Top 10 Free Commercial-Use Script Fonts for Print Books

When it comes to choosing fonts for your print books, it can take a lot of time and effort to not only find finds that are free for commercial use, but that look clean when printed out.

Here are the script fonts we use in many of our print books. These are all 100% free for commercial-use.

For page headers, splash pages and areas of our print books that we want to highlight, we tend to use a combination of bold, uppercase fonts and the following script fonts:


Autery

You really can’t go wrong with this script font by MasAnis. Download it here.


Arabella

This is one of our go-to fonts for sub-headlines on our journal pages. Download it here.



Ballet Harmony

Great commercial-free font for when you want to make your page just a little prettier. 🙂

Download it here.

It’s a font often featured in our KDP books and printables.


Sweat Pants

Cute italic font, useful for sub-headlines, logos or on your journal splash pages (front cover).

Download it here.


Clarissa

One of our most used fonts, Clarissa is a beautiful script font that comes with commercial-use rights.

Download it here.



Mattilda

Want your text to pop? Use the bold Mattilda font in your headlines.

Download it here.


Fox Lite Script

Foxlite Script is a cool font that is best used for headlines or wherever your text will be larger.

Download it here.


Sallita Cursive

Sallita is such a pretty font and works great for cover pages or as a decorative-style headlines.

Download it here.


Handletter Ink

Gorgeous font, best used in larger titles or headlines.

Download it here.


Viksi Ink

Viksi is a beautiful script font that we often use sparingly in sub-headlines.

Download it here.


The Quick-Start Guide to Managing Pen Names

Here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how to add multiple pen names to one Author Central account on Amazon.

Note that you can have up to 3 pen names per Author Central account, all linked on the one platform. If you have more than 3 pen names, you’ll need to open a new Author Central account.

Unlike Amazon KDP where you’re only allowed to have one account, you can have unlimited Author Central accounts.

Step 1: Create Your Account
If you haven’t yet created your Amazon Author Central Account, click here to set that up. You’ll need to have at least one published/live book in order to do so.

Keep in mind that even though you already have an Amazon KDP account, when you enter in that email and password into Author Central it may indicate that your account can’t be found. That’s because Amazon KDP and Author Central are two completely different websites.

Step 2: Add Other Pen Names (up to 3)
From within your Author Central account, click on the “Books” link in the top navigation menu, and then click the “Add More Books” button on the next page.

Next, enter in any book title, ISBN, or pen name that you use to search for it. Once you find a book by any other pen name you use, click “This is my book”.


Tip: The fastest way to find your book is to log into your KDP account, and right-click “View on Amazon” for every book you have published to open each page in a new window.

Then, visit each Amazon page and copy and paste the number (IBSN) into the Author Central search bar:

Example:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/ xxxxxx 

You’ll see a pop-up message indicating that you aren’t currently the listed author (since this pen name hasn’t yet been attached to your Author Central account).

Click “This is Me” to claim it. Rinse & repeat for every other book you’ve published under the secondary (and/or third) pen name.

You then see this message indicating that it could take up to 5 business days to have the new pen name added to your account, though we’ve never seen it take more than a couple of hours.

That’s it! You’ll receive an email from Amazon with the subject line: Your Author Page is Ready when your request has been processed.

Also keep in mind that your pen name privacy is still intact since even though your pen names will be linked in Author Central, they won’t be publicly linked on Amazon. That’s for your eyes only! 😉

After you’ve claimed a secondary (or third) pen name and want to access it through your Author Central account, simply log back in and click the drop-down menu next to your author name in the top right navigation bar to switch between pen names.

Each pen name will have its own bio, profile and author URL.

Now you’ll be able to quickly edit the descriptions of your low-content books, including stylizing them so they have proper spacing, etc.

We’ve created a quick-start tutorial that will show you how to create better looking book blurbs and descriptions. You’ll find that post here.



3 Steps To A Kick Ass Amazon Profile

Here’s the cold, hard truth: if you haven’t tweaked your Author Central account yet, your book listings on Amazon KDP look dreadful, your descriptions aren’t optimized, and your customers aren’t being properly guided so they buy other books.

Sound familiar? Join the club! If you’ve spent any amount of time researching books in your niche, you likely have a good idea as to how many others out there have yet to complete these 3 simple steps as well.

But after today, you won’t be one of those people. Let’s begin. 🙂

Step 1: Claim your Author URL via Author Central so that your pen name will become a clickable link on Amazon, leading potential buyers to all of your books rather than a listing of other niche-related books from other people.

