One of the things writers tend to obsess over is the proper format for submitting their manuscripts to agents and editors. Stop it, now! Your manuscript should be clean and professional-looking--after that, it's your story that will make or break your submission. So learn a few basic rules--I'm even including a handy-dandy visual guide for those like me who sometimes need to see things to really get them--and then stop worrying about how your words look and concentrate on what they say.
Because, in the end, that's what's going to sell your manuscript. Proper format is just going to get you in the door. Specific requests for font, spacing, margins, etc. Always check the agent's or publisher's web page for submission guidelines first. Disclaimers: I write fiction, and my experience is with U. The guidelines below are based on my experience and research and are to the best of my knowledge current and correct--as with any other advice, take it or leave it as you see fit.
Things that go without saying: Before submitting your work it should be complete and utterly polished, with the bare minimum of typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors. Format's the least of your worries if your writing skills aren't up to par.
Font, Size & Categories in Children’s Book
Remember that Spell Check is not your friend Google is, but that's a different essay. It will allow your characters to attic each other instead of attack I'm not kidding--that happened in a manuscript I read recently. Proof your text carefully and if possible get other people to help, as they will frequently find things you miss. In the absence of stated font guidelines, either is fine I like Times New Roman myself. Don't get creative, though--stick to one of these two fonts.
Nothing fancy, and no sans-serif fonts like Arial. Font color: Black.
Choosing Font Sizes for Books: Get Your Typesetting Size Right
I'd like to think it isn't necessary to say that, but you never know. And use good-quality white paper. Indentation: The first line of each paragraph should be indented by half an inch 0. In Word, do this either by using the ruler bar at the top of the page, or by setting First line by 0. Do NOT use Tab or spaces to indent--this will be invisible on the page, but will drive your typesetter crazy.
And it's so easy to do it according to their preferences that in my opinion it's rude not to.May 06, AM. I honestly think you should do what's best for you. I've read books in all size dimensions and it hardly affected my attraction toward the book, you know? It's such a small factor in the end, at least for me. If the larger the dimensions, the more profit you get then I'd go with 6x9 fursure. May 07, AM. May 07, PM. Hi Rebecca I had the same dilemma and I decided to stick to the 6x9 for one really good reason.
It gave me more space for the cover, so at its full size its great, but it also projects really well as a thumbnail. I think children's books are generally smaller making more pages, but when I have spoken to mums, they say the first thing a child notices when choosing a book is how many pages and the shorter the better.
I figure that's widely used enough. I hope that is helpful, cheers Julie. May 08, PM. This is a great discussion. My son, now a teenager, has for years preferred books that are of a size to read in bed and to carry around. I don't want to think of him straining his eyes to read fine print, but I don't want him to stop reading a book just because it's not comfortable in his hands, either. One thing he and I can't stand is all the white space making a book that could have been slim now be big enough to show up as impressive on the library shelf.
Choosing Font Sizes for Books: Get Your Typesetting Size Right
Can't think of a kid's author who does that, but think of James Patterson and his super short chapters, large margins, and generous font I should say, can't think of kid's author offhand who does that, but I do know I encounter it often and if you want an example I can surely find one.
May 09, AM. May 12, PM. Your book wouldn't have to be the size of the old genre pulp pocketbooks to satisfy my son's sense of comfort. May 27, AM. I'm also about to put my new MG illustrated novel on CreateSpace, so this conversation is very timely. Previously, I published an adult novel through them, but the size was larger than a standard MG book.
I've taken a survey of all my MG novels here, and came up with 5 x 7. I expect mine will have around 75 or less in paperback. May 29, AM. I just went through the submission process with CreateSpace, and learned something terrible.
I took the advice I read here and used pt. Times New Roman. I also took out a few blank pages, because I hate wasting paper. BUT that made the spine of my book less than. I ended up going ahead and ordering 5 proof copies that I'll use for giveaways and as a gift for my adopted niece's graduation, but will probably have to go back through and add to the cover, and add ONLY 15 pages to the book so it will have a spine. Also, there's the pricing issue. If I up the text size 12 looks small on the online proofput some of the art on single pages instead of in the text, I can add 15 pages.I plan to use it as a reference for my books.
Board books: Picture books: Middle Grade: That varies depending on the age group; picture books are usually less than a thousand words, YA is usually less thanwords.
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Computer engineers can be forgiven for putting these fonts in a premium position. After all, they wanted to make sure even a user who had no knowledge of or interest in fonts would still get a good, or at least an acceptable, result. But there are problems with that approach, too.
Times New Roman, for instance, is a font originally designed under the supervision of Stanley Morrison in for use in the Times of London newspaper. Its efficient set width and other internal properties of the design were intended to be readable in the narrow columns of a newspaper, not in the more ample environment of a book. Arial is a copy of Helvetica, probably the most popular font in the recent history of typography and the only typeface I know of to have an entire feature film made about it is wonderful for many uses.
Luckily, as computers have become more powerful and users more sophisticated about typography the art of designing with type there has also been an explosion of new fonts from lots of new designers. So it might surprise you to find out that by far the best fonts for use in books are the oldest. Or, if not the oldest, the fonts based on the oldest designs for fonts, those that originated in the very beginning of book printing in the late 15th century. These fonts were based on the writing of calligraphers, the scribes who, before the invention of printing, were responsible for making copies of books by writing them out.
