Welcome to Maker Books

Discover everything you need know to self-publish content for the how-to community. Whether you’re a knitter offering single pattern downloads, a mixed-media artist teaching through online education, a craft beer brewer sharing delicious recipes, or a fabric designer creating custom lookbooks, we can help you produce better materials.
From PDFs to print books, we’ve got you covered.

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At Maker Books we believe that self-published products, whether a single pattern or full print book, are stronger with clear editorial and design direction. With our expert guidance, you’ll produce higher quality materials that shine the best light on your work.

Content Development

Our team can turn your seedling ideas into unique content tailored to your audience. We also know a few tricks for reusing your existing content in new ways. Contact us to schedule a 1:1 consultation to talk through the possibilities.

Content & copy editing

There is more to editing than making sure your commas are in the right place, particularly when it comes to the language of crafting. Our editors can support you in communicating your content in clear, concise, and accurate terms.

Photography direction

The how-to community is more reliant on visuals than any other community in the world. Your photos need to grab readers and highlight your work. We’ll coordinate with professional photographers to take your images to the next level.

Layout & Design

Strong design can take any published media from fine to fantastic. The Maker Books team can connect you with skilled craft book designers and support you in getting print-ready materials you’ll be proud to publish.

And then some

With more than 15 years experience producing content for creative communities, Maker Books can guide and coach you in every aspect of self-publishing. Whether we teach you how it’s done or you hire us to make it all happen for you, together we’ll get you delivering top-notch, professional quality materials to your audience. If your needs aren’t listed here, get in touch. Our team knows how to do more than they’re telling.

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I had the pleasure of working with Kerry on my knitwear pattern book, Free Spirit Knits. She was the steadying force guiding me, as a new designer, through a lot of uncharted waters, but I always felt like she had my back and certainly my best interests in mind throughout the entire process.  Always available for my questions and queries and moments of doubt, she helped walk me through things from start to finish, and I absolutely love the finished product!  I’d relish the opportunity to work with her again and highly recommend her skills, professionalism and wonderful attitude to any aspiring author.

Anne P. of Wooly Wonka

Kerry is one of the great ones in a sea of good ones. She helped me in the development (and re-development!) of my first book proposal, gently guiding my ideas into a fully formed thought. I learned the “why” behind decisions instead of simply being told “no”, and through the process I grew as a designer. My book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe, was most certainly a labor of love, and as I continue to develop projects I use Kerry whenever I can. Her knowledge and talents help to make the good designer great.

Kyle K. of Kyle William

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Maker Books was founded on the belief that, when you’re empowered with the right information, you can make anything. That includes professional quality, self-published books and digital media, you just need to be shown how! It’s with this notion that our head maker, Kerry Bogert, launched Maker Books in 2019. Tens of thousands of creatives hit publish on patterns, tutorials, and books every year; let us help you make yours the best it can be.

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

—Henry David Thoreau, from Walden

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