Until you claim your author central URL, even if you have an Amazon Author Central account, all of your books will be scattered all over KDP and your pen name won’t be linked to anything.

Look at the 2 examples below: One author has claimed their author URL and the other hasn’t.


With the first book from Lois Sachs, potential customers can’t click on her pen name in order to buy other books. They’re stuck with the one option.

With Shannon’s listing, she’s increased discoverability and optimized her Author Central account so that if someone is interested in her Prayer Journal, they can click her name to explore her other books.

So, make sure you claim your author URL via Author Central for all of your main pen names. You don’t have to do this for every pen name you use, but you should make a point of doing it for the brands you intend to fully develop.

You can claim your author URL by logging into Author Central and clicking on “Author Page” in the top navigation menu. Then, look to the right where you’ll see “Author Page URL”. Click “Add Link” to assign a customized link to your pen name.

Make sure you choose a username that reflects the type of journals and planners you’re publishing. It doesn’t have to match your pen name exactly. Amazon will check to make sure the URL isn’t already in use and if not, it’ll be added to your account.

Not sure what URL to choose? In my example, if I was planning on publishing a lot of journals geared towards moms, I might choose “journals-for-moms” as my username (which is currently available! ;).

Using keywords in your author URL is a great way to fully optimize your account. Just make sure you choose a username that is relevant to your niche, but also not too specific so you’re able to publish a variety of similar niches under one pen name without confusing your audience.

Journals for Moms is a great author URL because it could include pretty well any type of planner, organizer or notebook that would appeal to women.

Your author URL will become active in 30 minutes or less. When this happens, you’ll be able to visit it to see your entire Amazon profile.

And speaking of profile…

Step #2: Fill out the author profile section of your Author Central account.

You only have to do this once, but it will create a neatly organized profile on Amazon that’s connected to all of your books.

Start with your biography. Keep this short and on point. If you’re publishing low content books for Mom’s, write up a short blurb that describes who you are and how/why you create or use the type of books you’re selling.

Example:



Journals For Moms are created for those of us who desperately need organization in our lives – or perhaps just a safe place to jot down thoughts, dreams and aspirations (or perhaps to rant!).

Designed with mothers in mind, all of our journals include carefully thought out pages that feature sections for notes and day-to-day planners so even when life gets chaotic, your journal pages will never be. We hope you have fun writing in our unique journals, designed for Moms – by Moms.

P.S: Yes, these journals are great for Dads, too. Get yourself organized, dude!

Next, it’s time to add an image to your Author Central account. You can choose to add your latest journal (or best selling low content book), a logo, or an attention-grabbing photo of ANYTHING that represents your brand.

Tip: Visit FreePik and search for “Cartoon Woman” to load up a ton of really cute photos that would work great on a “Journals for Moms” author central profile page!

Now it’s time to add the final touches to your Author Central account.

If you have a blog, you can add it to your Author Central account by clicking on “Add Blog”.

You’ll need to find the RSS feed of your website in order for Amazon to connect to it. Since this isn’t always so obvious, you can check out this page for instructions on how to find it.

If you don’t have a blog, don’t sweat it. It’s not that important!

But guess what is? Fixing your damn mess of a book description!

Step 3: Editing Your Book Descriptions

When you publish a book via Amazon KDP, despite how hard you try to space things properly, when the book goes lives it ends up looking like one jumbled mess of text.

Case in point:

This:

Versus This:

Clearly one stands out and is much easier for a potential buyer to read.

You can edit your book description HTML a number of ways, but you don’t really need to invest in some fancy editor to get the job done. Simply load up the book description page in your Author Central account.

Yes, you could have done this via KDP when publishing your book but if it’s already live, don’t mess with it. Use Author Central instead.

Click on “Books”, then select the book you wish to edit.

Bypass the impulse reaction to cringe at the mess of a text-wall that appears, and click “Edit” next to Product Description.

You’ll see something like this:

Editing the description in the default compose mode will leave you pulling out your hair, but it’s useful for bolding text without having to know HTML. So go ahead and use the BOLD or ITALIC options to highlight any text, as needed. Then, click Save.

As for fixing the spacing, you’ll click on the HTML mini-tab at the top of the box to do that.

Trust me, trying to add spacing using the regular compose box is a nightmare.

Okay, so when in “EDIT HTML” mode, all you need to do is add the following html code after any text that you want to add a single space to:

This will add a single line spacing to your book description. It’s likely you’ll want to use double-spacing though, so in that case just enter the code above twice, like this:

Add this after the end of every sentence in your description where you want double-spaces to appear.

