Friday, 3 November 2017

8 Working Steps To Writing Best Selling Books

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Writing a Best Selling book is very easy if you understand the concept of engaging your readers. Every reader has some points he or she will like you to elaborate on your work. Your ability to discover and interpret these expected points is what helps to stand out as a Best Seller in your niche.
How to write a best a best selling book
The truth is that writing best-selling books needs some inspiration which you can draw from many sources. As a Best Selling Amazon Author, I had some challenging experience which I later overcame before I eventually got to the top. In this article, I will reveal the eight secrets you need to know in order to write a best-selling book in some publishing platforms like: Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

How To Submit Website & Sitemap To Google & Bing Search Engines

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Submitting A sitemap to all search engines especially popular ones like Google, Yahoo and Bing helps to increase your site page views because each of these search engines will properly crawl your website's contents. Sitemaps are very important to both new and popular  website because it creases the interaction between websites and search engines. Submitting sitemaps to search engines is a form Search Engine Optimization (SEO), although it does not boost your search ranking. A sitemap is an XML file which contains an updated list of all pages and their URLs in your website. Webmasters who own Blogger and Wordpress sites needs to submit their site's sitemaps to Google Webmaster search console which is the most popular search engine. This helps to improve the rate which your blog pages are crawled and indexed. XML sitemaps also tell search engines the relevance hierarchy of your links and how often you update your website. In this tutorial article, you will learn how to create and submit your blogger and WordPress websites and sitemaps to popular search engines like Google Search Console, Bing, Yahoo and others with screenshots to simplify each step and how to add your site to google search console.
How to submit blogger and wordpress sitemaps to google webmaster, yahoo and bing search engines

XML Sitemap Versus RSS and Atom Feeds

Most Search engines accept both XML and RSS/Atom feeds. But it is good you know when and how to use both versions of sitemaps.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

See Why You Should Learn Microsoft Excel, Access & PowerPoint

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Microsoft Office is a multi software package application designed by Microsoft. The five main packages that make up Microsoft Office package are:

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•    Microsoft Excel
•    Microsoft Access
•    Microsoft PowerPoint
•    Microsoft Publisher
•    Microsoft Word

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How To Boost Your Site SEO With Google Tag Manager

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very essential especially for websites and blogs. Sites that are SEO friendly rank well and convert very well when monetized. Recently, Google made an adjustment in their ranking algorithm. Google require that every website should have a structured data, which is simply refers to information with a high degree of organization and are readily searchable by simple, straight forward search engine algorithms or other search operations. This means that from now onward, websites without structured data will not rank well on search engines. To help reduce the stress for webmasters and bloggers without enough coding experience, Google introduced Tag Manager free tool.
How to Increase Your Site SEO with Google Tag Manager
Google Tag Manager is simply a free tool that allows webmasters and marketers to add or update tags without having to know any knowledge of website coding language. With the tool, you can easily update tags and code snippets on your website or mobile app, such as those intended for traffic analysis and marketing optimization.

9 Secrets To Getting An Approved Google Adsense & Why Your Applications Were Rejected

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There are actually many things to consider before you apply for Google Adsense. A lot of people have different ideas to share concerning what you should do for your adsense application to get approved. One fact that is certain is that it is no more easy to get a legitimate google adsense network for your blog (wordpress or blogger) or even for your website. But don't be discouraged! Google just tightened the adsense-approving policies. You only need to understand the concept of these policies and avoid violating any of them. Also remember that google adsense and other PPC Ad networks are not the only ways to make money as a webmaster. I will reveal some other high paying google adsense alternatives and other sources of income apart from Ad networks.
secrets to get your adsense approved fast
This article is a bit lengthy but will surely transform and help you achieve your target as a webmaster. So relax and take a cup of tea!
Read it bit by bit!


Note that Ad networks are not the only ways to make money online. You can also make cool cash by writing and publishing books on platforms like Amazon and CreateSpace. In one of my tutorial articles, I explained How to Setup and Publish your Book on CreateSpace.


But have you ever asked why Google Adsense is the most popular and trusted PPC/CPC Ad network?

There are thousands of other ad networks but every webmaster or bloggers yearns for google adsense.


