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Interior Book Design and Layout

Should you layout your own book or “do it yourself” (DIY)?

Sample Book Interior

Answer: Probably NOT… MS Word is not a book layout software, and is likely to convey “amateur” to your readers.  Book set-up for printing can be challenging with any of the following:

  • running headers and footers
  • table(s) of contents
  • page numbering
  • adding front and back matter
  • precise spacing and positioning of elements
  • block quotes
  • an index
  • footnotes
  • preparing the right size and resolution images
  • any elements needing special handling

If you still want to “Do It Yourself”, you can review these instructions: https://diybookformats.com/mswordtemplates/

There are many benefits of hiring a professional like Debbi:

  1. It saves you time and spares you frustration of the technology.
  2. It minimizes errors.
  3. It eliminates the possibility that your book appears “amateur”.
  4. It gives the reader a “great read” by bringing expected conventions to the reading experience.
  5. It gives you the freedom to do what you do best—write, edit, and perfect your manuscript and grow your readership.

Call Debbi (651-206-8926) if you would prefer to work with a professional book formatter rather than “reinvent the wheel”.

If you still want to DIY for print-on-demand, here is instruction from KindleKDP (Amazon): Formatting requirements.

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Question: Why choose Debbi to format your book?  

Answer: Debbi can give you references of satisfied writers and publishers. She also:

  • has 18 years of book design experience;
  • will provide samples;
  • custom builds your book—does not use templates;
  • cleans up your Word doc manuscript in order to make the styles and readability consistent and expected to your readers;
  • includes free consulting for self-publishers;
  • uploads the properly prepared book files for you if you need help;
  • answers your phone calls and responds to emails in a timely fashion;
  • builds great working relationships with all her authors and publishing companies.

All the books are custom-designed, not from a template.  Non-Fiction-Formatting-Sample.

See our Client Testimonials.

Q: What services are included in your contract?

A: Here is a PDF listing the service inclusions, and “additional” services. Our hourly rate is $50 ($40 for non-profits) when additional services are needed beyond the design contract inclusions. Email us for a sample design contract.

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The Hidden Life of Jesus by Deacon Norman AlexanderDebbi, I would like to thank you for the awesome work you did on my book, The Hidden Life of Jesus. I received the first copies and I must say, the book looks great. I am truly satisfied, and would like to employ your services in the near future for a Spanish version of this book, and also for my next book. I also appreciate the kind and courteous manner of your professionalism. I did not understand the process, but you were willing to take time out to help me understand some of the necessary details. Thank you, I have already begun recommending your book design and editing services to friends and colleagues. God bless you.
~ Deacon Norman Alexander, The Hidden Life of Jesus