We will complete the layout of your book as part of your package, but if you’d like to have a look at some of the sample layouts below, you can guide us towards or away from anything that you particularly do or don’t like. (Please note that these are not templates – we don’t use templates unless we’re matching a book to a prior on a series. Outside of a series, we format every book individually from scratch.)

Here are eight samples of the first page of the same story laid out in different ways. Each sample is then referenced below so that you can find out more about it and view a full PDF of the entire story.

Under each sample heading below is:

  • a link to a PDF of that sample
  • a link to an image of the first page of the story in each sample (so not the title page, but the first page where the story starts)
  • and a summary of the major design decisions for that sample.

Each PDF sample and first page image should open in a new tab so that you can flick from tab to tab in your browser to compare the differences.

If you download any of the PDF samples and open them in a PDF viewer, go to ‘View’ on your menu and change the layout to show a two-page spread and make sure that you check to ‘Show cover page in two-page view’. That way you’ll have the even numbered pages on the left and the odd numbered pages on the right, the way they should be.

We would sincerely like to thank Paris Portingale for allowing us to use his short story, Roast Beef, Cheese, Love and Pickles to demonstrate these different layouts to you.

To find out more about Paris and view his published books, please visit his IndieMosh author page here: https://indiemosh.com.au/author-7

And please remember that Paris owns the copyright to Roast Beef, Cheese, Love and Pickles – so please don’t be posting it or using it elsewhere without contacting us to seek his permission first!

 

Sample 1

Sample 1: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 1
Roast Beef first page sample 1
Body text
  • Font: Garamond, 12pt
  • Line spacing: 1.1pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Cambria, 18pt
Subheadings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: High Tower Text, 14pt
Page Headers
  • Alignment: centre
  • Contains: author name (left), book name (right)
Page Footers
  • Alignment: centre
  • Contains: page numbers
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 2 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: ~~~
  • Table of Contents: one heading level
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none

Sample 2

Sample 2: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 2
Roast Beef first page sample 2
Body text
  • Font: Baskerville Old Face, 12pt
  • Line spacing: 1.2pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: left
  • Font: Berlin Sans FB Demi, 12pt
Subheadings
  • None
Page Headers
  • None
Page Footers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: author name and page number (left), book name and page number (right)
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 1.5 cm (top), 2.5 cm (bottom), 1.5 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: blank space (18pt)
  • Table of Contents: one heading level
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none

Sample 3

Sample 3: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 3
Roast Beef first page sample 3
Body text
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12pt
  • Line spacing: single
  • Style: block paragraphs
Main Headings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Garamond, 20pt
Subheadings
  • Alignment: left
  • Font: Corbel, 13pt
Page Headers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: author name (left), book name (right)
Page Footers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: page numbers
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 1 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: *
  • Table of Contents: two heading levels
  • Footnotes: included
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none

Sample 4

Sample 4: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 4
Roast Beef first page sample 4
Body text
  • Font: Baskerville Old Face, 12pt
  • Line spacing: 1.2pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: left
  • Font: Bauhaus 93, 20pt
Subheadings
  • None
Page Headers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: author name (left), book name (right)
Page Footers
  • Alignment: centre
  • Contains: page numbers
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 1.8 cm (top), 1 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: blank space (18pt)
  • Table of Contents: one heading level
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none

Sample 5

Sample 5: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 5
Roast Beef first page sample 5
Body text
  • Font: Century Schoolbook, 11pt
  • Line spacing: 1.1
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Headings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Poor Richard, 20pt
Subheadings
  • None
Page Headers
  • Alignment: outer corners, centre
  • Contains: author name (left, centre), book name (right, centre), page numbers (outer corners)
Page Footers
  • None
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 1.4 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: blank space (18pt)
  • Table of Contents: one heading level
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none

Sample 6

Sample 6: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 6
Roast Beef first page sample 6
Body text
  • Font: Corbel, 12pt
  • Line spacing: 1.05pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Copperplate Gothic Light, 18pt
Subheadings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Candara, 14pt
Page Headers
  • Alignment: centre
  • Contains: book name (left), section name (right)
Page Footers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: page numbers
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 2 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: ~
  • Table of Contents: three heading levels
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: Copperplate Gothic Light, 26pt

Sample 7

Sample 7: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 7
Roast Beef first page sample 7
Body text
  • Font: Centaur, 14pt
  • Line spacing: 1.1pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: centre
  • Font: Centaur, 16pt
Subheadings
  • None
Page Headers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: book name (left), section name (right)
Page Footers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: page numbers
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 2 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: </>
  • Table of Contents: none
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: Centaur, 26pt

Sample 8

Sample 8: Features Checklist ~

Roast Beef first page sample 8
Roast Beef first page sample 8
Body text
  • Font: Bookman Old Style, 12pt
  • Line spacing: 1.15pt
  • Style: indented paragraphs, with block paragraph beginning each section
Main Headings
  • Alignment: left
  • Font: Gadugi, 22pt
Subheadings
  • Alignment: left
  • Font: Century Gothic, 14pt
Page Headers
  • Alignment: outer corners
  • Contains: author name (left), book name (right), page numbers (both)
Page Footers
  • None
Page Setup
  • Size (width by height): 5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
  • Margins: 2 cm (top), 1 cm (bottom), 1.8 cm (outside)
Other Features
  • Dividers: ~*~
  • Table of Contents: two heading levels
  • Footnotes: none
  • Endnotes: none
  • Section headings: none