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    Self-Publishing Header Formatting

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Cloukora, Oct 30, 2013.

    I think this is the right section. I'm having a little trouble with designing my headers. I'm using MS Word to write my book, and I want to have the chapter name appear on each odd page. It's fine with the chapters by themselves (I have each chapter as a separate file), but the issue is when I bring them all together to create a whole file. If I use Word, then the wrong chapter name is going to appear for each chapter (i.e. the first chapter name will appear in the second chapter). I just for the life of me cannot format them correctly. Any tips or tutorials I can use?
     
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    i don't think i've ever seen a book with chapter titles in the header, instead of the book title... why do you think you need to do that?
     
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    I've seen a couple, such as Wheel of Time and The Dark Is Rising Sequence. I just feel like it would add a bit more to the headings.
     
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    What version of word are you using? On the new 2010 one I can get it to work. I used Page Layout to insert a "Section Break" on a new page don't just CTRL + Enter this won't work. Then I inserted Header and unchecked the option marked "Link to previous". After that when I changed the header for section (or chapter) two the header for section one didn't automatically change.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/word-help/headers-and-footers-from-basic-to-elaborate-RZ001021662.aspx?section=21

    The above address has your starting info for this then I had to consult 'Help' and then just guess my way until I got it to change.

    If you have a different version of word try googling whichever version it is and then "different headers for each chapter" and see if that sheds any light on your predicament.
     
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    YES! Thank you! When I tried googling for help, I got a few tutorials that mentioned breaks and stuff, but they went into more detail than I think they needed to and it just confused me. That link really helped, thank you. Now I'm one step closer to publishing my book :D
     
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    I'm assuming you're printing reader copies, because for a publisher you have the author's name centered and a page number at the right. They want no facing pages.

    To get what you wanted:

    1. Go to the Document settings (it may be under files or formatting. It changes by version and Mac/PC) and check the box for "mirror margins."
    2. Above that box set your margins for inside/outside and allow room at the inside for the binding. I have a thermal binder and find that I can get a good reader's copy with an inside margin of 1.2"

    This works for me:

    Top = .7 Bottom = .5 (I have no footer) Inside = 1.2 Outside = .6 I set the header to .4 and the footer to zero.

    Hope this helps
     

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