Design – Keep all royalties & net sales with these options. The software takes care of the files needed. Then you can choose the best distribution platform available – IngramSpark.
These exceptional tools make interior formatting and design achievable for the DIY author. With professional guidance built into these programs, your book is the closest design to an experienced designer.
Book Design Template: Those proficient in word or Indesign won’t be disappointed with these templates and instructions.
The Reedsy Book Editor: a beautiful production tool which takes care of the formatting and conversion, before you have finished writing.
Pressbooks: robust, fully featured publishing tool – if you can use WordPress websites and blogs you can use this platform.
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A tool which outputs your books to PDF and EPUB and has a beautiful set of CSS-driven book design templates. The tool lives in the cloud, so contributors or editors can also work on your book. Free to use, with Pressbooks watermarks in EPUB, MOBI and PDF exports. Upgrade to remove the watermarks. Pressbooks allows you to write, edit and publish print/ebook files. This DIY option gives you a professional book, if you follow all the instructions.
Jutoh: specifically for ebooks.
InDesign: the publishing industry’s leading page design and layout tool. Steep learning curves for authors, however there are tutorials which give you the essentials to keep you inspired.
Canva: easiest design program enabling you to become a designer.
Book Design Templates: (covers in WORD or InDesign).
DIY Book Covers: this website saves you from having to learn graphic design from scratch.
Book Cover Ninja V5: just about anyone can design an eye-popping, professional book cover…even if you have little or no experience!
You can easily customize the templates to make them UNIQUE… No one will ever know that you’re using templates! “Book Cover Ninja V5” will be your “Little Secret”…This bundle provides you with
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InDesign: the publishing industry’s leading page design and layout tool. Steep learning curves for most authors, however there are tutorials available which give you the essentials and keep you inspired.
Premade Book Covers are ready-made covers, sold only once, then removed from the website. Some are customisable, others are unique creations, usually made from several images combined. Premade covers are affordable and are an exciting way for authors to publish books. We may also mention cover specialists that have come highly recommended for the indie author.
SelfPubBookCovers: has the largest selection of one-of-a-kind pre-made book covers in the world.
Usually a referral is best; ask successful authors in your genre whom they recommend. Otherwise, here are a few options:
Reedsy: a vetted marketplace of publishing-focused freelancers.
Fiverr: every self publisher’s budget is different.
If you want to hire a book cover or interior designer– consider crowdsourcing sites. Simply name your price, post your project and watch, as graphic designers bid on your job. Low risk, guaranteed satisfaction. If you don’t love your book cover design then you get your money back.