Preparing Your Book For Printing
Before you send your book off the the publishers, you need to convert
the manuscript into a printable format.
Most authors today work on pc, and use desktop publishing software
that is capable of creating a a printer-ready book in digital form.
MS Word does not provide the right format with the necessary print
drivers to use a printing press. Use either Quark Xpress or Adobe
Formatting is just a matter of adjusting the text to the required:
- Font Size
- Line Space
- Font - you need a Postscript font, coupled with Postscript print
- Illustrations - use a high quality computer scanner and a quality
graphics program, such as Adobe Photoshop, to prepare your graphics
Ensure you check the publishing guidelines of your publisher for
any special requirements.
Use your desktop publishing program, to put together every single
page of the book. You will have several files:
- Desktop publishing file
- Font file
- Graphics file
Save all files to a CD. Your book is now ready, in digital form
for the printers.
Once you send your manuscript to the publishers, most will send
you a checklist. This will generally include:
- Title spelling
- Cover is centered properly
- Within the printing margins [to avoid losing some of the image
over the edge].
- ISBN number is correct
- Proofread the back cover text
- Spelling of book title
- Spine text is centered on the spine
- Spine text is within spine margins
Book Jacket [Hardcover]
Proof read flaps must text. Ensure the case-binder or cover producer
gets the title on the spine correct as well.
- Margins - margins in the proof agree with the margins in your
- Fonts - are the ones you selected, and look good
- Headers and footers – check for typos introduced by the
book designer in the headers.
- Chapter headings, TOC, Index – check for completeness,
layout and spelling
- Picture Placement and Descriptions - all pictures are in the
right places and picture captions are correct, and proofed.
- Proof in final form - read through the whole book in the final
proof or galley form. You will be amazed at the mistakes still
there, and it also gives you one final chance for any edits.
- Tables – check table data, row headings and column heading
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