Formatting Print Books with WordThere are, however, a few tricks you have to know so that you can do this much faster and easier. The main things that may give you a hard time are section breaks, the gutter, and images. Your book will be divided into three main formatting sections — the main one is the story itself, and then there are the mandatory front matter and optional back matter. The front and back matter should be visibly separated from the story, and that means omitting the previously mentioned header and footer info, including pagination. And that is important. Also, most serious publishers and ISBN providers have specific demands regarding the front matter and what they want to see there. Front matter includes the following:.
How to Format a Manuscript for Self Publishing
Paperback Formatting In MS Word: How to Self-Publish a Book — Part 10
But when it comes to self-publishing, you may not know how to format your Word document for book printing. When you originally typed your manuscript, you more than likely opened a blank Word document and went full steam ahead. Additionally, depending on what you have in your headers and footers, you may want to make your top and bottom margins larger or smaller. As previously mentioned, the margin sizes you assign to the top and bottom of your document defines the amount of space you will have to place running title headers or page numbers. Your document is now prepared to either paste text from an existing Word document, or you can begin typing your manuscript. If you have problems or questions throughout the formatting or uploading process, let us know.
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Word expert and indie author Ian Andrew is based in Australia. As a former Microsoft trainer turned self-published author, he is able to speak from considerable relevant experience. Over to Ian…. Normally woefully. To format a document for print is a simple matter of using things that expert programmers have built into Word for us. Sadly, so few even know these things exist, let alone how to use them.