It has been a while since I have talked about the process I use to create a picture book. Today I would like to talk about formatting. Again this is just the process I use, there are other methods available. Hopefully, by now all of your illustrations are done. When I first started creating picture books, I had my illustrator also include the text in the picture. Since then, I have started embedding the text after the illustrations are done. I prefer adding the text myself because it allows me more control and I can edit the text at anytime. Below is my attempt to describe how to format a book:
- Open a new word document and format the page to the size of your book. In order to do this, click page layout and then size. Then save the file.
- Hint: if you are planning to use Createspace (amazon’s self-publishing platform) they have templates you can download for free.
- Choose the book layout based on how you want your book to look (i.e., portrait or landscape) from the ‘Page Layout’ menu.
- Insert the illustrations in to the Word document by clicking on “Insert” then add “Picture”.
- Resize the picture to your size of your book by clicking on the picture, the format, size. The size of your picture should be the same as your book.
- Once all pictures are inserted, start adding the text to each picture by clicking on the picture, insert, and text box (I usually pick draw text box). Type your text into the box. You can also format the box. You can either make the box transparent or a color. To make the box transparent, click on the text box, shape fill, no fill. (Hint, use consistent text throughout your book).
- For print books, I save as a word document. For ebooks, I save the file as a PDF. You can also use a free tool like Calibre to convert & finalize book file
- When in doubt, hire a formatting expert. While I am not an expert in formatting I enjoy the process and may be willing to help with formatting for a small fee.
Well that is all for now supporters,
Please continue to pray for me and know that I am praying for you.
P.S. I had hope to include some really great screenshots of the process but they did not turn out the way I wanted them.