Are you an author? Here are 7 free design resources to help you get your book in shape. Start with a template to save time.
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!
- Free Royalty Free Images: Need an image for your promo? Check out the what’s available on Pixabay.
- Book Interior Template: If you are going to be formatting your own book, save yourself hours of grief and write directly into the template. KDP 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. If you would like an author checklist that includes fonts to avoid, check out my post, “New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do.”
- Postcard Template: If you would like to make postcards using PhotoShop, then you can download free templates from UPrinting here. They have lines for trim areas, etc.
- Canva: Put together professional looking graphics like the one below with their easy-to-use tools.
- Paper Textures: I LOVE the free paper textures and backgrounds on USplash! If you don’t have time to take pics of your own, these are fabulous.
I hope you find these helpful. Do you have any free resources that you love?
Have you ever wanted to sit in on one of my writing classes? Well, here is your chance. I’m going to be at the Florence Festival of Books on Saturday, September 23rd. Join me at my author appearance, writing workshop, and grab a copy of my new book.
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