Google ad network is more efficient than any other ad network. This attribute tends to draw more advertisers to them. Advertisers are always willing to pay because they get what they pay for.

More Liberal: 

When compared to other ad networks, google adsense is more liberal to its publishers which are mostly webmasters and bloggers who they use their websites to for advertisements. A click from one ad banner can fetch a publisher more than $20 (depending on the location from which the click was made) which is very encouraging. 

Also Google adsense is one of the oldest ad networks in the world today.

I have seen and read a lot of questions in websites and forums asked by different Bloggers and Webmasters about Google adsense approval and policies. Some of them are:

==> How long does it take to approve AdSense?
==> What are Google AdSense requirements?
==> How do I get an AdSense account?
==> How can I use Google AdSense in my blog?
==> What is the minimum number of blog posts I should publish before applying for Google Adsense?
==> What is AdSense account for Youtube?

I once asked these questions until I discovered the latest working secret behind Google adsense approval strategies. I blogged for two years without being ble to get an approved google adsense account. I tried different CMS (including blogger, wordpress and joomla) but to no avail. I surfed the internet, tried the various tricks suggested tricks, re-applied several times without any success. The truth is that Google will never tell you the particular reason why your application was rejected. But am happy today that I finally found these hidden secret to getting an approved google.

Today I will reveal these ten secrets to getting an approved adsense account to you. But also note that google adjust their policies from time to time! Don't just stick to these secrets alone. Carryout research from time time. I will always update this post with any new secret I discover. So always revisit this post to check the latest updates. 

Before I go on with the revelation, let me tell you some reasons your google adsense applications were rejected. Most of these reasons was why my previous adsense applications were rejected.

Some Reasons Why Your Adsense Applications were Rejected

Here are the most common rejection reasons and Google AdSense requirements that you should keep in mind before we get into details.

1. Blog or Page Template Design 

A template or page with poor designs and customization scare visitors away. Besides, even you will never like to come back to a website if your last experience in the website was not encouraging.
Google cares a lot about its customers and its business, just like every real entrepreneur does.

2.  Unaccepted site content

Google Adsense usually calls this "Insufficient content" but I chose to call it "Unacceptable site content" because it does not really mean that you have lesser number of post or lesser number or words per post. It means that the quality of your website's content is low or poor. These could be because you copied from other websites or the grammatical errors were too much, keyword ans SEO abuses, etc. 

3. Absence of Privacy Policy, About Us and Contact Us pages on your website

There are some pages which you must have before applying to Google AdSense if you want to get accepted.

These are about us, privacy policy (Disclaimer page) and contact us pages. These pages give the impression that you are a professional and that you are working according to the Google policies. Keep in mind that having a privacy page is also one of the requirements for Google AdSense.


If you have been reading carefully, you will notice that I have revealed a few secrets to you (Read the reasons for google adsense rejection). Now let me reveal the rest of the secrets to you

1. Always Produce High-Quality Contents:

The saying that, "Quality is the king can never be over emphasized". Always bear this in mind when writing posts! Google Adsense applications are no more reviewed by robots or google bots but by Google staff. How do you feel when you see a poorly written article?

A high-quality content is known with these features: uniqueness, usefulness and informative, free from grammatical and typographical errors, organization, etc. Once the contents of your site are of very high quality, you don't need to have hundreds of blog posts before you will be accepted. This Site Microsoft Tutorial got an approved google adsense account with just fifteen posts. Is it not pretty cool?

Another thing to avoid when trying to write high quality content is copyright images. Always make sure an image is free from copyright before you use them. You can always get free images from sites like,,, etc. Although some of their images are paid images, but they are copyright free. 

Another way to avoid copyright images is to first download the image on your pc or smartphone and then rename them before you use them. Don't copy image URLs. Always upload the images from your device.

There are some categories of contents that google adsense hates with passion and can never approve any adsense application applied with such sites. Some of these common content types that google adsense team can never accept are as follows:

==> Pirated Contents
==> Pornography (Adult materials)
==> Hacking/Cracking Tutorials
==> Fraudulent contents
==> Illegal Drugs (Paraphernalia), etc.

