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Simple Ways to Avoid Widows and Orphans in Book Formatting

Written by   |   Monday, 19 August 2013 15:18

If you are familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), it generally suggest not to have widows and orphans in your manuscript. The 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style suggests a new convention in which pages may end with the first line of a new paragraph.

If you plan to design your own book or to those who are learning book design, there are a lot of things to ponder. For those who are using Adobe InDesign, it may cost you but this I think is the best book formatting software. As much as possible, we don't want to see the first line of a paragraph that lands all by itself at the bottom of a page or orphan and the last line of a paragraph that lands alone at the top of a page. We need to avoid of the widows and orphans to come up with an impressive interior book design.

Using Adobe InDesign, here are the possible ways to avoid widows and orphans:

Highlight the paragraph which you think needs an adjustment and reduce the tracking of the words until the widows or orphans are removed.


By adjusting the leading, it will change the space between lines of text.


Enable the hyphenation of the words.



Your book deserves a good look in and out so watch out for widows and orphans.

The fast fingers book formatting service can deliver an affordable yet professionally made book.

The Fast Fingers Book Formatting Service for Children's Book

Written by   |   Monday, 19 August 2013 05:24

Book formatting for any book category is very important. However, the formats vary depending on a number of factors.

Book category.

Each book category has its own formatting standards that are much appealing to the target group. You will find a lot of variation in use of font sizes and colors, indentations and graphics in children’s books compared to adult books. What might be appealing to children may not make much sense to an adult and what an adult could be comfortable with might be boring to children.

Children are fun oriented and if they have to learn well then incorporating elements that will provide fun in their reading is inevitable thus you need to be very keen on whatever elements you choose to use for your children’s book. Obviously, great content that keeps the children engaged is one aspect you can’t do away with. But apart from having the ideal content for children, the way you present it to the young readers is equally important in making an impact on your readers.

Here are some of the elements of an ideal children’s book that you need to consider including; the right font sizes/colors, great images and the general book layout. With the help of The Fast Fingers book formatting services you can make your book the ideal target of every buyer seeking a great children’s book.

The Fast Fingers will render you distinct services in;

Interior book design.

  • You will get professional quality typesetting/editing services.
  • We provide varied designs and standard book sizes.
  • Great graphics and other illustrative elements.
  • e-Book conversion compatible to a great range of e-Readers and devices.

Cover design.

We create the best cover designs that will not only add value to your already great content but will effectively market your book.

Publishing system requirements.

Every publishing system has their own requirements for publishing a book with them. The Fast Fingers provides children's book formatting that is according to the guidelines of Lightning Source, Lulu, CreateSpace and any other publisher of your choice.

You have complete ownership to the complete design of your book and you get a quick turnaround for your book with the best of prices with us.

On the other hand, parents and guardians need also to know what a really great book to children is. You can boost or kill your child’s interest in reading depending on the reading materials you provide especially books. Choose books that are appealing to your child and are fun to read.

Looking for a Popular Wholesome Website for Children?

Written by   |   Monday, 19 August 2013 03:27

childrenswebsiteChildren's books are just one of the many source of fun and learning for kids. A lot of websites are created for children but not every site said to be for kids is literary suitable for them. Virtually, all parents want the best for their kids thus you will agree with me that every parent is on the lookout for the most ideal website for their children.

Basically, kids are molded and shaped into individuals of varying personalities depending on the exposure they get as they grow up. Therefore, it is very important to be not only cautious but rather responsible with what you allow your children to browse and engage with, online. 

There are great websites for kids where they can enjoy games and besides having fun, they can learn and also have devotions. These sites have been rated as Christian sites as they are based on the Christian world view. Although some of these sites are denominational, most of them are not; yet they are all safe for your children, full of fun and approved for kids to visit.

Below is a list of some of the recommended safe-sites for your kids;

Big Light Games - This site is Christian view oriented and is especially suitable for anyone looking for big selections of games. It’s a wonderful site full of fun for your children, they will love it.

Wonder Zone - This site is run by Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Good News Club people and is the best for your child. It’s packed with devotionals, adventures, lots of games and a range of enjoyable activities.

Children’s Bible Hour - this is an all-round site both for kids and parents. It is comprised of keys for kids, down Gilead Lane CBH and the area for parents. Its one site you can’t possibly miss on.

Coloring Pages For You - This site is virtually characterized by coloring pages for kids. What greater fun for kids than coloring?

Kid Builder - This site is not only fun but incorporates Bible learning for the kids too. It has videos that are accompanied by quizzes thereafter. Your kids get to learn the word in an enjoyable and easy way that leaves them wanting more.

JC Play Zone- This site is full of fun; characterized by music, E-cards, bible stories, coloring pages, recipes, daily devotions and games.

Answers in Genesis Kids - Kids are very inquisitive and there is a lot they want to know, this site serves to answer kids in a way that is most interesting and fun for the kids through; animation, videos and activities.

Wycliffe Kids - This site is from Wycliffe Bible Translators and has a ton of such cool activities for your children. It has stories, quizzes, puzzles, games and adventures. It provides deeper understanding of the bible history especially concerning bible translation and missionary work.

Vegie Tales - This is one site that offers your child an opportunity to play with food and learn how eating can be fun especially those kids who will not eat without putting-up a fight and every meal time is a moment they really dread.

Well, these are just a few among the best sites for your children. These sites are safe and wholesome for your kids. They provide all the basics a child needs to grow up well-rounded to become responsible yet it’s a learning that is characterized with lots of fun; the ideal environment for your child to learn new things as well as enjoy the things they already know.

National Youth Writer's Festival 2013: It’s Gonna Be Good

Written by   |   Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:51

NYWFThe National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) occurs annually in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, over the New South Wales’ Labour Day Holiday Weekend in late September/early October. The 2013 festival will take place between October 3 and 6.

For more details about the NYWF 2013 visit their website.








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No Man is an Island Unless He is Reading a Book

Written by   |   Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:46


Books are the Quietest and Most Constant of Friends

Written by   |   Wednesday, 07 August 2013 05:05

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Where silence is, there you read books

Written by   |   Monday, 05 August 2013 13:25


Best day to read a book!

Written by   |   Monday, 05 August 2013 11:45


What is the eligibility for 70% royalty rate from kindle?

You can actually obtain 70% on kindle minus delivery costs, of which greatly depends on the size of your book file. To qualify for a 70% royalty on kindle, your book’s retail price should not be less than $0.99 nor exceed $9.99. If your retail price exceeds the limits, then you are entitled to only 35% royalty. The best price you can place your book is $9.99. You will sell more books than selling the same book at a double price and on the other hand you definitely generate more from the royalties. Cheaper price will definitely attract more buyers.

The 70% royalty is not applicable for all your sales in all countries although you may have subscribed for the 70% royalty. This rate is only applicable in the participatory countries to those books sold there. If Kindle sells your book to other countries other than the U.K, U.S, Italy, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Belgium among others, then you receive 35% of the sales.

Did you subscribe for a 70% royalty yet your listing read 35%?

You need to understand that this is subsequent to kindle sales on your book outside the member countries. Such sales will then be reflected as 35% on the kindle listings.

Who determines the price of your content?

As the publisher, you are required to set the price and Kindle reserves the right to set the retail price. Kindle may price your book lower than your price. However, Kindle will always give your content value for what’s it worth.

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