Category Archives: Book design

Articles about book design including designing book covers and dust jackets, designing book pages, estimating page counts, and related software issues.

Family History Transformed into a Treasured Book

Family history book coverDebbie Kirsch came to me with a long-held vision to transform her family history research into a visually engaging custom-designed book. Her book, Here We Are: A Family History, is a private family history.

After thirty years of visiting many musty archives, combing through genealogy sites, organizing all the information, writing captivating stories, creating family trees for each branch of the family, and gathering photos and memorabilia, Debbie wanted a book that would represent her family roots in a cohesive, beautiful volume to be cherished by future generations.  Continue reading

Estimate your page count

Estimate your book's page countYou’ve finished your manuscript (or nearly finished it!) and you’re ready to get some quotes for book design and printing. But first you’ll want to know approximately how many pages your finished book will have. Here’s a simple way to calculate your book’s approximate page count using the word count of your manuscript. Continue reading

Pages need design too

Pages need design tooUnlike book cover design (which calls attention to itself), page design is silent—forming a bridge between the author’s words and the reader. Many people are surprised to learn that pages are actually designed because, unlike a book cover design, the page design isn’t that noticeable. In fact, it shouldn’t be noticeable! Your reader should be drawn straight into your words without giving your page design any thought. Continue reading

Typesetting 101

Typesetting 101You and your book designer have created an outstanding design for your book pages, and now your book is ready for typesetting. The irony of excellent typesetting is that no one will notice it! Your reader will find it smooth traveling from cover to cover. Continue reading