It isn’t just typos and spelling mistakes that will distract your readers from your writing; the design of your pages is also key to holding their attention. Poorly formatted paragraphs and jagged, clumsy edges will prevent them from being fully immersed in your work. On the other hand, clean, attractive and perfectly-spaced pages will entice your readers to keep turning them. Therefore, having an interior layout that stands out is key to publishing a book, even down to the number of pages you’ll finish up with, and I find working on this process fun too. It’s the moment when the pages of sentences you’ve worked so hard on will look like they belong in a book.
I work with two talented and experienced interior layout designers (also known as typesetters) who can turn your lacklustre Word document into a print or e-reader ready sparkling PDF. (See my About Us page to read Alexa and Geoff’s bios). If you’re publishing an ebook and a print book, for a small extra charge I can also get the print PDF converted so that it can be uploaded onto a Kindle or other e-reader.
As with everything I do, I’ll involve you in the design process from the start and we’ll have a chat about any books that you’ve read which you like the design of, or fonts you’re particularly fond of. Then one of my designers (they have different specialities) will provide you with some free, no obligation test pages, which they will tailor to the feel of your subject matter. These will give you an idea of what your entire book is going to look like and they can be reworked if you don’t like them. At this stage, I will also provide you with a price for the work. Typesetting jobs are quoted on an individual basis, but it’s worth noting that books with photographs, diagrams, lists and even lots of different headings will cost more as they involve more work than a novel, which is more straightforward. To give you an example of the difference in cost, while the price of typesetting a 70,000-word novel is in the region of £295, a 45,000-word nonfiction book containing a range of headings, diagrams and boxes will cost in the region of £795.
Click on the links below to see examples from two business books, a self-help book and a novel that my designers have recently worked on. Let me know if there’s one that you particularly like the look of, which my designer will use as a basis for creating your unique interior layout. For more information about the art of typesetting, here’s an interview I did with Alexa, who specialises in business and Mind Body Spirit books, for my blog about finding your ideal type http://wrateseditingservices.co.uk/typesetting-guide-self-publishers/