A Question for You, Dear Reader
Worry not it’s not a brain teaser. I’m editing Curse Breaker: Enchanted and each time I finish editing a chapter, I am laying it out for Kindle in one word doc and in another word doc, I am laying it out for print.
Before I ask my question, I need to give you a little background. Picture an open book. You’re staring down at two pages. One on the right hand side and its facing page is on the left. We good so far? Awesome. Keep that image handy as we dive into my question.
In printed books, chapters ALWAYS start on a right hand page. Like so:
However, sometimes the actual text of a chapter isn’t long enough to end on a left hand page. Instead it peters out in the middle of the right hand page pushing the next chapter’s start onto the left hand page that follows. Most inconsiderate of those words, I know, but it happens because not all chapters are the same length. Nor should they be.
Most POD (print on demand) publishers will not allow you leave the left hand page blank so that the next chapter will fall on a right hand page. Got all that? Good. Bear in mind that the paperback book’s guts will be printed in black and white because color is super expensive. (The cover will be in full color.)
So which do you prefer? An image on the right hand page which faces the start of the chapter or a quote/poem/short bit of related text attractively laid out like so:
Yes, these are screen grabs of the actual print edition or what will be the print edition when it’s printed. I’m still fiddling with the spacing. 🙂
So what do you think? When you read a book, do you prefer an image to face a chapter start or a little bit of relevant text? I like the text approach but I’m wondering what you like. Also, should I include these separators in the kindle edition? What say you?