Adobe Indesign for Fiction Book Layout - Complete Guide
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Adobe Indesign for Fiction Book Layout - Complete Guide

Learn how to use Adobe Indesign to create a professional PDF from your book manuscript
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Created by Aaron Linsdau
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 28 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will understand fiction book formatting.
  • You will learn how to choose fonts.
  • Pro techniques other courses fail to show.
  • How to choose and set margins.
  • How to order sections of your book.
  • Professional workflows and shortcuts.
  • How to avoid amateur mistakes.
  • Downloadable exercise files & check list.
  • Learn how to create PDF files ready for printing.
  • PDF formatting for digital printing.
  • How to work efficiently.
  • What you need for the task and not other stuff that doesn't matter.
Requirements
  • You will need an installed copy of Adobe InDesign CC.
  • No previous design skills are needed.
  • No previous InDesign skills are needed.
Description

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 targetted to people who want to learn fiction and textbook layout without all the fluff.

  • Walter: "Your course was so helpful. My staff struggled for a month trying to learn Indesign from YouTube. We just wasted our time and missed critical opportunities. Your easy-to-follow teaching style literally hand-held us, taught my team time-saving skills, and saved us $1,000's of dollars in lost revenue. Thank you!" Walter P., Orange and Blue Marketing

From Aaron: "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 will 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 $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 fiction book layout or need to do the job themselves.

  • Bethany: "What you just taught me almost made me cry. Before your class, my boss made me change the font in our company book twice. It took me a week. With what you showed me, I could've been literally done in a minute. One week cut down to one minute. I hope others find your course." Bethany R., Outdoor Medical Training School

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. Aaron has 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

Aaron shares the tricks he's 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 make 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, the instructions for the above software will help you figure out what you need to do. Ask questions in the course forum and Aaron will do his best to help you out.

There are a lot of small but important details in fiction book layout. Avoid making errors with this course. You spent 100's 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:

  • Anyone wanting to create a professional PDF from their fiction manuscript

  • Aaron's course is for people with no InDesign experience. 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.

Aaron Linsdau Learning: Skills. Fast.

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 experienced is necessary.
  • You want to make your fiction book look professional and have an error-free file.
  • This is well-paced course that will enable you to produce a final interior file to use for printing your fiction book.
Course content
Expand all 103 lectures 05:18:17
+ Overview of the course
1 lecture 01:55

Aaron talks about the structure of the course, what sections of focus on, and which ones are optional.

Preview 01:55
+ Getting Indesign Ready for You
6 lectures 17:00

Aaron describes this section and the value of getting started in quickly creating an Indesign project.

Preview 01:21

You will learn the mouse click standards, graphics, sounds, and meaning used in this course and in Indesign.

Preview 01:46

You will learn how to set up & configure section numbering options, units and increments, turning on grids, and setting display performance.

Setting up Preferences in Indesign so Everything is Ready to Go
02:56

You will create your first book project. You will learn how to set book dimensions and other important setups to make everything run smoothly during your layout work.

Creating Your First Project
03:12

You'll learn to configure the toolbars, controls, and panels necessary to do your book layout.

Setting Up and Customizing the Indesign Workspace For Your Needs
05:29

Once you configure your workspace, you will want to save it. You'll also learn how to manage and delete your custom workspaces, too.

Creating and Saving Workspaces
02:16
+ Creating your first Book Layout and Generating a PDF
18 lectures 01:06:20

Learn what you will take away from this first book layout effort. You'll go all the way through a basic book layout process to grasp the fundamentals.

Overview of Your First Book Layout
01:34

You will learn how to add text boxes, which are called objects, to your layout. You'll also learn how to add text to that box and place it on the page.

Adding the First Text Box to Your Layout
02:00

You'll learn how to scale, adjust, and rotate a text box with multiple interfaces. You'll also learn how to correct any text box position and rotation mistakes you might make.

