How do You Format a Book for Print?

The Print Book Layout


The layout, otherwise known as the interior book block, is the process of formatting your manuscript so that it will look how you want it to when printed. This includes details such as:

  • headers
  • footers
  • font
  • page breaks
  • page size
  • margins,
  • chapter titles


Formatting can be done in Microsoft Word (or whatever word processor you happen to be working with), but it is quite a frustrating process. Also, remember that each different format (ebook, softcover, and hardcover) you choose will have different layout requirements (see your printer’s FAQ’s for specifics). Before you finish this step and move on to the next, you’ll want to know how to do the layout for each respective format.

Ebook
Softcover
Hardcover

So, what should the interior of book look like, and how does it differ from your word-processed manuscript?

Grab a book off your nearest bookshelf and take a look at it. Notice:
·         the headers alternate between pages.
·         the page numbers location and spacing.
·         if different fonts are used.
·         chapter pages lack both page numbers and headers. 
·         drop caps. 
·         chapters begin on the right page only.

These are just a few of the things that need to be set up during the layout stage of book design.
As a self-publisher, you’re already fighting an uphill battle. Though your book might be the next Twilight or Hunger Games, it will already start off with a stigma because you self-published it. 

Though self-publishing or indie publishing are becoming much more mainstream, they still have not garnered the prestige of their traditionally published counterparts. What that means for you, the self-published author, is that you must do that much more to make sure your book is indistinguishable, in quality, from others on the bookshelf.

To nail down what your book should look like inside, you need to look at its peer. Take ten or so traditionally published books from your genre and go through them with a fine-tooth comb. Note the standards in their layout so you can try to mimic them. Also, please note that fiction books differ from non-fiction in the way their interiors are set up.

Now that you know what a book should look like, how do you recreate it?

On paper, it sounds pretty easy. Change a few fonts here, create some page breaks there, and add in a few page numbers; then poof, you have a bright shiny new book!

Once you actually try to duplicate what you see in printed books, you find out how difficult it can be. 
While Microsoft Word is great for general word processing, it can be very difficult to use when formatting books. Trying to get page numbers to show up on some pages but not others will provide a bit of a challenge. Same goes for alternating headers that only appear within chapters but not on title pages, acknowledgement pages, “about the author” pages, or copyright pages. Drop cap doesn’t ever work as it was intended, and usually adds extra spacing to your lines. In short, it creates a lot of headaches.

Even though it’s a headache, book layout can be done on a word processor. It is, however, going to be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Be prepared for long hours. For the do-it-yourself publisher, this is going to be your cheapest option.

There are other alternatives if you don’t want to deal with the added stress. For those choosing to use a service, Lulu, CreateSpace, and many others offer layout and design as part of their packages. You can also hire a freelancer for this. There are many companies out there who specialize in layout. This will cost you some money—between $100 - $400, and maybe even more.

There are also many programs that professional typographers and graphic designers use (Quark, Vellum, and InDesign come to mind). They are available for anyone to use, but they will cost you.

Tips for Interior Book Formatting

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1) Start all chapters on the right page.
Not all publishers do this, but it does help provide some nice uniformity to your work. Ensuring that all chapters begin on the same side keeps things neat and tidy.  It will result in the occasional blank page, so consider that in your costs. Generally speaking, POD printers charge by the page, so doing this could result in a few more cents per book.

2) Page numbers don’t appear on every page.
In most novels, page numbers are excluded from title pages, copyright pages, additional information pages (like “about the author”), and chapter openers. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your page numbers everywhere; it will make your work look unprofessional. Also, along with remembering what pages get what numbers, remember that odd-number pages are always on the right.

3) Headers don’t appear on every page.
Just like with page numbers, headers and footers do not appear on every page. Make sure your headers are only on pages where they are needed.

4) Justify your work.

In print novels, ragged right margins are not acceptable. You want a nice and uniform look to your words. Never forget to properly align your text.

If you find yourself needing a little help getting that manuscript properly formatted, please have a look at my formatting services. I'm quick, affordable, and have worked on many an indie published book. I'd be happy to help you though this process. 

3 Reasons to Hire a Book Coach

Katie Salidas Book Coach



When it comes to realizing your dreams of publishing, there are a variety of paths you as the author can take.

