Planning Your Book

Planning Your Book

Whatever your dreams of writing the Great American Novel, a book is basically a collection of chapters. Each chapter is a separate layout, and you knit the chapters together into a whole book — mentally and physically.

In QuarkXPress, a book is also something more: It’s a palette. To be precise, it’s a book palette. Like other palettes in QuarkXPress, a book palette is a list of information displaying the chapters that make up the book.

Building a book isn’t difficult, especially if you take it one step at a time. The following sections show you how to do it. But before exploring book palettes and how to use them, you need to do some planning. Here are some pointers to consider before you begin building a book in QuarkXPress:

  • Organize your chapters beforehand. Start by outlining the book, either the old-fashioned way (with pencil and paper) or the modern way (on your computer).

  • Use style sheets to format the chapters uniformly as you write the book. See Chapter 6 for more about style sheets.

  • Decide on the number, names, and order of the chapters. You can make changes to a chapter’s number, name, and order at any time, but figuring out these basics in advance can save you time in the long run.

  • Make decisions about the format of the book (style sheets, typeface, pagination style, and so on) at the chapter level, beginning with the first chapter. Choosing the format is important because the work is smoother without style sheet conflicts and other inconsistencies.

After you write the chapters and are ready to assemble them, create a book palette (that we describe in the following sections) to combine the chapters into a book. After assembling the chapters, you can update the page numbers, create a table of contents, and create an index for the book (see Chapter 17).

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