Oldstyle fonts have characteristics that show that origin, and which make them ideal for book composition. For a more complete discussion, check this link to oldstyle fonts. Okay, so now you know how to recognize oldstyle fonts, how is that going to help you? Although these fonts have a lot in common, they will create books that look subtly different. The best way to find out how your book will look and feel is to set some sample pages in each one.
Typesetting with a word processor is never going to give you the smooth color, sophisticated hyphenation, and fine control over your type that you can get with a professional-level program. Originally published in a slightly different form at CreateSpace.
Photo by fontfont. The Copperplate will probably note translate over well. But Garamond will likley get substituded for something very similiar. If you want to total control, you can choose one of the 11 fonts to sub for Copperplate in the titles before submitting. That should give you some control there. Did you say I could turn my attractive Copperplate book and chapter titles into jpegs to cement their look in there?
If so, is that tricky to do?Your book has been written, rewritten, beta readedited and reedited to within an inch of its life. Now it is time to design and layout the interior. One of the first decisions you will be asked to make is the height and width of the book. This is called the trim size. So you go to your bookshelf and pull down your favorite four books and notice that they are all 6x9.
Decision made! But not so fast. Here are the questions you should ask yourself when choosing your trim size based on other books. Here is the thing that stumps a lot of us. We like what we like, but often our tastes are not quite in line with what people are buying today. I know. So instead of turning to your own bookshelf, when choosing a trim size of a book you are about to publish; the decision should be based on these factors instead:.
There are a few steps you can take to determine the best trim size for your book. I can't tell you what trim size you should make your book.
As a publisher, that is your call. However, each month, I go through the USA Today bestseller list, the Amazon top-sellers, and the New York Times bestseller lists and compile a list of the most common trim sizes they all have.
The list below will tell you what sizes more people are purchasing in your category at the publication of this blog post.
This list also tells you what sizes established publishers are choosing based on their research. I LOVE borrowing research from companies that have a lot more money than me.
The real purpose of this list is to allow you to see what established publishers best-selling publishers are doing with their trim sizes in your category. Why do we care? One reason to choose one trim size over another would be print pricing. For example, a 6x9 book will take up fewer pages than a 5x8 book. If the smaller trim size pushes your page count out to a point where you cannot afford to print the book, then the larger print size makes more sense.
But just defaulting to a certain trim size because you like the size or you think that it will remind readers of a hardcover is not a great idea.There are hundreds of fonts available for license today. But what is best? Unless your book is about fonts, the interior should really have just one font type or at least one font family.
Every year, books are awarded for their book block a. Go here for great tips on book design.
See Fournier here. See Din here. See Electra here. See Gothic here. See Adobe Garamond here. See FF Scala here. Here they are. Arno see Arno here is a newer font that is getting a lot of buzz from typographers.
Kids books are treated differently than adult books. If a font is too thin at certain loops, or is just too loopy, it will be too hard for a child to read. Go here for a list of all the types of books with pictures.
Futura see Futura here is one of the most commonly used fonts in kids books today. Century Schoolbook see Century Schoolbook here is an old traditional font. Comic San Serif or other comic book styled fonts are quite popular. Go HERE for a list of great comic options. Certain fonts tend to read better on an ebook reader screen. The following are the top 3 choices for ebooks. Georgia see Georgia here is quickly becoming the top choice, because it works well on all e-devices including phones.
Palatino see Palatino here is considered the classier style font for ebooks. The font design you choose for your story should absolutely reflect the overall tone and intention of the book as a whole. Do you have a favorite font? It will be an opportunity for all of us to learn.
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Beth's Books. Reference Books. This Blog's Purpose. Keep in mind as you read that this information deals solely with formatting print books, not e-books. The specifics of my tips and suggestions are for MS Word, although you can format your manuscript for print using InDesign from Adobe or other software. And for our purposes in this article, that means prepare it for print.
You have lots of choices for printing and distribution if you want to self-publish print books. Both have standardized the process, and you can find articles and forums filled with details and suggestions to help you out.
Then pull out another dozen. All of them. In inches, common trim sizes for print and self-published books are 5. For books with a lot of text, especially for nonfiction, 6 x 9 is a good choice. And that may affect the bottom line.
And even if the text is legible, it could still be small enough to make the read hard or uncomfortable. Both CreateSpace and IngramSpark provide lists of their trim options. Try to pick the right trim size from the start. Choosing a font and font size should be done in conjunction with choosing a trim size. It needs to invite readers to want to read page after page after page of straight text.
You can use sans serif fonts for headings, such as chapter titles, but serif fonts are typically easier for reading a lot of text on a page. Caslon, Minion, Garamond, Bembo, and Dante are often mentioned as good fonts for print books. There are others as well.Children's Book Categories - Early Reader, Middle Grade, and Young Adult
I suggest you make time to investigate recommendations by a variety of book designers. While you can purchase fonts, perfectly acceptable fonts come with many products, so you may already have a font you can use. Can you legally use a font from your computer for your print book? PDFs are used for print books, as you know.
So, you can pick a font which reads really well and use it with no problem in the PDF you upload to CreateSpace, Lulu, Lightning Source, or any of the other print on demand vendors. Many print books use font sizes between 10 and 14 points large print books are often 14 point. Play with different fonts and different sizes to gauge the effect of different combinations. Go to the Home tab and click on the arrow to open the Paragraph Dialog box.
Choose the Indents and Spacing tab, go to Spacing, and adjust line spacing.