2. Avoid Venturing Into Already Saturated Niches

By "Saturated Niches", I mean those content categories that have too many competitors. Some Categories that fall under these niches include 

==> Making money
==> SEO tips.
==> Marketing tips
==> Website tricks

Recently Google AdSense team stopped accepting accepting adsense applications from these niches because they are already saturated. You can join niches like Health and fitness tips, Software tutorials, etc. These niches are still competitive but less saturated and as a result have higher and faster chances of adsense approval. This website is under software tutorial niche.

3. Create pages like About Us, Contact Us, Disclaimer page or Privacy Policy pages:

I have just unwrapped another secret now. Most people say that About Us, Contact Us, Disclaimer page or Privacy Policy pages are not necessary. They are are very very essential because uses these pages to know more about you and your website and to verify that your identity is authentic. Google will never approve adsense for any suspicious identity.

Always check up these pages in top blogs and websites in the same niche with you and see how they organized theirs. Just mimic their styles. Ensure that you place these pages at point where visitors can easily find it like at the header and footer of blog or website template. It helps to speed up your adsense verification process.

Your Privacy Policy page describes to your readers their rights and its limitations in your blog. If you find it very difficult to write your site's Privacy Policy by your search for some good Privacy Policy Generators online and utilize them.

Your About Us page describes you and the services you provide in your website. So it plays a very vital role apart from being a necessary requirement in adsense approval. Take your time to write one for your website before you re-apply for google adsense.

Your Contact Us Page helps to link your customers directly to your by providing them with your contact information such as email address, social media account links, etc. It is very necessary to create one before applying for google adsense. It tells the extent you care about your customers. Ensure that you add an active email address to our contact us page. It is more advisable to use a custom email address like contact@yoursitedomain.comUse Google apps to create a domain specific email address. Also add your social profile links.

You can have a look at my Contact Us page.

One important step: Google AdSense mention in their rejection email that your website should have a clear navigation menu to help your readers find your pages and access the content before you think about applying again for AdSense.

4. Ensure Your Site Uses a Custom Domain Name

Google adsense now gives higher preferences to people using custom domain names. By custom domain name, I mean those domain names without phrases like "" (for blogger) or "" (for wordpress). they are called sub domains.

Before now, webmasters get approved google adsense account with sub domains, that is without custom domain names. But recently, it is no more possible. I once tried getting one last year but could not.

Buy Top Level or custom Domain name. It will cost between $10-$15 per year. You can buy the domain from Godaddy (best domain registrar) or Namecheap.

The best extensions are ".com" extension. There are other extensions like ".net" (more costly and more secured). You can also get some country specific domain extensions like ""(United Kingdom), "" (United States), "" (India), etc.

Also try to use domain names that reflect your site's niche. It helps people to know what your site is all about by just reading your site's domain name and it also a good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) technique.

There has been this rumour that google adsense only approves application from websites that are not less than six months or one year old. But I have seen many sites that are less six months old but got google adsense approval. Your blog or domain age does not really matter. This website got adsense approval with a domain that is less than one year. So do not be discouraged!

6. Ensure You Have A Good Number Of Quality Posts:

Many articles suggest different minimum amount of posts. But after a proper research and survey, I found out that there is no specified minimum number of post to write before you can be approved by google adsense. Many people have been asking: 
What is the minimum number of posts before I can apply for Google AdSense? 

There is no specified answer. What matters is the quality of the content and yor blog niche. For example, a health blog with 10 high quality posts can be approved by Google adsense. I have also seen a blog with 150 posts but was rejected by google adsense.

Another important thing is the length of the posts and its organization. In general, ensure that your blog hasat least an average of 20 posts with at least 500+ words (quality contents) before you apply and reapply for adsense.

By "Organization", I mean how you use your tags like the h1, h2, h3, etc. Your post title should contain a h1 tag, then the next title should be h2. Don't use too many h1 tags within one post. Use h2 and h3 tags for less prominent sub titles.

Because I have seen very established blogs with 300+ posts and their owner telling me that Google AdSense is rejecting them while somewhere bloggers with few posts or even less than 10 are enjoying making money with AdSense.

