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. 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.
- 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?