Your Self-Publishing Questions Answered (#27 & #28)

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July 15, 2013

Today’s topics: Sample chapter designs and special hyphenation rules for books

Self-Publishing Question #27 of 52: How can I control book design costs?

One way to control book design costs is to pay close attention to the sample chapters that your designer will offer, and work together until you’re satisfied with the type style, type size and layout. Changing this sample is usually free; making changes to the design after hundreds of pages have already been laid out can quickly become expensive.

Self-Publishing Question #28 of 52: Are there special hyphenation rules for books?

Yes. Eliminate hyphens at the bottom of a page; make sure that the last word on the page is not hyphenated. Also watch out for “ladders” — too many hyphens in a row at the end of lines of text. The typesetter should banish these and also find and fix hyphenated compound words, both of which distract the reader.

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