Professional Layout Design & Typesetting

Both layout design and formatting are worked on together as part of our publishing packages. Your book will be available for sale through our global distribution network to online retailers, bookstores, and libraries. Contact us to learn more about our distribution partners.

Internal Book Formatting

It is crucial that your book is well-formatted and designed for your success. Your book is judged on several aspects and this includes its’ internal design. Our design team will professionally format your book and ensure your hard work gets the attention it deserves. The Paper House will help you provide the best possible reading experience for your book’s audience.

Book Layout Design Basics

The book block 

In a book, the text is confined to a tightly defined area on the page called the book block, where facing pages usually end on the same line. The exception may be the last page of a chapter. 


The white space around the entire book block. White space is important and generous margins around the book block allow the eye to move comfortably from one line to the next. 


Text must line up across the page. Book designers spend a lot of time adjusting the line spacing to make sure this happens, especially if there are headings and subheads, lists and illustrations. 

Line spacing 

Lines of text that are too close to each other (or too far apart) are difficult to read.

Sample Formatting

Below are some of our sample formatting work we’ve done on books in the past. We have the ability to work on basic to complex internal book designs.


Margins are very important and they need to be adjusted according to the thickness of the book to maximize text readability. In this example; the spacing of the inner margins are wider than usual.


This was a self-help book we worked on which shows a custom made graph and chart by one of our designers. This particular book also had extensive footnotes and an index.


We can create beautiful fonts and typesetting in color, vertical or horizontal text, and perfectly aligned headings.

open book

Book Formatting

Our team will work with your ideas and create a custom layout to match the theme and message of your book. Our designers use the gold standard of design software to design your book. We never use templates. Each book is custom designed by a professional book designer right here in our New Jersey office. You will receive proofs of your design to review and approve. And best of all, we stand behind our work, spearheading the industry in book design!

How This Works...

Once you sign up for our services, one of our publishing consultants will get in touch with you via email or phone to further discuss the next steps.

The layour design and formatting process takes approximately 2 weeks to complete; the timeframe varies based on the number of revisions.

Once the formatting of your book is completed and approved, unique ISBN and barcode will be assigned. At this point your book will be ready for global distribution through or distribution network including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, booksellers, libraries, along with Target and Walmart.

Layout Design services are offered a la carte or as part of a package.

Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to the most common questions we get asked below.

The Paper House is a full-service publishing house that partners with self-publishing authors to produce and distribute high-quality books in digital and print formats. You only have to send us your manuscript and we take care of the rest. 

Our authors and publishers earn 100% of their royalties and retain 100% of their rights. Our distribution networks reach readers all over the world.

We accept all genres from fiction and nonfiction to children’s books and everything in between. Our services include both packages and a la carte, so for example, you can have us design your cover or edit your manuscript without publishing your book.

We accept all genres from fiction to nonfiction, academic, self-help to children’s books, and everything in between.

The process usually takes 6-8 weeks but timing is dependent on which service(s) you sign up for. Contact us with a customized service and we can give you a more precise answer.

Yes. You will retain all of the rights to your manuscript and book, including all digital, print, and creative rights.

Yes, your Project Manager will ask you if you have any design ideas in mind. We will enhance your design ideas following extensive market research and analysis to determine which designs work best for your book’s genre.

We will help you determine the book’s price, description, keywords, genre, and other metadata information before publishing. (You have the ability to make changes to your metadata after publishing, too.)

Yes. We will keep you in the loop with all of the updates. Once your eBook and/or print interior has been created, you can review it and note any required changes. A proof copy of your book is provided prior to finalizing the publication of your book globally.

Your book will be listed for sale with all major online bookstores, including,,,, and much more. We will also make it available to the two major brick-and-mortar bookstore and library wholesalers in the U.S. through our partner Ingram Content Group.

We offer printed covers in gloss and matte finishes. If you opt in for hardcover, we can create dust jackets as well.

We now offer book publicity in lieu to our targeted social media advertisements. Contact us to find out more.

Yes, we have extensive experience in internal formatting.

We can design and print almost any trim size that you like. Below are our standard trim sizes.

  • 5 x 8 inches
  • 5.06 x 7.81 inches
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • 6.14 x 9.21 inches
  • 6.69 x 9.61 inches
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • 7.44 x 9.69 inches
  • 7.5 x 9.25 inches
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • 8.25 x 6 inches
  • 8.25 x 8.25 inches
  • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • 8.5 x 11 inches

We can design, print, and distribute both black and white and color books.

We can make changes to your manuscript at anytime during the editing process and before the interior formatting process by letting us know what you would like to change. Our content change fees are as follows: 1-10 changes – $50 11-25 changes – $70, 26-50 changes – $100, 51+ changes – $125 per hour.

Yes. You have the right, at any time, to withdraw your book from sale free of charge.

Selected manuscripts will have The Paper House listed as the publisher unless you have signed up for our imprint service setup.

Sales reports are emailed at the end of every month detailing sales made in the prior calendar month.

All payments will be direct deposited to your bank account every 90 days following the end of the calendar month during which the sales were made.

You can order books at print cost, anytime to any destination.

We accept Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, PDF, Rich Text, Text file, HTML, InDesign, and Photoshop files. We may be able to accept other file forms as well, including printed texts and handwritten manuscripts. Please contact us with questions.