Print Book Design
How can you tell, at a glance, if the print book in your hands has been expertly formatted? Turn to the first page of the first chapter and look at five things: Advertisements
“I’m a self-publisher. I have a great story with a beautiful cover. The content has been professionally edited and is as close to perfect as it’s going to get. Is there another way to make my print book stand out?” Yes, absolutely. From what I’ve observed, big publishers use standard font sets for most of the […]
The manuscript in a Word document and the ebook cover. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Until you look between the covers. Yep, pun intended. 🙂 Grab a book from your shelf and let’s go through it from front to back and identify all the things that your Friendly Formatter needs to give you a professionally formatted […]
Small, dropped, raised… add a little something-extra to your print book. Caps, aka capitals or upper case letters, start a sentence. In print books, caps can be added to highlight the first few words of each chapter or scene.
“It looks fabulous!” said a client of the print book I delivered. “It makes me happy just to flip through it!” “It’s so… um… consistent?” said the same client when reviewing her ebook. “Why don’t the two books look the same?” True observations and a common question. As shown in figures A and B, samples of […]
Two events happened within two days with two very different messages. First the tears. The cover conveys a message to potential readers. The font is part of the message; mysterious, romantic, or fun. For some clients, I use the cover font for the title page and chapter headings. It looks really good and gives a consistent experience to […]