You should format your book as you write it. If you format as you write, the advantage is that you will know how many actually pages you have already written and how many words you should put in any given chapter. This will help you lay out your book professionally. Below are some tips that can help you format your book properly.
The dimensions or the size of your book is the first decision you have to make. Page length and width is determined beforehand. The number of pages that you have written will determine how thick your book will be.
Make sure to decide on a size that is popular. If you follow the most common size, then you have to make it 6×9 inches but you can also decide otherwise. 6×9 inches is the ideal book size for a book that has around a hundred pages more or less.
IF you are using a writing document when you write your book, use your page setup facility and set the size to 6×9 inches even before you start writing it.
Next, choose options to use mirror margins. 0.75 inches is the ideal margins for top and bottom. The inside and outside margins should be set to .5 inches. The size of the gutter should be set to 0.35 inches.
If you are deciding on a font and a font size, make sure to use Garamond 11 font and font size. For sub-headings, you can use a slightly larger font in bold so that it will stand out. The font and font size for your chapter headings should be much larger and the ideal one is Garamond 24.
You can use a large dropped capital letter for the first letter of the first paragraph of each chapter. This adds a bit of professionalism to your finished layout. In the proceeding paragraphs, you should indent the first line to 1 inch.
When a new chapter is started, it is ideal that the chapter title is placed approximately halfway down the pages. This makes the chapter title stand out and your readers can easily identify that a new chapter has begun.
Pages of your book can easily be filled out if you use the tips given above. If you format your book as your write, then you will be able to see your progress. If you format your book only after it has been completely written, then you will undergo a most tedious process.
This article will help the aspiring book writer have a good format for his book and which will save him time and effort getting his book published.