Every week I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. This week I am taking a look atHow to Setup Your Pages.
Below is an excerpt from my book TR Independent Books Guide to Writing:
Page setup is critical to your book. Different publishers have differing requirements, but I will show you two possible setups.
Standard 11 x 8.5
Top: 1”; Bottom: 1”
Left: 1”; Right: 1”
Gutter: Usually the same as Left or inside
Although this is considered standard, the book is reduced by the publisher to a smaller size such as 9 x 6 which in reality is the new standard. I recommend that when setting up your books margins, you use the 9×6 setup. The follow is only a suggestion; experiment.
eBook 9 x 6
Top: .79”; Bottom: .79”
Left: .79”; Right: .79”
Gutter: none (same as left or inside)
TIP: The Gutter: is the same as left or inside margin
Some publishers require Headers/Footers, while others don’t want them. So you need to find out what your publisher wants, which means, that you may have to go back and copy the manuscript with a unique name and redo the margins, headers, etc., which is an argument for being your own publisher.
Tip: If possible, do your setup before you start writing
We use the 9 x 6 setup. But whatever you use, set it up first, you can always change it later.
This book’s setup includes the 9 x 6 margins. Since it is both a print and an eBook and there are page numbers, headers, and footers in the print version. The eBook will not have them.
We use the 9 x 6 setup because we are in charge of our own publishing. If we use an outside publisher and they have different standards we can make an additional copy just for them.
The above excerpt is not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, it provides a starting point for you. The margins given can be a good starting position, but chances are that you’ll need to adjust them according to your book size. For example, many of our books have been converted to the 9×6 size. Plus, the pages range from 250 – 400 in page length. That means that we use the following margins: Top is 0.76; Bottom is 0.76; Inside or Gutter is 0.63; and outside is 0.63.
No matter what your current settings are, you can change them later!
A good practice is to always preview your book before publishing. You don’t want the gutter too big that it becomes part of the front or back covers. Nor do you want it too small causing the front and back covers to overlap the gutter.
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