9 Ways to Make Your Self-Published Book Look More Professional

Michelle, in her infinite wisdom (seriously, she’s pretty guru-esque) and general concern for publishing matters, has compiled this nifty guide that all self-publishers, especially those in charge of all their own formatting decisions, should look at.
Plus, you get to see some of her SWEET paint skills!

Michelle Proulx - Author

In my continuing attempts to promote and improve the self-publishing scene, today I present a handful of helpful tips you can use to make your self-published print book look more professional. These tips have been compiled via examining multiple traditionally published books and comparing them to the collection of self-published books I’ve acquired over the years. Read and enjoy!

Note: I’ve used my own book for all the examples below, as copyright law is confusing and I don’t want anyone to sue me.

#1: Formatting your page numbers

Step 1: Page numbers should begin on the first page of your story. This means Chapter 1. If you have a prologue, use Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, etc.). Do not start page numbers on the very first page of the book (i.e. the title page).

page number 1Step 2: Page numbers should end once the story is over. You…

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