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~ Formatted Pages (Fiction) ~

Another issue I see frequently is the lack of proper formatting for fiction books. Which truly surprises me, I would think that every author would want their hard work to look as good as possible, this only adds enjoyment to the reading experience.

In this first examples we see a poorly formatted page on the left and well formatted page on the right. The question you have to ask yourserf is which book would you prefer to read?

Page 6 of Front Matter Page 7 of Front Matter
  • All margins are set to Word default.
  • Margins are not mirrored
  • Gutter is not defined
  • Text is not justified
  • A blank line is between every paragraph.
  • Paragraph indent is too long. (should be 0.2 to 0.3 inches)
  • Title of book is not in the header.
  • Margins have been adjusted to optimal settings for a 6x9 book.
  • Margins are mirrored.
  • Gutter is defined (0.2")
  • Text is justified.
  • Paragraphs are indented 0.2 inches.
  • Title of book is in the header (on even pages the author's name will be displayed and on odd the title of the book)

Everything I did to this page is available in Word, the neat little image at the top of the formatted page is a font, wingding to be exact with the font size set to 72 and centered. Looks pretty nice doesn't it? And this is just the tip of the iceburg, MS Word is capable of doing some pretty cool stuff and there are many resources on the web that can help you achieve that professional look.

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