Putting it all together: Tips to get you going
If you’ve got a passion or a collection, you’re obviously good at putting things together (or maybe you just have what we call a “healthy obsession”). The next step? Putting your own book together to share that passion or collection. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you get started.
What exactly are you trying to say? If you aren’t the first person to write about your subject (and even if you are), it’s a good idea to choose a specific angle so you’re telling people something that’s new – and truly compelling.
Clarity is king.
Are you writing for a room full of fellow experts or are you trying to turn new people on to your subject? Or a combination of both? Whoever you’re trying to reach, make sure you’re defining jargon where you need to and ensuring your insider knowledge is crystal-clear to the average reader.
Focus on the good stuff.
If you love something, you can probably talk about it for days (don’t get us started on beautiful books, for instance). Resist the temptation to include absolutely everything under the sun about your subject and stick to the truly important and essential (and hopefully entertaining) parts.
A place for everything.
That doesn’t mean you have to leave out the details. Remember that appendixes, glossaries, bibliographies and notes are a great place to make your book a true resource for other enthusiasts – and people who want to learn more.
Become an expert at finding expertise.
We’ve spent years helping people make beautiful books about everything from the weather at their house to classic cars to the history of a favourite pub. But we know that other people also have great book-making tips. Here are some of our favourites:
Beautiful books by design – choose your layout
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose how you want to design your book. Our book-making tools let you choose the perfect arrangement of text and pictures for your subject – create your own custom templates or use ours. Either way, you’ll end up with a layout that’s professional, elegant and never messy. Set it up like a photo gallery or go text-heavy accented with photographs. It’s up to you. And it’s also really easy to turn that print book into an ebook.
Featured books on this page:
Heather Jennings, Poppyhaus | Richard Crosthwaite, Hueur Monaco Design Classic