7. Use a Simple, Professional SEO Friendly Blog Template and Design:

The outer look of your blog or website is the first thing your visitor will notice. It gives your site a lot of impressions. Your blog design matters a lot. Nobody will like to read an article with ineligible characters. Not even YOU! Your blog template should be professional and not messy. Google and search engines like clean, professional and fast-loading template designs and blogs.

A good website template should have following features:

==> Simple and professional design
==> No unnecessary widgets
==> Easy to navigate
==> Search engine friendly
==> Fast loading

There are lots of free professional and SEO friendly site templates for blogger and wordpress blogs. Some professional premium templates cost some buck but they really worth it. Just search the web and make a good choice.

8. Always Target Organic Traffic Sources:

Google likes and appreciates websites that get more of organic traffic (traffics from search engines) and through social media. Google adsense can never approve applications from sites that pay for traffic or get them through illegal means. This is because such illegal traffics do not come from real humans and therefore can never convert well if ads are allowed to show on such sites. Renember that every private company is profit oriented and no one will ever like to invest in a project that will nit yield profit, even you!

Always target traffic from legal sources like social media, search engines, and related blogs (backlinks).

9. Remove Any Other CPC/PPC Ad Networks:

Google adsense is a private firm and all private firms are naturally jealous. That does not mean that you can not use your adsense togetger with other PPC (Pay Per Click) ad networks, but within the period of submission and review of your adsense application, remove every other ad networks like Chitika, Infolinks, Clicksor, propeller Ads,, Bidvertiser, etc. Ensure that your blog free from ads.

But do not get me wrong! Google AdSense allows you to use other ad networks along with them, it’s better to remove the ads before applying and don’t put them back until you get approved. Normally it takes like one to two weeks for your google adsense application to be approved if your site meets all the requirements.


Have you been rejected many times before now?
Don't worry! Just apply these 9 awesome secrets and apply them step by step. Then reapply for google adsense. You now have a higher probability of getting an approved google adsense.

Is your adsense still disapproved after applying these adsense secrets?
Google adsense is not the only CPC/PPC Ad network. There are many alternatives to adsense.

Remember google adsense and other PPC Ad Networks are not the only way to make money as a blogger or webmaster. There are other sources of income that really pays well. You can write and publish books (kindle and paperback), article writing, you can even make money with anything you can do at fiverr.

Good Luck!

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Are You From Please Read This Update

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Hello, our distinguished readers! We are pleased to announce one of our tech blogs has been merged with If you searched or clicked on JOELINKSTECH.BLOGSPOT.COM and was taken to, it is because we redirected Joe-Links Tech blog to Microsoft Tutorials blog and moved all the posts from the former into . 
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This is to enable us concentrate and provide professional tutorial articles and posts on Microsoft Office Tutorial Packages, Photoshop, Self-Publishing and Marketing of Books Online, Latest Android and PC Soccer, Action and Adventure Games and General Tech Updates without any divided attention.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

How To Share & Borrow Amazon Kindle Books For Free

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Do you know that apart from downloading free kindle books, you can also borrow, share and return kindle eBooks for free? You can share and loan books in your kindle library to your friends, family members and acquaintances and also borrow from books from them. For borrowed books, Amazon allows the borrower to read it for a maximum of 14 days. During this two-week period, you won’t be able to read the book that you loaned unless the borrower returns it earlier. But, if you share your kindle books with friends and family, there is no limited period of usage. In this tutorial article you will learn how to borrow, share and return borrowed kindle books. Before you continue, study the Kindle Lending Policies.
How to Share and loan kiamazon kindle books

Monday, 25 September 2017

How To Setup Your Kindle Unlimited & Amazon Prime Membership

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Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime are special services provided by Amazon for Kindle book readers and is different from KOLL. In 2016, Amazon introduced a new feature for Prime subscribers called Prime Reading and it gives unlimited free access to top Kindle books, magazines, and comic books. With a Prime subscription, you have access to about 1,000 Kindle eBooks, plus 180 Kindle Singles, and over 100 Kindle Short Reads. Amazon Prime is subscribed yearly and costs $99. Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore and try new genres, discover new authors, and dive into new adventures with unlimited access to our wide and varied selection of books. It is subscribed monthly and it costs $9.99. Prime Student is also available for students. In this tutorial article, you will learn how to subscribe to and setup your kindle Prime and Unlimited. I will also show you ten recommended sites where you can download and read free kindle books legally on your kindle device and through the reading app.
Guides to kindle unlimited and amazon prime setup

