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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. Compared to learning to play a musical instrument, writing a book also needs to start slow and taken a step at a time. But here are some tips that will help you get your rough draft book ready for printing.

The first thing you need to do is to get your book into an electronic format. You should type your text into a Microsoft Word document. It is important for printers that book manuscripts be sent as a PDF file. Using styles in Word can give you an unstable document if it is opened in a different version of the program. But when it comes to typesetting, editing, and formatting, Word does a great job.

When it comes to cost savings, size really matters. The common size for a regular book is 5×8 inches tall. Since a hardcover overhangs the paper’s edge is a hardcover book, the finished size is 5.5×8 inches. But, both paperback and hardcover books have the same page size and setup. 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. A half inch on the top, bottom, and outside is ideal. Set the mirror images and put it at 0.75 inches. The ideal font size is 11 or 12 points. If you want an easy to read font, use Verdana or Garamond. Each line should have around 50 to 60 characters including spaces. Each page should have 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. Make you title in one font size and bold style. The chapter headings in a smaller font like Times New Roman, and the body can be in Verdana or whatever font you like best. When you use styles, the look of your book will be consistent. 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.

Headers and footers should have 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.

If you are self-publishing, then it means that you have to do everything yourself or outsource some tasks. Most excellent writers cannot see mistakes in their manuscripts and this is why they need proofreaders and editors.

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