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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.



This is what they look like...Book formatting templates set2

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.



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 a lot more templates for a variety of genres, and a new series of formatting videos that are cleaner and easier to learn from, I'm also including all my book cover design templates ($87) and my first book marketing course, Reach Your Readers, ($297) along with some other awesome bonuses.

The whole package is on sale this week for just $67.

>> Click here to see what's included <<



Thanks and good luck!


Derek Murphy


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,, 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!

Book Marketing is Dead


I recently redid Book Marketing is Dead (2016) and made it free on Amazon.. It's been a bestseller for the past 2 years though, so you might want to check it out.



How to write, format, publish and promote your book


This is a basic crash course on self-publishing...I cover a lot of ground, and it's free - but you should also check out this Guide to Surviving the Self-Publishing Gauntlet.

Download the book: PDF VERSION | KINDLE


Book cover design secrets that sell more books


This is a collection of the presentations I've given on book design at various writing conferences - however you should also check out the free video series I've added to

Download the book: Kindle | Epub


100 Publishing Questions Answered


I asked my audience for their biggest frustrations and problems, then answered all their questions. This is kind of an encyclopedia of publishing. Hope it helps!

Download the book: Kindle | Epub


My brand and platform is devoted to helping you become creatively independent – that is, getting paid to be creative, by making things of value that help and/or entertain others. So while I talk a lot about publishing and selling books, I also focus on starting and running a successful business, creativity and productivity boosters, and tricks to gain more visibility, traffic and followers.

These books are all a little dated, but people still seem to like them - if they're helpful, please track them down on Amazon and leave a review!

More stuff to help you publish

You can also check out my main book cover design site, or my blog where I help authors and artists produce and sell their best work. If you're looking for a book editor, check out


PS - if my templates don't work for you and you're a Mac user, you should check out Vellum.

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