News room: Introducing our free guide to typesetting

Introducing our free guide to typesetting by Sarah Juckes

Typesetting is a crucial part of the book design process that you can’t afford to overlook. That’s why we’ve created a free, step-by-step guide to typesetting and uploading your manuscript to CompletelyNovel, which can be downloaded as a PDF, here. Below, we explain a little more about how it can help you create beautiful books.

Why we’ve created a step-by-step guide to typesetting

CompletelyNovel aims to make publishing your book as easy as possible. You can upload your Microsoft Word manuscript and our software converts it into a print-ready file. We’ve recently had a number of authors asking us for more detailed information on how to professionally typeset their manuscripts so that they fit in with the books from traditional publishers that their audience will be used to seeing. You can pay others to do this for you and we’re happy to help anyone who is having trouble. The nice thing about typesetting however, is that it is something that many of you have the tools to do at home. You might find that this is an element of self-publishing that you can create professionally yourself if you’ve got a bit of time to learn some tricks of the trade.

What our typesetting guide includes

We’ve collated all the information on our advice pages and added step-by-step instructions to create this typesetting manual. This can be downloaded for free right here or from the manuscript stage within the CompletelyNovel book creator itself. The link will take you to a shared PDF with detailed instructions on:

  • Changing your page size
  • Changing your margin size
  • Adding page numbers
  • Using the correct line-spacing
  • A quick, easy way of starting chapters on a new page
  • How to use headings and paragraph styles to save loads of time
  • Which font and font size to use
  • Indenting paragraphs
  • Justifying/aligning text
  • Adding title pages, including the copyright page
  • Uploading your manuscript to CompletelyNovel
  • Troubleshooting

The guide also includes a handy checklist to make sure you’ve considered all the above.

Uploading to CompletelyNovel

Once you’ve typeset your book and have got the inside looking amazing, you can then upload it to CompletelyNovel and start designing your cover! If you’re not yet publishing with CompletelyNovel and want to know more about the publishing process, here are some useful links:

Inspiration from bestsellers

To get you started, here are a few of our favourite examples of typesetting. Share yours below!

Further reading:

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    rizah collin


    14 Nov 09:41

    I have gone through the whole article that you have shared here and get some idea about the different methods in type setting. The instructions help me to improve my skills. Thank you so much for the share. snoredoc anti snoring device

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    08 Feb 11:49

    What is typesetting all about? While publishing your book it is necessary to know about typesetting and the different elements and other rules to be followed while writing this book. To know more about this, you can refer the steps provided here. dsl internet service in my area

    milan joy


    12 Feb 11:03

    Oh my God!! I don’t have much idea regarding the book design process that you have described here. Thank you so much for sharing the step by step description on the complete guide to type setting. This article was really helps one who are beginner in this book design process.stop snoring mouthpiece

    rizah collin


    13 Feb 12:04

    Hope the people who are going to the site will get some information about the typesetting and related information. I think most of the people are not aware of it. Anyways it’s good to read the information here. free hiv and std testing

    steve larson


    21 Mar 11:40

    The typesetting method really reduces the task of users to upload their books. It is a great application as we can simply upload our Microsoft Word manuscript which the software converts it into a print-ready file. cheapest cable and internet near me Your efforts to help the young writers are really appreciable.

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