Just for those following this thread: Last year I tested a number of free conversion programs, converting to a 6 x 9 trim size, because that seemed at the time a problematic size. Most worked, one did not. Several CS members had work-arounds, some worked some did not. Reading through the threads, some members swore by the conversion program that had failed for me; while other swore at the conversion programs that worked for me.
My conclusions were this:
If a conversion program fails to produce a good PDF, make a dummy file, same trim size, with clean text. Try formatting it the same way that had failed.
The PDF plug-in for Word 2003, sucks. Period. The PDF conversion program for Word 2010 seems to work well. OpenOffice has a very good export to PDF feature. Some people who work in Word, open their formatted files in OpenOffice then export to PDF.
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I downloaded open Office and save my file. I can open it there. But when I choose "save as" then save it in my documents as an HTML file, it isn't there when I try to browse to it to upload it to Amazon. What am I doing wrong?
Flippper, one quick, easy thing to check first: when you save your file, make sure it's in the folder you want. Sometimes we save to places we don't intend. This may not help, but you never know.
I've put up two books so far with no major problems.
I decided to get fancy and use a b&w graphic of the book title in the interior file title page.
It was created in Photoshop Elements as a .psd and then converted to .jpeg at the highest resolution. I checked the size of both images in Elements and it said they were 300 dpi. When I submitted the file to CreateSpace, I got an email back saying the image was 197 to 199 dpi and they recommended 300.
So I went back and made a new version at 400 dpi, according to Photoshop. I just checked the .jpeg and Photoshop says it's 400 dpi. I inserted it into the Word document full-size. CreateSpace sent me the same message on this vesion--197 to 199 dpi.
What am I missing here?
Thanks for your help.
This is for Adobe:
Go into your PDF document; Go to Edit; Preferences; Page Display and Resolution. You can choose the system setting, or a custom resolution.
Hope this solves your problem.
I use Microsoft Word 2000 and set up my manuscript the way I want to see it in print. (Set the margins, justification, drop caps, front pages, back pages, etc) Then I use a free PDF converter (there are many available, do a Google search for Free PDF Converter) and it converts my files to PDF format.
After I download the PDF files, I go through them page by page to see if anything has changed from the original Word file. I do the same thing with the cover. Hope this helps. (I REALLY hope mine flies !!!)
Hi Barefootwriter: You are welcome ! Any way that I can help I'll be glad to do so.
BTW please check out my preview for "Death and Deep Waters" and "Corpses and Canyons".
Comments are graciously accepted.
Hello, I have been trying to convert my story on a 2000 word doc to a pdf file., using the latest edition of Adobe reader. I used the 5.25 x8 template and after a days work I was able to figure out how to use all the margins to make it 4 x 6 print size. But when I converted the word doc to pdf, createspace said it was still a 8 x 11 size. I measured the print size on the pdf at 100%, it was 4 x 6 inches. so I dont know what I'm doing wrong.The blank space around the print is large but the print is confined to 4 x 6. Maybe the total space has to be trimmed to fit the book which is 5.25 x 8 but I dont know how to do that.I tried to find help on Adobe but those people are far too smart talking about all kinds of complicated stuff.