One of the questions we frequently get from cover designers is what the page count is for the print interior for an unformatted manuscript. The cover of a book is important, and a template can help you create a good one. This type of information is very helpful to your book designer. How to format a novel 8 design fundamentals blurb blog. Margin size depends on page count and on whether you have elements that bleed. Setting layout for 6x9 createspace book admittedly, ms word is a way cool wordprocessing app, and not a pagelayout app, yet untold numbers of writers use it when writing and designing selfpublished books.
I did my second book with the intended final page size and margins in word and i found that helpful to give me a feel for how long chapters would look, as well as to help me keep toward my targetted total length. The editor also provides four popular trim sizes for formatting 4. Thus, 100 pages 40,000 to 45,000 words and 200 pages yields 80,000 to 90,000 words for the main body of the text this excludes the. Similarly, if your book is lengthy and you want to keep printing and shipping costs down, your book designer can minimize your page count by creating a design with this in mind. If you want to experiment with book sizes and the way they might impact your typesetting choices, the reedsy book editor allows you to do so for free. Jun 01, 2017 i prefer equal margins, to maximize use of the page and reduce page count. Basic book designmargins wikibooks, open books for an open. Using a book template, youll begin writing your book by typing your manuscript directly into your template. Having said that, i would seriously think about finding another publisher, unless you happen to live in belgium, where theyre based.
The gutter is used if you are going to have your book spiral bound. Print out a few test pages and make sure they look good. Set your document size to the book size you plan on publishing, then include a top and bottom margin of. Calculate book page count using the word count from your word document. Discover what size your book should be and if thats comparable to the standard book sizes in publishing. Most word docs have even margins on the left and right and also at the top and bottom. If you are designing your book for double sided printing essential for hard. And as mentioned you wouldnt want your words up against even that visible area on the left, because it would be hard to read in there. If you want help formatting the other parts, see our stepbystep guides for preparing your manuscript in word for windows and mac. I have no idea why youve measured the novel at 6x9 most pages contain around 250 words, so you divide 33,000 by 250 to get number of pages. I was wondering what is the best and looks best line spacing for a 6x9 book.
Having some reallife examples at your side, you should get a better sense of. Your top, bottom and outside margins should be at least. If your book is a different size and you have questions about what the margins should be, feel free to give us a call at 8886648166. This resizes your pages and changes your page count, which you need to know for setting your margins. This article is the first in a series to address formatting for print books. Download the 6x9 one, which has all the margins and page sizes set properly, and follow the. On the layout tab, in the page setup group, click size, and then select more paper sizes. Calculate book page count using word count for book design. Choose the margin settings in the relevant fields see below. It is a sampler or gallery of many different formatting styles that you might use with your 6x9 trim size book. Depending on the font you choose, a good font size for an adult print book of any trim.
As a publisher who has laid out dozens of books for printinga 50,000 word manuscript should end up somewhere between 180 and 220 pages. Setting a gutter margin getting your book published. As the name would suggest, this section is a compilation of answers to the questions our clients commonly ask. Before sending your book to print, you will need to layout the book. For example, childrens books are going to have fewer words per page than a book meant for adult readers. I am writing a 6x9 us paperback book in which i have downloaded a random 6x9 template.
Jan 08, 2018 wondering how many word pages equal a book page. This refers to the tall column of type that makes up your text pages. All of the word processing programs word, page, etc. The inside margin is the lefthand margin, on a righthand page. Margins ensure your text isnt cut off during manufacturing. Every page has three outside margins top, bottom, and side and one inside margin also called the gutter. This tutorial uses settings and options from the latest version of microsoft word, for mac or a pc. How to set page size, margins and gutter book formatting 1. If your book needs to be thicker to improve perceived value, your book designer can help in many ways.
Ive been trying to put together a book for and lulu says they print out in 8x11 but, we want a 6x9 outcome without material being cropped. Embed all fonts and images in your native file prior to submission. Here is a template that will help you perfect your 6x9 fullcover design for your paperback book. Figuring how to convert your word count to book pages is dependent upon a number of factors. Oct 06, 2017 if youre trying to figure out how many pages your book will end up being, a page in a six by nine book which is a pretty standard size for a nonfiction book is about 250 words equals one page. Select your book writing software, then you can find a book template that is already set up and formatted to get started writing. These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. When i then go to the print dialog box and choose save as pdf, it creates a pdf, but it creates an 8 12 x 11 document with a 6 x 9 inch area of printing i.
