Vital Author Resources
Striving to make your book the best that it can be!
After all, not only is your reputation at stake but so is ours. In the interest of our Indie Authors, we try to provide excellent resources. Whether you are a first-time author or a seasoned pro, these resources should be bookmarked and kept on hand for all your writing needs. There are some tools on our site already that will help you before you start to write, or enable you to properly format what is already written. We try to offer the best external links possible. If you have a site to recommend, please let us know. Click on the orange title links to view and download the pdf guides, or to see or order that resource.
Guides, Resources, and Tools on Tovim Press:
Tovim Press Book Publishing Specifications Checklist: A general checklist, plus a more advanced checklist for those wanting to create their entire book project themselves. (2-page pdf) (Click here to see a Flipbook version of this file.)
A Color-Coded Book Layout: This originally “virtual” guide shows which elements of a book should be found where and in what order by way of color-coding. (20-page pdf incl covers) (Click here to see a Flipbook version of this file.)
Interior Design Book Format Samples: This guide gives nice examples of interior design and formatting, and has a handy visual summary of what goes where at the end. (5-page pdf) (Click here to see a Flipbook version of this file.)
How Graphics Work In Print: This article explains how graphics in a printed book differ vastly from what you see on the monitor.
Interior Templates: Pre-formatted interior book templates made especially for use with Tovim Press. Don’t pay for templates when you can get ours for free (as long as you publish with us).
Decorative Additions: Samples of our free font packages, flourishes, page borders and decorative additions that can truly make your book special and fancy.
Funding Your Project: Ideas to raise funds.
Approbations and Endorsements: How to go about it.
Various Author Tools: This page has a summary of the many exclusive tools from Tovim Press such as Words-to-Pages, Minimum Retail List Price, and Royalty Estimators, and Book Cost Calculator. These can be an invaluable aid to determining how many pages and what format your print book should be in, and how much to charge for it. The links are with the descriptions.
Choosing A Publisher: This explains the various publisher options available to the independent author, and goes through their pros and cons. See why Tovim Press is the best option in publishing!
Book Options: A page complete with price sheet to see all of our available print book options.
Links to Other Resources
Although none of the following sites are connected to Tovim Press, we offer the following links to help our authors. It is mandatory to make your work the best, so legal photographs or artwork are a must, as well as proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and other things to use. If you want to save money, have a knowledgeable, yet impartial and honest friend or relative proofread your work. (Maybe not your mother!)
Torah, Hebrew, Editorial, Design, and Other Book Creation
Reliable Torah and Hebrew sources, and Jewish professionals in the book creation business.
Links to translators for Hebrew and other languages.
Graphics Designers and Illustrators (Interior/Exterior)
Graphic Design Professional (No drawings):
Contact a well-known and reputable Jewish graphics designer who specializes in layouts.
Illustrator of childrens’ books, “Dov-Dov” by Yonah Weinberg, and “The Courage Club” by Bracha Goetz, and currently illustrate a weekly comics, coloring page and more in Tachlis magazine. Fluent in Hebrew and English.
Aside from an author web page and book promotion on our website, it is mostly up to our authors to promote their own work. These are some resources to help market your book. If you don’t want to do it all yourself, we can help for a smaller service fee, and we offer promotional packages that you can use to help promote your books yourself. (See our various promotional packages.) If you need a full-service marketing specialist, you might want to think about hiring an agent.
Aside from an author web page and book promotion on our website, it is mostly up to our authors to promote their own work. We have several resources to help market your book. If you don’t want to do it all yourself, we can help for a smaller service fee, and we offer promotional packages that you can use to help promote your books yourself. (See our various promotional packages.) If you need a full-service marketing specialist, you might want to think about hiring an agent. We offer promotional website and social media packages from our parent company Tovim Media, LLC, a full-service web agency.
We can provide you with promotional materials like Press Releases and media kits to send to bookstores, radio stations and publications that may want to sell your book or interview you. We can also send your book out for professional reviews.
Author Promo Events:
Jewish Book Council Events:
Links to Other General Resources
These are not strictly Jewish sites, but do offer a tremendous help for many other needs that creates the “nuts and bolts” of what puts a book together.
Some publishers stick to specific “Style Guides”, such as the Chicago Manual of Style (the source Tovim Press uses), or the AP Style Guide. These can often be purchased online, but we try to keep your costs as manageable as possible. Other sites offer courses on style. Unless you have not written anything yet, you may not have the time for taking a whole writing style course. We are presuming that you already have something written, and need to proof-edit what’s there. These links may help you find out proper capitalization, abbreviations, and many other aspects of writing.
Helpful for when you know a definition but just don’t have the word to say it:
Words that sound alike and may be confused with one another:
Title Capitalization Checker:
Writing Footnotes and Citations
Public Domain and Royalty-Free Graphics:
It is extremely important that any graphics you may use in your book or more especially on your cover, are your own, or not used by anyone else. If someone else owns the copyright on work you use without permission, not only is it illegal, but it is considered stealing according to Torah law! Unlawful use is a pathway to getting sued.
If you do want to use something that is under copyright, you must get written permission from the owner and should make a statement to that effect in your copyright notice. We use Pixabay for a lot of our work. Do not use pictures in websites like Pinterest, unless you get written permission. There are many places that post pictures and old advertisements claiming to be under the Fair Use Act, and this is very shady.
Old Line Drawings and Vintage Artwork
Pngs Photo Objects with Transparent Backgrounds
Formatting and Fonts:
Ideally, for the body of text, and especially for ebooks, you should choose a common, easy-to-read “True Type” or “Open Type” font. (These file extensions are .ttf or .otf.) However, for chapter headings and book cover titles, your imagination is the limit.
Identify and Match a Font: This enables you to choose a font that you like but don’t have, and then download a match to your computer. (Great for title creation.). https://www.fontsquirrel.com/matcherator Identify Fonts See all the fonts you have on your computer and what file they are. https://wordmark.it/
Convert Font Collections If you receive a font collection that is TTC or DFONT that refuses to install, it needs unpacking or conversion and here is the place to do that. https://transfonter.org/ttc-unpack
Book Creation Guides Online
Tovim Press recommend this pdf ebook Book Construction Blueprint by publisher Joel Freidlander. It is a definite “need to read” for any Independent authors designing their own books. It can be found here:
DIY-Book Designing Resources
Book Creation Services (editors, artists, designers)