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I'm writing a book which has about 60 pages at the moment, not even to the halfway point of the story. What puzzles me is whether I'm using the right settings about margins and font pt, and that kind of stuff, so I'll list the settings I found on a website and I hope someone with a better experience can help me out.

The margins are 1,90 cm lateral and 2,16 cm vertical. The font is a Bembo Std, 13 pt, 30 pt for the chapter title. The interline is same as the normal writing, 13 pt.

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There is no definite paper size to use for your book, margin size, or anything else similar because the publisher will almost always have a preference.

While you're writing, I'd say do what you want that is comfortable for you while you're writing, because you can always change the paper size etc after your finish. Here's what I use:

  • Microsoft word. Paper size A5. Font Garamond size 11. Font DarkII for titles, size 28.

If you are printing a copy for yourself (as a novelty)

Sort out the paper sizes yourself. If you're using, for example, a print on demand company, ensure that your manuscript fits to the paper sizes they're offering. Normally, what's on the page - like the margins - don't matter to them.

If you're looking to get published

You need to sort it out with your publisher. You should check what formatting your publisher likes and organise your manuscript accordingly.

I hope this helped you.

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  • Yes sir, it did. Thank you really much. – Giorgio Vitanza Feb 27 '17 at 14:05
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If you're working with a traditional publisher, they'll have their own standards for paper size and margins and so forth. Don't worry about it.

If you're self-publishing, the company you work with will normally have a set of page sizes that they support. Pick one that works for you. They usually have minimum margins because of limitations of printing equipment. (If you want "bleed" -- printing very close to the edge of the paper -- this typically costs extra.)

In any case, I wouldn't worry a whole lot about things like font size and margin while you're writing. With modern word processing software, you can take care of that when you're done. An exception to this would be if you are writing a book where what lands on each page is important. Like if your book has a lot of illustrations and you want the text that goes with each illustration to be on the same page or a facing page, etc.

Besides that, the only reason to worry about page sizes and margins and such is to help you track if your book is coming out to a "reasonable" length. Like if you're writing a novel and you figure you're half done and it's only 25 pages, then maybe you need to add more material. If you're half done and it's 600 pages, maybe you need to cut things out or break it into multiple volumes. Etc.

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