By guest author Karrie Ross.
Margins can be extremely important when it comes to designing your book's pages. This is the space between the trim edge and the text box copy. It's what we consider as the "white space" and helps keep your text in a safe space called the "live area" of your page layout.
You can make your margins a big or as small as you wish. But in considering what size your margins should be, here are some things you should know about good margin design.
- Margins overall can vary in size depending on the look and readability your are looking for in your design.
- The gutter margin, or the margin on the inside or binding edge of the page, should be wider than the outside margins. This will put less stress on the binding edge and spine when the book is opened and read.
- Margins in general do best when they measure a least .5 inches for top, bottom and outsides, and at least .75 inches for gutter margins.
- If your margin is too small or narrow, you might lose some of your content when the final printed book is trimmed.
- And when considering your cover, margin design can vary from one type of cover to another. The best advice is to examine what other book covers look like to obtain a feel for the margin styles that are acceptable.
When it comes to formating both the interior and exterior of your book, be sure to pay close attention to your margins. Good margin design will enhance both your book's appearance and readability.
[Among other services she offers, Karrie Ross is nationally recognized for her book cover design expertise and coaching she provides authors. She can be contacted at www.BookCoverDesign.com.]