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Self publishing a novel

I always said I was going to write a novel, but for many years, I never got round to it. There was always something else to do. This year, I managed to actually do it, and while I can't say that I've picked up a huge book contract, I'm still pretty proud of the book I wrote so I'm self-publishing it and selling it to bookstores myself. It's a steep learning curve to work out how to get my book printed and working out all of the details of how the physical book will look. This website is a glimpse into the physical side of printing up your own self-published books for other new authors.


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3 Essential Graphic Design Tips to Craft the Perfect Textbook

by Lourdes Ramos

Even in the modern day, textbooks are still one of the most-used learning materials across every field. As such, every publisher is always trying to come up with ways to set their textbook apart from the others. Of all the ways to boost your textbook's sales, graphic design is one of the most impactful. Not only will great graphic design make your textbook look pretty and professional, it can also improve readability and comprehension. Here are three ways to get perfect the design for your textbook.

1. Layout

A good layout makes it easy for your readers to engage with the content you're teaching to them. One thing to note is that the most crucial information should be more distinct than the rest; this can be achieved through increased size, bold fonts, text boxes, positioning or bright colours. A simple layout is also important if you don't want your learners to get distracted. Extra elements and flourishes may look pretty, but the text itself is more important.

2. Typography

Since text is the most important part of your textbook, good typography will go a long way in making your content easier to process, more engaging and more readable. There are three main things to keep in mind when designing your textbook type. First, choose a font that's easily legible, such as a simple serif or sans serif option. Second, make sure your text colour contrasts well with the background. Black on white is always a safe option, but other dark and bold colours can work too. Finally, make sure the blank spacing between the letters (known as kerning) is even, otherwise words can look disjointed and become difficult to read.

3. Colours

Last but not least, think about your colour scheme. Using multiple colours in a textbook can help separate ideas, but be careful not to overdo it. Sticking to around three main colours is a good rule to follow. Not only will this make your textbook easier to read, it will also make it more aesthetically pleasing. If you're worried that a lack of colour will make your text tiring to read, remember to vary how much (or how little) you use each one. For three colours, for example, try using a 60:30:10 ratio to break up paragraphs and keep things engaging. You can use one colour for basic information, one for more important material, and the other for crucial bullet points.

For more information, speak with a professional who provides graphic design services.