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Tips on book interior design. Volume IV

This month I’ve been discussing the basics of formatting your book interior. Welcome to volume IV. As a recap of the last few weeks: Tip #1 – Match your half title and/or title page to your cover.Tip #2 – Check your document for Widows & Orphans.Tip #3 – Know the order in which your front…

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Tips on book interior design. Volume III

Tips on book design, continued… (The recap is coming next week in case you missed anything) #5 – Running heads and folios – These are the bits of information that run across the top, and sometimes bottom, of your pages. I work with several different publishers, and each of them use these text objects slightly differently.…

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Tips on book interior design. Volume II

3 – Front matter and back matter. Unlike dark matter or plasma matter, these are not NASA space terms. Front matter and Back matter are a group of specific textual items that should/could appear in front of (front matter) and in back of (back matter) your manuscript text. The Chicago Manual of Style lists 16 front and…

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Tips on book interior design. Volume I

Creating your books interior might seem easy. You might think, “Well, I’ll just upload my Word manuscript,” and Bob’s your Uncle! You’ve got a book! Uh, no. (not even sure you CAN do that, but if you could, I wouldn’t recommend it.) Keep in mind, your book, both inside and out, is competing with books designed…

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What NOT to include on your cover. Volume III

Old vintage books on wooden table over beautiful bokeh autumn background. Back to school concept Welcome all, to the final Volume of “What NOT to include on your cover!” Lets jump right in with a recap of Vols I and II: 1 Don’t include paragraphs of text.2 Don’t include a bunch of stickers, banners and…

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What NOT to include on your cover. Volume II

Welcome to this weeks installment (Volume II) of “What NOT to include on your cover! To recap last week… 1. Don’t include paragraphs of text.2. Don’t include a bunch of stickers, banners and awards. And now, without further ado, Volume II – Don’t use lots of different fonts for each element. Keep your font choices…

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Cover Critique Coming Soon…

Can’t afford a designer? Consider a cover critique. Many new authors think they can’t afford to hire an accomplished, trained designer for their books cover. Fair enough. If you want a professional cover, created by a designer with education, skill, experience, and a good reputation, that doesn’t come free. (Money well spent though, and worth…

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