Text Box Adjustments & Mini Exercise
04:22

You'll learn how to choose system fonts, select the different styles, what different styles might be available, how to adjust point sizes, and other text-related skills.

Font Selections and Adjustments
05:50

You will learn how to change the horizontal and vertical alignment of text in each text box or object.

Text horizontal and vertical positioning
04:03

You'll learn what Snap and Smart Alignment can do for you to make layout easier and faster.

Snap and Smart Alignment
02:45

Learn the different page preview modes. You'll learn different ways to preview your book layout without so many distractions. You also get a good bonus technique to prevent hard-to-find mistakes, too.

Preview Your Layout, Bonus Pro Tip
03:36

You will learn the different zoom controls and how to navigate around your book layout. You'll also learn the fast way using keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out of your document.

Zoom and Navigation Controls, Plus Shortcut Keys
02:12

Learn the all-important pages panel so you can navigate around your book easily. You'll get the overview easily and see what's on pages without having to scroll through the book.

Pages Panel - Your Book Overview
01:51

Learn how to create the main title page of your book. You'll also learn the "technical terms" for the pages so you're not embarassed when you start talking with a book printer and you don't understand what they're saying.

Create the Book's Title Page, Pro tips
06:03

Learn how to add a copyright page for your book. The downloadable sample is yours, free to use as you wish. The sample also includes a student challenge. You will learn to handle your first text formatting challenge, depending on how your software handles the included resource document.

Creating the Basic Copyright Page, Bonus Content, Student Challenge
06:41

Learn where the dedication page goes, what it might look like, and how to format the text.

Preview 01:53

You will learn to add placeholder text generated by Indesign. Pros use this to test things out. This is handy when you don't have your own text ready to add.

Generate Filler Text to Start Your Book - Pro Tip
01:49
Body Text Formatting Basics, Pro Critical Layout Tip
05:34

Learn how to copy and move text boxes between pages.

Pro tip - Learn the secret keystroke to make copying objects faster and easier.

Copying Text Boxes - Pro Tip For Speed
02:43

Learn how to make your book with the Pages Panel. You'll learn how to insert, delete, shift around, and sort pages in the Pages Panel.

Pages Panel: How to Manage Pages, Pro Tip to Avoid Errors
04:27

Learn the proper format to save your book in.

Learn how to set up and generate a PDF to make your first book.

Saving File Formats, Generating a PDF, Sample Included
06:24

Learn how to save, open, and send files to other people. Sometime others may be using a different, older version of Indesign than you. This may make the file impossible to open. Learn how to create and open IDML files as another option.

Handling Older or Incompatible Files, Samples Included
02:33
+ Preparing a Microsoft Manuscript for Book Layout
9 lectures 19:40
Overview of Preparing a Microsoft Word Document for Layout
00:52

Learn how to adjust and remove paragraph styles to reduce work during layout in Indesign.

Use the downloadable Word file to use for this lesson.

3a

Paragraph styles
03:40

Learn how to remove special characters to reduce errors during layout in Indesign.

3b

Special Characters
02:39

Learn how to remove and replace tabs with a better option to reduce problems during layout in Indesign.

3c

Manage and remove tabs
02:34

Learn how to find, identify, and remove double and triple spaces. Also learn why it's important to eliminate spaces at the beginning and end of paragraphs.

3d

Double and triple spaces, spaces before and after paragraphs
03:48

Learn the value and importance of using a single font whenever necessary. Learn when more than one font is necessary and justified.

3e

Use a single font
01:28

Learn how to avoid wasting time by using correct paragraph formatting rather than overdoing paragraph styles, reducing the amount of manual work to format your document.

3f

Paragraph style management
02:50

Learn why it's important to remove or disable tracking changes and also why it's important to clear and remove comments from your Word document.

3g

Tracking and changes
01:25

Learn why a final grammar and spelling check can save you troubles down the road in your layout.

Grammar and spelling
00:24
+ Preparing a Google Docs Manuscript for Book Layout
8 lectures 14:54

Learn the process of preparing a Google Docs manuscript so you can import it into Indesign for book layout.

