WRITERS. Before self-publishing a printed book, check out Bookbaby’s free guide: “Printed Book Design 101: How to Turn Your Manuscript into a Retail-Ready Printed Book.”
Written by self-publishing expert Joel Friedlander, the guide emphasizes that even if you publish e-books, you may still need some physical copies of your book to sell at readings or other events to give to family, friends, or reviewers. Plus, many people still prefer reading books in printed form.
Even if you plan to outsource the cover design and interior page design, you must know how to instruct the designers and evaluate their work.
Professional-looking printed books are far more complex to prepare than e-books, says Friedlander.. Some details to consider when preparing a book for print are fonts, margins, design templates, and printer specifications.
In Printed Book Design 101, Friedlander walks you through the whole process. He explains how to:
- Pick the perfect typeface
- Use book-interior-design principles to enhance the readability of your book
- Catch the reader’s eye with a well-designed cover
The guide lists common components of a printed book and suggests how to avoid some of the most common mistakes self-published authors typically make.
“It’s very important to make sure you book is put together properly,” writes Friedlander. “Influential people you may be relying on for your book’s success — such as bookstore buyers, reviewers, award committees, agents, and others — are going to notice whether your book conforms to the standard book–trade practices.”
Friedlander is the author of the “A Self-Publisher’s Companion — Expert Advice for Authors Who Want To Publish” and publishes a blog on on his own website TheBookDesigner.com.
Bookbaby offers a wide range of editing, cover design, ebook conversion, book printing, distribution, and website services for self-published authors. The company’s P&E (printed and ebook) Package provide a $100 discount when you add an ebook to your order for printed books.