In Part 3, learn how to format a table of contents, chapter name headers, page numbers and more using a template to prepare your manuscript for publication.
In Part 2, learn how to format drop caps, section breaks, and headers and footers using a template to prepare your manuscript for publication.
We’d like to re-introduction you to Book Design Templates technology and show you how easy it can be to design the interior of your book–and save money!
Publishing has changed in so many ways during my time as a book designer, but one thing remains the same: the basics of good book design and layout.
I’ve recently been writing a series on Book Anatomy for the BookWorks site, and the most recent article just went live last week. In taking the opportunity to revise my own work of about 10 years ago on the Parts of a Book I found a number of places where the list could be updated […]
Here’s a question from reader Pat B.: Hi Joel, Are there any rules of thumb for deciding whether text on a wide-format page should be printed in one or two columns? And if you go with two, are there guidelines for determining the optimal space between the columns? Thanks, Pat I’m not sure if there […]
It can be a challenge to explain to new authors that they need to consider their marketing plans before making arrangements for book design and production. They want to know why they can’t just publish the book they want to publish and worry about the rest of it later? After all, many new authors have […]
Two recent projects have reminded me of just how much attention book designers have to pay to details. With a complex book, every detail counts. What makes a book “complex”? It could be very long manuscripts, books with footnotes, endnotes, annotations, massive amounts of front matter and back matter, separate text streams, lots of tabular […]
This is a story about bad book design decisions, and how to avoid them. Jill and I visited Copperfield’s Books in Sebastapol this afternoon. Copperfield’s is a small chain of independent bookstores here in California, and a favorite place to browse their curated selection. As an aside, when you consider all the books that are […]
Announcing the publication of The Book Blueprint, Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books