Overview of Preparing a Google Docs Manuscript for Layout
01:01

Learn how to adjust and remove paragraph styles to reduce work during layout in Indesign.

Use the downloadable free RTF or Word resource file to use for this lesson in Google docs.

4a

Paragraph formatting and styles
01:31

Learn how to remove special characters in Google docs to reduce errors during layout in Indesign. Google docs has limited support, so you'll see some of the tricks to make layout efforts easier. Use this link to learn more: https://support.google.com/docs/thread/1998170?hl=en

4b

Finding and removing special characters
02:32

Learn how to remove and replace tabs in Google Docs with a better option. This will help reduce problems during layout in Indesign.

4c

Removing tab indentation from Google Docs
02:24

Learn why it's important to eliminate spaces at the beginning and end of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to search for them using Google Docs. You'll also learn about spacing after periods, too.

4d

Remove spaces before and after paragraphs
01:59

Learn the value and importance of using a single font in Google Docs when possible. Learn when more than one font is necessary and justified.

4e

How to set to a single font if possible
02:08

Learn why a final grammar and spelling check pass in Google Docs can save you troubles down the road in your layout.

4f

Grammar and Spelling
01:06

Exporting your Google Doc file so it's compatible with Indesign. Learn the best formats and tradeoffs.

4g

Exporting from Google Docs for Indesign
02:13
+ Preparing an OpenOffice Manuscript for Book Layout
10 lectures 15:56

You'll learn the process of preparing an OpenOffice document for layout in Indesign.

Prepare an OpenOffice Manuscript for Book Layout
00:59

Learn how to adjust and remove paragraph styles in OpenOffice to reduce work during layout in Indesign.

Use the free downloadable .ODT file to use for this lesson.

5a

Removing paragraph styles
01:47

Learn how to remove special characters in OpenOffice to reduce errors during layout in Indesign.

5b

Finding and removing special characters
01:00

Learn how to remove and replace tabs with a better option to reduce problems during layout in Indesign.

5c

Removing tab indentation
01:51

Learn why it's important to eliminate spaces at the beginning and end of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to search for them using OpenOffice.

5d

Removing spaces before and after paragraphs
01:26

You’ll learn to see double and triple spaces in your text and why they’re important to eliminate.

5e

Remove double, triple, etc spaces
01:34

Learn the value and importance of using a single font in OpenOffice when possible. Learn when more than one font is necessary and justified.

5f

Set to a single font if possible
02:00

Learn why it’s important to remove or disable tracking changes and also why it's important to clear and remove comments from your OpenOffice document.

5g

Remove tracking and comments
01:36

Learn why a final grammar and spelling check pass in OpenOffice can save you troubles down the road in your layout.

5h

Using your spelling and grammar checker
01:34

Exporting your OpenOffice file so it's compatible with Indesign. Learn the best formats and tradeoffs.

5i

Exporting for Indesign
02:09
+ Preparing a Scrivener Manuscript for Book Layout
9 lectures 21:30

Learn how to prepare a Scrivener manuscript for layout. Scrivener files cannot be imported directly into Indesign so you'll need these techniques to move forward.

Overview of Preparing a Scrivener Manuscript for Layout
00:54

Learn how to adjust and remove paragraph styles in Scrivener to reduce work during layout in Indesign.

Use the free downloadable .ZIP file that contains an .SCRIV file to use for this lesson.

6a

Removing paragraph styles
03:39

Learn how to remove special characters in Scrivener to reduce errors during layout in Indesign.

6b

Finding and removing special characters
02:42

Learn how to remove and replace tabs with a better option to reduce problems during layout in Indesign.

6c

Removing tab indentation
02:57

Learn why it's important to eliminate spaces at the beginning and end of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to search for them using Scrivener.

6d

Remove spaces before and after paragraphs
02:54

You’ll learn to see double and triple spaces in your text and why they’re important to eliminate.

