How to Format Your Book for Publishing
Although many people would want to publish their own book, they are at a loss in knowing where to start. Starting to write a book is just like trying to learn to play a musical instrument. 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. PDF file format makes it easier for the printers to print. Using styles in Word can give you an unstable document if it is opened in a different version of the program. However, Word does a great job for typesetting, editing, and formatting.
When it comes to cost savings, size really matters. The common size for a regular book is 5×8 inches tall. For a hardcover book, the finished size is 5.5×8 inches because the cover overhangs the paper’s edge. The page size and set up for both hardcover books and paperback are the same. 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. It is important to put the right margins so that it will look great when printed and there will be space enough to bind your book. Set the top, bottom , and outside margins to 0.5 inches. There should be 0.75 inches in mirror margins. A readable font size is either 11 or 12 points. If you want an easy to read font, use Verdana or Garamond. The characters in each line, including space, should be 50 to 60. Most pages should contain approximately 40 lines. If this is followed, then there will be 250 words in one page.
Using styles can help you create uniform text, paragraph settings, character spacing, and other qualities to selected portions of text. Use one font size and bold style to your book title. You can use a smaller font like Times New Roman for you chapter headings and for your body, your can choose Verdana or any font your like best. Using styles make a consistent looking book. Using styles is also beneficial because when you want to change a certain attribute of the text in the paragraph, it is very easy automatically change everything else.
For your headers and footers, include chapter titles and page numbers. This can be done by opening the header and footer tab from the view tab of the word toolbar. Then you can start typing whatever you need for your header and footer.
Every task involved in self-publishing is your responsibility 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.