Laying out the Page
Working with Fonts
Selecting the styles of fonts for your book is essential for the overall make and for the transferring of files for printing. Old style fonts are most commonly used because of they can be read easily, most especially for large body copy. Examples of such fonts include Baskerville, Garamond, Times New Roman, and Goudy. Note, however, to use a font that contrasts (for headings). Arial, a sans serif font, is often chosen for this purpose.
Sans serif fonts do not have “hooks" at each letter’s end, unlike Old style fonts. Such “hooks" help guide one’s eye as it goes from one letter to another, making reading easier. For this reason, experts do not advise using sans serif fonts for the body of the text.
Meanwhile, for children’s books, experts still recommend that authors use a slab serif font due to their clean straight lines. Some of slab serif fonts include, but are not limited to the following: Clarendon, New Century Schoolbook, and Classic SSK.
It is advisable for writers to insure that every font used is saved in the Windows font folder. Sometimes, even if one uses italicized or bold commands, it does not ensure that the fonts are there. To prevent these setbacks, one should avoid unusual fonts such as Wing Dings and others.
Information concerning copyright, CIP (for those in Canada), ISBN, ISSN, and Library of Congress must be placed directly after the title page. This page is often called the copyright page. When it comes to self-publishing, check that all the needed details are included on the copyright page. Authors can check websites offering complete packages to acquire the copyright, ISBN, and other needed information. They may also be purchased from various publishers online and offline.
Before adding illustrations to children’s books, scan them. If, however, they are underexposed or overexposed, adjustments or image touch-ups may be done. Since you are self-publishing your book, note that you also get to choose your scanner. Do not go for the most expensive one, though. Less expensive scanners can still produce excellent images by scanning the as 300 DPI JPEG or TIFF files.
Be cautious when you scan, by the way, as some scanners have a default of 72 DPI. Thus, they will not be accepted as you print. Likewise, higher resolutions (such as those higher than 300 DPI) would also be inadvisable. Moreover, this can result in slowing your computer.