How to Format a Book – Part 2

How to format a book, 8-page signatures awaiting assemblyLast week in part 1 of “How to Format a Book” I covered trim size, margins, and fonts and their sizes. This week, we’ll look at page headings, chapter beginning elements, and page count.

Whether you’re doing the layout or you’ve hired a designer, the elements discussed last week are essentials you must determine before you begin. If you don’t, then you’ll be spending time making adjustments.

Now let’s look at the importance of page headings, chapter headings, and page count. [Read more…]

How to Format a Book – Part 1

How to format a book, 8-page signatures awaiting assembly

Pallets of 8-page signatures awaiting assembly into a final coloring book.

How to format a book seems to give indie writers more difficulty than writing the book itself.

In my world as an editor and book designer, the word format means several things. When a writer contacts me asking for book formatting, I always have to clarify exactly what they want.

I covered formatting the text of your book in the following posts:

How to Format Numbers, Dates, and Times in Your Manuscript

Should I Use Italics or Quotation Marks? A Style Guide to Formatting Titles

Before formatting your book for publication, there are several things you must consider and decide first. [Read more…]

Pantsers, how do you do it?

A pantser at the keyboard, writing.What are pantsers?

Writers who write by the seat of their pants—no outline. They just sit down and start to write. Or so, that’s what I’ve been told. Surely they have some kind of story idea, but maybe not.

Pantsers, if you’re reading this post, I’d like to pick your brain.

Ten years ago I was taking a writing class that required me to write a fiction scene. Just one scene.

Later, I decided liked that scene and the characters I had created. So, I took it and started writing a full novel.

I did some initial plot work, but didn’t plot the entire book. I got around 14,000 words written before I [Read more…]

How to Create Your Perfect Content Calendar

Savannah Cordova explains how to create a content calendar

Here is part 2 of Savannah Cordova’s guest post on content calendars. Be sure to read last week’s post, “What Is a Content Calendar? A Beginner’s Guide” if you missed it.

Savannah is a writer and content marketer with Reedsy, a platform that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories.

How to Create Your Perfect Content Calendar

“Developing an online presence” is a staple book marketing tip for indie authors these days. That’s because, in the very saturated indie book market, self-published authors need a way to distinguish themselves from the crowd — and building an online presence can be a great way to do so. But how? [Read more…]

What Is a Content Calendar? The Beginner’s Guide

Savannah Cordova explains what is a content calendarToday’s post comes from Savannah Cordova. Savannah is a writer and content marketer with Reedsy, a platform that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories.

What Is a Content Calendar? The Beginner’s Guide

If you’re a writer looking to expand your audience, there are certain tips you’ll hear over and over again: Start a blog. Get on social media. Ask people to subscribe to your mailing list. They’re so oft-repeated because they work: when it comes to growing your audience, there’s simply no better tactic than building personal relationships.

But these tips are also useless if you don’t actually offer your readers any content. What’s the point of following a Twitter account that never tweets, or a blog that never updates? [Read more…]

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