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. As part of the design of the book, they can give your book style, but they aren’t just for fashion.
A running head is the text that runs across the top of your page, that tells your reader either the authors name, the title of the book, or the chapter name, and in some cases, sub sections. These can be quite handy little devils. Especially in the case of a non-fiction book, where they can act as bread crumbs to your reader showing where they are in your book on any given page.
Folio is just a fancy name for page number. These can be placed at the top center, outside edges, or in the center of the bottom of the page.
If these items are not included, your project looks unprofessional, and your readers could get lost.
#6 – Blank pages – What can you say about blank pages. They’re blank, right. So, what’s to discuss. Did you know though, that there are lots of blank pages in a book. And that they should be just that. Blank. No running heads, no page number, no nothing at all. Lots of pages in the front and back matter are left blank. On purpose. Like the pages before your title page, and half title page. Even the pages before your Part title pages. Chapters typically start on recto (or right facing) pages. If your previous chapter ends on a recto page, the verso (left facing) page is left blank. If any of these pages have running heads or folios, BANG, dead giveaway. It’s a DIY project.
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