Traditional Publishing (Big 5)
Small Press Publishing
Hybrid Publishing
Indie Publishing

Each of these paths have a variety of different hoops you, as the author, will have to jump through.

Writing is the easy part. Editing, proofreading, beta reading, synopsis writing, book design and layout, cover design, and don’t forget marketing!

If you’re a savvy author who’s fully immersed themselves in the publishing world, you’re a leg up. You might already have a plan of attack and can progress confidently down the path you have chosen to publish your book.

However, most of us, at least when we’re starting out, have no clue of the complexity that is the publishing process.

This is where a book coach comes in.

A book coach is a jack-of-all-trades and wears many hats. Part manuscript critiquer, part publicist, part graphic designer, part typesetter, part social media guru, and most of all a veteran of the publishing trenches. This been-there-done-that-book-writing-best-friend can help you not only see what path is best for you and your book, they can also help guide you down the path so you don’t trip on your way to publishing your book.

·         Help you clarify or construct a book outline
·         Work on character development issues
·         Critique your manuscript draft and point out areas to revise
·         Coach you on plot, pacing, and story structure
·         Coach you to overcome writer’s block
·         Help you craft your book synopsis and query letters
·         Help locate agents for query submission
·         Help build an author platform and devise a marketing plan
·         Set realistic expectations for book publishing
·         Help with book layout and uploading to sales distribution networks

What are the benefits of hiring a book coach?


 1 WRITING A BOOK IS NOT SIMPLY PUTTING WORDS ON THE PAGE
Yes, it is literally putting words on the page but a good story has a structure. You can put lots of words on a page but that doesn’t make it a story. There exists a certain structure to storytelling that not only creates optimal flow; it also keeps readers up late at night unable to put down the book.
Stories are comprised of three key elements: Characters, Setting, and Conflict. All three elements work together to create the journey. That journey is the story your audience will immerse themselves in. But this can only be achieved if you have developed those three key elements well. A book coach can work with you to make sure your story is not just words, but a full and complete world with characters that readers will care about.

2 DIY PUBLISHING ISN’T AS EASY AS YOU THINK.
There are literally thousands of books on publishing. You can read them. I did in the beginning. The problem with trying to publish DIY, at least the first time around, is that information overload leads to mistakes. Everyone has “the way” and they are not always the same. To the uninitiated this information overload leads to mistakes. And in this business, especially when self-publishing where you’re funding 100% of your book’s production, mistakes can be very costly. That means your book has a lot of earning to do in order to break even.
With the guidance of a book coach who’s done it before, preferably more than a few times, you can avoid the problems that come with information glut, and streamline the process and reduce the overall cost of your book’s production.

3 AUTHORS NEED A PLATFORM
We live in an age of social media. Authors are expected to be out in the open and socializing with their readers. They need to understand the social landscape, have a web presence, and must actively work to build their newsletters even before their first book is published. Whether traditional or indie publishing, an author cannot avoid taking an active role in marketing and promoting themselves and their work. A seasoned book coach can help navigate all these social media platforms, identifying which ones are best to focus on and work to craft a marketing plan that the author can easily maintain.


Book coaches are an excellent resource for new authors as well as seasoned authors who are feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks they must undertake. Remember that even traditionally published authors are expected to handle their marketing. There are plenty of books coaches offering an array of services; it is up to you, the author to determine exactly what you need. Do your homework and find the right person to help you achieve your publishing goals.





Book Formatting Services

Book Formatting Katie Salidas


Book Formatting is a special kind of skill, and Word, while great for writing your manuscript, is not the best at outputting the correct editorial layout for the different production styles needed to publish your finished book. Ebooks, for example, come in two flavors: KDP (Kindle Digital Publishing) requires Mobi, while all other e-retailers use Epub. I can convert both of those as well as create a print-ready PDF, for hardcover and soft, to work with your printer.

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With over ten years in the indie publishing industry, I know what goes into the layout of a novel. With your input I can create a custom layout affordably and quickly.

