About This Course

Do you need to make a layout for a fiction book for professional publication? Perhaps you are an author and want to learn how the book layout process works so you can make your own PDF. This course is for you! Most other InDesign courses teach lots of extra material that won’t help you. This course is specifically targeted to people who want to learn fiction and textbook layout without all the fluff.

Hi there, my name is Aaron and I’ve professionally taught InDesign to hundreds of students. I’ve created hundreds of layouts in InDesign, from simple fiction books to complex guides and textbooks. Together, we’ll work through real projects with real manuscripts. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be successful. This course is filled with instruction that gets you to success fast.

This course will save you from wasting hundreds if not thousands of your hard-earned money. Many “pro” book layout designers learn from YouTube as they go, wasting your money. Other InDesign contractors charge insane amounts of money. That’s why I made this course. It’s for people who want to learn fiction book layout or need to do the job themselves.

This course helps you avoid these mistakes:

  • Creating text that’s incorrectly spaced out and looks weird
  • Justified text that still looks jagged – pro tips
  • Overload of hyphen breaks
  • Orphans and widows – random text starting a page
  • Wrong hyphens – you probably used the wrong hyphens

It’s so easy to make mistakes and not see them during book layout. I have seen books with beautiful covers but the inside looked like a hack job. Trying to do book layout in Microsoft Word will make your book look terrible. Word just doesn’t have the right tools.

This course includes:

  • Sample complete manuscripts for practice
  • Sample copyright page text completely free to use
  • Sample word processing program files for challenge assignments

I will share the tricks I’ve learned over years of doing fiction book layout design. The goal of this course is to teach you how to make your own book PDF and not look like an amateur doing it. You’ll learn the necessary skills to turn your manuscript into a pro PDF.

Manuscript software formatting guidelines include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • OpenOffice
  • Scrivener
  • Apple Pages

Even if you used a different program, I will help you figure out what you need to do. There are a lot of small but important details in fiction book layout. Avoid making errors with this course. You spent hundreds of hours perfecting your manuscript. Don’t make the rookie mistake of making your book look like it was prepared by a fifth-grader.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for people completely new to InDesign who want to avoid beginner mistakes.
  • No previous design or publishing experience is necessary.
  • You want to make your fiction book look professional and have an error-free file.
  • This is a well-paced course that will enable you to produce a final interior file to use for printing your fiction book.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to create a book layout in Adobe InDesign.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked. 

