Book Design Basics: Styling Novel Interiors
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How Book Design Happens at Publishers2:13
Vocabulary: Parts of the Book4:07
Set Up Your Document + Import Text10:00
Getting Stylish: Working with InDesign Styles10:41
Master Pages, Folios, Running Heads, Sections, Baseline Grids10:21
Wow Factor: Making Your Design Come to Life9:45
Front and Back Matter Matters5:25
Flowing Out the Rest of the Book8:37
Table of Contents2:56
Output and Delivery3:34
About This Class
Book covers create first impressions, but the interiors are where you spend the most time.
In this class, designer and illustrator Neil Swaab walks you through the process of designing the interior of a standard novel, from practical page navigation to executing conceptual elements like mood, tone, and style.
Using InDesign, you’ll transform a basic Word document manuscript into a fully formatted and distinctively designed print-ready PDF or ePub file, ready for publishing to any of today’s devices.
Neil draws on his experience designing with every major publisher to demystify the book design process and clearly communicate what matters at each stage.
The beauty of the book lies in your skilled eye.
What You’ll Learn
In five progressively paced units, you’ll elevate your InDesign skills by developing a full novel interior ready for print or ePub production.
- Introduction. Learn context for how design happens at publishers as well as fundamental book-design vocabulary.
- First Steps. Learn key settings and style conventions as well as the type considerations specific to longform.
- Sample Pages. Go behind-the-scenes on every major element (master pages, folios, running heads, sections, baseline grids, and more) and add the "wow factor" to enliven your design.
- Front Matter, Back Matter, and the Full Book. Discover how to fine-tune details that create a professional final product.
- Export and Final Thoughts. Learn how to deliver files for a print-ready book and how to generate an ePub file for e-readers.
What You’ll Do
Deliverable. Using a manuscript in the public domain (or one you already have), you'll create a full novel interior ready for print or ePub production.
Description. What text will you wish to design? What styles fit the tone, mood, and effect of the manuscript? What front and back sections make sense for your project? How will you add design embellishment to enhance the reading experience? What details can lead your spot-check to ensure a clean, polished final product? Will you choose a final export for print, digital, or both?
Specs. By the end of the class, you’ll have a printable PDF or an ePub file that can be submitted to places like Amazon.
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Very informative lesson! Learned a ton, and the instructor made it very easy to follow along.I hope you do a class on how to do the Table of Contents more in-depth as well as the E-Pub formatting. Definitely recommend this class others!
I've been doing book interior layouts for a little over a year. I've watched many, many tutorials on InDesign and how to design a book, but this is the first one that actually goes through all the steps. Although I've already done several books, I learned a lot from this class and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in interior book design.
Neil Swaab is a freelance illustrator, art director, cartoonist, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been recognized by such organizations as The Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, The Type Directors Club, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design, where he teaches in the Illustration Department.
His publishing clients include Algonquin Books; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Penguin; Random House; Simon & Schuster; and W.W. Norton & Company.