Book Formatting Services include the following:

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  • Copyright page
  • Table of Contents (clickable for ebook)
  • Active Hyperlinks (clickable for ebooks)
  • Acknowledgements, Forwards, and Dedications
  • Custom Chapter headers (starting on the right page)
  • Paragraphs formatting, Indenting, and Drop Caps (if requested)
  • Bullets, number lists
  • Custom Header & Footer
  • Page Numbering


Ebook Formatting:
You will receive your book in 3 eBook formats, Mobi (Kindle), ePub, and a source file Word.doc, ready to upload to Smashwords.com or Draft2Digital. If you need any additional formats please let me know within 30 days of service.



Print Book Formatting: 
When completed, you will receive a PDF draft of your completed book layout for you to review before the final PDF is made. PDF’s will be delivered in a print-ready format based on your trim size and printer specifications.

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Payment:
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My rates are as follows: $35 per hour. Formatting jobs vary depending on how long or complicated the manuscript is, and how many versions need to be created. We will discuss all the variables prior to starting a project so you know, up front, what your estimated cost will be. Once a price is agreed on I will send an invoice to be paid 50% up front with the remainder due when you approve the final files.

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Terms and Conditions

Standard Book formatting services do not include: editing or proofreading, image editing or manipulation, creation of charts or graphs, indexing, tables, blockquotes, lists, subheadings, poetry, & footnote, or formatting of books written in a language other than English.

I do have some image manipulation capabilities, but I generally request that the client provide exactly what they would like to see within the book. Should those services be needed, we will discuss cost at that time, before any work is started.

For Non-fiction books requiring tables and indexes to be created will add an additional $50 to the print and ebook formatting price for novels 50,000 and under. Larger works will be negotiated before work begins. Due to the technical nature of individually locating and linking exact phrasing within the text these additional charges must be applied. Client provided glossaries and backmatter do not incur any additional charges.

Proofs are a part of the process. I understand that nothing comes out perfect on the first go around. I do not charge for the first two rounds of proofing changes to perfect look and feel of content. Additional changes due to client altering internal book content after submission are not considered proofing changes. These will incur additional charges.


Additional Services:
Do you need some promotional images done for your soon to be published book? Ask me about 3D cover conversion and sales graphics. I can take your book cover and make it pop!

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Katie Salidas Little Werewolf Series

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Katie Salidas Werewolf Romance Series


Please feel free to check my currently published books online for reference. 
https://www.amazon.com/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO

News and New Releases for October 2019

New Releases are coming! Starting this December, you'll have a new series to sink your teeth into. Jane and I have been slaving away to get this series ready on time. Books 1 and 2 are finished and have been sent to the publisher. Book 3 is nearly done. I'm so excited! Readers are going to fall in love with Smoke and Phoebe. Will she defeat the 7 deadly sins or be sent back to Hell? Oh the drama. Oh the anticipation.



Beneath

An escaped demon and a snarky cat face off against the seven deadly sins.

Escaping from Hell was just the beginning of Phoebe’s problems. In Hell, she had a position of legend. A marquis of torture. But on the human plane, she is just another New York City destitute.

Before she has a chance to get her bearings on the unforgiving streets, Fate steps in and offers her a chance at redemption, but it doesn’t come cheap.

She must bring in the demons that escaped alongside her while making sure no humans are harmed in the process. In order to do that, she needs to learn to live in the human world with the help of another one of Fate’s parolees, a snarky cat named Smoke.

If it means never seeing the halls of Hell again, Phoebe will do anything, even battle the seven deadly sins single-handed.



Between


A malevolent benefactor is collecting demons. Will Phoebe survive the culling?

It has been months since Phoebe was able to knock off two of the seven deadly sins. When a succubus shows up at a popular nightclub in the East Village, stripping all inhibitions from her human victims before they succumb to death by lust, Phoebe must step into battle.

But the danger isn’t just the succubus. A malevolent benefactor is collecting demons, one that poses a bigger threat to all humankind.

When Phoebe goes to take down the succubus, she gets caught up in the fray. Will she be led to her own walk of shame, or worse, to her death?





Are you excited? I am!! Book three is going to be finished soon. You'll be among the first to see the cover revealed when it happens! 

In other news....

