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When it comes to creating profitable ebooks, speed is your friend. Why, because the moment you start slowing down in your ebook creation process you begin to lose momentum. Then, distractions start to appear and you lose your excitement for the project.

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So, any strategy or resource that helps the ebook creation process move more smoothly and quickly will help ensure that the project gets completed (the real secret to success is just getting the work done - most people don't.) One excellent resource that I use for every ebook is...

...a layout and design template!

Ebook templates help you avoid the tedious repetition of setting up the overall design of your ebook (margins, fonts, headers, footers, etc.) and also can include 'boilerplate content' like disclaimers, publisher information, about the author pages, and other materials common to all of your ebooks.

Ebook templates are even more important if you are publishing ebooks on the Kindle platform. A good Amazon Kindle ebook template for Microsoft Word will ensure that your ebook looks good when it is uploaded for publication. This simple step can save hours of frustration and help you void the tedious process of trying to track down that one missing format code that is making everything look aweful.

Branding - A Side Benefit of Ebook Templates

Another benefit to using a template for your ebooks is that it will create a consistent brand for your publications. Think of books like the '...For Dummies' guides. They all follow a consistent design. You can see one from across a room and know what it is. And, a new title with that design instantly sets an expectation in the customer that is based on the previous books they have seen.

If you plan to publish multiple ebooks in one market or genre, take the time to build a template for use in all of the products.

Creating Your Own Ebook Template

Creating your own ebook template is not a complicated process, but there are a number of key things you will need to include for a well rounded design.

Ebook Template Essentials Include:

  • Set Page Dimensions
  • Set Fonts, Font Sizes, and Font Colors
  • Define Heading Tag Fonts and Sizes (H1, H2, H3, H4, etc)
  • Define Page Header and Footer (include page numbers - please!)
  • Cover Page
  • Interior Title Page
  • Legal/Disclaimer Page
  • Table of Contents (critical for anything longer than a report)
  • About the Author Page
  • Resources/Index Page

These are the core elements to the template I have created for my own projects. You can add or remove elements that are unique to your needs.

Tips For Designing Professional Looking Ebook Templates

Creating page borders is a nice way to make your ebooks look more 'polished'. I also recommend using a 14point font for your main text if you expect readers to be using a computer screen to read your book. Smaller fonts are tiring on the eyes.

Keep your fonts simple and restrict colors to black letters on a white page (except for a few design flourishes here and there.) Again, unusual fonts and color combinations generally make a document harder to read.

Add a dividing line between your headers and footer areas and the main text.

Conclusion

Once created, a good ebook design template will allow you to produce highly professional looking ebooks with very little effort. Your customers will recognize your publications, be impressed with the quality of your presentation, and have the confidence to pull out a credit card an place an order!

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