Different aspects to your Book
The old adage is true, you judge a book by its cover, and all your customers will, too. The cover is your first opportunity to connect with potential buyers and that’s why we make sure that your cover meets the professional standards for commercially successful books. In the modern publishing world, the objective of a good book design is to represent your work to quickly attract readers to pick it up and leaf through it. A Professional designed cover and well-composed interior layout requires detailed planning and experience.
Formatting your pages in your Book
To ensure that your book is planned exactly to your needs, I use Adobe Indesign to format book pages, but you can submit your transcript in any format and I will convert it to give a professional look in any size book you wish. The layout will look balanced, with a good looking typeface, alongside running heads, footers, and folios. I cater for Poetry books, Non-Fiction and Novels. Being a small start up, you will receive personal attention on any problems that arise.
When you publish your book, you may need a custom-designed cover, which is produced in full colour. I will discuss further how you want to proceed on choosing the images free of charge, from the millions found through stock photo sites or privately owned photographs.
Trade paperback: is the size I used for my book and are often in the 5½ x 8½″ to 6″ x 9″ range. The aspect ratio for the 6″ x 9″ size is 2:3 and has long been considered an ideal for a book page, and you can create good looking books at different sizes but with the same page proportions. Most self-published books are trade paperbacks
Technical Manuals and Workbooks: should go for the larger sizes. 7 x 10 and 8 x 10 work really well here, because the reader is likely to have the book open on a table, and the larger size helps the book to lie flat. This size is also good for directories and instructional books with lots of graphics or detailed drawings to follow. For instance, if a person is working on a car, he will need the book open next to him to reference the materials as he is working. These trim sizes also work well for technical drawings because it is much easier to fit the drawings to scale and include the detail needed.
Cookbooks: also work well in these increased sizes as they provide a nice space for readers to write important notes about your recipes, and it gives you ample space to show off images being prepared at various stages of the meal.
Novels: appear in lots of different sizes but for a shorter book I prefer smaller sizes that seem to be more intimate a reading experience. 5″ x 8″ is probably the most popular size. Memoirs are similar sizes. Longer novels move to 6″ x 9″ to avoid becoming too thick at smaller sizes.
Short story collections or collections of essays: are generally the same size as novels and memoirs
General nonfiction: These titles benefit the 6″ x 9″ format making this size arguably the most popular of all. It’s also the most widely used size for hardcover books. When more room is needed for sidebars or pull quotes, 7″ x 10″ or bigger is a frequent solution.
Photography or art books: don’t conform to any particular size. They can be very small, or big and heavy “coffee-table” books. Many artists and photographers prefer books that are square or nearly square. This allows both horizontal and vertical pictures to have about the same amount of white space on the page.