InDesign Secrets: Ensuring Bulleted Lists Actually Have Bullets

Submitted by kms on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 02:05

This is what a bulleted list looks like when you first place it into InDesign.

What do you put in front of a bulleted list item?  A bullet, of course! 

However, when placing a Microsoft Word document into InDesign, you’ll often get this:

A set of boxes instead of bullets—not good. 

How to get your novel into InDesign

Submitted by tld445 on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:18

Once your novel has been complete in a word processor, the next step is to upload it into InDesign. It is not recommended that you copy and paste documents into InDesign, as this can create a number of formatting issues in later steps. (note that it is also not recommended that you use InDesign as the original application to type up your novel).

The proper way to get your novel into InDesign is by placing it. To do this, complete the following steps:

Book Covers Using InDesign

Submitted by jao on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 17:01

Guy Kawasaki quotes Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of the 10th chapter in his book APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book.  Kawasaki quotes Marilyn Monroe as saying, “Boys think girls are like books; if the cover doesn’t catch their eye, they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”  He uses this quote as a way of making the argument that a professional book cover is essential for a successful book.  A poorly designed book cover, Kawasaki claims, is a dead giveaway that a book has been self-published.

Development Team Project Log: 3/3/16

Submitted by kms on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:47


  • Narrowing topics/making section names

    • Production of the Book (InDesign articles, Time Savers, Quality Enhancers)

      • Challenge on considering where the book will end up (what kind of paper, color, dimensions, platforms)

    • Launching the Book/Sharing Your Work (Marketing/Promotion)

      • Need more challenges (pricing)

Marketing Team - Project Log, 3/3/16

Submitted by jao on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:44

Tonight, our team met and we discussed that we need the following to get started with our marketing efforts:

  • a title for the collaborative book
  • a sample of the content that will be produced
  • a general idea of the formatting that the book will have


Having this information will allow us to be able to move forward in constructing some promotion materials for the book.

Book Spine Design

Submitted by YKK on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 23:11

Platform – For a book designer:

This “time-saving, quality enhancing tips and techniques for designers” topic is geared towards designing the spine of a book.

Why? What for? Who cares?

Who should care about some skinny book spine? The answer is, YOU SHOULD. You may scoff, but your book spine is an incredibly important feature of your published book.

Time-Saving, Quality Enhancing Tip for Designers: How to Link Images in Adobe InDesign

Submitted by mhiscock on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 21:54

As a book designer, you’re probably very familiar with Adobe’s program, InDesign. InDesign is a page layout and design program that serves as a great tool for book designers. And while you may know all the ins and outs of book design itself, you may still struggle with properly placing and linking images in InDesign. Ever embed an image in InDesign only for it to turn out pixelated in print or PDF form? Follow this guide to help you eliminate pixelated images and hopefully make your book designing endeavors smoother in the future.

Embedding vs. Linking

The Importance Of Research for Book Designers

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:48

If you are a Book Designer, you are likely in charge of everything from the book cover to the layout to the design of the pages. Whether you are first time book designer or a seasoned veteran, there are some important tips and tricks that can help you be the best book designer you can be. One of these tips is the importance to doing research before you start your design. This may not sound like a time saver, but good research beforehand can prevent you from having to redo your work and will save time in the long run!

How to Win Friends and Influence People (with Drop Caps)

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:25

Once upon a time, book designers decided that big letters were a nice way to draw attention to the start of a book (or to the start of a section within a book). Those big letters, called drop caps (or, more formally, versals), are actually pretty easy to create in Adobe InDesign CC.

Book Cover Design - The easiest way

Submitted by tld445 on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 14:36

Designing a book cover is a time-intensive project that takes a niche skill to execute well. As a writer and publisher, you may not have the skills, resources, or time to create a book cover yourself.

There are many available resources for people looking for custom book cover designs. These obviously vary in quality, and the price can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Below is a sample of recommended strategies for receiving well-designed book covers for cheap.