Here’s a quick look at the difference between single spacing and double spacing in descriptions:

Make sense?

I want double space throughout most of my book description with single spacing used for the bullet-points.

Here’s what my finished code would look like. I’ve highlighted the double-spacing in yellow and single-spacing in green just so you can see it better:

And this is the end result:


Looks so much better, doesn’t it? Once you save your work, the changes will be reflected on your Amazon book listing within a few minutes.

 And here’s an important time-saving tip:  You don’t have to re-code your descriptions for every book you publish. Just do this once, then copy and paste the code into a text file and save it for future use.

That way you can simply copy and paste it into the descriptions for all your books and only make quick text changes to the description, if needed. For the most part, your book descriptions should all be pretty similarly structured so you might just need to change the wording regarding the size of the book or page-length.

Tip: Don’t save the source code in WORD as it will add extra html and mess up your work. Instead, use a basic text program to save a copy of this HTML. If you’re on a Mac, “TextEdit” is already installed. If on a Windows machine, use the built-in Notepad.

There’s not much else you have to do within your Author Central account, but if you want to further optimize your book pages with keywords, go ahead and create a short bio for the “About the Author” section. Again, save a copy of this in a text file as well so you can copy/paste it quickly for all your books.

The more you get into the habit of creating what we call “swipe files” (text-based copies of repetitive work), the easier it will be to fill these fields in quickly without having to type anything!

Just create one bio swipe file for every pen name you use, and one HTML-based description for every book size you use and you’re good to go.


My Love/Hate Relationship with Thrive Cart

Chances are, this is one of the only reviews you’ll ever read about ThriveCart that doesn’t include an affiliate link. There are literally hundreds of affiliate-based websites promoting ThriveCart, and they all share one thing in common: they fail to give you the whole truth.

Check out the Thrive Cart affiliate program and you’ll quickly understand why.

With 50% commissions paid out on every sale of their nearly $600 product, it serves those affiliates best to focus on the wonderful side of ThriveCart, rather than venture into the murky waters of what could very well send you paddling your ass off to the shores of another product.

And to be frank, this review couldn’t include an affiliate link because I’m just not ready to promote ThriveCart and I may never be. I’m still on the fence.

Yep, I have a major love/hate relationship with the “shopping cart” that boasts being “the number 1 platform for marketers!”.

Anyway, let’s get on with the lovey-dovey stuff, so I can explain why I still want to desperately fall head over heels in love with Thrive Cart.

Out With The Old, In With The New?

Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to simplifying my business life. Despite the growling of my tech-savvy software-engineer of a husband, I still use Dreamweaver to design websites, prefer Photoshop CS3 over their new CC series and yes, I use Firefox (though I’m really trying to move to Chrome, I promise.)

So when it came to how I processed orders for my digital products, it should come as no surprise to you that I was still using amember.

I know, I know… save it.

No diss to amember, but it’s ancient AF. I mean, despite their updates, the interface looks like it’s stuck in 1999.

But I could get past that if only it was easy for my customers to use.

Instead, I ended up with dozens of emails from people complaining that they hated the interface, didn’t want to have to create an account before being able to purchase, and the list went on.

It wasn’t amember’s fault, it was mine.

They’re designed to be a membership platform, not a shopping cart and while they offer that option, it’s seriously lacking. And cumbersome. And yeah, ugly.

So despite the “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” kinda gal that I am, I knew it was time to start looking at alternatives.

And that’s when I spent 3 1/2 weeks testing out different shopping cart platforms.

Hey, at least I now knew exactly what I was looking for.

MUST HAVE’S:

Visually appealing:
I wanted my checkout pages to look great on both desktops and mobile devices. Modern, sleek… the kind of pretty pages that I can’t get enough of reloading.

Look how nice they are! >> https://creatives.thrivecart.com/kdp-hot-sellers

(And no, that’s not an affiliate link for Thrive Cart; it’s one of my own product checkout pages.)

I will say that as much as I love the default templates and how easy they are to customize, the actual customization options are VERY limited.

For example, you can choose 4 checkout templates, which would be plenty IF you could really customize the heck out of them to really work with your brand, but you can’t do that much.

When it comes to order buttons or countdown timers, you only have 4 colors to choose from and rather than let you upload your own background, etc, you have to choose from just a few options.

Not a deal breaker though. Not even close. I love the look and feel of Thrive Cart wayyyyy too much.

Thrive Cart? CHECK!

Simplistic Interface:
I wanted to be able to move over a ton of digital products quickly, create success pages, and just get on with my life.

