There’s been a lot of talk about “interior design” or “book design” – whatever. These are fancy terms for having the inside of your book – usually the print edition – prettied up so it enhances the reader’s experience towards the formal. This is NOT necessary. Good formatting is FAR more important than this type of aesthetics.
Like book covers, formatting is something you can do yourself FOR FREE. The industry bible for eBook formatting is the free Smashwords Style Guide, which looks enormous and daunting, but honestly, just peck away at it as you go. When I first self-published in 2011, I only used it to search for the items I didn’t know how to do. And trust me, since I’d been traditionally published up until then, I knew nothing! And I’m not that good at MS Word, either, so if I can do it – you can do it. And, once it’s formatted via the style guide methods, your book is now ready for any of the online eBook distributors. I know you can do it!
For print books, Createspace offers free templates – all you have to do is copy and paste your manuscript into them. So, again, no expense required.
But, maybe you don’t want to learn how to do this, or you have more money than you have time. Well then, here’s what our authors paid for formatting: