Be Your Own Publisher

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Book design is the art of incorporating the content, style, format, design,

and sequence of the various components of a book into a coherent whole.

Here is a site for an overview of the topic:


Font & size

Text file name(s)

Art file name(s)


Before you start, go to this page at and note the requirements for the book cover, book interior and using Lulu's “Publishing Wizard.”

Front matter

Front and back covers

First, get ISBN and its barcode

The endpapers of a book are the leaves of paper before the title page and after the text. One part is pasted to the inside cover. They hold the text and cover together. Also called end leaf or end sheet.


Need to first calculate # of pages

(on dust jacket)

Half title
The half title, or bastard title, is a page carrying nothing but the title of a book, as opposed to the title page, which also lists subtitle, author, publisher and similar data.

”An illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine”

Title page
A page at the front of a book giving the complete title, the names of the author and publisher, and the place of publication.

Edition notice
The edition notice (or copyright page) is the page in a book containing information about the current edition, usually on the back of the title page. It often contains a copyright notice, legal notices, publication information, printing history, cataloging information from a national library, and an ISBN that uniquely identifies the work.


Some real person other than the author of the book. Often, a foreword will tell of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and the story or the writer of the story. A foreword to later editions of a work often explains in what respects that edition differs from previous ones.

A preliminary statement or essay introducing a book that explains its scope, intention, or background and is usually written by the author.

In the creative arts and scientific literature, an acknowledgment (also spelled acknowledgement) is an expression of gratitude for assistance in creating a literary or artistic work.

Table of contents
A list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start. NB:Typically the LAST page completed.

List of figures, tables and/or photographs
Ideally includes page number where found.

In an essay, article, or book, an introduction is a beginning section which states the purpose and goals of the following writing. It usually begins with something interesting that intrigues the reader and causes he/she to want to read on. The sentence in which the introduction begins can be a question or just a statement. This is generally followed by the body and conclusion.

An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.

Body matter

Chapters (Parts, Sections)
Many novels of great length do not have chapters. Non-fiction books, especially those used for reference, almost always have chapters for ease of navigation. In these works, chapters are often subdivided into sections. The chapters of reference works are almost always listed in a table of contents. Novels sometimes use a table of contents, but not always.

Back matter

A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters. Also called afterword.

An outro (sometimes "outtro", also "extro") is the conclusion to a piece of music, literature or television program. It is the opposite of an intro.

An afterword is a literary devicethat is often found at the end of a piece of literature. It generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or how the idea for the book was developed.

Alternatively, it may be written by someone other than the author of the book, and may discuss the work's historical or cultural context if the work is being reissued many years after its original publication.

Additional information appended to the manuscript, as of a book or article.

A collection of supplementary material, usually at the end of a book.

Footnotes/end notes
A note placed at the end of an article, chapter, or book that comments on or cites a reference for a designated part of the text. NB: Usually, one can create a footnote that can be converted to an endnote, the latter being much easier to format in the final process.


A list of often difficult or specialized words with their definitions, often placed at the back of a book.

A list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.


A list of words or phrases ('headings') and associated pointers ('locators') to where useful material relating to that heading can be found in a document.
In a traditional back-of-the-book index the headings will include names of people, places and events, and concepts selected by a person as being relevant and of interest to a possible reader of the book.
The pointers are typically page num-bers, paragraph numbers or section numbers. NB: Although some publication design programs like InDesign can generate an index, serious authors should also consider hiring a professional indexer for this important task.

  • Colophon

  • An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication.

  • 2) A publisher's emblem or trademark placed usually on the title page of a book.
    NB: We really like book design, so we hope you will take the time to write a paragraph describing the typeface, font, leading, etc. and the process you used to produce your fine work.

Before Sending Your File

A number of common problems may occur with your digital file, which makes printing your book difficult, if not impossible. Here is a short list of the most common problems:

  • Missing fonts

  • Missing printer fonts

  • Incorrect font type

  • Improper trim size

  • Document and paper sizes which don’t match

  • Incorrect graphic file type

  • Incorrect resolution

  • Scaling in page layout application

  • RGB images instead of CMYK

  • Use of compressed images

  • Imbedded graphics

  • Nested graphics

  • Nested fonts

  • Broken graphics links

  • Bleeds not set

  • Hairline assigned to lines or borders

  • Incorrect spine width

  • Poor alignment of borders, rules, margins and page numbers



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