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4 Things to Avoid When You Are Preparing Book Artwork

The artwork you include in your next book can help enhance the storytelling. That being said, there are numerous mistakes you need to stay clear of when preparing book artwork.

The artwork you include in your next book can help enhance the storytelling. Whether your book is a work of fiction or nonfiction, the artwork on the cover and at the start of each chapter can help make an enormous difference in projecting images into the reader’s mind of what is happening. That being said, there are numerous mistakes you need to stay clear of when preparing book artwork.

Poorly Placed Crop Marks

Crop marks are an essential part of designing book artwork. These lines indicate where any necessary trimming needs to happen after an initial test print. Without crop marks in the right place, you could potentially end up with pages that are not cropped correctly, and as a result, do not look their best.

Wrong Page Size

It is also important to ensure that you have provided your printer with the page size that you want. If the art for your project is in standard page size, but you specify a larger or smaller image size, then it will slow down the entire production process. When this situation arises, you also run the risk of falling behind schedule and running up production costs. If you are aiming to meet a strict release date for your next book, then it is imperative that you select the standard page size and leave any book artwork choices to the relevant department at your printers.

Insufficient Margin Size

Margins are another crucial element of book design. You must consider the placement of information on any given page of your book and the eyes of your future readers. You need to be aware of crop marks and other areas on the page where blank space needs to be arranged to maximize the aesthetic value of the page. The book artwork needs to be a reasonable size for the images to have their intended effect – a map of a fictional country can help envelope the reader in the story are trying to tell while illustrations at the start of every chapter can help illuminate the text in a work of nonfiction.

Textual Errors

One last mistake to watch out for is committing textual errors. Proofreading is important – not only the book but on the front cover and the back of the dust jacket as well. Wherever there is space set aside for book artwork, you need to make sure there are no mistakes in grammar or spelling.  

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