Book Design

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The 13 Best Fantasy Map Generators, Tools, and Resources

Sep 22, 2021 – Book Design

Whether you fancy a randomly generated fantasy map as your muse, or designing a map from scratch, there's sure to be something here for you. Read more →


Book Templates: An Author’s Best Friend or Secret Saboteur?

Jun 11, 2021 – Book Design

Discover five of the best book template resources that indie authors can use — and learn why using them isn't always the greatest idea. Read more →


10 Brilliant Fonts for Your Book Layout

Feb 05, 2021 – Book Design

Choosing a font is an essential part of making your book look professional, but there are just to many to choose from. We're giving you somewhere to start with our list of 10 brilliant fonts that you can use in your book layout. Read more →


20 Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites to Source a Book Cover Picture

Dec 10, 2020 – Book Design

Looking for the best places to find book cover pictures that won't break the bank? We've got you covered, with our hand-picked list of 20 sites with royalty-free stock images you can incorporate into an amazing book cover. Read more →


The 45 Best Book Covers of 2020 — Feast Your Eyes!

Dec 09, 2020 – Book Design

To cap this eventful year, we've put together a list of the best book covers of 2020. There's something for everyone, from fiction to non-fiction! Read more →


How to Make a Chapbook in 4 No-Nonsense Steps

Nov 17, 2020 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Check out our 4-step approach on how to make a chapbook, from polishing your verse to creating a DIY chapbook from scratch. Read more →


20 Amazing Children's Book Illustrators (and How to Hire Them)

Oct 15, 2020 – Book Design

If you’re writing a children’s book, you may one day arrive at the point where you need a children's book illustrator to help bring your story to life! In this post, we list 20 of the best professional children’s book illustrators in the industry who you can hire today. Read more →


Guide to Book Layout: What Makes a Book More Readable?

Aug 30, 2020 – Book Design

When authors think about book design, the first thing that pops into their heads is usually the cover. We’ll be the first to admit that cover design is incredibly important — but book layout is arguably just as important! Read more →


50+ Cookbook Covers Guaranteed To Make Your Mouth Water

Apr 01, 2020 – Book Design

One of the best sections of any bookstore is, without a doubt, the cookbook aisle. Not only do the contents of these books promise incredible recipes, but their covers provide an intriguing taste of what's inside! Cookbook covers are some of most carefully crafted in publishing — which is why, if... Read more →


6 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cover Design Brief

Apr 01, 2020 – Book Design

A big part of what makes self-publishing so attractive to authors is retaining all creative freedom over their own work. That means it is up to you, and you only, to choose your cover designer and brief them properly. Here's how. Read more →


How a Cartoonist for Hire Can Get Your Book's Point Across

Jan 17, 2020 – Book Design

Images like cartoons can work wonders on your book, as long as they’re developed the right way. Here's how custom-crafted, eye-catching images can complement your writing — and how to find the perfect cartoonist for hire to draw them. Read more →


The 50 Best Children’s Book Covers of 2019

Dec 13, 2019 – Book Design

There were so many beautiful children's book covers this year. Celebrate them with this gallery of the 50 best children's book covers of 2019! Read more →


How to Format a Book (the Free and Easy Way)

Nov 15, 2019 – Book Design

In this step-by-guide to formatting a book, we’re going to give you tips for producing a professional-looking final product, and explain how our very own free book formatter — the Reedsy Book Editor — can make the job simple for you. Read more →


Book Cover Design Software: The Best Paid and Free DIY Apps

Sep 06, 2019 – Book Design

We always advise authors get their book covers professionally designed — an excellent cover is a crucial part of publishing success. However, if you’re set on designing your own cover and willing to put in the legwork to learning a new skill, here are some resources you might consider. Read more →


Vellum Review: Read This Guide Before Using It!

Apr 30, 2019 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Thinking about using Vellum software to format your book? Read this review first for key features, pros and cons, and how to know if it's right for you. Read more →


Book Design: Everything You Need to Make a Stunning Book

Apr 10, 2019 – Book Design

No matter what your level of publishing experience is, this guide to book design is for you! It dives into cover design, interior design, DIY tips, and more! Read more →


Book Illustration: 25 Beautiful Examples

Apr 08, 2019 – Book Design

We all remember the signature illustrations of our childhood reads: the wild scribbles of Quentin Blake, the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter, the simple line drawings of Shel Silverstein, and so on. Indeed, many book illustrations become indelibly linked to the stories they depict. And they’... Read more →


How to Choose the Right Book Cover Dimensions in 3 Simple Steps

Oct 30, 2018 – Book Design

Find out what book cover dimensions you should be using when designing a jacket for print and ebook. Includes popular aspect ratios and recommended resolutions for creating your own book cover. Read more →


Book Cover Design: Your 7-Step Guide to an Unforgettable Cover

Oct 26, 2018 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

In this definitive post, we look at book cover design: why it's important to work with a professional, what you can do to create the best cover possible, and — if all else fails — how you can make one yourself. Read more →


What is Typesetting? Your Guide to Interior Book Design

Oct 26, 2018 – Book Design

Think that you’re ready to publish your book? Think again. Before you send your book off to the printers, you not only need to make sure that the content of your book is good — it also has to look good on the page. Imagine your gut reaction to a room that’s sloppy and cluttered, for instance. Not... Read more →


What Are the Standard Book Sizes in Publishing?

Oct 26, 2018 – Book Design

Glance at the nearest bookshelf. Have you noticed that books come in all shapes and sizes? Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t because publishers are out to obliterate the perfect symmetry of our bookshelves. The truth is that book sizes vary based on each individual book — and publishers dete... Read more →


How to Build a Book Back Cover That Converts (with Template)

Oct 26, 2018 – Book Design

Picture an intrepid reader in the bookstore. They’re skimming the shelves when their eye is caught by a brilliantly imagined front cover. They pick the book up. Check. The spine is bold and inviting. Check. Then they flip to the back of the book cover — and it’s a boring solid background with no ... Read more →


60+ Stunning Book Cover Ideas To Unlock Your Inner Designer

Sep 26, 2018 – Book Design

You know the mantra: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But that’s easier to say than do. A book's cover is your not-so-secret weapon when it comes to sales and the reader's very first impression of a book. Or, as famed designer Paul Sahre once put it in an interview with Penguin Random House: “O... Read more →


How to Make a Book: Binding a Hardback in 5 Simple Steps

Apr 09, 2018 – Book Design

Learn how to make hardback copy of your book by hand — something that you can keep on your shelves or share with your friends as a gift. Read more →


EPUB vs mobi: Is Amazon's mobi Format Now Dead?

Nov 17, 2017 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Discover the differences between the three most popular book file formats on the planet — and learn which ones are best for you. Read more →


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