Beautifully created poetry book designs

As a professional book designer, I love taking the poetry manuscript into which you have poured your time and energy and returning back to you a beautiful poetry book you can be proud of, one that reflects your talent and the importance of your work.

Poetry book interiors to fit your style

Each poet has a different style and way of sharing themselves with the world. Especially when it comes to poetry, the design of your book should match that style and reflect what you’re trying to say as a writer.

What I love about designing poetry books is there can be so much creative license in how the design is done and what the finished product looks like. With poetry, you can play with fonts, illustrations, and have fun with how the words look on the page.

Designing poetry books is how I first learned to layout books and it remains one of my specialties. Due to the technical nature of the work with different line spacing and indents, fewer designers have the skill set to handle the more technical aspects required for a clean design and a well-coded ebook.

As a professional book designer, I love taking the manuscript into which you have poured your time and energy and returning back to you a beautiful poetry book you can be proud of, one that reflects your talent and the importance of your work.

Included in the interior book design is the:

  • Table of contents
  • Front and back matter
  • Page numbering
  • Poetry text
  • Illustrations
  • Images and captions
  • Footnotes
I’ve included some frequently asked questions below but if you have a different question, want more details, or would like to talk about your book project, I would love to talk with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

To design your book, I’ll need the entire manuscript from beginning to end including all the front and back material such as the introduction and acknowledgements. In addition, I need information including the title, subtitle, author, publishing company, copyright information. Lastly, I need the book cover to incorporate into the design.

I am a self-publisher just like you! I learned how to layout a book, code ebooks, and design covers through working on my own five books as well as designing for other authors. It is truly my favorite work to do. When publishing this way, you are own publisher, keeping all the rights and royalties, and you hire me for the services you need to create your book such as cover design, ebook coding, and page layout. I can even upload your files and work with your printer.

Once we’ve talked and you’ve sent me all the material, the signed contract, and the deposit to start the project, I will create three possible designs for you to look at and give feedback on. I’ll then create one design based on your choices and once we agree to the look, I will then lay out the entire book in Adobe InDesign and send the a PDF file for you to go through with a fine tooth comb for any last editorial changes. After two rounds of changes, I will send you the final packaged files. As my guarantee, I always make sure you are thrilled with the results!

Whenever I design an interior or code an ebook, I design it to match the cover so it is all one cohesive look.

Once your book is complete, you’ll receive all the PDF files so you can upload them to online distributors. I’m also a firm believer the author should have all the design files for archival purposes and for any changes down the road so I package and deliver everything you’ll need. I will also keep all the files in my own archives so your design is never lost.

I do! I love working on book covers! For more information, please see my cover design page.

In addition to designing print books, I would be happy to code a matching ebook for you as well. Each format has its own design requirements and formatting needs. If I know you would like both formats, I will first design the print book then the ebook so they can be uploaded at the same time. 

Yes, I can certainly upload the book for you on whatever websites you would like. All you will need to do is open the account and send me the login and password. That way you are the only one handling your bank information. Thus, when Amazon sells your book, they will send it to the buyer and deposit the money in your account. I also have a lot of experience working with printers and am happy to oversee your book through their proofing process.

Having a book professionally designed makes a world of difference in how seriously people will take you as an author and how much attention they will give to your book. Though most people can’t name them, professionally designed books have certain qualities that, unfortunately, many self-published authors don’t know about much less know how to design. From graphic details incorporating your cover, to spacing, font choices, and layout, I know how to make your book look fantastic and easy for people to read.

Yes, I can absolutely include images in your book along with any captions. I can even make sure all the images are sized correctly with the right color type for a printer.

The amount of time to design a book depends on the details of the manuscript. A layout with a lot of headings, subheadings, section breaks, and images will take longer to lay out than a simple fiction book with a chapter number and text. For a quote on your specific manuscript, please see the investment section below or contact me and I will be happy to provide you with a quote.

I would love to talk with you about your book project. Please contact me via the contact form, phone, or email and we can start the conversation.

The Design Process

Step 1

We’ll talk about your ideas for the book design and sign an agreement to start work.

Step 2

I’ll create three different designs for you to look at and give me feedback on.

Step 3

Based on your choices, I’ll create one new design with two rounds of changes.

Step 4

You approve the final design and I upload your finished book.


An in-depth look

This is a more in-depth look of the first book in this portfolio. Being my own work, I had the opportunity to marry the content to the design of the book, carrying both through together. It is always a good idea to think about how the finished book will look while you’re writing the content, especially when it comes to poetry as the writing is already so oriented to the five senses. For Finding Love’s Way, I picked a matte cover that feels soft to the touch and I had the printers use cream colored paper for the interior. These possibilities are things we can look at together during the design process.

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The amount of time it takes to design and layout a poetry book, and thus the cost, depends on the details of the manuscript, whether the book is illustrated, and the layout of the poems.

A layout with a lot of section breaks, spacing, and images will take longer to create than a simple poetry book with titles and only left justified text.

I understand as an poetry author myself, though, that gaining an idea of cost is important so listed below are the costs for three different book designs I have recently completed and what was included. For a quote on your specific manuscript, please contact me and I will be happy to provide you with a quote.





Need additional help?

Poetry Editing

Are you working on publishing a book of poetry and need an editor to help refine the work? Do you have a collection and aren’t sure how they all fit together? I am here to help you edit your poetry, check for spelling and grammar while allowing for poetic license, and offer ways to improve what you want to say.

Cover Design

A great book cover is essential to your success as an author. A professionally designed cover will not only grab your reader’s attention but also sets the tone for the text inside. To get a reader to pick up the book and turn the pages, an attractive cover is vital.

Ebook Coding

Whether you want an ebook to go along with your printed text so they look the same or are publishing an ebook only, a professionally coded book will stand out among the competition, make the text easier to navigate, and let people know you are a serious author.

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