Looking into the right design for your book can be one of the toughest parts to self-publishing. You don’t know if you can trust your creative ideas or if you should rely on the suggestions of a professional. Book design includes not only the graphic design of the front and back cover but also the book layout and typographic design of every page
link within your book. Every element needs to come together in synchrony so that your book feels complete.
Your front cover design is the book cover. It will consist of the book’s title and the author’s name. This is the first thing any reader will notice, so make it look intriguing for them.
Title: Hands down, the title of your book is the first thing that will attract readers. Think of it as a reader and not the author; which title best describes your book in a few words. Furthermore, you also need to choose a font that fits with the theme of the book. The title of your book should be legible.
Subtitle: A subtitle is usually added only when you want to elaborate on your book’s topic. Although it plays a sidekick’s role to your main title, it should never defeat it. It usually consists of either one or two lines. Make it crisp enough for the reader to understand what your book is about.
Photo: If you’re going to use a photo on the front cover, try to use a picture that is attractive and yet gives readers an idea about the genre and tone of your book. The photo should be of high resolution so that it doesn’t pixelate when enlarged.
High-quality vector images: High-quality vector images can be used if you’re not going along with a standard photo. Make sure that the picture represents what your book is about. For example, if you are writing a book about cars, then you can use various illustrations and images of cars. More creative, the better!
Author name placement:Other than the title and the subtitle, the font and placement of the author name is also essential on the book cover. It should be in sync with the rest of the book and placed in such a way that it is noticeable but doesn’t take the attention away from the title.
Title Pages: The title page is the first page of your book after the cover. There are two title pages in every book. The full title page comes first and is the replica of your cover page, except for the artwork. The second title is called the half-title page and consists of minimal information such as title, author’s name, or the publisher name.
Preliminary Pages: Also known as the prelims or front matter, the order for this is half-title, full-title, copyright with the ISBN and publisher details, dedication, table of contents, and your preface and prologue if you want one.
Do you know the first few pages of a book before the main story starts? It’s called the front matter. The front matter consists of:
Title page: The title of the book and author name just how it is on the book cover.
Copyright page:Contains the copyright notice, year of publication, and the name of the copyright owner (can be author or organization/corporation). Also contains typefaces and ISBN, the book’s publishing history, permissions, acknowledgments, and disclaimers.
Dedication page (optional): A page where the author names the people for whom the book is written for.
Epigraph: It often serves as a preface and consists of a phrase, quotation, or excerpt from a poem.
Table of contents:List of chapter headings its respective page numbers. A table of contents is never used if the chapter is numbered like Chapter One, Chapter Two.
Illustrations/table list:If your book includes several key illustrations/tables that provide information or enhance your content, try creating a page that lists them. If the illustration is just for fun or act as a visual aid, the illustration list will not be necessary.
Foreword: Contains a statement about the book and is usually written by someone other than the you who is an expert in the book’s field. It helps increase potential sales.
Preface: Talks about why you wrote the book, the methods taken to research and acknowledgments that are not included separately. A preface is more common in non-fiction titles.
Acknowledgments: An acknowledgment page consists of notes of appreciation to people who supported you during your writing process and your writing career in general. If this section is lengthy, you can have this section in the back matter before or after the bibliography.
This is where it all begins. The body of a book consists of:
Introduction: The introduction is where you write about what you want your reader to know before reading your book. For example, if there are any instructions at the end of each chapter, the introduction can be used to tell your readers how to use them.
Chapters/parts: Your story begins here. It consists of all your chapters. The font must match the style, content, and the target audience for your book. Some of the most popular fonts are Crimson text and Adobe Garamond Pro. Spacing and font size of the words in your book will differ with the size and genre of the book.
Conclusion: Usually found in non-fiction books, the author sums up the core ideas here.
Epilogue: Also serves as a final chapter. It reveals what happens to your characters and provides closure. You can also hint at a sequel here.
Afterword: Author’s note on how the idea of the book developed and how the journey to write the book started.
Postscript:New information about the story is added after the narrative comes to an end.
After the last chapter ends, the end matter, also known as back matter, begins. The correct order:
Appendix: Are the extra details found in the body.
Chronology: The list of events in sequential order. Helps the reader remember.
Endnotes: Can be organised by chapter and should be created while during the writing stage of the book.
Copyright permissions: If you sought permission to use lyrics, artwork, etc., from other books, you need to give them credit in this section.
Glossary: Definitions of words in your book. Must be in alphabetical order.
Bibliography & Reference list: Lists the sources for worlds used in your book. Must be in alphabetical order.
List of contributors: People who aided you in researching/ writing your book should be acknowledged here.
Index: List of words and terms used referencing your text. Must be in alphabetical order.
About the author: You can mention your upcoming titles along with your personal information. Make sure to link your author website and social media handles here.
The front matter, body and end matter of any book always requires professional typesetting. A book with lousy font on uneven margins can provide an unpleasant experience for your readers.
Every title has over a thousand competitors vying for the reader’s attention, which is why you need a back cover that is impressive. Apart from a synopsis that is good enough to sell the book to the reader, you also need to have the blurb (description of book), author bio, barcode, ISBN, and the MRP of the book.