#14 Writing Tip: Top design resources to create compelling books—Step 2 Interior page layout
So, you completed writing your manuscript, and created a cover design with images to compel readers to pick up your book. The next step involves the production of its interior page layout.
You may think of this as a slam-dunk exercise, but it can require quite a bit of knowledge about word-processing or design programs. It takes into consideration the size of the book pages, width of margins, size of fonts, page number location, graphic images, and more. Making all these elements work well together requires quite a bit of skill with specific software programs.
I suggest hiring a knowledgeable designer to handle interior layout for you. Higher-cost options may involve independent designers or services provided by vanity presses and print-on-demand companies. Low-cost alternatives range from independent formatting and production experts, to do-it-yourself software such as:
- Word processors like Microsoft Word, and Scrivener
- Layout programs like Adobe InDesign and Quark Express
- Hybrid software like Microsoft Publisher and Apple Pages
A very helpful entry at The Book Designer blog describes all these options in-depth.
You’re welcome to contact me to discuss what tools and resources worked for me, and what I recommend to clients.
P.S. Do you have a secret to share about managing a book’s interior page layout ? Feel free to comment below.
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth