How to Format Your Book for Publishing
It can be difficult to begin writing your own book. Compared to learning to play a musical instrument, writing a book also needs to start slow and taken a step at a time. If you read the discussion below, you will find some tips on how to format your book so that it becomes ready for printing.
The first thing you need to do is to get your book into an electronic format. Open a Microsoft Word document and type your text there. Most printers prefer that your book be sent as a portable document file or PDF by using some layout programs. Using styles in Word can give you an unstable document if it is opened in a different version of the program. But when it comes to typesetting, editing, and formatting, Word does a great job.
You can save more, depending on the size of your book. Most books are 5×8 inches tall. Since a hardcover overhangs the paper’s edge is a hardcover book, the finished size is 5.5×8 inches. Page size and setup, however, are the same for paperback or hardcover. 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. The margins have to be set up properly so that it can be printed correctly and allow enough room for binding. Set the top, bottom , and outside margins to 0.5 inches. There should be 0.75 inches in mirror margins. Choose 11 or 12 points for your font size. You can choose your own font size but if you want it to be easy to read choose Verdana or Garamond. Each line should have around 50 to 60 characters including spaces. 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. Make you title in one font size and bold style. Times New Roman, a small font, can be sued for your chapter headings, and Verdana or whatever font your like best can be used for the book body. 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.
Chapter titles and page numbers should be included in headers and footers. You can add this by selecting ‘view’ from Word toolbar to open the header and footer tab. Then, type your chapter title, author name or the book title, add the page number, etc.
You should do everything if you are self-publishing 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.
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