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80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors

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When you use this guide, your books will look more professional!

Small publishers, indie publishers, self-published authors, professional proofreaders, and proofreaders-in-training will prevent embarrassing layout errors and publish more professional-looking printed books with this handy guide, an Amazon eBook Bestseller!

Listing the 80 most common types of layout errors found in a book interior (PDF layout or printed proof copy), each numbered entry shows the type of error, cites the layout rule, if any, and then mentions the most common options, in general terms, that the layout professional may choose from to correct the error.

Error types are grouped within these categories:

  • Page Margins
  • Headings and Subheadings
  • Body Text
  • Block Quotations
  • Numbered and Bulleted Lists
  • Widows and Orphans
  • End-of-Line (EOL) Hyphenations
  • Tables
  • Figures, Including Photos
  • Blank Pages
  • Repeating Headers and Footers, Including Pagination
  • Contents Listing
Also included is a handy key to point sizes and their height equivalents in inches, centimeters, and lines.

How two sample listings look:

  • Cell contents [of a table] positioned too close to left or right edge of column, so that the effect is not visually balanced.... It may be that the overall column width can be reduced. A long column header may be continued onto a second or even third line to permit narrowing of the column.
  • Inconsistent white space above and below chapter headings. All new chapters and equivalent major headings should begin the same distance from the top margin. The designer usually begins the chapter heading an inch (72 points) or two (144 points) below the top margin and might insert about 0.25" (18 points) of vertical white space below the chapter title.

Why you'll want to get this book now:

Authors have done their best. Editors have done their best. Book layout artists have done their best. But somebody qualified needs to check that layout to prevent problems before the book goes to print. Order and read this guide, and that somebody will be you.

Here's what Judy Vorfeld wrote about this handbook:

This eBook is amazing. I am doing a great deal of formatting these days, and your words resonate with me. I have encountered many of the issues you mention, and plan to buy the book and keep it handy so I can help my clients by providing the best possible proofreading and formatting. Thank you for understanding what we experience and then providing the tools to improve... and at a very reasonable cost.

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