Although many people would want to publish their own book, they are at a loss in knowing where to start. 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.
It is very important that you book is written in 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. The problem if you are using styles in Word is that the document will become unstable if it is opened in a different version of the program. You can use Word for typesetting, editing, and formatting.
You can save more, depending on the size of your book. Most books are 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. You simply type in your page dimensions in the paper size tab of your file menu. You should have a proper set up of the margins so that printing will be correct and there will be enough room for binding. The margin on the top, bottom, and outside should be set at 0.5 inches. Set the mirror images and put it at 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. Each page should have approximately 40 lines. If this is followed, then there will be 250 words in one page.
IF you want to create uniform text, paragraph setting, character spacing, and other qualities to selection portions of text, then you should use document styles. Use one font size and bold style to your book title. 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.
Chapter titles and page numbers should be included in headers and footers. You can add this by selecting ‘view’ from Word toolbar to open the header and footer tab. 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. Writers usually don’t see their own typos. Even if you are an excellent writer, you need someone to proofread your book.