Formatting and Yellow Watermelon

Guess what?!

Yellow watermelon actually exists! I just ate some and it was amazing!

Oh. And my book will be published in a matter of weeks, that’s amazing too. 😉

I just started the formatting stage, and you’d be surprised by how awesome it feels. It’s also very tedious. For example, I spent the last three hours putting italics in the right places. Yesterday I chose the font, page number placement, whether or not to have chapter titles at the top of the page, and obsessed over trim sizes. My Daddy said I was turning into Steve Jobs (apparently he obsessed over fifty different shades of beige to color the outside of a computer).

For those who want to know the technical details, maybe for their own book, here they are:
Trim Size: 5.06 x 7.81 Update: I ended up using 5 x 8 because only white paper was available in the size 5.06 x 7.81, and while I still think that 5×8 is just a tab bit too skinny, it was more important to me to have cream colored paper than the perfect size.

Type Font: Garamond. Type Size: 12 pt. Page Numbers: Bottom Center. And the platform we used to format all this was InDesign. Which, fun fact, can convert into both an Ebook and print file from just one format.

Formatting 101: Make sure nothing about your format distracts the reader from your story. Cool fonts and fancy chapter titles are fun but don’t just use them because they are. Make sure they fit with your story, and even when they do, ask yourself “will this be distracting?”

Formatting 102: Look for at least five other books from your story’s genre and compare the formatting. Consider what you like and don’t like about each one. Also, consider the averages. Do most of them have the pages numbers in the middle or to the side? How big is the font on each? What patterns do you see? Okay, that’s all my advice for today. 😉

Oh, by the way, I hope everyone liked the sneak peek! If you haven’t already checked it out, then just subscribe to my newsletter and you will receive an email with a link to the first chapter of my book. Remember, on August first I will be taking it down, so read it while you can!

Also, just to clear things up my book WILL NOT be published on the first day of August. We have some epic family stuff going on then. I’m not sure about the exact date yet, but it will definitely be sometime in August. Also, just to let you guys know, on the day I publish my book the print version will not be available for purchase because it takes a while for Amazon and other websites to run everything through.

Wow. This is amazing you guys… When I’m looking at the formatting screen, or all the different trim sizes laid out on the table in front of me, I keep thinking “look at this! Look at how close you are! Your life-long dream is literally coming true!” Because it is! And it feels… Kind of insane.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

4 thoughts on “Formatting and Yellow Watermelon

  1. Kat says:

    Hi Millie! It’s Kat. I’m pretty sure that in the UK, yellow watermelon is known just as melon? Idk… Bye! I can’t wait to read your book, btw! 🙂

    • Millie Florence says:

      Really? That’s cool. My family just brought a watermelon home, cut it open, and BOOM, it was yellow! XD I was thrilled of course. I’ve seen pictures of yellow watermelon online before but I thought they were just photoshopped. I suppose I’m a bit of a melon-head, lol.

      Anyway, thanks for reading, I super excited to share Honey Butter with you!

  2. Melissa says:

    I never even heard of yellow watermelons before…haha! 😀 So excited for your book release, and I’m glad your formatting is going well!

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