You can find the corresponding YouTube video at the bottom of this post. The information below is for indie writers who are using Microsoft Word to format their print books.
Using Times New Roman is a sure way of shouting “newbie” when publishing your book. Did I use this when I published my first book? I hope not. Either way, I definitely won’t be using it for this new one, Scythe of Darkness.
By searching through other books in the similar genre, I was able to get an idea of the type of font they used. I chose Garamond, 12pt, for the body. This font size combined with the margin spacing created the perfect amount of words per line that I was aiming for.
For my novel, and most other fictional books, the text is justified.
For my chapter titles, I chose to go with Calisto MT, 30pt font. I also expanded the title, using the advanced tab under font.
I wanted my header and footers to match the font of my chapter titles (Calisto MT, expanded font). I heard on a podcast that it’s good for a book to look uniform, to not have too many different font variations. This is why I matched them. But as for the size, I went with 8pt.
Chances are, you don’t have the commercial license to use certain fancy fonts that you find online. Which means that you can’t go on the web, find a font, and download the program for the style. Instead, take advantage of the standard font that comes with the program you’re already using. In this case, Microsoft Word.
I don’t know much about copyrights, so if you’re unsure about the font, I suggest you do some research. I’d love to video conference with a person who knows more about it. If you’re him/her, shoot me an email.
Section Breaks vs Page Breaks (choose section breaks)
I had used page breaks in between each chapter.
When I inputted my footer/header information, the info appeared on pages that I didn’t want them to appear on, such as the copyrights and acknowledgements page. So I had to go through the whole document and replace every page break with a section break (which is under Page Layout > then Breaks > then Next Page).
By doing this, it allowed me to choose the unlink (unlink only for page 1, of chapter one) option for my headers so that I could click the option Different First Page, thus allowing every chapter title page to not contain a header and footer; on the pages with chapter titles, I wanted them to be blank.
I also could keep my page numbers on the bottom by choosing linked to previous so that the numbers would increase rather than starting over with number one for each new chapter.
I hope that was helpful and not too confusing. Feel free to send me and email or leave a question in the comments.
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