Don't Let This Be You!

We've assembled some of the best resources to save you time and aggravation BEFORE you submit your manuscript for publication. Many of those featured here enable you to do for yourself what publishing companies charge you big bucks to do. Most are free to use. Some are reasonably priced -- much less than a publisher will charge you to do the same thing. Feel free to look around and take what you need.

Manuscript Formatting Templates

Here are some sites that host free templates for formatting your work. Click on the banners to go to the site. For your convenience, it will open in a new window.

Expertly crafted book layout templates for InDesign & Word. They also work in Open Office (which is free). This site has some of the most beautiful templates we've seen. All are free to download.

48 Hour has free book templates for Word, Word Perfect and Open Office, Cover Size Calculators for both paperback and hardcover, and Cover Templates. Download them free. Included on the page is a video explaining how to use the templates. Can it be any easier?

More Templates:

Book Design $

Author Websites, Cover Images, Graphics

The Imaginarium offers just about anything and everything you need graphically: Author Websites, Book Cover Art, Logos, Promotional Posters and Materials, Business Cards. The initial consultation is absolutely free and services are extremely reasonable. All projects are given individual attention and completed in no time at all. If you want a design that has just a touch of magic, this is the place for you.

Kevin Farnham does a wonderful job of printing promotional posters and signs that have been designed for marketing your book or event.

Free Self-Publishing Books & Publications

CreativeINDIE - offers the following free books by marketing and design guru Derek Murphy:

  • Book Marketing is Dead
  • How to Write, Format, Publish, Promote
  • 100 Publishing Questions Answered
  • Cover Design Secrets that Sell Books

  • Joel Friedlander of - offers for free download:

  • The Book Construction Blueprint