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

How To Design Ebook & Print Book Covers With Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is the most popular offline photo editing tool used to create stunning designs. Professional Book Cover designs really speak a lot about the content of a book. It attracts a potential buyer's attention even before the buyer reads your book's description. There are many awesome software that allow help you to easily design your book cover be it eBook, paperback or print book for publishing in any book publishing platform like amazon and CreateSpace. Some of these software allow you design offline like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign which work hand in hand with Adobe Illustrator while some are online tools like Canva, Adobe Spark, Cover Design Studio, etc. Adobe Photoshop is also used to edit pictures, social media pictures, design ad banners, page logo, etc.
How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop
In this tutorial article, I will give you a step by step guide on how to design professional eBook and hard cover for your books especially for publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace. I will also give you a list of some recommended online graphic tools that can help you design awesome and professional book covers. You must have a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop interface or workspace before you can follow up in this tutorial article. I already explained the basic concepts of Adobe Photoshop in my previous article, especially how to manipulate layers and texts. I advise you to study it before you continue with this tutorial article. I also gave three free working download links to cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC.

I also wrote tutorial article on How to design professional ebook covers and images with Canva, an online free tool. See Also: The Basic Tutorial on Adobe Photoshop

Print Book Cover Versus eBook Cover Design

The design pattern for Print book or Paperback covers are slightly different from that of eBook covers. eBook covers design is simpler in the sense that it requires fewer steps because it is only made up of just the front design. It has no back or spine. The basic parts of an eBook cover include the Title, Sub title (optional), Images (optional), Author name, etc.

Below is a labelled screenshot of a finished eBook cover design sample of one of my amazon books in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Screenshot: eBook cover sample
Print book and Paperback covers resemble an opened book which is made up of the front, spine and the back. The design steps are longer than that of an ecover design. The dimension is more than twice that of an ecover of the same size. The parts of a print book or paperback cover include all the parts of an eBook plus the book blurb which is the little description about a book and the author located at the back of the cover, the barcode/ ISBN area where you place your book’s barcode and ISBN. 

For Amazon paperback and CreateSpace print book design, you only have to create a space for the bar code and ISBN at the back part of the cover design because they offer free ISBNs for their books which cannot be used in any other online book platform. But if you want to sell the print book in other platforms, then you have to buy an ISBN for your book.

Below is a labelled screenshot of a finished print book design sample of one the paperback version of the same book in Adobe Photoshop.
Screenshot: Print book sample

So now that you have seen the difference between an eBook cover and that of a Print book, let me now walk you through the design steps of each of them.

How to Setup and Design an eBook Cover in Adobe Photoshop

Before you start designing an eBook cover, ensure that you have done a keyword research and have concluded on the keyword phrases to use for your book. If you wish to add an image to your book design, search for a relevant image and download it on your computer and save it on a location where you can easily locate it. Also conclude on the background colour and font styles and colours to use. This will help to increase your design speed and accuracy.


You don’t need a template for an eBook. You have to set it up from scratch in Photoshop by creating a new document.

To Design and Setup Your ecover in Photoshop:

1. Open the Photoshop application on your computer. Then press Ctrl + N (for Mac users, press Command + N). This prompts the New document dialog box.

2. Type in values for the width and height for your eBook cover. Amazon recommends a height to width ratio of 1.6; that is a ratio of 8:5. I prefer to use 2700 pixels for my ebook’s height and a width of 1800 pixels; that is a width to height ratio of 3:2 (that is 1.5) which is a bit narrower.

