Basic Novel Page Layout

One of the most standard quality paperback sizes is 5.5 x 8.5. Big enough but not too big. It just feels right in your hand.

This basic page layout has about a half inch outside margin. Interior margins depend on the number of pages in the book. The more pages the larger the center margin needs to be to not have the book feel cramped.

Drop caps where the first letter of the paragraph starting a chapter spans two or three lines gives the book a complete look. (To use drop caps, no sentence starting a chapter can start with quotation marks.)

Decorative black and white graphics can be included on chapter header pages.

Page numbering starts with the first actual page of the manuscript. No page numbering on title, dedication etc. Title and Author can be included on the bottom of the numbered pages.