Five, six years ago, I probably would’ve told you, you know, that trying to do it yourself in the layout department is like, you know, an absolute waste of time. Don’t do it. What’s happened is the program, primarily Microsoft Word, you know, has evolved a little bit.
Chapter 6: Book Layout & Cover Design
Question I get a lot is, you know, “Should I…” You know, “Do I need a professional designer to design my book, book cover?”
“You’ve talked me into getting a professional cover design. Now, the question is like how much should I pay?” That’s something that’s like all over the place, OK? You can, you know, research and you can get a cover designer that charges $100.00.
What is a page? Probably the most common question that I’ve been asked over the course of the 30, 40 years I’ve been doing this. See, it’s pretty easy to me, I guess because I’ve been doing it so long but it has, you know, so…people so confused sometimes.
Basically, there’s two different typefaces, right, or types of typefaces, OK? And they’re either Serif type or they’re non-Serif type, OK. For your Serif type, it’s your Times New Roman, OK, which is your standard type that you see in Microsoft Word.
Question I’m often asked is, “What trim size should I use?” And I…the answer is, you know, standard trim sizes are standard by definition.
Yeah, I was telling you about trim sizes for trade books and children’s books and I forgot to mention, you know, we throw around trim sizes, like I say 5 x 8. What’s that mean?