3. Set the Resolution to 72 pixel/inch. Set the Colour Mode to RGB Colour 8 bits and then set the Background Content to White as shown in the screenshot below and then click OK.
Screenshot: The new document dialogue box settings
4. Set the colour you wish to use as your eBook cover design background as the Foreground colour by first clicking on the Set foreground icon located below the Zoom tool in the Tools panel. This prompts the Colour Picker dialog box. Select the desired colour and click OK as shown in the screenshot below. Notice also that each colour has a six digit which starts with the hash sign (#).
Screenshot: Set the foreground colour
5. Select the Rectangle shape tool from the Tools panel and draw a rectangle over the canvas. Ensure that it is of the same width and height as canvas. You can set it to the exact value through the Tools options bar as shown in the screenshot below. I typed in 1800 px in the width text box and 2700 px in the height because it is the dimension of my book canvas.
Screenshot: Draw your rectangle to cover the book canvas


The rectangle is on a separate layer. So you can always edit it by simply selecting its layer from the Layers tab as shown in the screenshot above and then edit it through the Tools options bar. This also applies to any other layer.

6. Next is to type a title, sub title (if there is any) and the author name for your eBook. Select the Type tool (shortcut key is letter T) from the Tools panel. Insert your cursor where you want the title text to start and then type in the title texts or phrase. To change the font colour, style and size, you have to first highlight the entire text and then change them from the Tools options bar as shown in the screenshot below. Hit the Commit button to apply the formatting to your ebook design. Ensure that your title and sub title text, colour and font style are eligible enough and attractive and always bold your text characters. If your sub title is long, use the paragraph text type by clicking on the canvas and then dragging diagonally to define a boundary for the sub title characters as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: Type and format the book title


Also note that the title, sub title and author name texts are in different layers in the Layers. This means you can further format each one separately by first selecting its layer. You can move a layer up or down Layers on top will have their contents place above the ones below it if their contents placed in the same position on the canvas.

7. Next is to place the book image. Make sure that you have found and downloaded the image you wish to use for your book cover design and the image should be of high quality. You use the Place command to insert an image into a design in Adobe Photoshop. Click the File tab and the select Place. This prompts the Place dialog box. Select the image from the save location and the click the Place button as shown in the screenshot below to insert it to your book design.
Screenshot: The place image dialog box
8. Photoshop places the image inside your book cover canvas and automatically activates Free Transform. In order not to distort the width to height ratio of an image while adjusting them hold down the Shift key while draw the points at the edges of the image to resize it. Also position the image properly in your eBook cover design. Then click the Commit button apply the actions as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: click commit to place the image
Congrats! You have just succeeded in designing a stunning eBook cover in Photoshop. 

How to Export Your eBook Cover Design in Photoshop as JPEG Image Format

Now you need to export the file as JPEG because that is the file format that Amazon recommends or accepts for their KDP eBook cover. Do not reduce the quality, Amazon will set the required quality they need.  To achieve this: click the File tab > Save for Web & Devices. This prompts the Save for Web dialog box. Select JPEG from the drop down arrow below the Preset settings and also ensure that the image Quality is set to 100% (maximum) as shown in the screenshot below. 
Screenshot: Export image for web and devices
Then click the Save button, type in a unique file name for the JPG version of your book cover and take note of the save location. Then hit the Save button again to export it. You can now upload this JPG file version of your eBook cover to Amazon KDP following the procedures I explained on How to Setup and Publish on Amazon KDP.

You also need to save the document as a Photoshop file which will have a PSD file extension format. With this file format, you can easily open it in Photoshop and make few modifications without having to start from scratch again when the need arises. To achieve this: click the File tab and then select Save As. This prompts the Save dialog box. Type in a unique file name, specify the save location and then hit the Save button.

How to Download and Use CreateSpace Book Cover Templates

CreateSpace developed print book and KDP paperback templates to make it easier for you to quickly create print-ready files in graphic design software programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, or any software that will allow you to open a .png or PDF file and save a PDF file.

So you can use it both for designing your Amazon Paperback and CreateSpace print book covers.

Download the free CreateSpace book cover template Here. You have to configure your template before you download it by providing the following information about your book:

Book Interior Type: 
You have four options here: Black and White, Black and White with Bleed, Full Colour, Full Colour with Bleed. Choosing Full Colour or Full Colour with bleed increases the printing cost of your book.

