Step 9. Creating a Quick Print Book

9. Creating a Quick Print Book

I add this in here because sometimes you want to create a nice, simple, little book like a FAQ hand out or church fair recipe book. You don’t have to go to Amazon to publish it. I have seen especially small businesses create a simple handout booklet as a lead magnet to help close a deal or to inform customers. Think does your competitor have a book? A great way to get your customers up to speed. Later on this booklet can be expanded to a full published book, but this can be a good beginning step.

These books are usually half of a sheet of regular size 8.5” x 11” paper turned sidewise and folded to 5.5” x 8.5” in size. They can be color or black and white. Covers are usually just cover stock and the binding is usually staples but could also be spiral binding. In Europe A5 is one half of an standard A4 paper size. These are easy and cheap to get printed at a quickie print or copy shop or even Staples or OfficeMax for those first copies.

You will want your page count to be a unit of 4. Something like 8, 12, 16, 20 to 24 pages works very well. 16 pages is a common size. Larger than 24 then start thinking about creating a full on book and publishing it on Amazon.

MS-Word can work very well for creating this kind of book. Go into Page Setup and change the page size to 5.5" x 8.5" with 1/2 margins. Think about adding a header at the top with the book name and in the footer add in page numbers and maybe your web address.

When done, save your file as a pdf and bring to your local quick printer or copy shop. The new copy machines can take that pdf and create a book for you.

Create Your Quick Print Cover

Quick print covers generally need to be set up as a full spread with the back and front cover, minus the spine. If you don't have access to Adobe InDesign, you can also create a very nice cover using PowerPoint. Set your page/slide up at 11" wide x 8.5" tall. Assuming your book is in the 8-24-page range. Again a local freelance designer can help out with your cover. Check with your local print shop, they will tell you what they need.

You can easily create this book yourself or get the help of a local graphic designer. This is a great way to start a book project and get some feel for your book and then later expand it to a full book and publish on Amazon.

Staples is all set up to create a 5.5” x 8.5” or 8.5” x 11”, booklet like this in their copy center.