Tag Archive: book design

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter, Body and Back Matter

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter and Back Matter

As you put the finishing touches on your book and prepare it for publication, you’ll quickly come across the need for front matter and back matter. These terms may seem confusing at first, but they’re simply the first and last sections of your book; the bits that make it an official book, and not just chapters printed on bound paper. In this post, we’ll summarize what sections should be including in your front, body and back matter, and how you can create them all using the Reedsy Book Editor.

How to Make a Book with the Reedsy Book Editor

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The art of making a book is not new. In fact, manuscripts produced during the medieval era conformed to a well-defined set of rules that publishers today are still following. The canons of page construction, for example, describe how a book’s proportions, margins and type areas (print spaces) should be constructed. But if you’re an author planning to self-publish, you might be wondering if these same rules apply to your book – and how you should implement them if they do. Age-old rules aside, even the most tentative look into the nuances of producing a self-published manuscript will likely lead to... View Article

Cover Critique #1 with Mark Ecob

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We are very excited to bring you the highlights from our first Reedsy Live Chat, which as promised will be a regular feature in the coming months. Every live chat features one professional from the Reedsy marketplace hosting an interactive session that includes among other things free advice on topics like editing, book design, and marketing. We started things off with our first Cover Critique, a big thanks to the terrific Mark Ecob for an informative session. Mark runs his own design studio and specialises in book cover design. He has worked with large publishing houses like Penguin, Little, Brown and Amazon, as well... View Article

How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book? – Data from the Reedsy Marketplace

One of the questions we get asked most often at Reedsy is “What’s the cost of self-publishing my book? How much should I budget for editing and cover design?”. Since our launch at the end of 2014, we’ve been able to collect a lot of data about the book publishing industry – data that answers this and other pressing questions for authors and publishers. It’s always been our plan to open-source that data, and now we’re ready to share it. After 15 months of transactions, we believe we can provide quality information that promotes transparency and clarity. In fact, Reedsy... View Article

Today, Reedsy changes the way millions of authors will create books

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We are incredibly proud. After months of work, we are releasing the first version of the Reedsy Book Editor, a writing tool that will transform the way millions of authors create their books. It took thousands of hours, and countless iterations on design and code to create what we believe will disrupt the process of writing and producing books. Okay we’ve said enough. Now, showtime. The simplest yet most innovative way to create books The first thing we wanted to do was to create a great environment to write in. We didn’t want to replicate Microsoft Word’s awful interface and... View Article

What to expect from your book cover designer

What to expect from your book cover designer

You’ve written a brief and commissioned a designer. What’s next? Bestselling book cover designer Simon Avery explains the process of working with a cover designer, from the first concepts up to the final payment. He also has a very special offer for authors! Professional cover design is part of what makes a bestselling title. So it’s no wonder that successful indie authors are serious about the process. Once you’ve chosen a professional book cover designer the first thing you’ll need is a good brief. You can read an excellent Reedsy article on writing a good brief here. What’s next? Round... View Article