Do you have a manuscript, eBook or PDF you want to turn into a physical book?
Does the cost of author formatting services put you off?
Are you worried if you do it yourself, you might make mistakes, and end up looking like an amateur?
Or do you want to learn to format books for print, and sell the service?
If so, this course has been put together with you in mind.
Book Typography will take you step by step from manuscript to print-ready PDF in Microsoft Word. From big decisions like trim size, typeface and font choices, through the technical aspects of setting margins and dealing with chapter pages, running headers, front and back matter and correct folio numbering, to fine-tuning issues such as dealing with widows and orphans while retaining a square footline, you will learn best practice without being overwhelmed with jargon.
The bulk of the course consists of over-the-shoulder screencasts, showing how to apply each step to a living manuscript. These are supplemented with just enough theory lectures, including text, PDF and audio lectures, to ensure you understand the choices available to make informed decisions.
Time to complete will depend on the length of your manuscript, but if you want to watch the course from beginning to end before you get started, you should allow 2-3 hours.
This course is managed by an active and engaged instructor, ready to answer your questions. So, if you have a completed manuscript (or one in the final stages of editing), a recent version of MS Word, or an open source equivalent, and the desire to turn it into something special, take this course today.
I'm passionate about raising standards in indie publishing!
Working as a book designer with a small New York publisher, I learned what it takes to produce a professional book, and market it, and I share that with you in my courses.
I have been making my living as a freelance writer since 2009. As well as ghostwriting several books for clients, in subjects ranging from Tarot and Chinese astrology to gluten-free and paleo diets, I have written 3 novels, and published 10 nonfiction books as Sandy Gee.
I have taught Creative Writing for Adults at a local academy as well as with private clients. I also offer book formatting and design services, along with editing and proof-reading on my site and through freelancing sites. These are labor-intensive jobs, where the costs can quickly rack up. Not everyone has the budget for several rounds of editing and professional book design, particularly new writers, who often need them most.
I started teaching online based on the, "teach a man to fish," principle. I want to help as many writers as I can on their journey to indie author success.
For those who simply can't afford to invest thousands of dollars per book for professional services, my courses represent a cheaper route to market. For a one-time investment of a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, you can learn how to invest your time rather than money, retain complete creative control over your books, and produce a product you can be proud of.
I welcome feedback and will always answer your questions, and do whatever I can to help you. Because for me, teaching online isn't just about course content, it's about individual and group support.