6e

Remove double, triple, etc spaces
02:46

Learn the value and importance of using a single font in Scrivener when possible. Learn when more than one font is necessary and justified.

6f

Set to a single font if possible
01:44

Learn why a final grammar and spelling check pass in Scrivener can save you troubles down the road in your layout.

6g

Use your spelling and grammar checker
01:48

Exporting your Scrivener file so it's compatible with Indesign. Learn the best formats and tradeoffs.

6h

Exporting for Indesign
02:06
+ Preparing an Apple Pages Manuscript for Book Layout
9 lectures 19:26

Apple Pages documents cannot be directly imported into Indesign. You'll need the techniques in this section to move forward with a book layout.

Overview of Preparing an Apple Pages Document for Layout
01:09

Learn how to adjust and remove paragraph styles in Pages to reduce work during layout in Indesign.

Use the free downloadable .ZIP file that contains a .PAGES file to use for this lesson.

7a

Removing paragraph styles
02:20

Learn how to remove special characters in Pages to reduce errors during layout in Indesign.

7b

Finding and removing special characters
02:49

Learn how to remove and replace tabs with a better option to reduce problems during layout in Indesign.

7c

Removing tab indentation
02:41

Learn why it's important to eliminate spaces at the beginning and end of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to search for them using Pages.

7d

Remove spaces before and after paragraphs
01:47

You’ll learn to see double and triple spaces in your text and why they’re important to eliminate.

7e

Remove double, triple, etc spaces
02:46

Learn the value and importance of using a single font in Pages when possible. Learn when more than one font is necessary and justified.

7f

Setting a single font if possible
01:50

Learn why a final grammar and spelling check pass in Pages can save you troubles down the road in your layout.

7g

Use your spelling and grammar checker
01:55

Exporting your Pages file so it's compatible with Indesign. Learn the best formats and tradeoffs.

7h

Exporting for Indesign
02:09
+ Adding a Manuscript to a Book Layout
5 lectures 20:51

You will hear in this overview what the process of placing a manuscript into Indesign entails.

Overview of Placing a Manuscript Into Indesign
00:53

You'll learn the overview of placing manuscripts and why Indesign works in this fashion.

Included is a ZIP file with the Pride and Prejudice.indd and Pride and Prejudice.idml files. If your version of Indesign cannot open the INDD file, use the IDML file and save as an INDD on your computer.

The attached resource file contains the Indesign file, both the INDD and the compatible IDML for older versions, for you to review. You'll see how the document was placed so you can compare it to what you've done.

Read the supported file formats for Indesign: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/supported-file-formats-indesign-cs5.html#main_Place

Please note that though the above link is for CS5, the compatibility for the latest CC version hasn't changed.

Also attached is a complete manuscript for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can practice with this full-length manuscript if you wish.

Placing a manuscript
04:59

You'll learn how to handle overset text, what it means, how to avoid it, and how to identify it.

Using File-Place to drop your manuscript into your book layout
04:14

Learn how to place a partial or complete manuscript using Copy - Paste. Learn how it's different than the place tool and why you might use it.

Using Copy - Paste to add a manuscript
03:52

Learn how to create linked documents. You'll also learn the pros and cons of this approach in this lesson.

Linked Documents - Pros and Cons
06:53
+ Layout editing fundamentals
4 lectures 09:40

The fundamentals of Indesign layout are presented in this lesson. Aaron gives you a better idea of what the concept of document layout is.

Overview of the Fundamentals of Indesign Layout
00:50

Learn how to move the text and title from your imported manuscript to another portion of your book layout.

The attached resource file contains the Indesign file (INDD or IDML) for you to review. You'll see how the document was broken up by chapter using page breaks.

9a

Move the title and other text to another page
02:07

Learn how text threading works and how it can be useful to you. You'll see to to enable and disable the text threading feature.

9b

Text threading
02:11

You'll learn how to break up chapters using the page break character.

9c

Breaking up chapters
04:32