QUICK BOOK DESIGN TIP #2: INCORPORATING COVER FONTS

It truly is one of the easiest ways to give your print paperback a professional look: incorporate your cover fonts in the interior pages. If you’ve designed your own cover, you already have those fonts installed on your computer. If you’ve hired an outside designer, simply ask where you can purchase the fonts yourself. (The designer most likely purchased a single seat for the font, or the rights for only one user.)

Great places to include your cover fonts:

Title Page (it’s always nice mimic the actual layout of the title on the cover)

Chapter Titles

Drop Letters

First Lines of Chapters

Dedication Pages

Page Headers (especially if you’re including the title of the book in the header)

When cover fonts are incorporated in a book’s interior, they can offer a really nice feeling of continuity,  break up the sea of text in a novel, and create an overall polished piece.

 

 

QUICK BOOK DESIGN TIP #1: IMPORTING YOUR WORD DOC INTO INDESIGN

If you’re new to indie (self) publishing–or just new to the world of designing your own books–welcome! I think design’s actually one of the more fun parts of the indie world. And the good news is, you in no way need a design degree or extensive design experience in order to design your own books. You’re a novelist. Nobody knows how to take a big, intimidating job and break it into manageable chunks like you. Approach design the same way you approached writing the book: Don’t get overwhelmed by the enormity of the job. Just focus on the small task at hand.

Of course, the first thing you need to do when you design the print (paperback or hardback) edition of your book is import the text to InDesign. You in no way have to use InDesign. I know plenty of authors who use Vellum, for example. But for those of you who are going the InDesign route, here’s all it takes:

1. Create a new document in the trim size of your choice.

2. In the File menu, click “Place.”

3. Choose your Word document. At this point, you’ll see your cursor is loaded with your document.

4. *****This is the key****** HOLD SHIFT.

5. While holding the Shift key, click the upper left-hand corner of your document.

Voila! That’s it.

Holding the Shift key allows the text to Autoflow. InDesign doesn’t really work like a word processor. It has a lot of similar functions–spell check, etc.–but its primary function is, of course, design. (The first time you open the program on your computer, you’ll probably think it looks more like Photoshop than a word processor.) So if you don’t hold Shift, it’ll just place your text on one page (and give you a warning in the Preflight panel that you have overset text). But if you hold Shift, it will create enough new pages to accommodate the full length of your text.