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.

Design

“Your cover matters. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t need a book… you could just email people the text”. —Seth Godin, “Advice for Authors”

DIY Print Book – INTERIOR LAYOUT

Design – These exceptional tools make interior formatting and design achievable for the DIY author. Professional guidance is built into these programs. You can be assured your book is the closest design to an experienced designer.

Book Design Template

Book Design Template: There is no doubt, those proficient in word or Indesign won’t be disappointed with these templates and instructions.

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Reedsy

The Reedsy Book Editor: all in all a beautiful production tool which takes care of the formatting and conversion, before you have finished writing.

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Painless print & e-book formatting

Bookow: We love the simplicity of this tool,  it formats and reduces those errors often found in word docs.

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pressbooks

Pressbooks: robust, fully featured publishing tool – if you can use WordPress websites and blogs you can use this platform.

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Jutoh

Jutoh:  specifically for ebooks.

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InDesign

InDesign: usually 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.

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Canva

Canva: fortunately, the easiest design program enabling you to become a designer.

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Book Design Template

Book Design Templates: (Covers in WORD or InDesign).

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pressbooks

Pressbooks: (web based).  Iincludes a cover creator for you to create a complete book. Both the interior and cover, inside PressBooks.

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DIY Book Covers

DIY Book Covers: In essence, this website saves you from learning graphic design from scratch.

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Book Cover Ninja V5:  for the most part, just about anyone can design an eye-popping, professional book cover.  Even if you have little or no experience!

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InDesign

InDesign:  for the most part it is 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.

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Cover Creator (ebook)

Cover Creator

Cover Creator (ebook):  free web tool.  One of the easiest ways to design your own E-Book cover.  Consequently, over 45,000 book covers created already! (Simple layouts only).

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PreMade COVERS / Cover Specialists
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 can also mention cover specialists that have come highly recommended for the indie author. If you need help with a cover specialist, contact us at author@pickawoowoo.com.

SelfPubBookCovers: has the largest selection of one-of-a-kind pre-made book covers in the world.

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The Book Cover Designe

The Book Cover Designer: over 6000 in their database. Covers are one-offs. Once a cover is sold, that’s it. It will never be sold again.

Killer Covers: it is a fact.  People DO judge a book by its cover.  Killer Covers has a great reputation working with indie authors – they know the importance of a great cover.

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Find a FREELANCER (Cover/Interior)

Usually a referral is best.  Ask successful authors in your genre whom they recommend.  Otherwise, here are a few options:

Reedsy

Reedsy: overall a vetted marketplace of publishing-focused freelancers.

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BiblioCrunch

BiblioCrunch: is a marketplace for freelancers.

Fiverr

Fiverr:  every self publisher’s budget is different.

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Crowdsourcing Sites

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.

99 Designs

99 Designs:  find and work with talented freelance designers online.

Design Crowd

Design Crowd:  get the Perfect Custom Design, every time with the worlds #1 custom design.

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CrowdSpring

CrowdSPRING: is an online marketplace for crowdsourced creative services.

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