Framing Your Story – Book Formatting Basics: The End – Guest Post by Allie Potts…

The Story Reading Ape hosts Allie Potts today with some formatting basics that will enhance the reading experience of those who buy your book.

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You’ve been toiling for hours upon hours. Edited to a glossy shine, your manuscript is finally complete.

Unfortunately, a complete manuscript is not the same thing as a book interior. The difference is formatting.

If a complete manuscript is your masterpiece, consider formatting the frame in which your masterpiece is viewed. Proper framing enhances the work, while improper framing detracts. Even worse, nothing screams amateur quite as loudly as improper framing.

So how does one ensure proper framing?

For one, start sweating the details.

This example shows basic text written left justified on 8×11 paper. It is readable, but there is nothing to pull the eye to the page, let alone, a reader into a story.

  1. Adjust your page size

When setting your book up for publishing you will be asked to specify a trim size, which is a fancy way of saying set your page length and width. You…

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About Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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I would be delighted to receive your feedback. Thanks Sally

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