Works of literary merit
to Editing a Book
Line-editing: Reading purely for typographical, grammatical and punctuation errors. No comment on overall content, idea development, or structure of work.
Copy-editing: Reading for paragraph unity, syntax (sentence structure and cohesiveness), style, grammatical and punctuation errors.
Developmental editing: Reading for overall structure and organization; idea development and logic or clarity as to intention of the author and its fulfillment; syntax (sentence structure and cohesiveness), style, grammatical and punctuation errors.
Indexing: Reading to identify relevant entries in order to create and edit a book index, necessary for most non-fiction or academically oriented books.
Proofreading: often the most overlooked but most important task in polishing a book, proofreading is a form of editing that is specifically looking for typographical errors, as well as inconsistencies that have slipped past both the author and editor, such as in the way citations are handled, numerals, typography and design choices.
What to Consider When Designing a Book
Binding: soft or hardcover
Size: most trade paperbacks are 5.5x8.5 or 6x9
Front Cover: color or black & white, image, font style, finish
Front of the Book
Table of Contents
Illustrations or Maps
Epigraphs and/ or Dedication
Preface: written by the author
Foreword: written by someone other than the author, sometimes an eminent person with expertise in the subject matter or who knows the author
Appendix or Appendices
References or Footnotes
Body or Main Section of the Book
Font & leading: depending on the font you choose, a good point size for a lot of readable text is 11/12 or 12/13
Chapter titles: you can get more creative with your chapter fonts and often sans serif faces or more decorative faces are chosen here
Justified or Ragged right-hand margin
Running heads or footers
Placement of page numbers
Blurbs from readers, “experts,” notable or reliable people in the author’s field
ISBN Bar Code
Cover & back photo credits
Info about author
Photo of Author