Trim Size:
You have a lot of options depending on the dimension of your book. There are some Industry Standard Trim Sizes like 5" x 8" (mostly for novels) and 6" x 9" (mostly for tutorial books, textbooks and recipes), etc. and also some Custom Trim Sizes like 8.25" x 6",  8.5" x 8.5", etc.

Number of Pages:

This refers to the number of pages of your book interior or manuscript. So it is required that you first format and get your book interior ready before you start designing the cover so that you can know exactly the number of pages.

Paper Colour:

You have two options here: White and Cream. White is the most common option.


Any option you specify here for the Book Interior Type, Trim Size and Paper Colour will also be the same option you will specify when setting up and publishing your book on Amazon KDP and CreateSpace.

Also note that larger book dimension or trim size reduces the number of pages, thereby reducing the printing cost.

After configuring the template, click Build Template button as shown in the screenshot below.

configure your cover template
Clicking the Build Template button downloads the template built based on the information you provided in a zip folder which contains two copies of the template, one with the PNG format and the other with a PDF format.

Below is the screenshot of a sample of a cover template for a 6” x 9” Print book (black and white) with 210 pages.
Unzip the folder and save these template files in a location where you can easily locate it.

How to Setup and Design a Print Book or Paperback Cover in Adobe Photoshop

Setting up and designing a professional print book or paperback cover in Photoshop is simple if you are guided properly. You don’t need to be a graphic design expert before you can design a stunning book cover for your Amazon and CreateSpace Print books. Note that the accepted cover file format for Amazon Paperback and CreateSpace print books is print ready PDF. So after designing the print book cover with Adobe Photoshop, you need to export a PDF version of your cover design and then save the PSD file format in case the need to re-adjust the cover design comes up in the future. You will make use of the CreateSpace cover template you downloaded at the beginning of this tutorial section.

To Setup your Paperback Cover Design In Photoshop:

1. Import or open the PDF or PNG file for the Paperback Book Cover Template in your Adobe Photoshop application. The keyboard shortcut key to open a document is Ctrl + O (for Mac users, press Command + O). Ensure that you have unzipped the template file folder before now. Select the PDF file format of the downloaded template and click the Open button as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: open the pdf template file in photoshop
2. This prompts the Import PDF dialog box as shown in the screenshot below. Note that the resolution of the file is 300 pixels/inch or dpi because it is a print book cover. Leave every setting with their default value and click OK.
Screenshot: Click ok to import the pdf template
3. In the opened template file as shown in the second to the last screenshot below, you will notice that some parts of the templates have pink colours, some have white while the bar code area has a yellow colour with its dimension written inside it. The white area is the only area allowed to contain texts. No text is allowed to extend to the pink and yellow areas of the template.

4. The template is made of the three main parts; the front, the spine and the back which also contains the bar code area. Now you need to use the Ruler tool to insert guides at the boundaries of the pink and white regions, which will help you in the design and to ensure that you do not extend any texts to those prohibited parts of the template. To view the rulers: click the View tab and then select Ruler.

5. To insert horizontal guides: click on the horizontal ruler bar and drag a guide to the designated horizontal boundaries. Also, to insert vertical guides: click the vertical ruler bar and drag a guide to the designated vertical boundaries as shown in the screenshot below.

Screenshot: Insert horizontal and vertical guide lines
6. Follow the steps given for designing ebook cover to design your book paperback front part. Use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle that will cover the front part of the cover template. Insert, position and format your book title, sub title and author name. Also insert and resize your book image as described above. Your image can extend to the edges of your template but your book cover texts should not go beyond the horizontal and vertical guide lines you inserted. 


