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It took a lot of research to have my paperback book formatted. My goal is for it to look and feel as professional as the traditionally published books.
For the printed version, I’ll be using CreateSpace. I wasn’t sure where to begin in regards to formatting the interior, so first I searched online and found this PDF Submission Specification form. It covers everything from the interior to the exterior in regards to formatting.
After studying other books in the genre that I’m publishing in, I decided to go with the 5.25” x 8” book size. This size also makes it eligible for expanded distribution. Many of the paperback YA novels (in the urban fantasy genre) are close to these dimensions. If you choose this size, then format your book pages (width and height) accordingly in Word; in Microsoft Word, the size option is under the Page Layout tab.
The margins that I ended with are as followed:
The way I figured out my line spacing was by printing one page of my book on a regular piece of computer paper, then trimming it to the margins specified. Once cut, I aligned my page on top of a page in one of the books that I was using as a reference. From there, I noticed that my lines were too close together. So I made adjustments and printed, cut, and then compared again.
The spacing I chose to go with is Multiple, 1.3 spacing. For the before and after spacing, I went with .1 (not sure if the before and after made any difference, but I wanted you to know what I had chosen).
**DO NOT change your spacing, or your indents for that matter, by applying to the whole document at once. If you do this in Microsoft Word, then all of your italicized words will become un-italicized. I had to change my spacing chapter by chapter, and that made it all okay.
The one thing that isn’t shown in the image above is that in my book, my paragraph indents are set at .35”. A .5” indent for paragraphs isn’t normal for digital and/or print books. And the first line of each chapter, or new section, is also not indented.
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