Book Formatting Services
Editing your text is just one aspect of perfecting your manuscript. Most publishers will accept only manuscripts that are properly formatted, and many require meticulous adherence to a specific manual of style. Whether you are submitting a paper to an academic journal with a detailed style guide or preparing your manuscript for ePublishing, we can ensure that your document is perfectly formatted.
Our Formatting Services Include:
Formatting per various style manuals (Cambridge, APA, Chicago, AP, Harvard, etc.)
Formatting/typesetting for traditional publishers or independent presses
eBook formatting (Nook, Kindle, etc.)
Why is Interior Page Layout Important?
If you think readers don’t or can’t discern between book pages “designed” with a word processor and those done by a professional, you’re wrong. A professionally-designed interior gives your book instant credibility with buyers. Designing and preparing book pages, whether for print or eBooks, goes well beyond setting the margins and choosing fonts. A professionally-designed page must meet the following minimum standards:
- All facing pages must end on the same baseline without the first line of a paragraph landing on the bottom of a page, or the last line of a paragraph landing on the top of a page.
- No paragraphs where the last line consists only of a word with less than five characters (including punctuation) or a word fragment (the stub end of a hyphenated word).
- No “ladders” (too many hyphens in a row) and no hyphenated compound words, both of which distract the reader.
- No word stacks—when the same word falls one above the other on several consecutive lines of text.
- No overly tight or loose lines.
- No “rivers” of white in the text—word spaces that fall in a pattern that is distracting to the reader.
- No pages ending in a hyphenated word. Readers don’t want to hold a thought while the page is turned.
- The last page of a chapter should have at least four lines of text.