One of the benefits of Self Publishing is that you… self… are in charge of everything. Self extends to self editing to self designing to self printing…if you happen to own a printing press. There is a downside to that word self. Most people don’t have the skills to do the job up to the standards they would hope. This is especially true in book design and layout. Remember, book publishing is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to conserve resources, time and energy to complete the race. As tempting as it might be to layout your book yourself in MS Word, experience says it is better to use a professional designer. If you would like to try to layout your book yourself… go for it, but don’t get frustrated and give up… we will never be far away.
The following links lead the do-it-yourselfer to the various components of book layout and design. There are word templates to aid you in formatting your book in MS Word. There is also an article you can download, aimed at helping you. BIG NOTE: Make sure you keep a copy of your original word document in a separate folder. Good luck.
These are PDF guides to help you layout your cover or dustjacket. They are not InDesign templates meant to be used to actually layout that cover or jacket. All important dimensions are included on these guides. Avoid extra prepress charges and follow these guides carefully.
Enter a number of pages… pick a paper stock and click a button and the spine width will appear. It doesn’t get any easier. Avoid additional prepress charges and delays later on and set your cover up correctly the first time. Remember to confirm the final page count after the text has been formatted as page count’s often change.