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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Students who want to create a professional nonfiction book layout
  • Anyone wanting to create a professional PDF from their nonfiction manuscript

What you’ll learn: 

  • Learn to create print-ready PDF files
  • Nonfiction book layout
  • Magazine layout techniques
  • Resize, scale, rotate, adjust images
  • Professional nonfiction book layout techniques
  • Earn money with your InDesign nonfiction book layout skills
  • Create table of contents, headers, footers, and book structure
  • Importing manuscripts from multiple sources
  • How to manage and choose fonts
  • Create color swatches and manage colors
  • Professional shortcuts and workflows
  • Adjust opacity
  • Manage multiple layers in a document
  • Save time with rapid techniques
  • No time-wasting stories or anecdotes
  • Nonfiction, memoir, history, guides, textbook layout


  • Installed working CC version of Adobe InDesign
  • No InDesign experience and no previous publishing knowledge required
  • This course is relaxed and bite-sized. It’s broken down into small skills that won’t overwhelm you. You only need basic computer skills to succeed.

Software version used in the course: 

  • Adobe InDesign 2019

Do you need to make a layout for a nonfiction book for professional publication? Perhaps, you are a guide book 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 at people who want to learn nonfiction and textbook layout without all the fluff.

This course will save you from wasting $100’s if not $1,000’s 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 nonfiction book layout or need to do the job themselves.

This course helps you avoid these mistakes:

  • Incorrectly layering images
  • Improperly typesetting pages
  • Classic manuscript import errors
  • Incorrectly setting colors
  • Making a hard-to-manage table of contents

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

Aaron shares the tricks he’s learned over years of doing nonfiction 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

Even if you used a different program, the instructions for the above software will help you figure out what you need to do. 

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to use InDesign to format your nonfiction book.

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

6h 11m

Section 1 - Getting InDesign Ready For You
Overview 00:00:00
Downloadable Resources 00:00:00
Overview Of Mouse Clicks And Keyboard Shortcuts 00:00:00
Setting Up Preferences In InDesign So Everything Is Ready To Go 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
Adding An Image To A Page 00:00:00
Pages Panel: How To Manage Pages, Pro Tip To Avoid Errors 00:00:00
Handling Older Or Incompatible Files, Samples Included 00:00:00
Saving File Formats, Generating A PDF, Sample 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
Removing Extra Double Spaces From Text 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 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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
Assignment 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 Way To Fix Them 00:00:00
Drop Caps, Character Styles 00:00:00
Section 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - Pictures And Objects
Adding Images Overview 00:00:00
Adding Images, Illustrator Objects, PDFs 00:00:00
Linked Versus Embedded Images 00:00:00
Anchoring Pictures In Text 00:00:00
Manipulate Objects Reflect, Mirror, Rotate, Angles 00:00:00
Opacity And Effects On Objects 00:00:00
Create Stroked Borders On Pictures 00:00:00
Text Wrap And Spacing Of Objects 00:00:00
Adjust Layer Positions 00:00:00
Image Bleed 00:00:00
PPI Vs DPI, Actual Versus Effective, Image Print Resolution 00:00:00
Section 12 - Colors And Graphics
Colors And Graphics Overview 00:00:00
Color Swatches 00:00:00
Create Shapes Boxes, Circles, Lines, Stroke, Fill Colors 00:00:00
Color Profiles 00:00:00
Ink Density Checks 00:00:00
Section 13 - Book Structure
Book Structure Overview 00:00:00
Table Of Contents 00:00:00
Linking Threading Unlinking Text Boxes 00:00:00
Columns 00:00:00
Footnotes 00:00:00
Navigation Tabs 00:00:00
Tables 00:00:00
Section 14 - 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, En Dashes, And Em Dashes 00:00:00
Font Checks 00:00:00
Package Checks 00:00:00
Section 15 - Generating The Final PDF
Overview Of The PDF Creation Process 00:00:00
Spell Check And Generate A PDF 00:00:00
Section 16 - Conclusion
Congratulations On Your Course Completion! 00:00:00