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Layout of Chapter Headings

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:45 pm
by PianoAl
This is currently how I have the chapter headings (please ignore the spaces around the em dash -- I haven't fixed that yet):

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How would you space out those lines?

I wish there were an ebook with the ideal formatting that I could use as a model. Yes, I can choose one that I like, but I'd like to find one that most people would like.

Thanks,

Al

Re: Layout of Chapter Headings

PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:10 am
by pls
First, why are you using a business-letter layout for your text - block style with spaces between paragraphs - instead of a conventional paragraph style with indented first lines in each paragraph?

Second - I'd make the chapter header smaller than the title to emphasize the title content.

Re: Layout of Chapter Headings

PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:37 am
by PianoAl

Re: Layout of Chapter Headings

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:56 pm
by gesler0811
I'm thinking indented paragraphs as well, without the space between paragraphs. I know the way you have it is used more for nonfiction, but in my estimation is works best in manuals, and how-to kinds of works. If there's a story being told, I prefer a book to be formatted like a novel. (If you're interested in another opinion :D )

Re: Layout of Chapter Headings

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:57 pm
by gesler0811
Also, I prefer 1.15 pt spacing instead of single spacing. To me, that tiny extra little bit of white space makes all the difference, but it's still close enough that people won't really trip up on it. What spacing are you using there?