Finding good resources that are truly free can be exasperating. I can’t tell you how many times I have clicked on a link claiming to provide something free, but they weren’t actually free. All of these resources are free–no email address required!
- Formatting a Manuscript: How to format your manuscript article by Jodie Renner . This will save you (and your editor) time and frustration.
- Spacing: How many spaces after a period? Okay, so this isn’t an actual resources, but it will provide you with information about how to space your manuscript.
- Book Interior Template: If you are going to be formatting your own book, save yourself hours of grief and write directly into the template. Create Space has a wonderful set of free templates (my publisher even uses them). Make sure you choose the size that is standard for your genre. I use the 5.5 x 8.5 template for Young Adult Lit.
- Book Cover Template: Generate a free Photoshop book cover template. You need to know how many pages your book will be in order for the spine to be the correct size.
- Fonts: Make sure all of the fonts you are using are free for commercial use. Font Squirrel is one of my favorite sites because they are all “free for commercial use.” I also love dafont.com, but you need to be careful, shareware is not always free for publishing/commercial use.
- Paper Textures: I LOVE the free paper textures and backgrounds on this site! If you don’t have time to take pics of your own, these are fabulous. I used one for my haiku below.
- Postcard Template: I use the Photoshop templates on VistaPrint. Simply click on the “More Pricing and Quantities” link under the size you want. The downloadable templates are located on the tab under “Full Upload Specifications.”
I hope you find these helpful. Do you have any free resources that you love?