Margins are the space around the edge of the page where there are no words. You will need a template for the inside pages of the book, and a template for the outside cover of your book. Exterior top, bottom, and outer edge and interior or gutter, where the book is bound. Our printing and binding process requires minimum margin settings of.
Roughly how many pages would 50,000 words produce in a. Book manuscript format templates interior book design. Below you will find our free microsoft word book templates for the inside pages. If youre trying to figure out how many pages your book will end up being, a page in a six by nine book which is a pretty standard size for a nonfiction book is about 250 words equals one page. Im either with margins that are small but have 400 words per page or margins to big giving the feel of to much negative space.
When youre talking word, both terms refer to how the left and right edges of the paragraph look on a page. If you intend to selfpublish print books i can recommend the experience as a positive one, then having a few tips and insights about the process before you begin will be helpful because theres a lot to cover, this topic is going to require several articles. On the dropdown menu, click custom margins at the bottom of the menu. These factors are subject to your vision of your book and the printerebook specifications. Jan 15, 2020 a book template can help you do just that by saving you time from having to set up your own book file. Oct 24, 2011 wider margins not only bring visual harmony to the page, they provide space for those who like to annotate the text and a place for readers to rest their thumbs without covering up the words. How to format your word document for book printing on mac. May 02, 2016 for inner margins, the thicker the book, the wider the margins need to be. As one of the top book publishing companies, we make book publishing easy. The stepbystep guide to formatting your print book for kdp. Printondemand charges per page, not per square inch of paper, so a 200 page book at 5 x 8 is about twice as expensive as a 100 page book at 8 x 10, even though they have the same amount of actual paper.
Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in microsoft word for self publication. So a 400 page manuscript would be about 240,000 words. In this video ill show you how to set page size, margins and gutter as well as the right sizes for novels and nonfiction books. Again, margins arent something we need to worry about when formatting for kindle, but theyre crucial for print. Estimate your page count book designer fiona raven. Study the layout of a lot of bookssee how margins create a certain feel or give you a particular impression about a book. Heres another look at the books spine, to show what is happening.
The createspace formatting sampler 6x9 will solve that problem. How many pages in a 6x9 novel is 33000 words answers. To get this to my editor, i have to find a way to keep all the chapter titles at the top of a new page and the end of the chapter to always end on a page that doesnt have a title. In word 2010, paragraph alignment has nothing to do with politics, and justification has nothing to do with the right or wrong of how paragraphs are formatted. The directions below are for ms word 7 and 10 the most. I have looked around the site a bit but i cant really find an answer im looking for. Word count to book pages resources for independent authors.
Download the 6x9 one, which has all the margins and page sizes set properly, and follow the instructions. Enter your books trim size into the width and height fields. How many words per page are there in a typical novel. Should i give family members a chance to edit, design the cover of my book write the back cover blurb, like my dad says. For a 6x9 book, shoot for an average of 350 words per page for a 5x8, around 300. Ok, need some help with margin settings for a 6x9 book on word and typesetting can anyone help. My font style is garamound and i am sort of on a inebriate on whether to make it size 11. The templates with sample content include formatted front matter e.
Setting layout for 6x9 createspace book admittedly, ms word is a way cool word processing app, and not a pagelayout app, yet untold numbers of writers use it when writing and designing selfpublished books. Enter your book s trim size into the width and height fields. The standard size for most trade paperback books is 6x9. But as i mentioned, i firmly believe making the book a little weighty goes a long way in increasing customer satisfaction, so if your print book is under 100 pages for example, id increase the line height and margins to push it up closer to 200 pages. Use mirror margins with unequal inner and outer margins, if your document will be bound e. Once youve decided what your book size will be, the next order of business is to position the text block on the page. The typical books wordsperpage count tends to range between 225 and 275an average of 250. In most cases, people seem to want to put the text in the middle of the page. Type the size for the top, bottom, inside, and outside margins, in the relevant fields. Heres another look at the book s spine, to show what is happening.
