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Contents Quick Reference Page Layout Children's Book Family History Poetry Art Book Novel Self-Help Getting Started Editing Choosing a Book Size Choosing a Binding Style Software Image Formats Scanning Book Structure Front Matter Copyright Page Acknowledgments Dedication Table of Contents Foreword / Prologue Core Matter Margins and Bleeds Page Numbering Headers and Footers Font Sizes Font Choices Back Matter Index Registration ISBN Copyright LCCN Cover Design Make Your Own Book Cover Barcode BISAC Codes Cover Coatings Submitting a Book Submitting Files Marketing Creating a Strategy Promotional Ideas Things to Consider Miscellaneous Glossary Papers
Quick Reference
Self-Publishing a Family History

For over 60 years, we have been producing the finest quality family and community history books. Thousands of families, and the communities in which they live have trusted us with their memories.

The information in this Quick Reference Guide and our full Publishing Guide are designed to help you in preparing your family history book for printing. For those who prefer not to format their books for printing, we provide both cover design and page layout services.

If you are ready to get started, the first step is to request a quotation for your book. If you should have any questions, please call our toll free assistance line at 1-866-944-2999.

Common Page Sizes:
8.5” x 11”
11” x 8.5”(Landscape)
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Binding Styles:
Hardcover (Most Common)
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Maximum Page Count:
Up to 1,200 pages hardcover
Up to 750 pages softcover
Recommended Fonts:
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Margin Settings:
0.75” - 1" (top, bottom, left, and right)
0.2" Gutter
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Full Bleed Pages:
Full bleed printing is available
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As few as 6 copies at the original price per book (hardcover)
Minimum Order:
25 copies hardcover / 50 copies softcover
Text Justification:
Full (recommended)
Landscape printing is available
Printed Endsheets:
Printed endsheets are available
Cover Finish:
Gloss or Matte printed covers
Linen or Leather finish (Foil-Stamped)
Dust Jacket:
Full color dust jackets are available in both portrait and landscape formats
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