So, if you remember my message about a month ago, I've had some pretty bad luck in the job department. That has led me to take a different direction with things. Rather than sitting on my butt, I want to do something productive with the skills I have. I've been in the publishing industry for ten years. In that time I have learned quite a bit. Between teaching classes on creative writing and story craft, to cover art and book layout, I have a lot I can offer new authors. So I'm opening up Rising Sign Books to Publishing Assistance. 



An extra set of eyes, impartial to the story, can often clarify any issues and offer encouraging
direction to help move you forward.

Katie Salidas Fantasy AuthorThere exists a certain structure to storytelling that creates optimal story flow, known as beats, these are important moments that should come naturally within the plot structure: introduction, exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution.

I can help you identify whether or not you are hitting the right beats within your story and offer options to you on how you might best reach those points. We will look at characters, arcs, and your overall voice for the story.

World Building Basics

Understanding the rules and elements of a world in order to create a believable playground for your story: Geography, Climate, Plants, Animals, Technology, Creatures, & Society.

Character Creation

If a reader doesn’t care about your characters, they won’t care about your story! Learn the different archetypes and how to use them as the blueprint for developing characters your readers will care about.

Understanding Beats & Plot Structure

At its core, plot is characters and setting in conflict. A writer's job is to judiciously use conflict while keeping characters on a steady path toward the story's goal.

The First Draft is Supposed to Suck!

It’s time to stop procrastinating and write that book! We’re going to dispel all the fears and excuses most would-be writers use to avoid finishing that novel they’ve been dreaming about.

How my manuscript critiquing services work:
My rates are $35 per hour. Before we begin work, I'll discuss with you the genre, chapter, and word count of your current manuscript. From thee I'll give you an estimate on how many hours it will take me to review and notate your manuscript. This way we both go into this process with clear understanding of time involved and cost. Once we agree on the hours this project will take, I'll send over an invoice for that amount. 50% of the invoice is due at time of service with the remainder due when I return your document with notes.

Let's get started. Contact me today.



Affordable and quality book formatting for your Novel!

Formatting is a special kind of skill, and Word, while great for writing a book, is not the best at outputting the correct layout for the different styles needed. Ebooks for example come in two flavors: KDP requires Mobi, while all other retailers use Epub. I can convert both of those as well as create the PDF version for print (hardcover and soft) to work with your printer.

Katie Salidas Fantasy Author
Book Formatting Services include the following:


  • Professional layout
  • Copyright page
  • Table of Contents (clickable for ebook)
  • Active Hyperlinks (clickable for ebooks)
  • Acknowledgements, Forwards, and Dedications
  • Custom Chapter headers (starting on the right page)
  • Paragraphs formatting, Indenting, and Drop Caps (if requested)
  • Bullets, number lists
  • Custom Header & Footer
  • Page Numbering


For Ebooks:
You will receive your book in 3 eBook formats, Mobi (Kindle), ePub, and a source file Word.doc, ready to upload to Smashwords.com or Draft2Digital. If you need any additional formats please let me know within 30 days of service.

For Print Books:
When completed, you will receive a PDF draft of your completed book layout for you to review before the final PDF is made. PDF’s will be delivered in a print-ready format based on your trim size and printer specifications.


My fee is $35 per hour. Formatting jobs vary depending on how long or complicated the manuscript is and how many versions need to be created. We will discuss all the variables prior to starting a project so you know, up front, what your estimated cost will be. Once a price is agreed on I will send an invoice to be paid 50% up front with the remainder due when you approve the final files.

Let's get started. Contact me today.



Publishing step by step is a sure way to a successful book launch. With targeted coaching aimed at helping you get to the next step we can work together to make your book launch a success.

There are three key phases to a successful publishing system. My coaching sessions will be based on the current level you're at to ensure we continue the forward momentum of your publishing process.

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1. Pre-Publishing
I've finished writing my book, now what?
2. Book Publishing
I've edited, covered, and laid out my book. Let's do this!
3. Marketing
Book launch day is coming. How do I reach readers?

Whether you need a little nudge in the right direction or someone to hold your hand through the process, I can help. With a simple rate structure of only $35 per hour you can move forward with an ally at you side without breaking the bank. Learn More.

Let's get started. Contact me today.




And Finally....
I know you're here for the deals, so here they are for October!!


Paranormal Delights: A Gothic Giveaway
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About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.