A Guide to Book Formatting
It can be difficult to begin writing your own book. Starting to write a book is just like trying to learn to play a musical instrument. If you read the discussion below, you will find some tips on how to format your book so that it becomes ready for printing.
It is very important that you book is written in electronic format. It is easy to type your book text in a Microsoft Word document. Most printers prefer that your book be sent as a portable document file or PDF by using some layout programs. If the document is opened in a different version of the program and the file is using word style, then the document can be a very unstable one. You can use Word for typesetting, editing, and formatting.
Size matters when it comes to cost savings. The common size for a regular book is 5×8 inches tall. Since a hardcover overhangs the paper’s edge is a hardcover book, the finished size is 5.5×8 inches. But, both paperback and hardcover books have the same page size and setup. In order to set your page dimensions you should select from the file menu the tab for paper size where you type in your page dimensions. You should have a proper set up of the margins so that printing will be correct and there will be enough room for binding. A half inch on the top, bottom, and outside is ideal. Mirror margins should be set to 0.75 inches. The ideal font size is 11 or 12 points. You can choose your own font size but if you want it to be easy to read choose Verdana or Garamond. The characters in each line, including space, should be 50 to 60. There should be about 40 lines in each page. A page will contain 250 words if these setting are followed.
Using styles can help you create uniform text, paragraph settings, character spacing, and other qualities to selected portions of text. The title can be in one font size and bold style. The chapter headings in a smaller font like Times New Roman, and the body can be in Verdana or whatever font you like best. When you use styles, the look of your book will be consistent. Another advantage is when you change an attribute of the text in the paragraph, everything with that style will automatically update throughout the entire book.
For your headers and footers, include chapter titles and page numbers. You can add this by selecting ‘view’ from Word toolbar to open the header and footer tab. You can then type your chapter title, author’s name, book title, page number, etc.
Every task involved in self-publishing is your responsibility but you can also outsource some tasks. You still need someone to proofread and edit your book since most writers cannot see their own typos.