Yes, I’ve seen them all. For years, as a book designer and a blogger at The Book Designer blog, I’ve looked at hundreds of self-published books, and let me tell you, it’s not a pretty picture.
Sure, there are lots of authors who have taken the time to learn the details of how books are put together, and made a good job of their books.
And there are plenty of enterprising authors who have hired a professional designer to create the interior of their book, and of course those look quite fine, no problem there.
No, it’s the other ones, the books put together by well-meaning authors who really want to succeed but, for one reason or another, are unclear on how exactly to go about it. Those are the ones that have big problems.
The Problem with Amateur Book Interiors
What kind of problems? For something that looks as simple as a book, you might wonder where exactly these people go wrong.
Here’s just a taste of the kinds of errors I’ve been seeing in self-published books:Read More...