If you have already created an ebook cover file for the book, open the PSD format of the ebook design, duplicate the layers by highlighting all the layers from the Layers tab. To highlight each layer, hold down the Ctrl key or Command key (on Mac) and then click on each layer once. Then click the options icon Layers option icon as shown in the screenshot below and select Duplicate Layers from the resulting options. Under the Destination section, select the file name of the cover template file and then click OK as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: Dduplicate the ebook design layers
Photoshop duplicates the selected layers and copies them to the specified destination file. Adjust each duplicated layer in the destination file to fit perfectly and properly without crossing the guide line. Below is a screenshot of the finished sample of a properly adjusted front design of a paperback design.
Screenshot: Front part of the paperback cover design
7. The next part of the design is the spine. Select the Rectangle tool from the Tools panel and draw a rectangle. Ensure that the fill colour matches with that of the front part above. The rectangle must not cross the two vertical guide lines at the boundaries of the spine. If you wish the book title and author name in the spine, select the Type tool from the Tools panel. Place your cursor in the spine and type the title and author name of the book and click the Commit button. Then rotate the text 90 degrees to the right using the Free transform tool. The keyboard shortcut to activate this tool is Ctrl + T (for mac users, press Command + T) and then position it properly in the spine area of the book as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: Design the spine part of the print book
8. Next part of the design is the back section of the print book cover. Select the Rectangle tool again from the Tools Panel and then draw a rectangle that will properly cover the remaining part of the template. Another way to achieve this quickly is to duplicate the first rectangle you drew for the front section background and then drag the duplicate over to the back section of the cover design canvas.

9. Next is to insert your book blurb text. Select the Type tool, click and drag to define a boundary to wrap the blurb texts in the back section of the book. Type in the blurb texts. If you have it written somewhere else, copy and paste it in the paragraph type you created as shown in the screenshot below. If you have a picture of the author, you can insert it in the “About the Author” section of the blurb using the Place command as explained earlier above. Make sure that the blurb texts do not extend to the bar code part of the Back section of the paperback book cover as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: Design the back section of the paperback cover
Congrats! You have completely designed an eBook and print book or paperback cover in Adobe Photoshop. 

One more thing! You need to turn of the guides before you export or save your paperback design as PDF in Photoshop.

To Turn Off the Guides in Photoshop:

Click the View tab, navigate to Show and then select Guides as shown in screenshot below.
Screenshot: Turn off the guide lines

How to Save or Export Your Paperback or Print Book Cover As PDF in Photoshop

The next step after designing your print book cover is to export it as print ready PDF from Photoshop or any other photo editing tool you used for cover design. This PDF format is the recommended by Amazon and CreateSpace as the cover file format.

To Export your Book Cover as PDF:

1. Click the File tab and select Save As. This prompts the Save dialog box.

2. Type a unique name for the export file. Specify the save location.

3. Click the Format drop down arrow and select Photoshop PDF (*.PDF; *.PDP) and then click the Save button as shown in the screenshot below.
Screenshot: Save the print book cover as pdf


You can also save the cover design as any other format by selecting the desired format from the drop down menu. You need to save the paperback or print book cover design as a Photoshop file format (*.PSD; *.PDD) so that you can quickly edit the file in future and also export it to any other format.

To Save the Print Book Cover as a Photoshop Document (PSD format):

Click the File tab and then select Save As. This prompts the Save dialog box. Type in a unique file name, specify the save location and then hit the Save button.

Further Study Resources

You have succeeded in designing a professional eBook and Paperback or Print book cover! Now see how to setup and upload your book cover on CreateSpace.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial - Learn The Basics Of Graphics & Book Cover Designs

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Adobe Photoshop is one of the offline graphic design software that is used to edit pictures, design different professional graphics like book cover designs for various online book publishing platforms, social media images, Ad banners, document files, typography, illustration, 3D modelling and animation, company and website logo, etc. 

In this tutorial article, you will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop Creative Studio (CS) series and CC series, how to use the various tools to edit pictures and graphics with step by step screenshots. The main aim of this tutorial is to show you some basic features of Photoshop which will help you design professional book covers for your books on Amazon and CreateSpace. I will also give you some working download links where you can download the cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC for free! 
I will also show you how to install new free fonts to your computer for Photoshop and other application.
Step by Step Training of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC
For the illustrations in this tutorial article, I will use Adobe Photoshop CS6. My reason for choosing this version is because it closely resembles Adobe Photoshop CC versions with little differences, which I will point out in the course of this tutorial. I also chose this version so that I can utilize the medium to explain the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS6 which are not available in the previous versions and how to use them.

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