Design Your Book In Atticus

Hi there and welcome to another tutorial to help you master Atticus. In this Article, I’m going to explore the Theme and Formatting side of Atticus to help you create a beautiful, custom design for your book.

I’m going to start in the theme section of the formatting tab. The first thing you can choose is one of our pre-set themes. You can see what each theme will look like in the Preview along the right hand side. Scroll through the options until you find a design that suits your book. 

Once you’ve chosen a theme, you can decide how you would like the header of each chapter to display. Under Visible Chapter Details, you have the option to choose Number, Title, and Subtitle. 

Number refers to the first section showing in your heading. You can adjust the layout and style using the Chapter Number View options. In my example, I’ve titled each of my chapters as Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc., so the automated numbering is not necessary. To turn it off, I can simply uncheck the box beside the word Number and it will be removed from both the preview and all exported versions of your book. 

The Title refers to what you have included in the Chapter Title label for each chapter. Unchecking the box beside Title will also remove this section from the header portion of your book’s chapters. 

Finally, you can choose whether or not to include a formatted sub-title in your chapter header. In my example, I don’t have a sub-title in the proper location, but I would like one to show up in my chapter header. If I navigate to the Content section of the formatting tab, I can move the line of text I’d like to convert into the sub-title section. You can see it now shows up in the Previewer with proper formatting. 

You can further adjust the appearance of your header by changing the alignment. 

When you’re happy with the look of your Chapter Headers, we can move onto formatting the body text. 

We’re going to discuss images in a few minutes, so for now, I’m going to delete this one so we can focus on a few other formatting elements, namely Drop Caps and Lead in Small Caps. 

If you have these settings applied in your Theme, you must be sure there is no additional space between your title and the body content of your page in order to have these elements show up properly. 

Next in the Paragraph settings is your choice of either indenting each new paragraph, or having an extra space between each one.

You can decide whether you would like your content justified, which gives your content a clean, uniform look, or leave it with standard left alignment. You can also choose whether or not you would like words to hyphenate in order to keep spacing consistent.

Next in the Theme settings are ornamental breaks. To break up scenes within your chapters, you can insert an Ornamental Break. You can the design by choosing an image from our Image library. This design choice will apply to all ornamental breaks used throughout the rest of your book. 

The rest of the settings are relevant exclusively to Print versions of your book.

You can choose the style of Header / Footer you would like in your book, the font you would like to use, including the size and line spacing.

Next we have the ability to set your margins. The inside margin is the space where your two pages meet in the center and outside margins are at the outer edges of each page.

Finally, Atticus provides you with a choice of the most popular industry standard trim sizes for printed books.

Now that we’ve worked out way through the Theme section of the Formatting tab, it’s time to look at a few additional features that will help dress up the design of your manuscript. 

In the Front Matter of your book, you can add a variety of specially formatted pages, according to the needs of your book. Let’s take a closer look at the Title Page. 

Atticus automatically generates a Title Page based on the details you input for your book. While this is fully functional, it’s not always as graphically pleasing as you might want it to be. I’m going to delete the auto-generated version and instead create my own custom designed title page, based on my book cover. 

To do this, I’ll simply add a Custom Chapter, drag it into place, and change the title so it is accurate within my navigation panel. 

Next, I’m simply going to insert an image.

Now my Title Page is a reflection of the Cover of my book, with all the necessary details and a little bit more style.

You may also want to add Back Matter with some custom elements. 

For this tutorial, I’ve added an About Author Page as well as an Also By page. 

I’m going to make a few small adjustments to my Chapter Title and Subtitle, and add an image to help readers connect on a more personal level to my book. 

See how easy that was?

I also want to be sure to provide more ways for my readers to immerse themselves in related content, so I’ve added an Also By page. 

Not only do I want to add some images for visual interest, but I also want to include links that will be clickable in the ePub digital versions.

Now you know how to add creative design elements and formatting style to your manuscript using Atticus. 

Your work will automatically save as you write, format, or design, so whenever you’re done for a session, you can simply click Home and go back to your home page. 

If your book is finished and you’d like to export it, you can choose to export PDF for ePub either by clicking the buttons underneath the previewer in the Formatting tab,

Or by navigating back to the Writing tab, clicking on your book details, scrolling to the bottom and clicking the appropriate export buttons there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting creative with Atticus. Of course, there are a lot of exciting new features coming soon, so check back frequently. Visit atticus.io/tutorials for more helpful walkthroughs and tutorials.