Book design includes not only the graphic design of the front and back cover, but also the layout and typographic design of every page within your book. So it is the responsibility of your book designer (or you, if you choose to design your book yourself) to ensure that the details of your book lead your future readers to your book, give off a professional impression, and don’t your interrupt readers from enjoying your masterpiece.
To ensure that your book will conform to the industry standards of professional book design.
Book Cover Design:
Seeing your book’s cover is often the first and only chance your audience has of finding and reading your book. So while it is clearly very important for a book’s cover to be striking, it is even more important that the title of your book is legible and the cover’s design conveys to the reader the genre and tone of the book.
Authors who design their own covers often run into trouble because their close connection to their books lead to covers that confuse readers rather than invite them. For this reason, many authors wisely choose to hire a professional book cover designer for their valuable industry experience, their artistic talent, or just to avoid the headache of learning how to design book covers themselves.
Check out the articles I have linked to below to learn:
- the purpose of the book cover
- what information is necessary to include on your book’s cover
- how to ensure that your book will stand up against its professionally-designed competition
Book Interior Design:
Although the cover of your book guide your readers to buy your book, the interior design will make them decide whether they will actually read it. The worst thing your book’s interior design can do is distract your readers from reading your work. It is therefore incredibly important to follow the professional conventions of book design that your readers will expect, rather than choosing fonts and typographic design that may be distracting.
I have linked a variety of articles that will outline the principles of interior design and help you avoid the mistakes that many self-publishing authors make when designing their own books.
In addition to the pages that have the body text of your book on them, books require certain other pages for readers to gain important information, and to protect your book from copyright infringement. These pages include:
- the book’s interior title page
- copyright page
- dedication page
- table of contents
all of which have specific design rules of their own.
Putting All Together:
If you have read through this guide, I am sure you are now aware of the huge amount of work that goes into designing a book. Have no fear, though, as you have now been equipped with the resources required to design a beautiful, professional-looking book. If you are looking for some more inspiration for good book design (or even examples of bad book design) you may enjoy looking through our book design tag.
However, if you have decided that you would rather outsource some or all of these tasks, TheBookDesigner.com has a variety of resources available for you as well. For instance, we offer pre-made book templates that are appropriate for a variety of genres and include hand-picked classic fonts that will suit the tone of your book without being intrusive. Also, over on TheBookMakers.com, we provide professional cover and interior book design services.