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 flow beautifully, it is important that your book’s internal layout looks professional to ensure the best possible reading experience for your audience.
Interior page design and formatting
Professional typesetting is a vital step in creating a well-designed, high-quality book. A clearly defined heading hierarchy, well-structured body text, careful positioning of all graphics, and choice of legible typeface help to create a page layout design that is inviting to your reader, as well as providing clarity and a positive reading experience.
Ultimately, a book’s internal page design should ‘disappear’ and offer a seamless reading experience. This is particularly important for fiction books, where using design conventions to present the story in a format readers recognise and expect will ensure they can become immersed in the storyline and won’t be pulled out by distracting visual elements.
Yet, regardless of the type of book you intend to publish, any successful page layout design should invite your readers in and subtly lead their eye from one section of your book to the next. Appropriate fonts, correct line length and spacing, and a pleasing arrangement of text/graphic elements need to work in unison to produce a layout design that makes reading a pleasure rather than a chore.
Formatting/typesetting coventions for different genres
In the case of text-only books such as novels, general business books, poetry and biography books, the typesetting process for the internal pages is usually fairly straightforward. It involves laying out the edited text in your Word document within the internal page layout according to industry trade book size specifications using Adobe InDesign.
For books that contain many images or photographs, multiple columns or text boxes, or have an internal page design which is unique to the book’s content, professional typesetting will ensure the text and graphics are arranged within the 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.
Professional internal page design process
At Brisbane Self Publishing Service we use professional page layout 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.
Our fee range for formatting/typesetting projects is based on the total number of words in your Word manuscript, plus the total number of high-resolution images, as well as the design complexity you require for your final published book.
If you would like a personalised quote for formatting/typesetting services for your book, please contact us.