Design and Layout

Our designers can prepare your manuscript for print and create a striking cover for your book.

Book layout

Your manuscript may need some work to prepare it for print and publishing, we can tailor these services to suit your needs and budget. Submit your Word Document so we can assess it in order to provide you with an estimate for the required work, with no obligation. Our designers will take your words and with careful consideration for all elements of typography; fonts, kerning, line-length, leading and tracking, craft them into pages that are both readable and visually appealing. We can also format and prepare it for ePublishing and manage the distribution to thousands of retailers and libraries worldwide.

You can also download and use one of our free Microsoft Word paperback book templates below:

A Book template – DOCX file (3.5 MB)
A5 Book template – DOCX file (3.5 MB)
B Book template – DOCX file (3.5 MB)
C Book template – DOCX file (3.5 MB)

Formatting to be calculated at hourly rate €48 per hour.

Cover Design

Provide your own cover artwork (please contact us for sizing details and artwork specifications etc.), or submit your own photos or illustrations and we will assign a graphic designer to work with you to create a professional cover that will get you noticed on the shelf. We can also work with you to create a design from scratch so you don’t have to worry about its marketing potential. We are here to help you, but you are in full control at every stage of this process.

You supply: images, wording and rough design concept, we will edit, format and prepare for printing. Please note that you must have the copyright holder’s written permission for the intended usage of any images you provide us with. We cannot accept any images that come from unknown sources.

€100 – 2 hours

Creative individual concept. We will source all photos/images, and design your cover for you from your brief.

€200 – 4 hours

We find these times allocated for cover design are generally sufficient. Time sheets are kept, instructions and phone calls noted. Anything over the allocated times allowed will be charged @ €75 per hour.

Our designers can create anything else you might need on your journey into self-publishing: Identity packages (logos & stationery), images prepared and optimised for social media, full-colour brochures, newsletters, calendars, leaflets, flyers etc. Please see our sales and promotion page for more information.


Contact us today

Call us today to discuss your book on 021 488 3370 or email us at info@selfpublishbooks.ie. We look forward to hearing from you.


ISBN Number

If you intend selling your book through major retailers or local bookshops, you will need an ISBN number and corresponding barcode. As the publisher it is your responsibility to register with Nielsen (The ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland), and you will receive a block of 10 book codes. Each title you publish will be assigned the next unique 13-digit code from this list. We can use this code to generate and test the barcode and add it to your cover artwork.

If you do not want to purchase 10 ISBNs we can register and apply one of our ISBNs and Lettertec Publishing will be recorded as the publisher.
Please note that each format; paperback, hardback and ePub requires its own unique ISBN.

Register yourself as a publisher with Nielsen and buy one ISBN for £75 or 10 for £149.

We will register your book for you and apply one of our ISBNs with Lettertec Publishing registered as the publisher, and generate the barcode.

  • €60 –Single ISBN and barcode: Paperback
  • €80 – Two ISBNs and barcodes: Paperback and Hardback or ePub
  • €100 – Three ISBNs and barcodes: Paperback, Hardback and ePub

The price also includes the Legal Deposit Requirement. Lettertec will send your books to the required Legal Deposit Libraries for Ireland and the UK. This will ensure that your copyright is protected and that your book will be retained in library archives.