Collaboration on Book Lay-out - An Author's Vision

You have a picture in your head of what you'd like your book to look like - go on, think about it.

When you were investing all those hours in writing the words, images sprang to mind that were either developed from your own imagination or, perhaps, from something real to you, like a real life situation, a special person you might know, or an animal, like a beloved pet.

If your book involves illustrations, Dream Write Publishing will work with you to help put that vision down on paper, as you see it. We will discuss ideas and concepts, review photographs, sample drawings, we will consider other examples in the market - all with the intent to recreate an image you have of your published book.

The more detail we can discuss during our initial consultations, the closer our artists can render the design concepts to the image in your mind. If, by chance, you don't have it "pictured" quite yet, we understand - the words are the most important part of your focus. Dream Write Publishing will still determine the best fit for your book in consultation with you. We want to get it just right!  

Design components to consider when formatting your book:

Overall Tone of your Book, for example:

  • happy or sad
  • silly or serious
  • technical or just for fun

Theme - components under theme correlate to the overall tone of your book:

Font - choose a font to reflect the tone of your book but keep in mind that font has to be easy to read. It is not necessary to go with the "norm" depending upon your vision and audience, for example, larger font is used for kid's books. Some examples:

  • traditional newsprint
  • comic book print
  • modern sans serif print
  • kid's book fun print
  • calligraphy print

Color - choose colors to suit the tone of your book, keeping in mind that certain books are best suited to using color throughout and others only need the investment of a full-color cover.

  • the seasonal color palettes provide a wide range of colors suited to themes
  • vibrant or muted colors reflect the tone of your book
  • hues of nature
  • colors of technology - neon, exaggerated
  • CMYK Abbreviation for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black) = four color process
  • RGB Abbreviation for red, green, blue = the additive color primaries


Black and White - striking choice to complement tone/theme or invoke imagination

  • contrast - degree of tones in an image ranging from highlight to shadow
  • shade - hue made darker by the addition of black
  • tint - screening or adding white to a solid color to lighten that specific color

Other Lay-out Components to consider when formatting your book:

  • Style and shape
  • Number of pages
  • Size of book/pages
  • Positioning of text and images on the pages
  • Binding
    • plastic coil
    • saddle stitch
    • perfect bound
  • Cover - new image or take a favorite from the book
  • Organization of content with additional pages - dedication, acknowledgements, glossary, author biography and photo, copyright page, table of contents, title page