Tips to Help You Format Your Book
You should format your book as you write it. If you format as you write, the advantage is that you will know how many actually pages you have already written and how many words you should put in any given chapter. This is a professional way of laying out your book. Below are some tips that can help you format your book properly.
The dimensions or the size of your book is the first decision you have to make. IN this part you need to determine the page length and width. The number of pages that you have written will determine how thick your book will be.
It would be more convenient to have a book size that is popular. Although there are plenty of book sizes to choose from, the 6×9 size is the most common of all. 6×9 inches is the ideal book size for a book that has around a hundred pages more or less.
You can immediately set your page size to 6×9 inches by using your page setup facility in your writing document.
If you are now deciding on margins, make sure to select options to use mirror margins. If you are deciding on top and bottom margins make them 0.75 inches. Set your inside and outside margins to 0.5 inches. 0.35 inches is the gutter size.
Garmond 11 is the best font and font size to use for your book. For sub-headings, you can use a slightly larger font in bold so that it will stand out. Garamond 24 is the ideal font and font size for your chapter headings because these are much larger fonts.
One way to start the first paragraph of your chapter is to use a large dropped capital letter for the first letter. This style of opening a chapter will definitely make your book look very professional. In the proceeding paragraphs, you should indent the first line to 1 inch.
Place the new chapter title hallway down the page is you are starting a new one. In order for your reader to clearly know that you have started a new chapter, you should place the chapter title halfway down in order to make it stand out.
The tips given above will help you easily fill up the pages of you book and have a good format for it. Formatting your book as you write, you will easily see your progress from start to finish. It also avoids the tedious task of formatting the book once it has been written.
If you are a book writer, these tips should help you make the best possible format for your book which you can publish the soonest time possible.