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 to have your book professionally formatted 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.
In the case of novels and other general business, poetry and biography books, the typesetting process 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. Likewise, children’s books tend to be more complicated as careful consideration is necessary regarding the relationship between the text and illustrations,
But, 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.
Professional book 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.
For a general outline of our fee range for formating/typesetting projects, check out our Overview of Book Design Fees PDF. If you would like a personalised quote for formatting/typesetting services for your book, please contact us.