You want your printed books to look great. But in order to ensure the highest-quality printing for your book, you'll need to send your book printer manuscript files that are pristine. If you're wondering how to properly prepare your manuscript files to ensure that your printed books look perfect, please read these instructions carefully — and be sure to provide your book printer with the highest quality graphic files possible for your book’s cover and body text.
There is more to a nonfiction book than a catchy cover and table of contents... much more. Wherever you are in the process of writing your book, if the chapters adequately convey your message, everything else you write must attract, inform, clarify, or sell.
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... 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.
Let's face it—most of your readers will view your book’s cover art as a tiny little postage-stamp sized image on a retail website. Given that, put your cover art to the test with these questions.
Can you guess the common eBook formatting mistake authors make when preparing for ePUB conversion? You should NOT use the tab key to indent paragraphs.