How to Format Your Book for Publishing
It can be difficult to begin writing your own book. It has to be taken a step at a time like when you are trying to learn to play a musical instrument. Below are some tips that can help you make a printer-ready manuscript.
The first thing you need to do is to get your book into an electronic format. It is easy to type your book text in a Microsoft Word document. 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. You can use Word for typesetting, editing, and formatting.
Size matters when it comes to cost savings. The average book size 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. Page size and setup, however, are the same for paperback or hardcover. Page setup should be selected from the file menu and open the tab for paper size where you should 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. Mirror margins should be set to 0.75 inches. Choose 11 or 12 points for your font size. Verdana or Garamond are easy to read fonts. The characters in each line, including space, should be 50 to 60. There should be about 40 lines in each page. With this, you will get around 250 words per page.
The use of styles will help your document have uniform text, paragraph settings, character spacing, and other qualities to selection text portions. The title can be in one font size and bold style. Times New Roman, a small font, can be sued for your chapter headings, and Verdana or whatever font your like best can be used for the book body. There will be a consistent look for your book if you use styles. 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, type your chapter title, author name or the book title, add the page number, etc.
You should do everything if you are self-publishing 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.