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Book Formatting in MS Word

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Self-publishing is not that much of an easy task for writers. One has to do all the work including editing, book formatting, and selling the book. Although you skip the long processes of having a publishing company buy your book. These tasks are probably the dilemma of most self-publishing authors. How can you do all these the easy way?

Microsoft Word is probably one of the most used and most common word processor to date. It’s basic and easy to use which makes it even advantageous. Most of the authors use this software in writing their books. The good thing is, you can also use the MS Word for book formatting. You can also start writing your book through MS Word and just format your work afterwards. This makes all the work done in one word processor which makes everything easier for you.

Book formatting using MS Word is relatively easy. It would be best to remember a few tips for starters. Make sure that you opt for the right size of paper for your book. Start with a right page size in MS Word so you won’t have to redo and edit your work. Choose one that matches the type of book that you are writing. You can opt for an A5, if you are making a non-fiction book. On the other hand, A4 is great for technical or business books. However, it all depends on your preference.

When you want to start a new page, do not press the Enter key a few times. This would create a lot of space which can be a problem in editing later on. You can just use the Page Break option under the Insert menu. This immediately starts a new page for you without the unwanted extra spaces. There is also an automatic page number option that creates page numbers on your work as you go. Imagine doing the page numbers manually one-by-one. This is definitely a nightmare. You may also use the automatic table of contents feature in MS Word.

There are  Microsoft Word templates that you can use in book formatting. Just make sure that you choose the right format, size, and style of the template depending on the genre of your book and publishing platform that you will use. Download the template and format the trim size. If you are already done with your manuscript, you can just copy and paste your content to the template.

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