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Overview And Getting InDesign Ready For You
Course Overview 00:00:00
Getting InDesign Ready 00:00:00
Mouse Clicks And Keyboard Shortcuts Overview 00:00:00
Setting Up Preferences In InDesign 00:00:00
Creating Your First Project 00:00:00
Setting Up And Customizing The InDesign Workspace For Your Needs 00:00:00
Creating And Saving Workspaces 00:00:00
Section 2 - Creating Your First Book Layout And Generating A PDF
Overview Of Your First Book Layout 00:00:00
Adding The First Text Box To Your Layout 00:00:00
Text Box Adjustments And Mini Exercise 00:00:00
Font Selections And Adjustments 00:00:00
Text Horizontal And Vertical Positioning 00:00:00
Snap And Smart Alignment 00:00:00
Preview Your Layout, Bonus Pro Tip 00:00:00
Zoom And Navigation Controls, Plus Shortcut Keys 00:00:00
Pages Panel – Your Book Overview 00:00:00
Create the Book’s Title Page, Pro tips 00:00:00
Creating The Basic Copyright Page, Bonus Content, Student Challenge 00:00:00
Adding A Dedication Page, Common Book Standards 00:00:00
Generate Filler Text To Start Your Book – Pro Tip 00:00:00
Body Text Formatting Basics, Pro Critical Layout Tip 00:00:00
Copying Text Boxes – Pro Tip For Speed 00:00:00
Pages Panel: How to Manage Pages, Pro Tip To Avoid Errors 00:00:00
Saving File Formats, Generating A PDF, Sample Included 00:00:00
Handling Older Or Incompatible Files, Samples Included 00:00:00
Section 3 - Preparing A Microsoft Manuscript For Book Layout
Overview of Preparing a Microsoft Word Document for Layout 00:00:00
Paragraph Styles 00:00:00
Special Characters 00:00:00
Manage And Remove Tabs 00:00:00
Double And Triple Spaces, Spaces Before And After Paragraphs 00:00:00
Use A Single Font 00:00:00
Paragraph Style Management 00:00:00
Tracking And Changes 00:00:00
Grammar And Spelling 00:00:00
Section 4 - Preparing A Google Docs Manuscript For Book Layout
Overview Of Preparing A Google Docs Manuscript For Layout 00:00:00
Paragraph Formatting And Styles 00:00:00
Finding And Removing Special Characters 00:00:00
Removing Tab Indentation From Google Docs 00:00:00
Remove Spaces Before And After Paragraphs 00:00:00
How To Set To A Single Font If Possible 00:00:00
Grammar And Spelling 00:00:00
Exporting From Google Docs For InDesign 00:00:00
Section 5 - Preparing An OpenOffice Manuscript For Book Layout
Prepare An OpenOffice Manuscript For Book Layout 00:00:00
Removing Paragraph Styles 00:00:00
Finding And Removing Special Characters 00:00:00
Removing Tab Indentation 00:00:00
Removing Spaces Before And After Paragraphs 00:00:00
Remove Double, Triple, Or More Spaces 00:00:00
Set To A Single Font If Possible 00:00:00
Remove Tracking And Comments 00:00:00
Using Your Spelling And Grammar Checker 00:00:00
Exporting For InDesign 00:00:00
Section 6 - Preparing A Scrivener Manuscript For Book Layout
Overview Of Preparing A Scrivener Manuscript For Layout 00:00:00
Removing Paragraph Styles 00:00:00
Finding And Removing Special Characters 00:00:00
Removing Tab Indentation 00:00:00
Remove Spaces Before And After Paragraphs 00:00:00
Remove Double, Triple, Or More Spaces 00:00:00
Set To A Single Font If Possible 00:00:00
Use Your Spelling And Grammar Checker 00:00:00
Exporting For InDesign 00:00:00
Section 7 - Preparing An Apple Pages Manuscript For Book Layout
Overview Of Preparing An Apple Pages Manuscript For Book Layout 00:00:00
Removing Paragraph Styles 00:00:00
Finding And Removing Special Characters 00:00:00
Removing Tab Indentation 00:00:00
Remove Spaces Before And After Paragraphs 00:00:00
Remove Double, Triple, Or More Spaces 00:00:00
Set To A Single Font If Possible 00:00:00
Use Your Spelling And Grammar Checker 00:00:00
Exporting For InDesign 00:00:00
Section 8 - Adding A Manuscript To A Book Layout
Overview Of Placing A Manuscript Into InDesign 00:00:00
Placing A Manuscript 00:00:00
Using File-Place To Drop Your Manuscript Into Your Book Layout 00:00:00
Using Copy – Paste To Add A Manuscript 00:00:00
Linked Documents – Pros And Cons 00:00:00
Section 9 - Layout Editing Fundamentals
Overview of the Fundamentals of InDesign Layout 00:00:00
Move The Title And Other Text To Another Page 00:00:00
Text Threading 00:00:00
Breaking Up Chapters 00:00:00
Section 10 - Paragraph Styles For The Whole Layout
Overview Of The Paragraph Styles Panel 00:00:00
Chapter Title Paragraph Style, Apply Title Style, Pro Tip And Hacks 00:00:00
Chapter Body Text Paragraph Style Setup And Alignment 00:00:00
Adjust The Rest Of The Chapter Body Paragraphs 00:00:00
Second Paragraph Styles In The Body 00:00:00
Managing Forced Line Break Special Characters 00:00:00
Managing Hyphenation 00:00:00
Orphans And Widow Lines – More Ways To Fix Them 00:00:00
Drop Caps, Character Styles 00:00:00
Section 11 - Master Pages For Page Templates
Overview Of Master Pages And What They Do For You 00:00:00
Creating Running Headers With Master Pages 00:00:00
Page Numbers – Creating And Positioning 00:00:00
Book Structure – What Is In It And What’s The Order? 00:00:00
Section 12 - All About Fonts
Overview Of Fonts And Their Impact 00:00:00
Looking At Fonts On Your System 00:00:00
Searching Your Layout For Different Fonts 00:00:00
Choosing A Font For Your Book – Serif And Sans Serif Fonts 00:00:00
Section 13 - Getting Rid Of Problems
Overview Of Managing Problems With InDesign Fiction Layouts 00:00:00
Using Find-Replace To Eliminate Problems From Special Characters 00:00:00
Hyphens, N-Dashes, And M-Dashes 00:00:00
Section 14 - Generating The Final PDF
Overview Of The PDF Creation Process 00:00:00
Spell Check And Generate A PDF 00:00:00
Congratulations On Your Course Completion! 00:00:00
Bonus Lecture – Manuscript Assistance 00:00:00
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