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7 Formatting Errors That Make Your Book Look Unprofessional
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:56:54 PM »
7 Formatting Errors That Make Your Book Look Unprofessional

If you’re doing your own formatting, make sure you pin this article up near your workstation. You’ll be needing it.

7 Formatting Errors to Avoid

1. Putting page numbers on blank pages.

Blank pages have no text or images on them, and that means they should be truly blank. If you think about it, having a page number on a blank page really doesn’t make sense, since there’s nothing for the page number to refer to.

2. Using running heads on chapter opening pages or blank pages.

This is probably the most common formatting mistake of all, and I see it often in books from do-it-yourselfers. Just like page numbers, running heads (the type at the top of a page that shows the book title, author name, or chapter title) have no place on a blank page, just leave them off so the pages are truly blank.

3. Using “rag-right” typesetting.

Sometimes authors think they can make their pages look better by using rag-right typesetting. But if you walk over to your bookshelf and start looking at your own books, you will soon discover that virtually all books outside of art books or poetry, use fully justified composition. This means that the left and right margins of your page are straight and all lines except the last line in a paragraph are all the same length. This is what your readers expect to see in your book, so make sure you give it to them.

4. Double spacing between sentences.

Many of us learned to type quite a while ago, and many typing instructors told us to hit the space bar twice after a period. This is perfectly fine for business reports or memos, but it has no place in a book and can potentially cause problems when your book is typeset. So only one space between sentences.

5. Using both indented AND block style spaces between paragraphs.

Since we’ve started reading so much on web pages, we’ve grown accustomed to the block style of paragraph formatting. This is when paragraphs are separated by a line space instead of indenting the first line of a paragraph, as is usually done in books. Both work, but you have to pick one and stick to it. If you add spaces between your paragraphs, make sure you don’t also indent the first line.

6. Putting the odd numbered pages on the left.

When you open a book, it just makes sense that the first page is page number 1, and that has to be a right-hand page. This rule is absolute, and you should never, ever number your pages with even numbers on right-hand pages.

7. Making super small margins to save pages.

Lots of authors who use print on demand services like CreateSpace know that they will be charged based on how many pages are in their book. But that’s no reason to shortchange your readers by making your page margins too small just to save money. If your book is too long, reduce the type size a tiny bit or use a more space-efficient font. Small margins will make your book hard to hold and difficult to read, never a good result.

Paying attention to these details of book formatting will help ensure that your books look and work the way they are supposed to. Your readers will thank you for that, and it’s your readers you should keep in mind throughout the publishing process.

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My source : https://fundsforwriters.com/7-formatting-errors-that-make-your-book-look-unprofessional/