While I’m in the business of designing books, I’m also a librarian – and a book lover. So I’m putting together a series of posts on what an author needs to do to produce their own print and ebook from their story.
The first one is Word and the second one is layout in InDesign. The spacing and hyphenation in InDesign is better, even with the default settings. And when we’re done, you’ll have much better than default settings. While you can do your book layout in Word, it’s … not optimal. You’re better off using a publishing design program. Check out my Resources page for possible options.
Please note: the advice I give is different than a lot of the advice you can get from the internet. When I can, I’ll explain why I give the advice, so you can decide if it’s what you want to do. I am not going to tell you how to make a book that is “weird” or “avant-garde” or in any way “cutting edge”. The advice I give will lead you to create a book that is comfortable for your readers to use, and that the design will support the goal of giving your readers a good reading experience – so that the story is what they notice. If you’d prefer to have them notice the book layout instead of your content, go back and work on the content some more. The book is the delivery medium – it should not be the reason they buy your book.
As I post in this series, I’ll add links here:
- Basic Rules
- The First Step – Finish the Text
- Step 2 – Formatting the Story
- Step 3 – eBooks!
- Step 4 – Choose a POD company
- Step 5 – Trim Size
- Step 6 – Font Choices
- Step 7 – Folios and Running Heads
- Step 8 – Margin Calculations
- Step 9 – Layout
- Step 10 – PDF formats
- Step 11 – Covers
- Note – About Software
- Master Pages
- Typography Terms
- Typography: Choosing fonts
- Parts of a book
- Moving formatting to Styles