Learning How to Design My Book

I’ve been orbiting around the topic of designing my print book for weeks. Today I read Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, edited by Ellen Lupton. If I could transport myself back to December, 2018 and start this children’s picture book project over, I would read this book first. But I didn’t — I chose to go directly to the e-book format without going through the hassle of learning how to produce an actual book. Ironically, though my goal is to create an e-book, I don’t enjoy reading theme. Despite my bias against e-books, my goal now is to produce one that I would want to buy.

In Indie Publising, the frontispiece illustration faces the first page of the content. In other resources I’ve been reading, the frontispiece is described as facing the title page. I’m going to go by the suggestions in Indie Publishing and put the frontispiece illustration facing the first page of the story.

From Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, edited by Ellen Lupton.

I spent hours poring over this page.