Last year, as I was writing my first novel, The Protector, my intention was that I’d self publish it. I planned for an ebook version for Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N, plus a paperback printed by Createspace.
I use Scrivener for my writing software and I knew that it could output files for ebooks. However, my version of Scrivener (Windows) did not have the ability to format manuscripts for paperbacks. Sure, I could’ve paid someone to perform the formatting task, but I wanted to do it myself. I like a challenge.
My problem was solved when I found out about Joel Friedlander’s Book Design Templates for Microsoft Word.
I browsed Joel Friedlander’s template gallery for a template appropriate for the type of book I had written. My book’s genre is crime fiction. Therefore, I chose the Bomber template.
I was able to follow the instructions and complete the formatting of my twenty-six chapter, 400+ page book in a few hours.
I initially had an issue with losing the italics in the manuscript once it was copied to the template. When I re-pasted it using the ‘merge formatting’ option, as the guide suggested, the original italics remained once pasted into the template.
I simply pasted or typed in my own copyright, dedication, and acknowledgments. There was a section for author information and I pasted my photo and text there.
I modified the drop cap to use two lines instead of the three indicated in the template.
There were running heads.
Initially, my PDF failed to upload to Createspace. I tried a couple of times, then went back to the formatting guide. The information was right there. I’d missed a step!
When I fixed this issue the file uploaded and was accepted by Createspace.
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create a beautiful, professional looking paperback so quickly using the Book Design Templates! I’m glad I purchased the multi-book license. I’ll definitely use the templates for my future books.
I can say, without a doubt, the templates saved me a tremendous amount of time. Based on the prices I see advertised to hire someone to format indie books, I know the templates also saved me money. I’m all for that! Who wouldn’t be?
Numerous people have told me the interior pages of The Protector resemble the pages of the New York published books they own. I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.