No offense to the geeks in my life who get off on creating elaborate “systems”, but I didn’t want to have to install a ton of plugins, integrate into a blog, or even download and install anything. I was looking for a kick-ass, hosted SaaS solution.

Not only does the Thrive Cart admin panel load super fast, but you can literally add payment processors and edit your funnels in a matter of minutes. It’s BLAZING fast.

I think the interface, combined with the dummy-proof system, is my favorite thing about it.

Thrive Cart? CHECK!

Quick & Easy Payment Integration:
I wanted to be able to add multiple payment options, including Paypal, Stripe and Google Pay and I wanted it to be drop-dead easy. No having to configure 10 different things to get it working. Enter my webhook or IPN and voila!

Thrive Cart? CHECK!

Mailing List Integration:
I use MailerLite and oddly it’s not always a mailing list service that’s on the list of integrations. So I wanted my shopping cart to work with them.

Thrive Cart? CHECK!

Okay, so that was my absolute must-have list of features and I wasn’t too worried about it because nearly all shopping carts have those features by default.

Then there was my wish-list.

WANTS – not – NEEDS

Upsells, Downsells, Meh.
Anyone who knows me is aware of how much I personally hate upsells & downsells, so I rarely use them. Yeah, I know, I’m probably losing a lot of money, but my customers appreciate knowing they pay, they get the product, they move on. No endless dark hole of sales pitchy nonsense.

Still, I kinda wanted the option of incorporating upsells/downsells because hey, a girl can change her mind. But it wasn’t a must-have.

Thrive Cart? CHECK!

Affiliate Program
I really wanted a built-in affiliate program IF possible, but it wasn’t required. My plan was to purchase iDevAffiliate and just use that. However, when I saw that an affiliate program was part of ThriveCart, it sweetened the deal.

Up until then, I had been using amember’s affiliate program which is pretty bare-bones and doesn’t give affiliates a lot of options.

Thrive Cart? CHECK?

Well, sort of. And this is where my first fizzle of WTF came into play.

ThriveCart definitely offers built-in affiliate management, but it’s not quite what it appears to be.

The first road block came when I realized that your affiliates don’t simply sign up and gain access to all of your products. You have to choose one main product that they sign up to promote.

Okay, but what then?

Well, THEN, you have to manually (yes, one-by-one) create rules for every single product you have that goes something like this:

When an affiliate is approved for Product A then add them to another product and select the product. And on and on.

I have more than 50 digital products, so it appears I’d have to create 50 rules JUST to make sure my affiliates can promote them all. And then every time I add a new digital product, I have to go back in and add another rule.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to get this set up correctly because it feels like this just can’t be right. But after researching as much as humanly possible, it seems to be the required method.

But baby, it gets worse.

So I spent an hour creating all these affiliate product rules, saved my page and then decided to log in as an affiliate just to see what it looked like.

And that’s when I found this:

Say, what?

Thrive Cart recruits YOUR affiliates to promote THEIR product?

Worse, they don’t even integrate that huge promo box with your affiliate link so at least you get compensated for sending customers to them.

These are YOUR affiliates. You work hard to recruit them, to build that army of people who want to help you take your business to the next level. The last thing we want is to distract them with offers from Thrive Cart.

And did you notice the “your product here” box next to it?

Apparently, marketers’ can contact them about paying for ad space. When that rolls out you won’t have a clue what else is being promoted on your affiliate page.

Nor will you have any control over it.

My initial “Hell, yeah! Thrive Cart is exactly what I’ve been looking for”, turned into a bitter internal conflict about whether I’m okay with allowing them to potentially swipe my affiliates and pull them away from what should be a focus on promoting my products.

So I did as any nice Canadian would do and I decided to contact them before I totally freaked out.

Here’s their response:

Thanks for getting in touch. It needs to show ThriveCart there because essentially, the affiliate is signing up for a Thrivecart account when they sign up to become an affiliate. They can use their account to sign up to promote other products from other vendors using ThriveCart. Also, it is our team that they would be reaching out to if they have any questions or problems. If Thrivecart is not mentioned there, the affiliate will not know who to contact.

I would also just like to address the cost of ThriveCart. ThriveCart is one of the cheapest carts on the market right now. Yes, it is $600, however, other competing cart platforms cost between $100 – $200 per month. So to put that in perspective, that is between $1200 – $2400 per year. Not lifetime, but per year. And you get less of an extensive feature set for your money.

Inside the affiliate centre that the affiliate signs into, there is a banner add where they can sign up to also promote ThriveCart. This in no way takes the focus away from your own product. This is also very common practice for affiliate platforms, I know other cart platforms do the same, if you look at JV Zoo or ClickBank for example, when you sign up to become an affiliate, you have hundreds of products listed that you can promote.



