The first decision that an author needs to make after getting his or her content ready is on printing. You need to decide who is going to change your script to the book that you want it to be. As a writer, it is important to have some knowledge on things like book design, font types, pagination and cover designs (hardcover printing and soft cover printing) so that you have an idea of what to look out for when handing over the printing job to another company. Good knowledge and preparation also means your printing will be done faster and with minimal errors that may interfere with the book print layout. With so many printing companies in Singapore, you need to choose one that will meet your needs and deliver within your timeframe.
Now that you have decided to prepare the book for printing, here are tips that will elevate your script to something that you can finally call a book.
As a serious author, you should familiarize yourself with credible book designers who can be either a reputable individual or a company that specializes in hard cover book printing in Singapore. Identifying a book designer is just one of the initial steps before you prepare the book for print. A tidy script makes work easier for you and any other person that you have appointed as an assistant editor.
Avoid having unnecessary spaces in your document. Double check your work to ensure that there are no unintended double spaces in your work.
When typing on the screen, the outcome is always good for the eye. But what about typesetting? You should avoid using double paragraph breaks when preparing your book for printing.
More Styling and Less Formatting
Highlighting a piece of text may not be treated the same way you see it when subjected to a book printing software. Every software has its own layout. To avoid disappointment, make use of styling to maintain consistency across different platforms.
Unusual or Special Characters
In case you decide to use special characters in your book and you are not the one doing the printing, make sure your service provider is aware well in advance as they may not have the font on their computer.
No Underlining or Bolding Texts
When you are printing a book for your readers, use italics to create an emphasis. Bold text should be left for headings and subheadings and should never be used in the body of the text.
Proofread Your Book as a Monospace Copy
By the time you reach this stage, your book is ready for printing. One final step is to make sure that your book reads well in monospace, as it is easier to catch errors that you may have skipped in the earlier proofreading stages. You can try reading in different font format just to get a different feel. Using a different typeface makes locating errors easy. You can also request someone else to proof read the book for you. They may spot errors that you may have missed.
Writing is not for the faint hearted especially if you want to deliver your book on time to your audience. Taking the steps above will remove the errors that may disappoint your readers on the final book print. Let the book reflect who you are as an author. The quality of the content will portray your credibility and the attractiveness of your book.