It can be difficult to begin writing your own book. Starting to write a book is just like trying to learn to play a musical instrument. But here are some tips that will help you get your rough draft book ready for printing.
Getting your book into an electronic format is very important. You should type your text into a Microsoft Word document. Most printers prefer that your book be sent as a portable document file or PDF by using some layout programs. Using styles in Word can give you an unstable document if it is opened in a different version of the program. You can use Word for typesetting, editing, and formatting.
Size matters when it comes to cost savings. The common size for a regular book is 5×8 inches tall. Since a hardcover overhangs the paper’s edge is a hardcover book, the finished size is 5.5×8 inches. The page size and set up for both hardcover books and paperback are the same. Page setup should be selected from the file menu and open the tab for paper size where you should type in your page dimensions. It is important to put the right margins so that it will look great when printed and there will be space enough to bind your book. The margin on the top, bottom, and outside should be set at 0.5 inches. Mirror margins should be set to 0.75 inches. The ideal font size is 11 or 12 points. If you want an easy to read font, use Verdana or Garamond. There should be 50 to 60 characters in each line, including spaces. Each page should have approximately 40 lines. If this is followed, then there will be 250 words in one page.
IF you want to create uniform text, paragraph setting, character spacing, and other qualities to selection portions of text, then you should use document styles. Make you title in one font size and bold style. The chapter headings in a smaller font like Times New Roman, and the body can be in Verdana or whatever font you like best. There will be a consistent look for your book if you use styles. Using styles in the document allows you to make changes throughout the book very quickly.
Chapter titles and page numbers should be included in headers and footers. You can choose the head and footer tab from your word toolbar by selecting view. Then, type your chapter title, author name or the book title, add the page number, etc.
Every task involved in self-publishing is your responsibility but you can also outsource some tasks. You still need someone to proofread and edit your book since most writers cannot see their own typos.