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Free Author Bookmark Template and Bookmark Ideas

If you’re a writer looking for a creative way to promote your work, author bookmarks are an excellent choice. The truth is people still read traditional paper and hardcover books and what better way to hold your place in your favorite book than by using a bookmark? Since bookmarks are the go-to method for keeping one’s place in a book, author bookmarks can be a wise marketing tool. With author bookmarks, a writer can promote their website, other books, events, and promotions. We have

Author bookmarks can contain the same information found on a business card or flyer and can serve as a way to keep your customers connected with your projects and upcoming titles. You can even include call to actions on your author bookmarks, urging readers to sign up for email updates, join your book club, follow you on social networking sites and social media platforms.

Before we get to our bookmark template here are a few examples of how other authors have promoted their books with bookmarks:

Free Bookmark with Purchase Promotion

You can run a promotion where you give your readers a free bookmark highlighting a different book than the one they just purchased. Since bookmarks are relatively inexpensive to have printed up, this can be a great way to market to your readers and potentially boost your percentage of repeat buyers.

Promote your Website

By adding your website address to your author bookmark, readers will have quick access to your website information and are more readily able to share the link with friends and family.

Add a Call to Action

Use your author bookmark to urge your readers to take a specific action, whether it’s signing up for your email list, joining a book club, or leaving an online review of your book.

Promote your Social Networking Sites

Just about everyone uses some form of social networking these days. Keep your readers in the loop about how they can connect with you on various social networking platforms.

Show off Pictures, Book Illustrations, and Visually Appealing Graphics

An author bookmark is also a great way to show off photos, book art illustrations, or inspirational pictures. You can even add a responsive graphic – such as a QR code – that will allow the reader to go directly to your website or blog.

Author bookmark template and examples

Below are author and book bookmarks with some notes about what makes them standout.

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It’s tempting to always want to do a two sided bookmark design, but one sided bookmarks are cheaper and provide plenty of room for handwritten messages on the back.

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If you don’t leave the back blank you can still sign your bookmarks with a gel pen

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Most author bookmarks have the whole book cover on them so if you can fill your entire bookmark with a larger image of a character from your book it can provide a more custom designed feel to the bookmark.

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Simple and bright stands out in stark contrast to the pages

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Putting well known quotes from people the potential reader is familiar with can make them more likely to read your book

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Free author bookmark design templates

These two front and back bookmark design templates are fully editable in Photoshop.


This free author template is perfect for most any book. It is sure to grab peoples attention time and time again with it’s clever “Me Next” text.


This professional well designed author bookmark would work great for any business, fiction or self-help book.