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Self-Publishing Resources

by Ron Kurtus (updated 14 September 2022)

The following books and websites are resources on independent and self-publishing.


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6 Keys for Book Page Layout -

7 book layout design and typesetting tips -

How to Self-Publish Your Book by Jane Friedman

How to Get Your Book Distributed by Jane Friedman

Is Self-Publishing Right for You? - From

How to Self-Publish Your Books - From

Start publishing business

How to Start a Publishing Company - From

How To Start Your Own Publishing Company – 10 Essential Steps

How to Start a Publishing Company - WikiHow

Design book

Typography - Wikipedia

Indentation in Basic Design - Wikibooks

The Book Designer - Many articles by Joel Friedlander

Book Font Guide -

How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design?

17 Things Self-Publishers Need to Know about Book Design

Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published

Self-Publishing Bang for the Buck

The Truth About Word Processors

Book Design Case Study: Two Contemporary Novels

Working with Cover and Interior Designers

Book Design Quick Tips for Self-Publishers

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of Your Book

Does Book Design Really Matter?

Using InDesign

How to Layout a Book in InDesign - From

How to design a book in InDesign - From

How to Create a Book Template in InDesign - From

How to Create an Index for Your Book in Adobe InDesign

Interior design

The Architecture of the Book Page

Self-Publishing Basics: Book Chapters and Subheads

Book Design: Choosing Your Paragraphing Style

Self-Publishing Basics: Book Pagination For Fun and Profit

Understanding Book Layouts and Page Margins

Prepping Files for Book Layout: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

5 Layout Mistakes that Make You Look Unprofessional

4 Top Book Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book

Self-Publishing Basics: How to Organize Your Book’s Front Matter

Book Title Pages: 500 Years of Inspiration

Self-Publishing Basics: The Copyright Page

Hanging in the Back Matter: Indents are the Rule

Book cover design

Book Cover Design -

Book Cover Maker - Free templates from (must log in)

Book Cover Design, Fiction and Nonfiction

Book Cover Success and Failure Explained

5 Keys to Book Cover Success

Book Cover Design Behind The Scenes

Book Cover Design and the Problem of Symbolism

Self-Publishing Basics: Why You Need A Category on the Back Cover of Your Book

Book cover fonts

5 Great Fonts for Book Covers - Joel Freidlander

21 Top Links to Book Fonts for Self-Publishing

Square-Serif Fonts Pack a Typographic Punch

These 3 Typography Websites Will Change How You Look at Type

Fun With Fonts—Identifont

Typefaces I Can’t Live Without: Adobe Myriad Pro

Submit book

Kindle Direct Publishing

Self-publish eBooks and paperbacks with Kindle Direct Publishing - Prepare, Publish, Promote

Getting Started with KDP

Steps for Getting Started

Prepare Your Book

Publish Your Book

Promote Your Book


Lulu Self-Publishing


Free eBook Reader Software - Good listing

Online File Format Conversion - Including MOBI to LIT from Convert.File

Book Design: Pages or Spreads

e-Book Cover and File Size Specifications

Print and e-Book Covers, a Matter of Resolution

3 Secrets to e-Book Cover Design Success

Self-publishing blogs

Author Marketing Experts blog

ePublishing applications

Calibre eBook Management - Download from Calibre site

Calibre overview - Wikipedia

Review of Calibre - CNET

Online magazines

Independent Publisher - Voice of Independent Publishing Industry - Articles for authors and self-publishers


Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA)

Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)

POD companies

Kindle Direct Publishing - Owned by

IngramSpark - Part of Lightning Source


eBook Readers

8 Best Ebook Reader Devices for Students


The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know About the Costs, Contracts, and Process of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine; Bascom Hill Publishing Group (2011)

Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter; Para Publishing; 16th Edition (2007) - Considered the bible on self-publishing and recommended by many in the self-publishing industry

Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter; Para Publishing (2009) - Describes how to use new techniques to write faster, new technology to publish for less, and social media for promotion.

Start Your Own Self-Publishing Business by Entrepreneur Press (2007) - Part of Entrepreneur Magazine's Start-Up Series that covers evaluating book ideas, developing an effective marketing plan, getting books reviewed, and finding sales channels

How To Start And Run A Small Book Publishing Company: A Small Business Guide To Self-Publishing And Independent Publishing by Peter I. Hupalo; 0967162432 HCM Publishing (2002) - Teaches business aspects involved in operating a small book publishing company

The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss; Peanut Butter and Jelly Press (2003)

Top-rated books on Self-Publishing


If you have any other good resources on starting and running a self-publishing business, let us know about them.

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