Book designer Joel Friedlander talks with BookBaby president Brian Felsen about the most common mistakes self-published authors make when it comes to designing their own books, including incorrect numbering of pages, numbering blank pages, and putting running heads on chapter openers.
When you “do it yourself,” you have to know what you’re doing. Take a few books off the shelf and study what the standards are for book layout and design. Once you’ve finished designing your book, take a few more volumes off the shelf and compare your work to that of a professional designer. Do they match? Great. If not, it couldn’t hurt to consult with an expert; after all, you’ve put too much time and effort into your book to release it with design mistakes.