The Key Things To Consider When Self-Publishing Your First Book

6 May, 2021
Abstract image of a books at the bookshop.

Let’s set the scene. 

After months on end of having a story in mind, you’ve put your ideas to paper and are ready to share your book with the world.  

You’ve had it meticulously proofread by your friends and family, changed chapter titles more times than you can count and finally have a final draft document saved on your laptop. So, now what?

Becoming a self-published author can be hard graft, requiring a lot of time and effort to get your work seen by the masses. However, the design and way you present your books can make a big difference to how well conceived they are and, ultimately, how successful you are as an author.

As such, we thought we’d compile a brief guide on some of the key things you need to consider when self-publishing your first book, highlighting a few of the must-dos when it comes to the design side of things.

Choose A Sensible Font

Put simply, the font you choose to use in your book could make or break it.

While it may be tempting to use a fancy font you like personally, you need to prioritise the readability of your book above all else. After all, how can you expect somebody to appreciate your book if they struggle to make out what the font is actually saying?

Likewise, the size of font you use can make a big difference as well.

If it’s too small, people may struggle to read it. But, if it’s too big, it could increase your page count and increase the cost to print it. Therefore, it ultimately comes down to you to decide how long you want your book to be, and that depends on the size and type of book you’re printing: hardcover or paperback.

Generally speaking, these are the best font sizes to use:

  • Regular Books With Compact-Width Fonts (i.e. Times New Roman): Font size 11 or 12.
  • Regular Books With Wider Fonts (i.e. Palatino): Font Size 10 or 11.
  • Large print books: Font Size 14.

Nail The Cover’s Design

The front cover will set the tone for your entire book so it’s important to make sure it matches the story you are trying to tell.

As such, you’ll need to put your imagination to good use, conjuring up images and ideas that will not only engage somebody unfamiliar with your work, but also give an insight into what the book is actually about.

Moreover, you’ll need to think about how to present the book’s title, as well as any other supportive information you’d like to include, such as a testimonial.

If creative thinking isn’t really your speciality though, don’t worry. Websites like PeoplePerHour and Upwork are jam-packed with graphic designers who can come up with inspirational ideas on your behalf and ensure you avoid making any unintentional mistakes.

Decide On The Colour Scheme

While on the topic of the book cover’s design, you need to make sure that the colour scheme you use will resonate well with your target audience.

Generally speaking, crime books are associated with darker colours, while teen fiction novels are associated with lighter colours.

Therefore, you need to consider the genre of your book and the audience you are ideally looking to target when deciding on the best colours to use in your design.

Final Thoughts…

Writing your first book can be an incredibly exciting thing to do but, when it comes to getting it actually seen and read by people, it’s important to get the design right.

However, by following the ideas outlined above, we promise you can do exactly that.

For further advice on how to get the print design of your book right, our team here at YouLovePrint would be happy to address any queries you might have. Contact us today.