Book Design: BuJo for Writers No. 4

20171113_100047Styling a book gives me tons of pleasure. It’s a form of design that I never explored before. When I published the first edition of TIDES, I was happy with the result, but as I learned more, I realized that it could be done better. I found great pages online with tutorials on how to layout a book and now I feel proud at how the second edition looks.

I use my BuJo to keep track of the decisions I make on which fonts, sizes and alignment I use on my chapters. I add them to the Styles menu in Word to automate the process, but have it all in one overview. The cover measurements come in handy to remember how wide the spine needs to be.

I also write down the publishing date, ISBN number, how many pages the book has, the BISAC category and I make a list the tags I will use often.

A cost overview is also a very handy thing. Not only you can see how much it costs you to buy copies for yourself, but which price you set and how much royalty your book earns according to the market.

Another thing is that I make notes of the lessons learned:

Interior:

  • I will need three files, two for the final (DOCX and PDF) and one for the naked final (DOC)
  • OTF fonts don’t embed in Word, if your book has them, you need to make a PDF of it
  • Clipart inside the book needs to be 300 DPI
  • Make sure to select the whole text and make it black

Cover:

  • Transparencies get flattened or lost
  • Make all colors CMYK
  • Leave space at the back for the bar code

As I take on new projects, new notes will be added to my BuJo. What have you learned during your own publishing process?

This was the final entry of my Bullet Journaling for Writers, customize it to your own needs and success!

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