Writing & Formatting Software:

There are many tools available to help self-publishers today, beginning with writing software . . . and completing the picture with formatting, design, and other creative software help. The more you search, the more help you’ll discover.

Scrivener Writing Software


software available at Amazon and other locations – they offer free trials

A great software for writing using story boards, and word tracking! Recommended

 Jutoh Writing & Formatting Software


Jutoh makes it easy to create eBooks in popular formats that you can sell on many eBook sites, including Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks. Recommended.


Scribus  free software for the interior design of your book

Open Source Desktop Publishing
Also check out Ghostscript – another free software needed when you use Scribus

Adobe InDesign CC

Adobe InDesign CC The next page in Layout design (for those who invest in software)

Lucid Press

LUCIDPRESS IN 60 SECONDS – Adobe InDesign is expensive. If you want a free, online alternative, try Lucidpress!


Is for those who prefer to pay for formatting.

The Book Designer

Templates by Joel Friedlander – for those who prefer help with their formatting


Before you design get the facts you need to know:

 Kindle Publishing Guidelines

Smashwords Style Guide


Software for Book Cover & Marketing Designs:

A freeware similar to Photoshop is Gimp

Gimp logo www.gimp.org/
GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. This page should help you get a taste of what GIMP is capable of. You can also have a look at our introduction page or browse through the tutorials.

GIMP is Free Software and a part of the GNU Project.


Photo Advanced

Gimp tutorial for text

Gimp tutorial for text with effects


GIMP 3D Text Tutorial – Simple Methods + Advanced Techniques – XDTutorials.com


Adobe Photoshop CC   Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps. Edit videos, simulate real-life paintings, and more. It’s everything you need to make any idea real. (for those who invest in software)


Canva aboutEasily Design Stunning Visuals – Canva makes design simple for everyone. Choose from hundreds of professional templates to create social media graphics, eBook covers, presentations, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

An alternative tool to help make book covers and social media posts that stand out.

Easily create beautiful designs. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. Mobile friendly. Recommended.

Learn how to maximize Canva for your business or your personal brand. Get inspiration, learn how to get started, and create your own beautiful designs using Canva.

Canva Tutorials HERE.    Try it out for free https://www.canva.com/

Articles about design:

The Book Designer

Articles about book design – and so much more. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/category/book-design/

Genre design templates: https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2017/03/designing-genre-fiction-new-book-design-templates/






Indie Unlimited




14 Tips for Good Kindle Cover Design

Typography 101 Everything a beginner should know


Smashing –   FREE FONTS   New High-Quality Free Fonts


Every now and then, we look around, select fresh free high-quality fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice out there is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

My Fonts MyFonts




Urnan Fonts UrbanFonts

Free Dirty Fonts: https://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/dirty-fonts.htm


For affordable cover options check out my new site


Other Helpful Freeware:

Calibre  http://calibre-ebook.com/

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection


Russell Phillips’ Author Tools

Quick links and tools used when publishing:
ISBN check digit calculator, creating audio books, downloads from your website, create apps and quick links to iBooks & Kindle store & more


Tools for Testing your eBooks  blog.pressbooks.com/

Tools for testing your ebooks – Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and others.
If you want to know what your epubs will look like follow the tips and (free!) tools listed in this blog.

Book promotion


Tech Talk – Info on  SEO, Metatagging, WordPress Plug Ins and more.

Design & Software Tutorials:

The Book Designer

Tons of professional information from Joel Friedlander on topics from internal print page design to eBook covers!



educator logo     Web-site or Blog Design – Tutorial for Word Press


NALDZ Graphics

Amazing Adobe Effects

50+ Most Amazing Adobe After Effects Tutorials You Need to Learn by Ronald Bien  

Photoshop CS6

FREE samples from Educator.com‘s Photoshop CS6 lessons that help you through your image editing journey.

CS6 Intro  https://www.educator.com/software-training/adobe-premiere-pro-cs6/snape/introduction-to-premiere-pro-cs6.php

Adobe courses search http://www.educator.com/#search?Adobe

Web design http://www.educator.com/computer-science/web-design/echavarria/

WordPress courses search https://www.educator.com/software-training/adobe-premiere-pro-cs6/snape/introduction-to-premiere-pro-cs6.php#search?wordpress

Video & Images:



Your Google Account is more than just YouTube.

Talk, chat, share, schedule, store, organize, collaborate, discover, and create. Use Google products from Gmail to Google+ to YouTube, view your search history, all with one username and password, all backed up all the time and easy to find at (you guessed it) Google.com.

Create your own You Tube channel


Brainy Video

www.brainyvideo.com/  Here’s How to Show Up in a Powerful and Authentic Way / Steven Washer – Dean of Students

More Freeware:


What is IrfanView?  http://www.irfanview.com/ . . . one of the most popular viewers worldwide! IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE  (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.

It is designed to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support. One of the first graphic viewers WORLDWIDE with Multipage TIF support. The first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple ICO support.



is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.

Great to use if you want to do an audio book, or book trailer. Record and test – share.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use. Developed by a group of volunteers and distributed.
Join the Audacity user community and help other users.


Getty Images


Support Public Domain artists



Learn about Creative Commons License



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