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Authors have enough costs and publishing challenges to deal with already, so I've built an amazing package of book formatting templates in MS Word and InDesign you can download for free. There are 5 templates, and each template has 5 different chapter page styles, so you can mix and match to find something perfect for your book. These templates were made using free fonts.
You should watch this quick video on how to start customizing them. There are no "push-button" automatic solutions to book formatting, so you will need to learn the basics of book formatting to make them work for you. I've tried to make it easier with my video tutorials, which you'll find down below.
How to get started...
Please watch this introductory video on how to use the templates - this is just a quick guide to downloading and getting started. You'll still need to learn how to format books, because there is no "push-button" automatic solution to book formatting, but with these templates and the video guides below, I hope it will be much faster and easier for you.
- Click here to learn about formatting in MS word.
- Click here to learn about using InDesign
- Click here to learn about ebook conversion
Need more help?
This free package of formatting templates is unsupported, and a little dated. I hope the free resources are useful, but if you're looking for more flexibility and a larger selection of formatting styles, you can upgrade to the Epic Book Design Package. Not only does it include
Thanks for signing up! I started this site to help authors design better covers on a budget, and have made tons of video tutorials and templates you can use to design professional covers for all genres and topics.
Make sure you grab your free book (above) - then watch the free video series on designing covers that sell. There are also some tools and templates down below, but unless you understand the true purpose of a book cover and the common mistakes authors make, you're going to end up with a cover that won't sell your book.
And you want to sell books, right?
Watch this one first, then watch all the others here.
A lot of the templates on this site are for Microsoft Word (I know it sounds crazy, but you can make pretty good covers very quickly in Word with some of the built-in features.) There are a few videos on how to do that here and some templates down below so you can try it out. Once you open the Word files, things may not look right if you don't have the same fonts installed that I used, so try changing the fonts.
I wasn't happy with the Word templates so I custom built my own online cover design tool. You can try out the online tool here, and there's a package of templates for the tool down below too (I'm not a developer so the tool is a bit buggy - it's getting a huge facelift in 2018 and I'll let you know when the new tool is ready).
Since you're interested in publishing a book, I'm also going to send some tips on book design, publishing and marketing that will help your book get the visibility it deserves: these are the same strategies that let me grow an email list of 8500 readers before I published my first novel, and hit #1 bestseller for each new book, without a big marketing campaign or advertising budget.
I have big plans for this site
Now that I've finally finished my PhD in Literature, I plan to build more templates with more free programs, to make it even easier for you to design your own book covers. I don't have time to support everyone who downloads the free templates (thousands of authors join each month!) but if you want to join my Facebook Group and introduce yourself, you can get some quick feedback.
Free Templates and resources
MS WORD TEMPLATES
Here's a link to the sample package; you can use the Quickstart Guide or "Cheat Sheet" to troubleshoot and learn the ropes. There are a few fiction and non-fiction cover template samples to play with. The instructions are based on Word 2010.
Choosing the right fonts for your book cover is important; you'll probably use the same fonts for your interior formatting as well. Here's a huge list of fonts I like divided by genre.
I made a few "sell-sheets" that may help with book marketing; for a long post about how to use them, and other alternatives, you can read this article I posted on my blog: How-to-make-a-sell-sheet-for-your-book-with-free-templates
Making full print covers for Createspace is a little tricky, but this guide and sample templates will help. You can make a full print cover that looks pretty good, but you need to get familiar with the features in MS Word, and use quality fonts and images.
This package is light on layers, heavy on templates - it's got everything you need but assumes you're starting from a finished cover file, so you're just importing layers. There are also instructions for ordering postcards and business cards (and how to use them).
ONLINE COVER DESIGN TOOL TEMPLATES
You can try out the online tool here. It's a work in progress, but after several years I'm nearly done with something that's going to be really amazing - I'll let you know when it's ready (the basic tool will be free for everyone!)
Here's a package of some covers and other things; go to "file" and "open" to load these into the cover tool. I also added a bunch of videos on using the cover tool, here.
FREE BOOKS ON BOOK DESIGN, PUBLISHING & MARKETING
Book cover design and book formatting are just some of the things I do. I also manage about a dozen publishing related businesses and publish books of my own. In fact, having spent over 10 years working intimately with all facets of the publishing process, I’ve become an expert on print on demand and ebooks, building an author platform, hacking Kindle and Amazon, social media manipulation and book marketing.
I write articles about that stuff on my main blog, www.creativindie.com, where I also give away a ton of free content. But in case you never visit me over there, here are some free books for you!
I've written several guides on publishing, book design and building your author platform; along with a book of answers to common publishing questions. You can download them all for free - but I've set a "share to unlock" feature to help these free guides reach more authors. Please help me out by spreading the word.
Book Marketing is Dead
My first book on book marketing is free on Amazon.. It's been a bestseller for the past 2 years though, so you might want to check it out. It's a good basic primer on why most of the stuff authors think about as "marketing" doesn't work anymore (and what to do instead).
Or grab the PDF (older edition)
How to Write, Format, Publish, Promote...
I wrote those a few years ago but there's still some excellent tips inside.
100 Publishing Questions Answered
I asked my audience what questions they had and responded to each one of them - more recently I put them together in a massive blog post and included some videos as well.
Need more help?
I hope the free resources and videos are useful. If you're looking for more styles and options, grab the premium package of formatting templates and some advanced video tutorials in the Epic Book Design package. You'll also get my $297 course on book marketing for free, along some publishing bonuses that will help your book stand out.
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