Hi Mark - I'm not sure what I have to do, because I've never done a book with CreateSpace before. I don't know how to put together a cover for an actual print book for paperback. I know I'll need a spine and a back cover, in addition to the front cover. If this is what you've offered to do in .pdf, I may take you up on it. However, I'm not there yet. I'm still working on formatting for my novel on ebook. It may be a while before I get to the print version. I'd kind of like to figure it out, but if I can't, I'll contact you (and probably everyone else on these boards for help with formatting ). I'm going to see what I can do about getting PhotoShop.
Thank you for your kind offer.
Sure thing. Here's what I do:
I export my complete manuscript from Scrivener to Word, formatted as a 5x8.
I clean up the word doc, because no matter how hard I try, it's never ready.
I apply the 5x8 print size, and make sure my margins are in order.
Save as a PDF in MS word and upload that to CS.
CS gives me my page count, then i do a search on CS for "cover template."
Fill out the info and CS will generate a zip file that has a PNG of your cover template with folds, cuts, and bleeds.
Build your cover, spine, and back on top of the template.
Then I save it as a PDF, but you could save it as a high-quality jpg, and make that file available to anyone who has PS. They can save it as a PDF, and upload it to drop box, or use a free wordpress account to exchange files.
I'm happy to offer what help I can for you guys and dolls.