage KDP to have a better shot at self-publishing success.

Here are some of the  paperback formatting requirements which authors need to follow before their manuscripts can be accepted for publishing:

Fonts

CreateSpace/KDP requires that all fonts be embedded before submission for review. The requirement applies for fonts on the cover and the interior. Thus, your paperback formatter should ensure fonts are embedded when converting a word document into eBook, which is mainly a PDF if it’s meant for KDP publishing.

KDP has an Interior Reviewer which attempts to fix any unembedded fonts, although the website does not guarantee that this will always have the expected outcome. The firm may also try to embed fonts while reviewing your manuscript. If some fonts fail to embed, your document will be rejected.

Thus, it’s recommended that you undertake font embedding during the conversion process to save time and other resources. The good thing is that many eBook conversion applications have an easy-to-use font embedding feature. What if you don’t embed the fonts and somehow your manuscript is accepted for publishing? One thing is sure for unembedded fonts; these don’t appear as anticipated in the printed paperback. Besides causing errors during the printing process, the fonts may fail to print at all and send you back to square one.

Placeholder text  

Placeholder text or dummy text is that which carries characteristics of real text without conveying a particular message. It’s meant to highlight space where actual content should appear. KDP requires that your manuscript contains no such text. Dummy text will appear as a bug when sent to the printer.

Crop marks

Crop marks can help during the formatting process to indicate the final appearance of a printed image after being trimmed or cropped. However, the marks can lower the quality of your printed book if they appear. That’s why KDP recommends that you remove them after trimming any images or graphics in your document.

Annotation

Annotations will play a critical role as you develop your content and design it to meet professional standards set by KDP. These could be comments meant to guide your paperback formatter on certain preferences in style or otherwise. However, as you’d know, annotations are not meant for printing and that’s why KDP removes them while reviewing your manuscript or in the platform’s Interior Reviewer.

The problem is that annotations do contribute to the appearance of the text or images, meaning that removing them might have a bearing on how your printed book appears finally. For that reason, you should ensure all content of your book is placed within the Safe Zone so that no drastic changes may seem to happen once your book is reviewed.

The Fast Fingers book formatting services, who have helped many aspiring writers fulfill their dreams, can give you all help you need with interior book design.

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Some Interior Specifications for CreateSpace Paperbacks