Design and Format Your Book

How to design and format your books or hire and supervise professionals


The purpose of the Design and Format Your Book course is to show you how to create your book in print and ebook formats professionally. First, you'll gain an understanding of the various book formats—PDF for print and EPUB and MOBI for digital—and how to convert your book into these formats.

You'll also understand e-reading devices, which formats they need (MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for all the others), and design considerations for creating your book in reflowable or fixed-layout format.

The details of book production is also included, and you'll get all the information you need to get your interior design and cover design done.

Though the course is skewed toward the do-it-yourselfer, the information presented here is also essential for those of you who wish to hire out all or part of the process. When you understand the process, you can hire the right people and supervise the work.

In addition there are worksheets and lists, audio and video lessons, and perspective by me and other experts who have valuable advice and examples to share.

You can use the comments in each lesson to let me know how it's going or to ask me questions. I'm here for you!

Your Instructor

Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books and workshops. With a background in technical writing and a passion for travel, she started self-publishing her bicycle and motorcycle adventure travel books in 1994. Since then, Carla has helped many others in their writing and publishing journeys.

King has been known as a leader in self-publishing education since 2010 with Self-Pub Boot Camp courses and books and her Destination Published concierge services. She organizes the self-publishing and technology track for the San Francisco Writers Conference, works as an industry advisor, speaks at publishing conferences, podcasts, and other events.

As the author of many books (on adventure travel) and as a publishing consultant, her firsthand knowledge makes King one of the most trusted guides in the industry. Her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is the most comprehensive how-to manual for independent authors today. Authors and publishers around the world also count on her Consumer’s Guide for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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