02-24-2011 06:43 AM - edited 02-24-2011 06:46 AM
Looking at the format of books I own, I notice that they all follow the same format. The format below is based on an open book.
1. Front Cover
2. First page (Right hand side of book) Title Page
3. Copyright Page on reverse of title page (Left)
4. Dedication (Right)
5. Reverse of Dedication is blank (Left)
6. Contents (Right)
7. Reverse of Contents is blank (Left)
8. "Page 1" of book (Right)
I hope that makes sense! My question is, do I need to format my document to that standard - including blank pages, or will the printer do that for me?
At the moment my document is continuous pages with a blank page at the end for Even numbers.
- The first page of my document is the Title Page.
- Page 2 is my Copyright page etc etc.
- Based on a standard book format, it suggests that my title page should actually be on page 2 of my document?
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02-24-2011 09:01 AM
You don't have to follow the convention of traditionally published books to the letter. As long as the title page is facing and the copyright page is overleaf and you include your two blank pages at the back - and the whole thing is divisible by four - that's OK. My dedication pages and previous titles list pages have not followed the convention, although they're at the front of my books.
I've personally done it that way to save on the number of pages, the more pages the more the book costs. As I write children's books I do what I can to keep the costs down.
02-24-2011 09:43 AM
I do recommend that you follow the convention at least for the very first pages (exactly as you stated above). If the copyright page were on the right (odd numbered page) it would be odd and throw people off. There are, as Tracey says, exceptions when it comes to picture books.
So, yes, create new sections and insert totally blank pages on left .