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Aug 2, 2018 5:57 AM

Question of breaks...

How does CS want or handel *** or single line breaks?  Does it even matter here?

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1. Aug 2, 2018 7:35 AM in response to: FRRH
Re: Question of breaks...

As the publisher, it's entirely up to you. CS prints what you upload, provided it meets their printing specs, found here.


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3. Aug 2, 2018 1:51 PM in response to: FRRH
Re: Question of breaks...

I assume you mean a section break indicating a change in time or place, etc.


Keep in mind that most typographical customs are intended to help the reader.  Many now have an aesthetic quality, but that's arguably because of how often they are used, not some inherent design formulation.


Changes from what is customary are done with some risk.  Everyone who might read your book, has already read a book, and has some familiarity with what books look like.  They might not know the names of things, or even how to define some aspect of book design, but they "know" what a book should look like.  If you deviate from that, you may make a reader uncomfortable.  You only have so much credit with a reader.  Save it for typos or a poorly crafted sentence.  Don't squander it by being clever.


In answer to your question:


CS will print anything you submit as long as it meets the CS guidelines--I believe Sarah gave you a link to it. How you distinguish a section break, or whether you even have one where some might say you should is entirely up to you.


Some years ago I went through several hundred books, looking at things like how designers handled section breaks.  From memory: most used 2 or 3 blank lines; some use one or more asterisks.  I don't recall seeing a printer's flower/dingbat--although I use them often.  Slightly more than half indented the next paragraph, the rest set it no indentation. I like little ornaments, especially if they fit the style and genre of the book.


Whatever you do, be consistent throughout your book.  Take a look at Type & Typography, link below.


Given the spam here, come on over to  selfpublishingforum.  It's free.  Many of us who answer questions here are active there.




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