I’ll be honest, I was left kinda speechless. I really don’t know how to feel about any of this.

Starting from the beginning, he mentions:

“Also, it is our team that they would be reaching out to if they have any questions or problems. If Thrivecart is not mentioned there, the affiliate will not know who to contact.”

That kind of turns me off. I thought I’d be in full control of my affiliate program. That it would be up to me to respond to affiliates. That they would simply email ME if they needed help. I just wasn’t aware of the fact that any affiliate I recruit becomes part of Thrive Cart’s affiliate army.

And no affiliate blogs out there cared to mention this.

Second, he goes on to say:

“ThriveCart is one of the cheapest carts on the market right now. Yes, it is $600, however, other competing cart platforms cost between $100 – $200 per month. So to put that in perspective, that is between $1200 – $2400 per year. Not lifetime, but per year. And you get less of an extensive feature set for your money.”

I have no argument to make over the value of paying a one-time fee for lifetime access over a monthly charge. That’s one of the main attractions of Thrive Cart. Pay once, cry once. I think $600 is a more-than-fair price to pay for a lifetime license to a “shopping cart”.

But if we’re being really honest, if I was paying $100-200 per month for a “shopping cart”, I’d expect a lot more out of Thrive Cart, such as my customers being able to add multiple products to one cart.

That’s the basis of a shopping cart, isn’t it?

Yet Thrive Cart allows customers to only add one product to the cart at a time. Sure, they let you add product bumps (where you can promote one other product), and you can create a funnel with upsells and downsells, but a SHOPPING CART typically means that customers can add multiple items to their cart, check out and go on their merry way.

But that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. I wasn’t thrilled to discover this huge limitation, considering I thought I was buying a “shopping cart”, but I could deal.

Here’s what made me want to break up with Thrive Cart:

“Inside the affiliate centre that the affiliate signs into, there is a banner add where they can sign up to also promote ThriveCart. This in no way takes the focus away from your own product. This is also very common practice for affiliate platforms, I know other cart platforms do the same, if you look at JV Zoo or ClickBank for example, when you sign up to become an affiliate, you have hundreds of products listed that you can promote.”

Umm, come again? That monster-size advertisement box certainly DOES take away the focus from our own products. Their big promo banner is right there in the face of every affiliate I recruit to promote my products. It just shouldn’t be there.

But then he goes on to say that it’s “very common practice for affiliate platforms…” and references Clickbank and JV Zoo.

I didn’t sign up to sell my products through ClickBank or JVZoo! I bought what I thought was a “shopping cart system”.

Thrive Cart doesn’t position themselves to be a marketplace. If they did, they wouldn’t get away with charging $600 for access to use their platform. ClickBank and JVZoo don’t charge those prices. No one does.

And after digging around a bit more, thinking that maybe their optional upgrade to buy a “client license” removes their branding, I was left disappointed. Paying another $100 removes the “powered by thrivecart” that appears at the bottom of all of your checkout/sales/success pages (yeah, you have to pay to get that removed), but paying that fee doesn’t remove their branding from your affiliate pages.

That’s there for good. Or at least until enough people throw a fit and force them to back away from your affiliates.

And no, despite how many other platforms/tools Thrive Cart integrates with, such as:

Payment Processors: Authorize.net, Paypal & Shopify.

Membership Platforms: Teachable, Member Mouse, Memberpress, WishList, OptimizeMember, and Digital Access Pass.

Autoresponders: All of the major players.

Webinar Platform: Demio.

Fulfillment Service: Zapier, Disk.com, Google Sheets, ShipStation, Shopify, Vervante, Printful, Lulu, Kumaki and Shippo.

– There doesn’t seem to be an option to work with another affiliate platform while still selling your products using Thrive Cart.

But I may be wrong… and I hope so because it might be the only way I can stick with them. Based on my research so far, I haven’t found a solution while being able to stay strictly ThriveCart order delivery, which is the point of buying this shopping cart.

Remember how I mentioned I didn’t want to have to work with countless systems just to sell my stuff? So even if there is some work-around, it’ll likely require too much configuration and integrational headaches for me to take on.

So, there you have it. Why I have a love/hate relationship with Thrive Cart and what no affiliate blogs seem to warn you about.

Are these deal breakers for you? I know they will be for many of my team members who understand the importance of being in control of every aspect of their brand, especially their team of affiliates they worked so hard to recruit.

Are these things deal breakers for me?

That decision has yet to be made.