A well-formatted and designed book is critical to your success as an author. This involves paying close attention to the interior pages of your book (as well as the front and back covers). After spending many hours working on your written content so your words are eloquent, it is important that your book’s internal layout looks professional. This in turn will help to ensure the best possible reading experience for your audience.

Book design and typesetting

Professional typesetting is a vital step in creating a well-designed, high-quality book. A clearly defined heading hierarchy, well-structured body text and margins, careful positioning of all graphic elements, and choice of legible typeface and font size produces an interior page layout design that is visually appealing and easy to read. Moreover, by ensuring the internal pages of a book are professionally formatted, your readers are likely to have greater clarity in terms of its actual content.

Ultimately, a book’s internal page design should ‘disappear’ and offer a seamless reading experience. This is particularly important in the case of fiction books. Using design conventions to present the fiction narrative in a format readers recognise and expect allows them to become immersed in the storyline. As a result, they won’t be interupted or pulled out by any distracting visual elements.

Yet, regardless of the genre or type of book, any successful page layout design should invite readers in and subtly lead their eye from one section of a book to the next. Appropriate fonts, correct line length and word spacing, and a pleasing arrangement of text/graphic elements should work in unison to produce a book layout design that makes reading a pleasure rather than a chore.

Professional typesetting conventions for different genres

Text-only books 

For text-only books (i.e. novels, some business books, biographies etc), the typesetting process for the internal pages is usually fairly straightforward. It involves formatting the edited text in your Word document within the internal page layout according to industry trade book size specifications using Adobe InDesign.

Books containing text and graphics

For books that contain text and graphics (including illustrations, photographs, diagrams, charts, tables, textboxes or callouts), professional typesetting will ensure these elements are arranged within the internal page layout for maximum visual impact.

Nonfiction books (such as art and photography ‘coffee table’ books, cookbooks and travel books) usually require more complex page layout designs than text-only books.

Children’s books also tend to be more complicated in terms of the page layout design as careful consideration is required regarding the relationship between the text and illustrations.

Typesetting software to produce a professional outcome

At Brisbane Self Publishing Service we use professional typesetting and design software (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) to format your book manuscript to your requirements.

We pay careful attention to all publication details (including your book’s trim size) to ensure that the final press-ready files are compatible with all POD and digital printing options. As a result, you can feel confident that your book will ‘look and feel’ comparable to titles produced by traditional publishing houses.

Fees for page formatting/typesetting services

The task fee for formatting/typesetting services is based on the total number of words in your Word manuscript, the total number of high-resolution images (if applicable), plus the complexity of the page layout design you want for your final published book. This service also includes creating your book’s imprint page with all copyright details, as well as the Table of Contents with correct pagination in the case of non-fiction books.

On average, fees for our internal page formatting/typesetting services range from $AU350–$AU850 for children’s book projects; $AU500–$1,850 for text-only book projects; and $AU950–$AU2,450 for text and image-based book projects.

If you would like a personalised quote for formatting/typesetting services for your book, please contact us.

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