Free book template microsoft word book templates diggypod. This is the first video in my book formatting series. Cover creator accepts jpg, png, and gif file formats. For instance, if you want to get a price on how much a book will cost to print, the first thing you need to know is the size. You can create your book cover using kdps cover creator tool or submit your book cover in a pdf.
In the apply to list, select whole document and click ok. To help you decide on margins, pull out books and measure the margins. Wider margins not only bring visual harmony to the page, they provide space for those who like to annotate the text and a place for readers to rest their thumbs without covering up the words. We explain two easy methods to estimate your book s page count. If you havent designed your interior or will have gorham printing design it for you, the best way to estimate a rough page count is from a word count. The margins are different because the margin closest to the binding of the book the inner margins must to be larger than the outer so that the text doesnt get cut off from being too close to the binding. The blank templates have the page size and margins set. Have you had lots of questions over the years about words mirrored margins.
These inner margins are called gutter margins, based on the gutterlike shape they create in. How to format your book for self publication bookstand. How to set page size, margins and gutter book formatting. Your choice of trim size will also assert a ripple effect on most aspects of your books interior. With a few clicks the editor can bump up the font or increase the leading to make it longer, or she can reduce the margins and shrink the font to make it shorter. Build your book format a paperback manuscript word for.
Transparent objects and layers should be flattened in the native file before publishing. How to align and justify text in word 2010 dummies. As noted above with font choice, using equal margins is a rule to keep novices out of trouble. These inner margins are called gutter margins, based on the gutterlike shape they create in the middle of the book. How to format your word document for book printing on mac or pc. Apr 23, 2014 click the page layout tab on the menu bar, then click and open margins. Surely when writing the important thing is to get words on the page even if theyre in pink comic sans. Note that not only are the left and right margins different from one another, but the top and bottom margins also are different from one another. And now were seeing some publishers produce book that run from 100,000 to 120,000 words. Free book template microsoft word book templates video. Jul 15, 2017 well walk you through the steps to format your word document for printing a book that is a 5. This would mean a book with 30,000 words would be roughly 120 pages. I realize that most of my sales are ebook, but i wanted to have some nicelooking print editions. Here, you will find five different book cover templates for you to choose from and put.
For manuscripts, the answer is about 250300 words per page if. At diggypod, we offer free book templates for the author wanting to publish a book. Feb 27, 2017 in this video ill show you how to set page size, margins and gutter as well as the right sizes for novels and nonfiction books. What typeface you should use depends on the content of the book. Understanding book layouts and page margins describes typical margins for a standard 6 inch by 9 inch trade paperback, including createspace book layout specifications. Im curious about your advice compose the novel in the standard format from the start rather than changing it later why does this matter. Well walk you through the steps to format your word document for printing a book that is a 5. Some folks from my local writers group have asked me about some of my print formatting decisions, so i thought i would write up a few posts about it. Basic book designmargins wikibooks, open books for an. Aug 14, 20 understanding book layouts and page margins joel, thanks a ton for all of your info. Ok, need some help with margin settings for a 6x9 book. Jan 15, 2014 i would either have to shrink the margins and font quite a bit or have it be so thick as to be unrealistically expensive. Do you want to publish a wide format bookwith inspiring quotes down the side margins. How to pick the size of your book as soon as you get serious about selfpublishing a book, you are confronted with the choice of what size your book ought to be.
Using a standard font size, you can estimate about 250300 words per page. If so, these books need to be the 7 x 9 trim size, and the slightly larger pages can hold 400 to 450 words per page. Words per page is a free online words to pages calculator which converts the numbers of words you write into pages and allows you to change margins, font size and fonts. Line width is another important book design consideration. The gutter is the amount of the book that you lose to the binding process. By colin dunbar with our page size set, we continue with the global settings, and in this post we cover page layout and margins. Youve come to the right place to get your book printing and selfpublishing questions answered. I prefer equal margins, to maximize use of the page and reduce page count. If you understand traditional book design dont follow this rule.1483 906 1439 963 1352 773 419 990 478 714 1280 1504 561 702 842 1119 368 88 884 1390 1355 764 1387 253 184 1342 1209 793 1031 1425 380 1518 115 388 858 271 606 81 952 1334 710 831 199 1440 1229 500