You’ve finished writing your novel and a publisher has accepted it for publication. Now is the time to set a few formatting standards and politely share them with your publisher. Here are some general guidelines that all authors should know in order to ensure a novel is correctly formatted.
Page size: For a paperback fiction book, 6 inches x 9 inches is the most popular and most affordable size to print.
Margins: Margins are typically set between .5 inch for smaller books and 1 inch for larger sizes.
Font size: The standard font size is 10 or 12 points.
Chapter Headings: Begin chapters only on odd-numbered pages and leave space between the chapter heading and the body text.
Page Numbers: Place page numbers as follows:
-Odd number pages-on bottom right
-Even numbered pages-on bottom left
Information Pages: Place the information on separate pages in the following sequences:
Front of book:
First: Title Page
Next: Right/copyright page
Next: Dedication Page
End of book:
First: About the Author
Correct formatting is critically important in ensuring the credibility of your novel. Poor formatting is very distracting to readers and may even cause them to close the book for good.