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Just a few weeks ago, Adam reached out to me on Instagram. He and his wife are marriage bloggers, and he got stuck trying to figure out how to design the ebook he and his wife wrote to help grow their email list.
For Adam, writing the ebook was easy, but turning his idea into a tangible product that he could offer on his website was difficult.
Here’s the exact question he asked.
“My wife and I are currently writing an eBook called ‘5 Steps to Rocking Your First Year of Marriage.’ It’s going to act as an opt-in incentive for our blog. I need help understanding how to either design it myself or outsource the design. Thanks for all you’re doing!”
Have you ever been in Adam’s place? Or are you in Adam’s place right now? If you’re feeling a bit stuck because you’re a writer, but not a designer? You’re not alone.
Instead of recommending that he outsource his book design to a local freelancer, I suggested that he find a book design template and create it himself. And I’d say the same thing for you.
While this recommendation takes some basic design skills, it’ll save you dozens of days and thousands of dollars over the next few years. Plus, you’ll learn how to sell better what you write, have complete creative control over your work, and you’ll retain more cash in the end.
And there’s no shame in using a template. While I consider myself a great writer, I’ve also learned the art of design. And even though I’m fully capable of creating an ebook from scratch, it takes a lot of time. So, even as a designer, instead of starting from scratch, I often prefer to use templates so I can be more efficient with my time.
Now, let’s talk about why you came here. Below are seven of my favorite design templates on Creative Market that would work well for any book. Over time, I’ve seen dozens of templates and to be honest, most of them aren’t very good. But all of these templates below are unique and easy to change with your color palette, fonts, and design style. Enjoy!
This is the ultimate all-in-one book design template. It’s super versatile and includes the three most popular book and ebook formats. Whether you’re looking to print or make an ebook, everything is set and ready to go. They’ve even included five hi-res mockups to help you market and design.
The primary reason I like this template is the size. Being a square gives it a unique look and feel that I enjoy. If you’re using this template for an ebook, it’ll look organized and uniform on my screen. But, if you’re going beyond ebook and doing a print run, it’s ready for print. All graphics are vector graphics, and all colors are in CMYK.
Most ebooks look the same, but this template is so unique. If you use this template for your book, you’ll probably never find another that looks like yours.
I love the minimal yet elegant design style. If you’re a lifestyle or travel blogger, this is the template for you. Plus, the A5 size (5.8 x 8.2 in.) gives it a unique look and feel. It comes in CMYK color mode and is ready for print.
While I love the square sizing, I also love the design style. It’s bold like some of the others on this list, yet even more minimal. Plus, there’s more space for copy if your book is a bit on the longer side.
This template is probably my favorite on the list. Seriously. The primary reason I love it is because, number two above, it’s fully editable in PowerPoint or Keynote. You don’t need Photoshop, InDesign, or any other complicated design software. If you know how to use PowerPoint, this one’s for you.
I chose this template because while the design is bold, it lets your content shine. While many magazines and beautiful book designs dominate the page with imagery and crazy vectors, this design is meant to pull out the words. I know while the larger size of this template could keep you from using it, there is a uniqueness from having a bit of a different size that could help it stand out. I’d recommend only using this template for ebooks.
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Simon Villeneuve is the Co-Founder of BookWorthy.com. He's also a marketing consultant who helps organizations tell a better story that inspires their customers to action.MORE ARTICLES