Book Layout & Design

From indutry-standard to fully custom interior book layout & design

To give you the most publishing flexibility, Outskirts Press offers three book layout and design options for your book interior.  

With 3 levels of interior layout and design available every self-publishing author at Outskirts Press has exactly what they need to customize their book exactly the way they want it.exampleOutskirts Press offers self-publishing authors 3 levels of interior layout and design customization so their book will be exactly the way they want it.exampleSelf-publishing authors at Outskirts Press have 3 levels of interior layout and design customization to make their book interior exactly the way they want it.

Book layout and design is an important part of preparing your book for its publication debut.  This piece of the publication puzzle has many parts and varies greatly based on the genre of your book.  Fiction book interiors, for example, have very different needs than say a cookbook or a children's book. 

Some common elements that make up a book's interior layout are:  margins, fonts (including body text, headlines, subheadings, title page, etc.), bullet list icons, line spacing, drop caps, headers, footers, divider pages, section dividers, chatper numbers, chapter title treatments, image treatment, and other formatting elements of this nature. 

When it comes to the layout and design of their book interiors, authors often fall into one of three camps.

Industry Standard Book Layout & Design

Standard Book Layout & Design Examples for Self-Published Books by Outskirts Press.


If you don't have specific design or formatting ideas for your book interior, don't worry, you can rely upon our professional book designers to format your book according to industry best practices based on your book's genre, size and content. 

Authors in this camp are best served by the free Industry-Standard Book Layout & Design included with every publishing package.

You can review our Interior Book Layout & Design Look Book to see samples of our Industry-Standard Book Layout & Design.  



Enhanced Book Layout & Design


If you have a few very specific things your are looking for your book interior layout to have, but you don't need to be involved in the nitty-gritty of every single page, Enhanced Book Layout & Design is for you. 

Perhaps you know what font you want to use, or the way you want the headers or footers to look, or you have a great chapter page idea, etc., we can incorporate those elements into the final design for your book and our professional book designers will take care of the rest of the design elements that you don't have specific input on. 

Perhaps you want your final book formatted as closely as possible to your originally-submitted manuscript.  Or maybe you just want to make sure your interior is unlike any other book out there.

Authors in this camp are best served by our optional Enhanced Book Layout & Design service.


Custom Book Layout & Design


If you have very specific formatting requirements that often differ by chapter, or even by page, our Custom Book Layout & Design service allows you to have one-on-one, page-by-page input with your professional book designer for a totally unique, exactly the way you want it, book interior.

Authors in this camp are best served by our optional Custom Interior Formatting service.


To see examples of the same book formatted each way (standard, custom, enhanced) for 6 different genres, click on the images below.

Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Non-Fiction Books from Outskirts Press. Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Poetry Books from Outskirts Press. Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Memoir and Biography Books from Outskirts Press.

 

Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Cookbooks from Outskirts Press. Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Fiction Books from Outskirts Press. Examples of Book Layout & Design (aka Interior Formatting) for Self-Published Children's Books from Outskirts Press.



A word from an author about Enhanced Book Layout & Design.

What an impressive start for the design of the book! I love the choice of font, the graphic elements that resemble a brushstroke used as spacers, and the design for the Part I section as well as the Interview section headings. All perfect!

Barbara Lehman Smith




A word from an author about the Enhanced Book Layout & Design.

I just received my book Starfish, Seashells, Coral and Gems. I was very pleased with the interior of my book. I love the colored pages, the style of font, and the text format. I selected the Enhanced Interior Style with author input. This allowed me to participate in the decision-making, with the production process of the book. I definitely would recommend the Enhanced Interior option to everyone.

Barbara Bryan

A word from an author about the Enhanced Book Layout & Design.

Wow!!!! These are awesome concepts! I love them all. I would like to go with Concept A. It really captures the feel I was hoping to achieve. I had no idea how it would be possible to go from a full-color PowerPoint presentation to a black and white book and keep the feel, but you did. This is truly something I would have been unable to do for myself. Thanks for taking the time to understand what I needed for this book.

Horace McMillon

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