What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of a coffee table book? Big, right? Just like the name suggests, a coffee table book is a large book filled with pictures and is usually placed on a coffee table. If you are an art lover and want to be on the opposite of reading a coffee table book, here are some tips on how to create one!
Luckily for you, there is lots of scope for coffee table books and can be about anything you think is interesting enough. From photography of flowers, and houses with beautiful windows to hotels with most beautiful carpets and the world’s most funky bookmarks, it’s all about honouring your favorite form of art via photographs, painting, illustrations, and etchings.
The internet contains endless amount of information. To write on a particular subject, one must be fluent with it. For example, if you want to make a coffee table book of photographs and facts about the world’s most beautiful buildings, you must go back to where it started. Research on the building you think is pretty. Basically, you need to become an expert on those buildings you want to use for your book.
A coffee table book consists 90% of pictures. Invest in a professional photographer to capture photographs that are attractive to your readers. A picture speaks a thousand words, and in this case, it must. Poorly taken photos will reflect, so don’t be stingy.
Some coffee table books have an introduction, captions for every picture, essays in between photographs, indexes, photography credits, and a bibliography. Just because the major portion of your book consists of photos, do not skimp the quality of the text. Yes, pictures will get your readers hooked, but you do want them to read what you’ve written too, right? Make your texts interesting as the pictures.
If you choose to write any of the texts mentioned above, you need to work a professional editor. You don’t want your writings to have errors, do you?
– Some photos need a blank space to breathe.
– Not all pages in your book need words.
– Always respect a blank space.
Lots of publishers have design and layout team of their own so have an outline of what you want. This will help them get a clear picture of how you want your layout and help you achieve it. To make things easier, make sure your photos have been converted to the specific format requested by the publisher. Always opt for high-resolution digitised pictures for a neat effect.
The design must be in sync with the theme of your book. You might like a particular design more than the other, but stick to what fits your book best. This will make it more interesting for the readers.
If you’re worried about spending too much, here are some ways to be cost-efficient.
Paper: Paper is an essential element which contributes to the looks of your book. You can choose a standard size which ranges from 8.5 x 8.5 to 8.5 x 11.
Black and white photos: Printing coloured pictures are more expensive than black and white, but it doesn’t mean it is any stylish.