About Writing, Life and Writing About Life

This is a further extract from the forthcoming download Pulish Your Book on a Shoestring Using Lulu Print on Demand. Last week we began the process of looking at the inside of a book to study the elements of book formatting. You can read that extract here. Today we continue with that process.

“Now for the body of the book. There will be a title page for each chapter which looks a little different from the rest of the pages. For fiction, this usually just means a number at the top of the page, plus often the first letter of the first paragraph will be a large letter that takes up 2 lines. This is called a dropped capital. It is customary for each chapter title page to start on a right-hand page, ie an odd numbered book page. For non-fiction books the chapter title page will also include the name of the chapter, which will also appear in the Table of Contents.
Throughout the book there will be either a header or a footer or both. The minimum which will be shown is the page number. In non-fiction books there is sometimes also the name of the book on the odd-numbered pages and the chapter title on the even-numbered pages. For fiction it could be the book title and the author’s name. The header and footer are usually missing on a Chapter Title page.
You will also probably notice that the text is justified – ie it has straight margins on both the left and right hand sides. Less obvious is the fact that the margins are not even on the left and right hand pages. This is to make allowance for the way the book is bound and the fact that the pages don’t lie flat when open. This is known as ‘mirror margins’.
After the main body of the text you will find the ‘back matter’. Like the front matter, this will include extra items which don’t belong in the body of the book. It could be appendices, a bibliography (list of reference books), an index, About the Author page, Acknowledgements if they are not in the front matter, and possibly details of forthcoming books from the author or the publisher.
As you look through the book you have chosen, think about what you do or don’t like about the internal formatting, so you are ready to apply this to your own book.”

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Comments on: "Learn How A Book Is Formatted – Part 2" (1)

  1. […] at how a book is formatted in the last extract from my download about self-publishing using Lulu (part two is here), the next part of the process is to format your own book document. This is the first part and part […]

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