Format and design                                                                                                Need help with professional manuscript formating for book publications?

     For books to be published with Edition Gorz, only a very few details regarding formating require standardization: the paper size and with it the measurements of the type area, the number of pages in the front, the beginning of every main chapter on a right-hand (odd-numbered) page, and the continuation of secondary chapters on the current page after two line spaces.
  1.  The paper size of our series is universally DIN A 5, 
i.e. every page is 14,8 cms wide and 21 cms high.
  2.  The type area should not exceed 11,5 x 18 cms;
single illustrations may exceptionally be as wide as 13,5 cms.
Please select paper size A4 and adjust the margins as follows:
right and left: 4,7 cms (or more), top and bottom: 5,6 cms (or more).
  3.  The number of pages in the front (which will not carry page numbers) is 4:
–  half-title; it contains only the main title and/or the author's name
–  empty back of the half-title; occasionally used for a frontispiece or dedication
–  main title with full author's name, book title and subtitle, information regarding a possible translator or author of preface or introduction, as well as our logo. We compose this page on the basis of the data you submit to us;
–  impressum page: data for cataloguing. To be composed by us, with the authenticity statement we expect you to send us via email.
Your table of contents thus begins with page no. “5” (or, in case you prefer to paginate contents, preface, and introduction in small Roman numbers, with “v”).

Within these framing specifications, the layout is your choice.

Should you, however, not feel strongly about making the necessarily large number of decisions connected with good book design and not have the spare time to experiment at some length, here is one


       It reflects the style sheet underlying the first book published in our program. All specifications are based on the assumption that you choose Times Roman as your font and single spacing. Note that different fonts etc. may require you to adjust the point sizes accordingly.
15 pt bold centered Main headings for chapters or parts I, II, etc.; always beginning in the right-hand (odd-numbered) page preceded by three line spaces from the upper edge of the page, followed by one line space of approximately half height (or 0,5 line space)
12 pt  bold flush left Secondary heading separated from the preceding text by two line spaces, followed by one line space of approximately half height (or 0,5 line space)
11 pt  italics flush left Tertiary heading (where needed) separated from the preceding text by one line space, followed directly by body text without further space
11 pt  normal justified Body text; each paragraph begins indented ca. 3/4 cm  no line spaces between paragraphs 
11 pt  italics flush left and right Header with a short version of the chapter heading and page numbers flush paper edge
10 pt  normal justified Quotations, lists, or tabulated information separated from the body text at both ends by a half-line space; doubled-indented (at least 1 cm) 
10 pt  normal centered Headings for illustrations etc.; possibly using small capitals in bold print for “PLATE 1 separated from the body text before and from the following illustration by a half-line space each 
 9 pt  normal justified footnotes without a separator line, at ca. 1 line space of distance from the body text
 9 pt normal
text inserted into diagrams etc. 

A few additional pieces of advice

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