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Andrew Cupples

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Chapters
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 11:42 AM
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Hi there, I need a little bit of help. I'm using Open Office to type my manuscript. I downloaded a decent template and it worked quite well, (better than my own that's for sure) but I need help tweaking it.

Is it possible to get the paperback version of your book, so that your "Chapter one - blah blah blah" page always stays on the right side??? Most of them are, but there's about 3 or 4 that are on the left side.

I hope this makes sense. I want my book to look perfect before anyone spends his or her money on it, and I can't get it just right...

Thanks in advance.
Notjohn

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Re: Chapters
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 11:50 AM   in response to: Andrew Cupples in response to: Andrew Cupples
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Use CreateSpace. Upload a PDF. Output that PDF from OpenOffice Writer.

Set up your page size and margins, with mirrored pages.

First page is half title.

Second is blank or Other Books By Me or part of the title page.

Third page is title page.

Fourth is copyright.

Fifth is TOC.

Sixth is TOC continued or frontispiece or epigram or blankj.

Seven is page one, chapter one, and if you do it right, the first numbered page, and should be page 1. If this is absolutely impossible (it's not; I do it every time) then start the numbering with 7. It is of course a righthand page.

I put the page numbers on the bottom, centered. After chapter one, I don't worry about starting a chapter on a righthand page.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Andrew Cupples

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Re: Chapters
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 11:57 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Thanks a lot, very helpful :D
Helen Gould

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Re: Chapters
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 12:18 PM   in response to: Andrew Cupples in response to: Andrew Cupples
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Hi Andrew. I tried doing that when I had my book printed (not by Amazon) but I found that the length of the chapters affects whether or not you can do that. I managed to get some like that, with a blank page before them, because the printer I used printed book sections in multiples of 16, and they said it was a very traditional way to present the book. But most of the chapters were too long and I soon abandoned that as it was a hopeless task. What I did do, and it looks pretty cool, was to use up the extra pages as blank pages in the front matter and back matter, so that I'd have something printed on the right-hand page, but nothing on the left-hand page. I figured that the eader wouldn't spend a lot of time reading the front and back matter, but their eyes would fall on the printed pages as they opened the book and they'd ignore the blank ones anyway. I'd definitely do that again, because it works really well. The thing is, you're never going to get your chapters all the same length, are you, and if you did some of it might well be padding. So let the chapters go to their natural length, and try that instead.
Andrew Cupples

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Re: Chapters
Posted: Oct 25, 2017 12:57 PM   in response to: Helen Gould in response to: Helen Gould
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Thank you - Yeah I was starting to give up, after 24 hours of stressing about with files and templates etc, lol. Thanks again :)
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