It is very important to make a clear distinction between writing, editing, illustrating and designing your book. There is always a danger of getting caught up in any of the pre-publishing stages while designing your book.
Important things to think about at the Design Stage:
1. What font do I want for my headings?
2. What font do I want for my body text?
3. How do I want my page numbers to look?
4. What do I want to make stand out as bold or italic?
5. What design elements do I want to use to break my text up?
6. How do I want my text positioned in relation to illustrations?
amongst many other questions.
The design stage is when your book begins to be formed. All 3 elements of the pre-publishing stage (writing, editing and illustration) come together to form one product and as such all must be completed before this stage begins.
For more information on crash courses we run on how to do this, check out 'How to Design your Book to Stand out from the Crowd' THE BOOTCAMP or 'How to Design your Book to Stand out from the Crowd' THE BOOK.
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