Self Publishing Book Template

Formatting Your Book for Print



If you want to self publish your book, you will need to start with a self publishing book template. I have developed my own, but there are also free templates available online that you can download and use. self publishing book template

Actually, it's really simple. Let me share how I designed my template and give you links to download more book templates for free.

When I decided to self publish my first book, I didn't know where to start.

So, I started doing some research and realized most authors simply type their book in a Microsoft Word document and then convert it to PDF to upload to their publisher. It sounds simple, but I wondered how to format my Word document so that it would be the correct size for printing.

That's when I developed my own book template.

Designing Your Own Self Publishing Book Template

My book template is simple...nothing fancy. But, it works. And I continue to write and sell books today using my original template.

So what did I do?

#1: First, I opened a Microsoft Word document and saved it to my computer. If you don't have Microsoft Word installed on your computer you can also use the free OpenOffice.org software.


#2: I then researched the fonts that are recommended for print books...the best fonts for titles and for the text and inserted them into my template. I set up my first chapter in the fonts and sizes I decided upon.


#3: Next, I resized my Microsoft Word document to: 8.5 inches x 5.5 inches. It is simply half of a regular sized sheet of paper (8.5 inches x 11 inches) and tends to be the most popular and most affordable size to print a book.


#4: Then, I created an endorsement page, a title page, copyright page, table of contents page and dedication page.


#5: And finally, I was ready to start writing my book in my self publishing book template.

After I was finished setting up my first template, I saved it as a template that I now use over and over for all my books. It really makes writing new books a snap because I already have my template ready to go!

Add Pizzazz to Your Template

To spice up the design of your template, you can add tables, text boxes, graphics and more. Pretty much, if you can design it in Microsoft Word, you can add it to your book template.

I have decided to publish my book interior in black and white to save money in publishing costs. But, if you want full color, you can publish in full color. Just realize, it will be a lot more expensive.

Tips on Inserting Graphics

One thing you need to know about inserting graphics into your Microsoft Word template is to choose graphics that are 300 ppi (pixels per inch) for print quality. I choose to buy stock royalty free photos from istockphoto.com which gives you the rights to use the pictures on printed materials, like books. You can search for images on their website. Once you find the image you want for your book, make sure to download it in the correct size for your book in 300 ppi quality.

Istockphoto.com will show you what file size and quality you will get, so make sure to get it right. Otherwise, your pictures could turn out fuzzy and look unprofessional in your book. It pays to make sure you get the right size the first time...I know this from experience!

Once you download your photo and insert it into your template, you can then change it to black and white (or grayscale) as well as add text to it in Microsoft Word. Or you can use graphic editing software like Adobe Photoshop.

However, Photoshop is expensive if you don't already have the software. So, another great option is to use free graphic editing software.

Free Graphic Editing Software

Here are a couple options I have used and recommend. You can also search Google for many other options.
  • Picnik.com - an online graphic editor or
  • Paint.net - download free graphic editing software to use offline

Want to See the Template I Designed?

Well, you can!

And it's even free...because as your "Self Publishing Coach," my goal is to help you get published.

Download my template and begin using it today for free when you sign up for my "Self Publishing Coach Tips" Newsletter. Through my newsletter, I will share with you the tips and tricks I've learned for successful self publishing.

I love to share what I've learned with others...and that's what this website and newsletter is all about!

So, sign up now and download for free my self publishing book template (.doc) along with my report (.pdf), "7 Things Publishing Companies Don't Want You to Know About Self Publishing!"

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Download More Free Self Publishing Book Templates

However, you may want to publish your book in a different size. And if you do, Createspace.com offers many different template sizes for you to download for free. They have templates available to download in the following sizes:

  • 5 x 8 inches
  • 5.06 x 7.81 inches
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • 6.14 x 9.21 inches
  • 6.69 x 9.61 inches
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • 7.44 x 9.69 inches
  • 7.5 x 9.25 inches
  • 8 x 10 inches

Check out their templates at the link below.

Download CreateSpace Book Templates Here


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