Sometimes you just need a pointer in the right direction. You might be fully capable of doing most of the leg-work of creating your own book from beginning to professionally finished product without help from places like Pro Formatted Book.com, and if that’s the case, here are some tips. It’s stressed here that these methods are not obvious or easy to implement without some working knowledge of how to create your own accounts or follow specific instructions. My recommendations here are not endorsements, per se, but are intended to help orient you in a good direction if you’re super advanced at DIY. As time goes on, more resources will be added here for you to discover.
- Draft2Digital can take your Word file, convert to ePub and even .Mobi and make it possible for you to custom-layout the interior of your ebook the way you want it (based on what they offer, which is somewhat limited.) *This takes place during the review process after uploading your file to them. This platform allows you to distribute to most e-book platforms, such as Barnes and Nobel’s Nook, Books (Apple), Kobo, and so many more.
- Amazon KDP is where you will most likely end up distributing your work for free to the world of readers. This is where it is highly recommended to set up your own account.
- Kboards.com is a highly recommended self-published authors forum where you can find all kinds of authors who are at varying degrees of success and some of whom offer phenomenal services to DIY book authors such as yourself. This is highly rated territory to enter into conversations and develop connections to the world of self-publishing. Specifically the ‘Writers Cafe’.
- IngramSpark.com is another place to take a look at if you want to self-publish your book. They offer a host of different packages to help you along the way.
Best Writing & ePub output Software Picks
Microsoft Word is a pretty good program and is either already installed on most computers, or can be downloaded at a price. However, there are other software writing suites that make life as a writer more productive, powerful, and easy. Here’s a list of my top pics for better writing software.
- Scrivener by company Literature and Latte is hands-down one of the best writing software platforms for both PC and Mac to this day. Please do yourself a favor and check them out!
- Vellum (Mac only) to convert for Print and Ebook. (You can use this as a ‘word processor, but it’s not highly recommended, as it’s not intended to create a work-flow for author-notes, comments, or other useful side-tools the author might need. The font is also small when writing, so your options to suit your writing needs are limited. However, this is one of the best platforms to produce the final outcome. $$$$$ though.
- JUTOH for PC and Mac is an amazing piece of software designed to help you get the exact look (author’s vision) you desire. Customize it in any way you like. It’s not a writing piece of software, although you probably could write your entire novel in it before outputting it to perfect specification for all distributors. “How do you pronounce Jutoh? We pronounce it “Joo-toe”. The name is derived from three forenames – [Ju]lian, [To]ni, [H]arriet.”
- Grammarly (you’ve probably seen numerous ads on youtube and elsewhere for this software, but it’s worth mentioning here as it does help to get basic spelling and grammatical errors wiped clean before you show your work to others.)