Formatting Illustrated Children's Book Help
I am putting together a manuscript for a color illustrated children's book in size 8.5 x 8.5 inches that will be published. Besides the title and copyright pages and maybe an about the author page all the other pages are illustrations with text on them.
I am doing the manuscript in MS Word, which I will then save as a pdf directly in Word. My margins are set at .5 inches on all four sides. Pasting the illustrations into the manuscript creates a white space around the four sides of the illustrations because of the margins.
When the book is printed the illustrations should take up the entire page and not have any white space around it. What do I need to do to make sure the illustrations take up the entire page? Will simply making the manuscript 8.75 x 8.75 inches instead of 8.5 x 8.5 inches do the trick or is there something else I need to do? What size do the illustrations themselves need to be?
Also, if I make the manuscript 8.75 x 8.75 inches what will happen to the text in the non-illustration pages? Will it stay within the margins or not?
And about page numbering: do I have to insert page numbers into the manuscript? And how do I do it if the illustrations are to take up the entire page?