Monday, September 28, 2015

The Best Easy to Use Book Template to Format Ebook and Print Books

The Indie Author Guide: Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use is one of the best books I've found for people who are self-publishing. I have it in Ebook, but have read the print version at Barnes and Noble several years ago.

I've had many people ask me how to set up their manuscripts because it seems so difficult. But, it's really much easier than you might think. In fact, I have a file I use every time I work on a new project. It was an idea April Hamiliton listed in her book, and one that I took to heart.

With that said, I thought it might be helpful to share my version of this template with you. It's a little different than the one in The Indie Author Guide: Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use.

 Feel free to copy and paste this information into your own file and don't forget to save it for later.

The Following Template is for Print and Ebooks

Page 1: Leave Blank (You will need to write something on it to go to the next page. I suggest the words, "Leave Blank.)

Page 2: This is your copyright page and needs all this important information! Not all books will have an illustrator. You can change up the formatting a bit if you'd like. I recommend reading the copyright page of several of your favorite books to get more ideas.

Copyright: © year by Your Name, all rights reserved
Cover art and jacket design: © year Jacket Designer's Name
Illustrator © year Illustrator's Name
Published in The United States of America
By Your Name, City, State
ISBN [whatever]  

Manufactured in The United States of America
First edition published year

Page 3: Title and Author's Name

Page 4: Blank

Page 5: Dedication 

Page 6: Blank

Page 7: Table of Contents

Page 8: Blank

Page 9: Start Your Book (If your table of contents pushes this page out, make sure you always start on an odd numbered page so your book looks right!)

I hope you find this little template useful, and if you haven't already read The Indie Author Guide: Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use I suggest you get a copy!


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