I made a presentation about book design to the Federation of BC Writers on January 24 and everyone wanted a copy of my material. I give my presentations from an outline, so I couldn’t just photocopy it. But I did promise to post it here on my website.
In order to make it more manageable both for me to write and for you to absorb, I plan to put the information up in three different posts – Interiors – Ebook Formatting – Covers.
First, here is a list of the Design Features of a Book. It’s pretty comprehensive and you probably won’t use all the features. But if you are going to publish your own work, you should understand what goes into the interior of a book. I will explain some of the important features in my upcoming posts. My preferred style guide is The Chicago Manual of Style.
DESIGN FEATURES OF A BOOK
Half title page
Legal page (copyright notice, CIP, publisher’s address, etc)
Table of contents
List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgments (if not part of Preface)
Introduction (if not part of text)
List of abbreviations or chronology
Headings and sub-headings