Often authors decide to format their own books or decide to do it ‘on the cheap’. However, formatting your book is not the best decision. This is because they are not familiar with the process or have no knowledge of trade standards. Therefore, it’s important to stay within industry expectations when typesetting a manuscript. An experienced book designer focuses on everything, including the tiny details. The decisions that the general author or reader may not even notice, but if not attended to, would harm the general ‘look and feel’ of your book. Moreover, remember you want your book to reach those brick-and-motor bookstores and libraries. Not having your book formatting produced to trade standard will definitely have an impact on if it is positively received.
The Book Formatting Process
Formatting your book layout is the result of careful planning and attention to detail. Therefore, choosing the proper page size, styles, spacing, and settings, are all essential to book formatting. Moreover, these decisions are such a large part of a book layout, they’re often introduced at an earlier stage. Our process involves the creation of an initial preview layout for review. Once approved, the full book formatting process is underway. The aim is always to bring your manuscript to a design standard expected by your reader. This can and will include any images, photographs, graphs, and tables. Furthermore, on completion of the typesetting, you will check through the manuscript thoroughly. From here, you request for revisions and this continues until you give the green light.
A professional book formatting process is crucial to your success as an author. Even though you worked hard on your manuscript, it may not get the attention it deserves without professional formatting. Ocean Reeve Publishing will help you provide the best possible experience for your audience. We do this by utilising our staff of professional book designers. This team will work with your input and create an expected layout to match the theme and message of your book. Our book designers don’t use templates to design your book. Each book is custom designed by a professional book designer and managed right here in Australia.
Professionally formatted text is an important part of book design. Therefore, a clear and readable typeface help create a layout that is inviting to your reader. In addition, all the front matter in your manuscript (title page, imprint page foreword, dedication, chapters, etc.) will be custom designed to create a sophisticated and professional book. Furthermore, we take into account page numbering and its placement, headers, and footers, and chapter layout. Bleed and trim allowances, and much more, are all addressed in the book formatting process. Consequently, the size of your book is also critical. As a result, it is often based on genre, word count and your own expectations. Therefore, to help, below are the standard options and some guidance with book sizes.
Industry Book Sizes
These are the traditional sizes we tend to use in the book formatting process in Australia;
Mass-market paperback (108mm x 180mm). This is cheap to print and aimed at the impulse buyers, mass-market sales.
Demy Size (140mm x 216mm). Ideal for fiction novels or non-fiction manuscripts word counts from 35,000 – 55,000 words.
US Trade (152mm x 229mm). Perfect for both fiction and non-fiction, specifically for the word counts in excess of 55,000 words.
Crown Quarto (189mm x 246mm). This size is quite often used in historical non-fiction books.
Legacy Standard (203mm x 254mm). An excellent option for children’s books, specifically hardcovers and can be in landscape or portrait.
Squared (180 square; 216mm square; 230mm square). Another popular option for children’s books is to design to a square size. These are two of the most popular book sizes.
A4 (210mm x 297mm). Very popular for educational material specifically when publishing in Australia or New Zealand.