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)
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.
Before you design get the facts you need to know:
Software for Book Cover & Marketing Designs:
A freeware similar to Photoshop is Gimp
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.
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)
Easily 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.
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/
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.
Free Dirty Fonts: https://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/dirty-fonts.htm
For affordable cover options check out my new site
Other Helpful Freeware:
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
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 – 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.
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!
50+ Most Amazing Adobe After Effects Tutorials You Need to Learn by Ronald Bien
FREE samples from Educator.com‘s Photoshop CS6 lessons that help you through your image editing journey.
Adobe courses search http://www.educator.com/#search?Adobe
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
www.brainyvideo.com/ Here’s How to Show Up in a Powerful and Authentic Way / Steven Washer – Dean of Students
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.