We have NEW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for clients and or anyone submitting work for an anthology at Plaisted Publishing (Author Assist).
This is what you need to know!
All work needs to be automatically set up for when you write, this includes – Titles, Chapter Headings, Indents, etc. You won’t need a Contents Page or page numbers at this stage. Use Styles on your HOME tab if you use MS Word to set up the following.
6 x 9 Manuscript
1.8 cm Margins, Headers, and Footers
Garamond, size 12
Make yourself a template to use with each manuscript you write or ask for a copy. We only give these templates out to clients and for our Anthology submissions.
In the Header, you need to have:-
Body of Manuscript:-
Auto Indents – 0.3 – 0.5 cm (Never use Spacebar or Tabs it is unprofessional and your submission will be rejected).
Automatic Titles and Chapters via HEADINGS 1, 2 & 3
DON’T use SHIFT &ENTER (Soft Return) for a new line, let it move automatically. ENTER is for New Paragraphs.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW…PLEASE ASK! WE CAN HELP GET YOU SORTED AND WILL HAVE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE STYLES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
FIVERR and those who offer Formatting, also known as Interior Book Design, through this platform can be awesome and then not so much. Authors, especially new ones, need to know how to research and get the best. It’s time for those questions again. All Authors need to know what questions to ask to find a good business to help them get the work done. The company also needs to know various things so they can get your Formatting correct without too many edits.
First thing. Remember how long it took you to write your novel! Well, Formatting isn’t done in an hour! I honestly wouldn’t touch any business who says they can format your work for $10 in an hour. There is bound to be something wrong.
Today I watched a video about Formatting. Some useful information, and with the book open on the screen, they showed the results. It was the results which caught my attention. Two things wrong from what I saw. First, the indents looked too big and secondly, the text wasn’t justified. Though, this doesn’t matter on eBooks, in PRINT it is a MUST…Go look at any traditional book, and you’ll see the right hand edges of the text are straight. If PRINT books aren’t Justified, they look horrible. I’m exceptionally fussy, and I won’t even read a manuscript unless it is justified. It’s the first thing I do on a clients manuscript. I will also teach a client how to do this, so they know for next time. You will also find 99% of what I write on my blog is JUSTIFIED. Those articles not Justified are usually SHARED LINKS. I think having your text makes it look nice and tidy.
If you are going to offer a SERVICE to an AUTHOR, please make sure you know what you’re doing. It’s a hell of a learning curve and, unlike many, I’m self-taught and learnt the hard way. I’ve learnt so much now that I’m updating my own books as well as past clients.
QUESTIONS to Ask an INTERIOR BOOK DESIGNER
1. What type of books do you format? 2. What fonts do you suggest for my genre? 3. What size fonts will you use? 4. Do you use the same font for Headings & Titles or blend fonts to work together? 5. What book size do you suggest for Paperback and hardback? 6. What is the best indent size? 7. Do you Justify text? 8. Can you do Contents pages and Linked Contents for eBooks? 9. Headings, Page numbers – Starting at Chapter One, Dropped Caps and Header information? 10. Can your format full-colour children’s books for Paperback and eBook? 11. Do you have samples of your work?
You could probably add a lot more to this list. Make sure you have a good look at the traditional books you see. They can give useful pointers in how you may like to have your text laid out.
QUESTIONS FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS
1. Font and font size are important, depending on the age of your readers. 2. Do they have experience with Full-colour children’s eBooks and PRINT 3. Do they have experience with BLEED! Will your book have a bleed or not. 4. How do they turn a full-colour book into an eBook and PRINT, so it comes out correct. 5. Will they check the IMAGES are 300 DPI if need be?
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
This once again depends on experience and what you want your book to look like. It can also depend on how long the book is. Is it a Novella, Novel or Saga? Is it a Children’s book and if so, what kind?
Once again, as with assisting new authors with bad work, generally from FIVERR Businesses is something we do at Plaisted Publishing House. It can be trying and tiring work, especially if it is a full-colour children’s book. I have assisted with two of these in recent months. If you only pay small amounts, it should clue you in, they may not be as professional or experienced as you might think. I dislike seeing people ripped off, especially if they are on a budget like most Independent Authors are. We’re not all rich, and many of us have jobs outside the home to pay the bills.
Don’t complain about paying someone either. A slightly higher fee could mean better work and that you’re less likely to need someone else to do edits. Remember you pay the plumber to do their job! I have seen bad work. I’ve seen good work. Please do your homework and RESEARCH before you hire anyone.
KNOW WHAT TO ASK, WHEN TO ASK AND MAKE SURE YOU SEE SAMPLES. IF YOUR INSTINCT SAYS ‘HELL NO’ THEN LISTEN TO IT. IT COULD SAVE YOU MONEY.
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF BAD FORMATTING FROM FIVERR FOR AN EBOOK. WHEN I WENT TO HELP THE AUTHOR, I LOOKED AT THE MOBI FILE, AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND. I NEVER DID TELL THEM…TO HORRIFIED.
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I DID TO MEND THE ABOVE FILE (DIFFERENT PAGE) AND MAKE THE IMAGE LOOK LIKE THE PAGES FROM A PAPERBACK BOOK.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT CAN TAKE A WHILE TO SORT THINGS OUT. MAKING SURE IMAGES ARE THE RIGHT DPI AND SIZE – ESPECIALLY FOR PAPERBACKS.
One last thing. I’m still learning. I will always be learning my trade, updating how things are done as technology changes. I’m happy to learn the same as I’m happy to share the Pros and Cons of looking for the right contractor, be it an illustrator, editor or interior book designer.
PLEASE RESEARCH! NEXT TIME I WILL TALK ABOUT EDITING
It seems to be that time again. A learning curve for me a couple of years ago doesn’t mean all authors and writers are aware of how Auto Indents work and are made. I still see some Indents in eBook which are way to big. To me this shows lack of learning and professionalism of the author or writer. If I find it difficult to read as a publisher…think what your readers will fell like. Personally I have stopped reading some eBooks due to the lack of professionalism in formatting.
Here is a short tutorial for those who wish and those who participate in my Anthologies or are clients. This is how AUTO INDENTS are made in WORD.
Open your word document. Look across the top bar with STYLES. Inside the red line is a small ARROW. Click on it.
It will open a side bar on your document similar to this. You probably won’t have many STYLES until you make them. You will make AUTO INDENTS using the NORMAL STYLE
On the bottom right are three squares. Teh one in the read circle will open a box to make a new style.
In the next screen shot is the style box where you can create a new style. In this instance it is INDENT. Next we go down to the bottom left of the box to the second circle FORMAT and click to open it.
You need to click on Paragraph as highlighted in the next image.
You will find open another box looking like the image below.
In the first red circle make sure it says JUSTIFIED. This is so all text is straight on either edge of the page – just like in a book. In the second circle is where you create your INDENT of 0.5mm. In the third circle you need to make sure it is on single line or blank (unless you are sending a synopsis to an agent where you need double lined spacing).
Click OK and the box will close. Look at the next image and TICK Automatic Updates. Next click OK and the box will close and you can start typing.
In the STYLE box on the right you will find the INDENT style you made. Each time you need an INDENT (speech etc) then click on the INDENT tab and it will do the work for you automatically.